"Trucking" with Santa

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FIREHOUSE CHRISTMAS FUN —Over 100 kids brought their parents to visit Santa at the Roxbury Firehouse on Saturday including Trevor, Derek, and Jordan Fronckowiak.  Photos were taken by Catskill Images and refreshments were abundant. Fire Chief Allen Hinkley was so impressed with the turnout that he decided to make it an annual event. Planning for next year is already in the works. — Photo by Jill Ribich, Catskill Images

Fleischmanns "nets" new tennis courts

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Interpretive Center groundbreaking a dream come true for Hinchey

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The friends of the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center chose Tuesday, Sept. 23, the first day of autumn, as the time to hold the official groundbreaking for a $1.3 million state project that has been in the making since the 1980s.
YEARS IN THE MAKING — Retired Congressman Maurice Hinchey proudly displays an artists’ rendering on Tuesday of the long awaited Catskill Interpretive Center, set to be built this fall. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.YEARS IN THE MAKING — Retired Congressman Maurice Hinchey proudly displays an artists’ rendering on Tuesday of the long awaited Catskill Interpretive Center, set to be built this fall. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.


Catskill Heritage Alliance vows to keep fighting the resort

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA) is trying to keep a court battle going over the fate of the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park.
It was announced last week that the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) had completed its review of the resort’s draft Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and gave it a passing grade. But before the department’s commissioner can sign off and allow the process to move to the permitting phase, a court case brought in 2007 against the resort must be settled.

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DEC approves Belleayre Resort; review process is now over

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Though still not official, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has completed its review of the Belleayre Resort application and is expected to issue the necessary permits for the project.
But when those permits will be issued is not yet clear, according to project spokesman Gary Gailes.


Mayor OKs public vote on Fleischmanns bio fuel plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Mayor of Fleischmanns has put out word that the people of that small village can be the ones to decide if they want a $14 million biofuel project installed for the entire community, a project that will bring an estimated 15 percent saving on heat bills for the next 10 years or so.
Earlier this month, several residents appeared at the village board meeting with a list of over 30 questions about the project, which has been under discussion for a couple of years.
On Monday, Mayor Todd Pascarella released a response to all of those questions.


Geology professors tell students that more floods are inevitable

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By Joe Moskowitz
Margaretville Central School science teacher Jeffrey Mann’s new course is raising local interest, both in and outside of the classroom. It’s called Environmental Science of the Catskills and the subject matter of the class’s first guest lecturers could become the talk of the town.


DEP to extend Route 28 sewer lines in Shandaken

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the start of work on a $2 million sewer line extension in the Town of Shandaken that will provide wastewater collection and treatment to 25 additional homes and businesses that currently rely on individual septic systems.


Andes chugging along with depot renovations

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By Cheryl Petersen
Many seasons have passed over the Andes Depot, built in 1907 as a train stop between the Ontario & Western East Branch near Hancock, and the Ulster & Delaware in Arkville. The quintessential train station served passengers and carried freight on the Delaware & Eastern Railroad D&E RR, later to be called the Delaware & Northern Railroad.


Fairview Library gets $16K in grant funds

The Fairview Library in Margaretville is the recipient of a $16,000 grant that will be utilized to help fund capital improvements.
State Senator James Seward (R-Oneonta) secured the grant funding. The money will be utilized to help pay for a renovation project that will help bring Fairview Library into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Bovina highway garage is sinking, town board ponders repair costs

By Cheryl Petersen
Repairs to a sinking highway garage, tree and limb removal from Brushland Cemetery, and a water-rate increase for the hamlet kept the town board occupied at its monthly meeting on September 10.
The highway garage has been sinking and the council pondered payment options with a sense of urgency. “The garage needs to be fixed this year,” said Supervisor Molé.


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