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Part of the VW Parts Inc. complex at the intersection of Wagner Avenue and Main Street, Fleischmanns went up in flames late Tuesday afternoon. More photos in our front page story.— Photo by Brian Sweeney

Five left homeless by Clovesville blaze

By Brian Sweeney
A Halloween decoration is being blamed for a Thursday morning fire that destroyed a Clovesville house and left a family of five homeless. The fire broke out shortly after 2 a.m. and gutted the two-story home. The family dog is credited with barking to wake up the occupants.


Fall Festival shifts to D&U for Columbus Day weekend

By Jay Braman Jr.
The folks at Belleayre Mountain want you to know something.
Contrary to popular belief, the ski center’s popular Fall Festival has not been cancelled.
True, it won’t be on the grassy slopes where visitors can stand in awe of panoramic views of the Catskills in full color. But, Belleayre and its new partner, the Delaware and Ulster Railroad (DURR), think they’ve come up with a pretty good alternative.


Delaware supervisors plan vote vs. gas drilling ban

By Matthew J. Perry
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors will vote today on a resolution that calls for the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) not to single out the county for stricter regulations concerning natural gas drilling. Resolution 191, which was filed by Middletown Supervisor Len Utter on October 2, is a lengthy document that will be forwarded, if passed, to many state officials, from the governor down to members of New York City’s council.


Ambulance funding takes jump in Shandaken preliminary budget

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Town of Shandaken’s preliminary budget has appeared on schedule this year, unlike last when the same document didn’t jump out of town hall until close to Halloween. But this year’s $5 million spending plan may still give taxpayers a fright. Filled with raises for all public officials and nonunion employees plus a whopping 18 percent increase for the town’s ambulance squad.


Delaware County adopts plan to deal with hazard mitigation

The catastrophic impact of flooding in Delaware County has resulted in significant public and private property damage. Delaware County was declared a federal disaster area each year between 2004 and 2007. Each declared event has cost millions of dollars to both public and private infrastructure and has left many residents homeless.


Septic program changes benefit more homeowners

A change in eligibility requirements for the Catskill Watershed Corporation’s Septic Rehabilitation and Replacement Program means that nearly 900 additional homeowners may be eligible to participate. Letters have been mailed to some 880 people whose properties are within 200 feet of a watercourse in the latest extension of the program eligibility distance. The voluntary program has widened progressively, from 50 to 100 to 150 feet, and now to 200 feet from a watercourse. Properties within 500 feet of a reservoir stem are also targeted.


Belleayre bucks back? Unofficial info says yes

DEC spokesman refuses $ comments but gives overview of operational plans
By Jay Braman Jr.
At press time yesterday the Catskill Mountain News was working to confirm reports that beleaguered Belleayre Mountain Ski Center has had its budget issues resolved and will be fully operational during the upcoming ski season.
“We’ll make an announcement soon,” was all Belleayre Spokesman Yancy Roy had to say Tuesday.


Local banks are sound, despite crisis

By Matthew J. Perry
After a month of watching giant financial companies crumple in a Wall Street train wreck that becomes more brutal by the day, residents of Main Street are nervous. But local, commercial banks are intent on soothing frayed nerves and still looking for business, provided that prospective customers have sound credit and assets.


$1.1 million in grant funds secured for upgrades to Arkville Water District

By Julia Green
The Middletown Town Board has secured over $1.1 in grant funds and approximately $800,000 in low-interest loan money to offset the nearly $2 million price tag attached to necessary upgrades to the Arkville Water System.
The board will outline its financial plan and additional information at a public information meeting to be held on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the town hall.


Gillibrand explains "no" vote for financial bailout proposal

By Matthew J. Perry
On Monday evening, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Congresswoman of New York’s 20th district, voted against a bill that would have approved a bailout package for the nation’s financial sector. The bill failed to pass in the House of Representatives by a vote of 228-205.
Gillibrand released the following statement to explain her vote: “While I am fully aware of the seriousness of the financial problems in the market, I do not believe the bill Congress voted on today was the right approach. The bill has insufficient oversight and protections and does not address the root causes of the crisis or the poor economy."


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