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DEEP STUFF — Firefighters from Grand Gorge and Hobart traveled to the Buffalo area last week to assist local communities with efforts to cope with up to seven feet of snow that buried the area from several lake-effect storms. — Contributed photo

Former Margaretville pastor sentenced as a sex offender

By Brian Sweeney
James McDevittJames McDevittA former pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville has been ordered to register as a sex offender and sentenced to six years’ probation supervision.


Central Catskills group wants to rename Route 28

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Anyone have any ideas for a new name for Route 28?
If so the Central Catskills Collaborative (CCC) wants to hear from you.

The CCC is considering a name to brand 50 miles of Route 28 stretching east from Andes all the way down to the edge of Kingston as a state scenic byway.


OCS warns families of suspicious man on bus route

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Onteora School District superintendent took a daring, proactive approach to a concern about child safety last week and it appears that district parents are lauding the effort.
Last week Wednesday 22 parents and guardians received a chilling automated message from the school district.


MARK secures $900,000 for community improvements

By Brian Sweeney
Funding for Main Street revitalization in Fleischmanns and home repairs in the towns of Roxbury, Middletown and Andes has been secured by the MARK Project.

Executive Director Peg Ellsworth, announced this week that MARK has secured funds through the HUD Community Development Block Grant, NY HOME Program and NY Main Street Program totaling nearly $900,000.


Morache leaving hospital post; Horan named interim director

Margaretville — Ed Morache, exeuctive director at Margaretville Hospital, has announced his resignation.

Mr. Morache, who has been at Margaretville Hospital nearly four years, said he intends to to pursue his passion in long-term care near his hometown of Albany.


Grand Gorge sewer extension complete

Grand Gorge — A new sewer extension project in the hamlet of Grand Gorge has been completed and will replace on-site septic systems serving more than 20 residential properties.


CWC assists Hobart business

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Margaretville — The owners of commercial property in the Delaware County hamlet of Hobart will receive a low-interest loan, and reimbursement for some storm water control costs, following action taken by the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) September 7.


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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