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

The college golf course at Delhi opens

DELHI - The College Golf Course at Delhi will open for play Saturday, March 21. Preseason conditions are in effect and the course will initially be open only to walkers. As an added incentive, the course is offering a special greens fee rate during March of $10 for nine holes and $15 for unlimited daily play.


Morell wins Fleischmanns mayoral post in a landslide

It was a convincing victory for Fleischmanns mayoral candidate David Morell, who defeated incumbent Malcolm Becker by a vote tally of 70 to 13 in Wednesday's election. Morell has served as a member of the village's planning board for the past year.


VanBenschoten elected Margaretville mayor by three votes

As predicted, it was a nail-biter of a mayoral election in the village of Margaretville on Wednesday, with deputy mayor John VanBenschoten emerging with a three-vote victory over his opponent, Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carol O'Beirne. VanBenschoten received 69 votes to O'Beirne's 66.


Kennedy to raise funds for Water Discovery Center

By Brian Sweeney
Environmentalist Robert Kennedy Jr. has agreed to co-chair a leadership chair for the capital campaign for the proposed Water Discovery Center in Arkville.
Organizers of the Water Discovery Center (WDC) planned for Arkville are hoping to involve a number of heavy-hitters to assist with their fund-raising efforts for the $25 million project. Mr. Kennedy is the first big name to come on board. He is an environmental lawyer and a professor at Pace University Law School.


Village races on ballot Wednesday; check back tonight for vote tallies

By Julia Green
Voters head to the polls today in Fleischmanns and Margaretville to cast their ballots for mayor and trustee positions.
On the ballot in the Margaretville mayoral election are Deputy Mayor John VanBenschoten and Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carol O’Beirne. Current trustee Iris Mead and Margaretville resident Wallace Patterson are running for two open seats on the village’s board of trustees.


DEP may shut down flood gauge devices

By Jay Braman Jr.
Stream gauges used as tools to help predict flooding in the New York City Watershed are on the chopping block as the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) mulls closing them as a cost saving measure.
The small buildings housing the gauges can be seen along the banks of streams all over the region.


Proposed OCS budget pegs tax increase at 9 percent

By Jay Braman Jr.
Making it clear that it is still “just a draft,” Onteora Superintendent of Schools Dr. Leslie Ford outlined the proposed 2009-2010 budget for listeners in Shandaken Town Hall Monday. Ford and school board trustees have been on a district tour with the plan, going to town meetings to explain the spending plan and get feedback from residents. Following that process, Ford is scheduled to present her recommended budget on March 31, and the school board is scheduled to adopt a budget on April 22. Voters will weigh in on May 19.


Law would set expiration on Shandaken farm stand

By Jay Braman Jr.
Whoever said, “You can’t fight City Hall,” obviously never met Al Higley.
Higley and his son Alfie run a farm stand on Route 28 in Mount Tremper. After years of battling the Town of Shandaken and allegedly being in violation of zoning laws, Higley says he now faces another threat to his livelihood- a new law that regulates farm stands in a way that, according to Higley, would put him out of business.


DEC extends Belleayre ski season

By Jay Braman Jr.
At a time when every dollar counts, the owners of local lodges and eateries received welcome news this week when it was announced that Belleayre Mountain Ski Center would remain open longer than originally planned.


Heated races for mayor and trustee positions in Margaretville

By Julia Green
Voters in Margaretville will go to the polls next Wednesday to cast their ballots in the mayoral election for the village, as well as to fill two seats on the board of trustees.
In the mayoral election, voters will have a choice between John VanBenschoten, who has served as a village trustee for the past four years, and Carol O’Beirne, the executive director of the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce. Current Margaretville Mayor Bill Stanton announced in January that he would not be seeking another term.


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