Weekend Highs

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LOOKING IT OVER — These young ladies were among the visitors at Belleayre Mountain’s Oktoberfest Fall Festival who enjoyed chair lift rides. A beautiful weekend and gorgeous foliage made for a nicely attended event. — Photo by Dick Sanford

Wind turbine setback rules challenged in Moresville project

By Julia Green
The Western Catskill Preservation Alliance (WCPA) released a statement last week challenging the wind turbine setback requirements in the towns of Roxbury and Stamford, taking official steps to increase setbacks to adequately reflect the 1,300-foot guideline advised by the turbine manufacturer.


Longstanding RCS roof problems lead board to propose replacement

By Brian Sweeney
Ongoing problems with the roof installed as part of the Roxbury Central School’s 1996 expansion project have led school officials to propose a new roof for the addition. RCS District residents will vote on the expenditure of nearly $600,000 for a roof replacement project on Tuesday, Feb. 2.


DEC's natural gas draft regs getting drilled by more critics

By Matthew J. Perry
The public comment period on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) draft Supplemental General Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) ended on the last day of 2009. But calls to reopen it, and even to scrap the dSGEIS and begin anew in 2010, are loud and getting louder.


Bonacic wants reservoirs lowered to cut down on flooding chances

By Jay Braman Jr.
State Senator John Bonacic says that water levels in New York City’s upstate reservoirs are too high and should be brought down to reduce the risk of flooding, but the Delaware River Basin Commission says it won’t matter much what the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) does because flooding will still happen even if the reservoirs are empty.


Shandaken weighing Ulster proposal for town to start plowing county roads

By Jay Braman Jr.
There are changes coming in Shandaken.
Monday night was the first night for incoming Supervisor Robert Stanley, the Republican Councilman who defeated former Supervisor Peter DiSclafani at the polls last November. And while the new administration is already shaking things up a bit with a plan to cut back on one town employee’s salary and also make significant changes to the town planning board, it was Stanley’s announcement about the town’s highway department possibly taking over some of the snowplowing chores for Ulster County that seemed to be the biggest change for 2010.


Man escapes fire that destroyed Roxbury home

By Brian Sweeney
A Roxbury man was left homeless after his house was destroyed in a fire on Saturday night.
Firefighters were called to the Ridge Road home of Harry Sparks shortly after 9 p.m. when a neighbor spotted flames coming from the residence.


Margaretville Hospital begins renovation and expansion

Emergency Dept. updates, Women’s Health Center, ambulance garage work
among projects underway

Margaretville — Work is underway to expand and modernize Margaretville Hospital’s Emergency Department, create a Women’s Health Center within the hospital and to refurbish the ambulance garage. The construction began mid-December and is expected to be completed by early April 2010.


Hinchey wants water quality protected from gas drilling

By Jay Braman Jr.
U.S. Representative Mau-rice Hinchey has told the state Department of Environmental Conser-vation (DEC) that he has numerous concerns about drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation in the Catskill Mountains and has issued comments outlining 11 steps that he believes must be taken before any drilling is allowed.


DEP calls for watershed gas drilling prohibition

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By Brian Sweeney
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has requested a prohibition on any gas drilling in the city’s upstate watershed.
The action by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was made last week in response to its review of the Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement released in September by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The DEC is the sole agency responsible for overseeing gas drilling in the state.


Charity Dinner on Christmas Day donated by Phoenicia restauranteur

By Jay Braman Jr.
Two events, one just passed and the other coming on Christmas Day, really show that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Phoenicia, where two businessmen, showing a sense of appreciation for those facing difficult times, have devised clever and effective ways to offer help directly to those in need.


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