Rev. Dykstrya honored

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SPECIAL NIGHT — The Rev. Richard Dykstra of Roxbury, right, is all smiles after receiving the Margaretville Hospital Keene A. Roadman Citizen of the Year Award on Saturday evening at the Harvest Moon Ball. The event was sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. Also pictured during the presentation are event Chair Karen Kolar and Hospital Board Member Tom O’Brien.— Photo by eOneMedia.com

Shandaken draft budget keeps 2011 spending down

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley said this week that spending would remain almost flat in 2011 if an early budget draft developed by the board receives approval.

“The departments have submitted their budgets and after several meetings we pared the budget down to a .9 percent increase,” he said.


Belleayre sets opening day for Nov. 13

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By Jay Braman Jr.
As the nights get crisp and the leaves begin to fall, ski centers are planning for their seasons.
This year Belleayre is leading the way, announcing plans to open the 2010-2011 season on November 13, almost two weeks before Thanksgiving.


Route 28 team to consider promo strategies for byway

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Arkville — The Central Catskills Collaborative will meet on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 6-8 p.m. at The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development to advance its nomination to the NYS Scenic Byways Program for designation of Route 28 as a scenic byway.


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New physician joins hospital staff

Dr. LlobetDr. LlobetMargaretville — Paul Llobet, M.D., has joined the staff of Margaretville Hospital and assumed duties as medical director of the Emergency Department. Dr. Llobet, who has been a part-time area resident for several years, began work at Margaretville Hospital on September 1.

Dr. Llobet will be taking ownership of the hospital’s family health center in Margaretville. Plans call for the physician to operate the practice and lease office space and equipment from the hospital. The change in health center ownership is effective October 1.

Dr. Llobet is recruiting a number of specialists to hold regular health center hours as a means of increasing patient services. His wife, Holly Llobet, M.D., works as an intensivist at Kingston Hospital and will also be providing Emergency Department coverage at Margaretville. In addition, Stacy A. Flinn, a nurse practitioner, will be working with Dr. Llobet at the health center.


Attempted murder charged after shooting next to OCS

By Jay Braman Jr.
Gang violence has come to the Catskills.
Two Kingston youths, who are said to have ties to the Bloods street gang, were arrested last Thursday after they allegedly shot a 20-year-old man in Boiceville on Wednesday. Police have not released the name of the shooting victim.


Firefighters Remember

IN REMEMBERANCEIN REMEMBERANCE Firemen from Roxbury and Grand Gorge and members of the Ralph S. Ives American Legion Post #1785 gathered in the Roxbury Town Square at noon on Saturday to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington and the downing of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. Among those participating in the ceremony were, above from left, Roxbury firemen Tom O’Brien, Greg Lalosh and Jamie Needham and Grand Gorge firemen Thomas Murray, DJ Speenburgh and Wink Hinkley. In front, ringing the traditional firemen’s “four fives” bell is Roxbury Fireman Rich Lalosh.
— Photo by Dick Sanford


Shaolin Temple martial arts facility in Fleischmanns

By Brian Sweeney
A Buddhist tradition that traces its roots more than 1,500 years will be branching out into the Catskill Mountains with the establishment of a Shaolin Temple near Fleischmanns.


HFD celebrates 100th anniversary

By Claire Cella
HFD in 2010: First row, from left: Anthony Camillone, Joseph Camillone, Andrew Camillone, Jeff Slauson, Steve Finch, Toby Hubbell, Jerrod Hubbell, Brandon Laughren and Ralph Greenberg. Second row: Dave Riordan, Nathaniel Liddle, Ellen Faut, George Suess, Sharon Suess,HFD in 2010: First row, from left: Anthony Camillone, Joseph Camillone, Andrew Camillone, Jeff Slauson, Steve Finch, Toby Hubbell, Jerrod Hubbell, Brandon Laughren and Ralph Greenberg. Second row: Dave Riordan, Nathaniel Liddle, Ellen Faut, George Suess, Sharon Suess,In recent weeks, members of the Halcottsville Fire Department Auxiliary, a group of 21 women, have had their hands full preparing for the highly-anticipated, multi-part event that will take place all day on Saturday in Halcottsville.

The most significant celebration will be that of the 100th anniversary of the Halcottsville Fire Department.

Natalie Ormiston, president of the auxiliary, said the women formed a historical committee to research the fire department in preparation for the celebration. The department actually formed 108 years ago, she said, but at first, it was only a loosely associated group of local men. It wasn’t until 1910 that the group was officially organized, naming themselves the Wawaka Hose Company, after Lake Wawaka in Halcottsville.


Phoenicia sewer project to go forward

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board voted Monday to enter into an agreement with the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) that will result in the CWC paying almost $300,000 to review all plans for a Phoenicia wastewater system and endorse a preferred plan for the hamlet to proceed with. But those that have been against the project are demanding that the town must now hire a specific attorney to represent the hamlet while CWC does its work.


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