Getting Wired

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LOCAL OPINION — Dave Salway, left, executive director of the Broadband Program Office at Empire State Development toured The Roxbury with Greg Henderson, right in a fact-finding trip last week. Angela Liotta, center, the outreach director for the Broadband Program, joined Salway as did other state and local individuals. — Photo by Joan Lawrence-Bauer

Historic Halcottsville Creamery heavily damaged by snowstorm

By Brian Sweeney
The historic Halcottsville Creamery building was among the victims of record snowfall totals from February 23 and 25 storms that wreaked havoc on the area. Owners Jim and Susan Kelly traveled from New York City to the Catskills two days after the successive snowfalls dumped more than five feet on the hamlet of Halcottsville. As they headed into the hamlet, they immediately realized that the silhouette of the former creamery building had been dramatically altered.


Local officials pledge help to bolster area's economy

By Jay Braman Jr.
The economic summit held at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Tuesday got out the message that local governments want to help the little guy fight to survive the current recession.
And while officials from both Ulster and Delaware county were on hand with similar messages, it was noted that Ulster is outspending Delaware when it comes to tourism promotion, something that at least one official would like to see change.


Cows escaped serious injury when barn addition roof fell

By Brian Sweeney
The good news from last week’s historic snowstorm was that the predicted high winds never materialized. As a result, the broken trees and power outages that many had feared, were minimal.


Skiers flock to region to enjoy fresh powder

By Jay Braman Jr.
When it comes to skiing and all things related to skiing in the Catskills, it is a sad reality that, after Presidents’ Day weekend, the annual decline of the industry begins. The number of visitors starts to drop off, ski centers begin laying off part-time help, there is less traffic in local eateries and shops, and eventually, in April, it all winds down to nothing.


Buried! Storms pound area with more than four feet of snow

By Brian Sweeney
When it comes to record snowfalls in the Catskills, last week’s might be at the top of the heap.
Most people the News spoke to said they had never seen more snow in the Catskills than the amounts that arrived in storms on Tuesday and Thursday.
When it was all over, reports from area residents generally cited totals in the four-foot range.


Andes boys to compete in Section IV semifinal tonight

The Andes Mountaineers advanced to the semifinal match of the Section IV Class D boys’ basketball tournament following a 45-37 victory over the host Patriots of Cherry Valley-Springfield on Monday night. The victory signaled the first trip to the semifinal for the 12th-seeded Mountaineers since 1989, according to Head Coach John Bernhardt.


Andes boys advance in sectional tournament; Roxbury boys, Andes and Margaretville girls fall

After nearly a week of delays due to a late winter snow storm measuring up to four feet in some locations, area basketball teams finally got back on the court over the weekend as the Section IV Class D tournament got underway.


Sectional basketball games rescheduled due to inclement weather

Three days of heavy snowfall that has left many local areas with more than three feet of snow has wreaked havoc on the 2010 Section IV Class D basketball tournament schedule – but organizers are working to get games in around the weather.


Crossroads unveils new resort plans; lodging units and profile are reduced

By Jay Braman Jr.
Dean Gitter, the mastermind behind the proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park, unveiled last week an architectural rendering of the latest plans for the project. This represents the most recent and perhaps last of several transformations made to the plan, first announced and under review since 1999.


Alliance seeking DEP ban on industrial wind turbines

By Julia Green
The Western Catskill Preservation Alliance (WCPA) this week submitted a letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requesting that the agency consider a ban on the construction of industrial wind turbines in the New York City watershed. In it, WCPA President Ronald Karam cited the ban on industrial gas drilling in the watershed requested by the DEP in December.


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