As Republican Congressman Chris Gibson was sworn into his third term in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, he announced that it would be his last.
In a statement, Gibson said that he will step down from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of his current two-year term:
"As I stated shortly after retiring from the US Army and first pursuing a seat in Congress in 2010, I planned to self-impose term limits. Accordingly, after much reflection and consultation with my family, this will be my third and final time taking the oath of office as a Representative in the US House. I thank the voters of Upstate NY for this privilege to serve and pledge to continue to work tirelessly on their behalf in this final term." Read more
Hello 2015! We're back after a holiday break, just in time for winter to really sink its teeth into the Catskills.
The National Weather Service is warning that high winds will batter Greene, Schoharie and Ulster counties throughout the day on Monday, Jan. 5, that downed power lines and outages are possible, and that "loose objects may be propelled:" Read more
Since Dec. 12, the Constitution Pipeline has filed formal eminent domain proceedings against 55 landowners along the pipeline’s proposed 124-mile route through Schoharie, Delaware and Chenango counties, federal court records show.
On Wednesday, Dec. 3, the pipeline’s law firm sent a letter to resistant landowners offering them a chance to accept compensation in exchange for an easement on their property. The letter gave the landowners until Dec. 11 to make up their minds. Read more
Above: A crash at the intersection of Route 6 and Margaretville Mountain Road on Dec. 22, 2014. Photo by Julia Reischel.
Two cars collided at the intersection of Route 6 and Margaretville Mountain Road in the Delaware County town of Middletown around 12 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22. A first responder at the scene told the Watershed Post that one person was injured. Ambulances were on the scene and the road was closed to traffic after the crash.
12/26/14 update: The Catskill Mountain News has more info about the crash, including the fact that four people were treated for minor injuries and later released.
Left: Rafael Figueroa, known as "Cano" in Margaretville. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.
A 35-year-old Roxbury man known around the Delaware County village of Margaretville as "Cano" was arrested on Thursday, Dec. 18 for allegedly selling cocaine in the village, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.
At a cabinet meeting that was open to the public today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York State Department of Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens and New York Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker announced that the practice of natural gas drilling called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, will be prohibited in New York State. Read more
Above: Jess Olenych (with Joey, Jess's dog) and Karen Fairbairn at the inaugural meeting of the Margaretville Business Association. Photos by Julia Reischel.
Fifteen business people and one small dog gathered to form the Business Association of Margaretville--BAM! for short--at the Molnar Financial Building (the former Margaretville e-Center) on Main Street on Tuesday, Dec. 16.
Karen Fairbairn, owner of the Lazy Crazy Acres gelato company in Arkville, was elected to be president of the group, and Jess Olenych, the owner of Home Goods in Margaretville, was voted Vice President.