Plattekill Mt. tops county tourism honors

By Margaret Inge
Eighteen years ago, Laszlo Vajtay bought Plattekill Ski Center at a bankruptcy sale. On Thursday, the efforts he and his wife Danielle have made to give life to that investment were honored with the Arnold Banker Tourism Award from the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce at the chamber’s Annual Membership Awards Dinner at Hanah Country Resort.Laszlo and Danielle VajtayLaszlo and Danielle Vajtay

The evening also included a Special Recognition Award for the Hot Food Culinary Team from the State University of New York at Delhi who recently took first place at a prestigious national competition. New England Wood Pellets of Deposit and Haggerty Ace Hardware in Delhi were respectively honored as New Business and Business of the Year.


State of the art CT scanner goes into service at hospital

A brand new CT scanner was delivered to Margaretville Hospital on October 15 and will be put into service by October 25. New CT ScannerNew CT Scanner

The GE 16-Slice BrightSpeed Elite Select Scanner includes upgraded software that provides images equivalent to those of a 50-slice scanner, among the most sophisticated available. The scanner was lowered into the hospital through a hole cut into the roof.

Roberta Scism, RT, (R) (M), chief radiology technician at Margaretville Hospital, said the new equipment replaces a CT scanner that utilized 1990s technology. She explained that the new scanner features a unique detective system that provides more detail, better quality images and timelier scans.


Seven percent enrollment drop in Onteora

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Onteora Central School District began the 2009-2010 school year with 1,655 students. The district began the current school year with an enrollment of 1,544, a decline of seven percent or 111 students. Like many districts in the region, Onteora’s student population is shrinking.


Jean judge honored for community service

By Dorothy Jennings
As Jean Judge approaches her 90th birthday, she can feel a great sense of accomplishment for the multitude of ways she has contributed to her community over many decades. A native of Margaretville, her father was the local dentist, and over her lifetime her roots remained firmly planted in the town of her birth. She later served as secretary/nurse for Drs. Ray Huggins and Gilbert Palen, whose practice was affiliated with the Margaretville Hospital.


Musical politics on Saturday at La Cabana

Fleischmanns — Tired of the political ads on TV? Confused by roadside signs that all look the same? Come hear how polititians of the past relied on music to get their message across when historical balladeer Linda Russell entertains at La Cabana Restaurant in Flesichmanns on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Linda RussellLinda Russell

The free program, “Songs America Voted By,” will features tunes like “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too,” “Grover’s Veto” and “You’re All Right, Teddy.” Sung with great gusto from porches and taverns across the land, these songs livened up street corners and torchlight parades. Campaign wordsmiths, often using popular melodies of the day, wrote catchy ditties that got stuck in our heads as we went to the polls.


Middletown Comp plan meeting on Oct. 26

By Brian Sweeney
A public hearing on the draft Town of Middletown Comprehensive Plan will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at the town hall on Route 28, Margaretville. The Comprehensive Plan has been the subject of numerous public hearings and workshop sessions involving town and county planning officials. The plan was developed by Nan Stolzenburg, a consultant with Planning Better Places.


Shandaken budget tops $5 million

By Jay Braman Jr.
“These figures are not set in stone,” Supervisor/Budget Officer Robert Stanley told a very small audience at the October Shandaken Board Town meeting last week. That evening Stanley released his preliminary budget plan. For the first time in history it will now cost over $5 million a year to run Shandaken; $5,032,447 to be exact. Taxes are set to go up, but by only 5.96 percent.


Belleayre free skiing for seniors may be cut

By Jay Braman Jr.
State Senator John J. Bonacic, who represents much of Delaware and Ulster counties, has joined with the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce to ask the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) not to end free skiing for seniors over the age of 70 at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. 


Phoenicia Times, Olive Press newspapers out of business

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Two western Ulster County newspapers have joined a growing list of print publications that have closed due to tough economic times.


Participants sought for Relay for Life

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Delhi — The American Cancer Society invites anyone interested in forming a team to the Relay For Life Kick-Off Ceremony Oct. 27, 6 p.m. at SUNY Delhi’s Alumni Hall.


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