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

Long Island teen killed in Windham skiing accident

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By Brian Sweeney
An 18-year-old Long Island girl was killed in a ski accident on Windham Mountain Sunday morning.
A press release issued by the mountain indicated that Erin Clare Malloy-McArdle was skiing on a trail marked as “more difficult,” when she lost control at high speed and left the trail. Ms. Malloy-McArdle was reportedly a novice skier.


Belleayre Snowball marks Silver Anniversary

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Belleayre Snowball, the region’s biggest and brightest wintertime society bash, will mark its 25th anniversary on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m., with a jubilee celebration and at the same time honor Ken Pasternak, Fleischmanns’ favorite son, with a Spirit of the Catskills Award.


Wastewater treatment put into service in Boiceville

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By Jay Braman Jr.


Staten Island brothers killed in Grand Gorge accident

By Brian Sweeney
Two brothers from Staten Island died Thursday night after their car plunged into an icy pond outside of Grand Gorge.

Brothers Paul Campione III, 38, of Port Richmond and Christopher Campione, 33, of Tompkinsville, were pronounced dead at Margaretville Hospital, despite heroic efforts by emergency personnel.


Belleayre options to be explored by attorney

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Representatives from the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC), the Coalition to Save Belleayre, the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, MARK, along with town and county officials are meeting with an attorney who has ties to the region to discuss the recent issues swirling around Belleayre Ski Center.


NYC challenged again on muddying water

By Jay Braman Jr.
Complaints about muddy water from New York City’s Schoharie Reservoir fouling the Esopus Creek are nothing new. Muddy WaterMuddy WaterFor decades environmentalists and fishermen have claimed that years of built-up silt in the Schoharie Reservoir gets sucked in an 18-mile-long underground tunnel and then flushed into the Esopus Creek in the Town of Shandaken.


Middletown makes appointments at reorganizational meeting

Staff report
The Town of Middletown held its 2011 Reorganizational Meeting on January 4.
Supervisor Len Utter made the annual list of appointments, including official publications, depositories and various town board members were named as committee representatives.


Cause of OCS water main break remains unknown

By Jay Braman Jr.
Onteora School District Interim Superintendent Charlotte Gregory said Thursday that it remains unclear why a water main broke at the Boiceville Campus on Wednesday, but it has since been repaired.


Plattekill blasts Chamber

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By Jay Braman Jr.
A well-intentioned business promotion has caused a rift within the ranks of the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce.


'Authority' management proposed for Belleayre

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Kassie DePavia: Kassie DePaiva, a Fleischmanns resident who stars as Blair Crammer on One Life to Live, was among those who turned out for Friday’s rally to protest staff cuts at Belleayre MountainKassie DePavia: Kassie DePaiva, a Fleischmanns resident who stars as Blair Crammer on One Life to Live, was among those who turned out for Friday’s rally to protest staff cuts at Belleayre MountainAt a rally Friday afternoon at the foot of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, local officials joined with county, state and federal lawmakers to send a message to Albany that Belleayre Mountain Ski Center should be taken out of the hands of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and turned over to a yet-to-be formed “authority,” similar to the one that operates the state’s two other ski centers in the Adirondacks.

A crowd of more than 200 people stood at the base of Belleayre Mountain as Joe Kelly, chairman of the Coalition to Save Belleayre, led chants of “Don’t mess with Belleayre” and “We are Belleayre” in protest of plans to slash the facility’s full-time work force from 60 employees down to about 15.


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