James McGrath receives Spirit of the Catskills Award

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LONG SERVICE — James “Jimmy” McGrath, right, was honored with the Spirit of the Catskills Award on Saturday evening at the Belleayre Conservatory’s annual Snowball held Saturday evening at The Emerson in Mt. Tremper. The award is presented annually to someone who has performed extraordinary service to benefit the region. Jimmy was instrumental in growing the Shandaken Police Department and recently retired as police chief. Making the presentation is Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. A packed house enjoyed the dinner-dance. Proceeds benefit the Belleayre Music Festival. — Photo by Franz Edlinger, eOneMedia.com

Local officials blast DEC over Phoenicia flood plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken officials have found themselves drowning in red tape that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has dumped on them in response to a request to make emergency repairs to Stony Clove Creek in order to prevent more flooding of Main Street, Phoenicia.


Pasternak honored at Snowball

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
You can go home again, as was beautifully demonstrated Saturday night when Ken Pasternak accepted the Spirit of the Catskills Award at the 25th annual Snowball at Belleayre. 


City halting release into Esopus

By Jay Braman Jr.
Federal, state, county and local officials in the watershed region are claming victory after the City of New York not only halted the release of muddy water into the Esopus Creek but also will pay for a complete assessment of the damage caused by the four-month-long release of the muck.


Consistent products, customer service keys to good business

Each year, when the winners of the Catskill Mountain News Best Service Awards are announced, we profile some of the recipients. This year we chose top voter getters who have been in business a long time and whose attention to detail has earned them a loyal following.

First Place -
Insurance Providers
Mang Insurance,
Margaretville


Winners of the 2010 Catskill Mountain News Best Service Awards

Following are the winners chosen in the 2010 Catskill Mountain News Best Service Awards Contest. Congratulations to all those who won and thanks to our readers for taking the time to cast ballots.

HOME SERVICES

Cleaning Services:
Kountry Moon
Maid My Day
Laura O’Connor

Contractor:
Chris Von Hassel
Absolute Construction


Long delayed e-center back on track in Margaretville

By Brian Sweeney
The long-delayed establishment of an eCenter business incubator on Main Street, Margaretville is expected to soon get back on track.

Delaware County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Executive Director Glenn Nealis told the News this week that work to finish the project is expected to begin by late winter.


Snow days melting away for local schools

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Onteora School District has already used up its allotment of snow days for the current school year. Any more cancellations due to weather must be made up by shortening spring vacation, lengthening the school year, or eliminating other holidays that students were scheduled to have off.


Intentional feeding of bears now a violation

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Just when you thought that it was bad enough that bears in the region wreak havoc on your property when they raid your garbage and bird feeders, you can now face charges as a result.


Sewer Use Law outlined in Middletown report

Staff report
A report on enforcement actions related to the Town of Middletown / Village of Margaretville Sewer Use Law was presented at the town’s January meeting.


Local jeweler still gem at 95

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By Brian Sweeney
As a young man, diamonds — the baseball variety — were the top priority in Tone Locasto’s life. As it has for countless men and women, war changed Tone’s plans.


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