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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

Heather Brighton named chair of Hospital Foundation

Ed Morache, CEO of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center, has announced that Heather Brighton has assumed the role of Chair for the Margaretville Hospital Foundation.


Master mechanic Mike Ondish featured in film detailing restoration of a classic Shelby Mustang

Margaretville — Capturing the thrill of a high-speed chase across mountain switchbacks and the long, rough ride toward an incredible dream, a new documentary film resuming production in March focuses on the life and local exploits of one of Margaretville’s favorite sons and fearless speed demons.


Crossroads to unveil updated resort plans

By Jay Braman Jr.
Since September 2007 the Crossroads team has been retooling their development plans for a resort/spa near Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. Almost two-and-a-half-years later it appears they have something to show the public. On Thursday, Feb. 18 Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park Developer Dean Gitter will be the guest speaker at the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Kingston Holiday Inn.


Andes Food Pantry the latest in community outreach

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By Matthew J. Perry
A new food pantry located in the Presbyterian Church of Andes opened its doors for the first time yesterday. A modest operation at present, open just one day a week, its organizers are preparing to answer to greater community needs.
At present, the pantry will be open on Tuesdays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Arkville business owners making plans for hamlet improvements

By Brian Sweeney
More than 20 Arkville business owners and organizational leaders turned out for a public meeting last Thursday to express interest in seeking funds to improve the hamlet’s appearance. The MARK Project, a community economic development agency, organized the meeting at Casey Joe’s Coffeehouse. The focus of the session was to determine if business representatives were interested in MARK seeking grants to make improvements in Arkville.


Roxbury voters approve roof replacement project

By Brian Sweeney
Voters easily approved expenditure of funds for a roof replacement project at the Roxbury Central School in February 2 balloting. The referendum that allows the RCS District to spend nearly $600,000 on the repair project passed 119-7.
The project, which is expected to get underway immediately after school dismisses for the summer, will include the replacement of approximately 31,000 square feet of roof area.


CWT fights DEP on gas drilling rights

By Jay Braman Jr.
Another voice in the region has been heard on the much-discussed subject of gas drilling in the New York City Watershed.This time it’s the Coalition of Watershed Towns (CWT), an advocacy group that, for almost 20 years, has fought for the rights of over 50 towns and villages in the Catskills that make up what is known as the West of Hudson Watershed.


CWC reviewing loans after AG's complaints

By Jay Braman Jr.
A ripple effect is being felt in the region following word that the New York State Attorney General’s Office has targeted area hospitals, threatening them with prosecution unless they comply with new standards for disposing of pharmaceutical waste.


Arkville and Fleischmanns input sought

The MARK Project is seeking input from business people and owners of mixed use buildings in Arkville and Fleischmanns for applications to the NY Main Street Program. An informational meeting is planned for Arkville business people and owners of mixed use and civic buildings on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. at Casey Joe’s Coffeehouse on Route 28.


O'Connor Foundation honored at 24th annual Snowball event

Highmount — The A. Lindsey and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation was honored for its long history of charitable work at the 24th annual Snowball held Saturday at Belleayre Mountain. Charlotte Hill, vice chair of The O’Connor Foundation, accepted the Spirit of the Catskills Award from Coalition to Save Belleayre Chairman Joe Kelly.


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