Ulster Co. planners weigh in with Belleayre Resort comments

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Ulster County Planning Board (UCPB) has weighed in on the plans submitted for the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park.
And while they strongly support the plans and recommend approval by the local planning boards currently reviewing them, the county planners have come up with quite a recommended list of changes to those plans.
In his report given to the Shandaken Planning Board in January, the county’s principal planner, Robert Leibowitz, wrote that the long review of the project has paid off.


Deep freeze problems persist

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Frozen water lines continue to plague local homes and businesses. Especially vulnerable are water lines under pavement where insulating snow has been shoveled or plowed.


More flood money for Town of Shandaken's hamlets

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The answer to how best to protect the hamlets of Phoenicia and Mount Tremper from future flooding has not been found yet, but another grant has been awarded to help those charged with figuring it out.
Last week Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County announced $339,116 in grants to support 12 stream management implementation projects in Ulster County’s New York City watershed towns.


Region's hemlocks in rapid decline

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By Brian Sweeney
Hemlocks in the Catskills are in the midst of a rapid decline due to insect devastation, according to a recent report by the U.S. Forest Service.
The Arkville-based Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (CCCD) is among the agencies taking a leading role to help combat this problem.


Hilton Kelly, Catskill fiddle legend, passes away

Hilton Kelly, a lifelong resident of Red Kill outside of Fleischmanns, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville. He was 89 and-a-half years old.
Hilton was born July 18, 1925, in the Red Kill Valley (also known as Bedell), to Edith Kittle Kelly and Carson Kelly.
Hilt and Stella celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary last fall.Hilt and Stella celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary last fall.


MCS lists three finalists for the superintendent post

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Residents and taxpayers of the Margaretville Central School District will have an opportunity to meet and question candidates for the post of school superintendent in an open forum tonight (Wednesday, March 4) at the school.

Three finalists for the position will arrive in the community for a day-long round of stakeholder interviews, culminating with the introductions to the community starting at 6:40 p.m. at the school.


Broadband upgrade seen as key to the region's growth

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Four state officials traveled to Roxbury last week to discuss plans for a statewide upgrade to broadband services that have been announced by Governor Cuomo.
Dave Salway, executive director of the Empire State Development Broadband Program Office came from Albany along with Outreach Director Angela Liotta. Kevin McManus from Governor Cuomo’s Binghamton office and Kara Grippen, the Governor’s Southern Tier representative joined the group in Roxbury.


Pine Hill water system is at the freezing point

By Jay Braman Jr.
Don Clark says it’s the lesser of two evils.
The Pine Hill Water District Commissioner is urging users to keep their cold water running round the clock in order to avoid the freeze up of the metal lines that feed homes and businesses, even though most are buried at least four-feet deep underground.
While doing so is sure to increase water bills this month, Clark says that’s less costly than the alternative.


Petition drive started to re-open Key Bank in Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
With the fate of the Phoenicia Key Bank branch still uncertain following a February 16 fire, a petition is being circulated that should let bank decision makers know where the people of the community stand.
They want their bank back.
And, as it turns out, those signing are not just Key Bank­ers that want to return to the pleasure of banking locally. Its others, who live and bank elsewhere, all across the country, that believe Key’s presence on Main Street is a vital element of Phoenicia’s economy, vibe, and overall health.


Maple syrup season off to a slow start

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By Dick Sanford
The maple syrup season is off to anything but a sweet start, according to David Hill of Shaver Hill Maple in Harpersfield. “We’re usually tapped by February 20”, Hill told the News yesterday but so far this year the Hills haven’t tapped a single tree yet. “I think we’ll start in a couple of days”, Hill went on to say, noting that deep snow would make for hard going in the woods. Asked how much snow was on the ground in Harpersfield Hill replied, “too much.”


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