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DRESSING FOR A CAUSE — Margaretville residents Lissa Harris, right, (a jellyfish — winner of the most creative costume) is pictured with Julia Reischel (sailor) at the annual Harvest Moon Ball on Saturday at The Andes Hotel. Proceeds from the fund-raiser benefit the ACS Dollars for Scholars program. In our print edition this week, be sure to take a peek at our full page of Hallowe'en safety tips, sponsored by local businesses.— Photo by Joe Damone

Coalition of Watershed Towns mulls more NYC land purchases

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Coalition of Watershed Towns, a regional advocacy group that is charged with protecting the rights of those who live in the region that provides the drinking water for nine million New Yorkers, is taking a close look at the City of New York’s plan to acquire more land in the area.


MCS gets grant for 1,000 Books program

By Julia Green
Margaretville Central School announced last week that it received a $4,000 matching grant from The A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation to implement an early childhood literacy program called The 1,000 Books Program in cooperation with Fairview Public Library in Margaretville and Skene Memorial Library in Fleischmanns. According to MCS Head Librarian Pat Moore, the hope is to have the program up and running this spring.


Faulty test tube blamed for OHS science class blast

By Jay Braman Jr.
The blast that occurred at the Onteora High School last Tuesday came as a surprise to everyone, but apparently to no one more than Donald Bucher. Bucher, a Phoenicia resident, is the veteran science teacher who was conducting an experiment with the chemical potassium chlorate when the accident occurred. Although he has safely done the same experiment dozens of times before, on Tuesday something went wrong, causing an explosion that broke a window in the classroom and injured Bucher and six students.


MTC wins approval for Downsville expansion

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) has received Public Service Commission approval for expanding services into Downsville. MTC began the process of replacing the Downsville Community Antenna System Inc., more than a year ago. The Public Service Commission issued its Certificate of Confirmation in mid-December.


Grand Gorge bank robbery suspects arrested in Atlantic City, N.J.

By Brian Sweeney
Two suspects were arrested in New Jersey on Jan. 20 in a connection with robbery at the Grand Gorge branch of NBT Bank the previous day. Christopher M. Seamans, 31, of Central Square (Oswego County) and Emily E. White, 20, of Oneida (Madison County) were charged with second-degree robbery. They were arrested by the Atlantic City Police Department.


DEC Big Indian land buy cheered by resort officials

By Jay Braman Jr.
A spokesman for Crossroads Ventures, the company hoping to sell 1,200 acres of land to the state, said Friday that New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) announcement that it will use dedicated funds to make the purchase was a good sign that the long-awaited transfer is still on. Environmental groups that are watching the matter closely, however, are taking a wait-and-see attitude.


2009 Catskill Mountain News Best Service Award winners announced

The Catskill Mountain News and Columnist Margaret S. Inge are pleased to announce the 12th annual Catskill Best Service Awards. Readers selected those businesses and individuals who consistently deliver extraordinary service via ballots submitted during the months of November and December.
The tally of the over 500 ballots received includes more than 450 different businesses and 520 individual service providers in 78 categories. They are located across the region, giving testimony to the fact that customers will travel far and wide for quality service.


Conservatory to honor O'Connor Foundation

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Hobart-based A. Lindsey and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, which has a long history of supporting the region, will be honored this Saturday at the 24th Annual Snowball at Belleayre Ski Center.
The foundation’s contribution to the region is one that is long and broad.


Harriet Grossman appointed to Fleischmanns Board post

By Jay Braman Jr.
Village resident Harriet Grossman has been appointed by the Fleischmanns Village Board to fill a vacancy created last October by the death of Trustee Malcolm Becker. Grossman had been a trustee for four years prior to an unsuccessful re-election bid in March when incumbent Martin Moralis was re-elected and voters ushered in newcomer Todd Pascarella to a trustee’s seat. That election also saw David Morell win the mayor’s job.


Hospital and MRCC change disposal practices following report from attorney general's office

Margaretville – Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center have made immediate adjustments to pharmaceutical and medical waste disposal in response to a report from the state attorney general’s office.


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