Margaretville

25th Anniversary Flyer!

More review in store for the Belleayre Resort?

Above: Gary Gailes, a spokesman for Crossroads Ventures LLC, shows Watershed Post reporter Lissa Harris details of a scale model of the proposed Belleayre Resort in 2013. Photo by Julia Reischel.

For months, backers of the long-planned Belleayre Resort project have been eagerly anticipating the end of the state Department of Environmental Conservation's lengthy process of environmental review.

The developer, Crossroads Ventures LLC, is eager to break ground on the project, which has been in the planning process for almost 15 years.

Town planning boards in the towns of Shandaken and Middletown, which the resort will straddle, are anxious to begin their own review process. 

But before the state DEC can sign off on the project, clearing the way for permits to be issued, at least one more hurdle remains -- and it may not be a trivial one.

A legal process set in motion years ago to have an administrative law judge examine potential issues raised by the project is still open, and until it is officially dismissed or carried out, the Belleayre Resort cannot move forward.

Environmental groups that sought to downsize the project years ago will now have another chance to weigh in, and may seek to keep that process open in an effort to make further changes.  Read more

Margaretville Cauliflower Festival

September 27, 2014 - 10:00am

11th Annual Margaretville Cauliflower Festival. FREE! Food, kids activities, artists, vendors, pony rides. Tractor Parade 11:30. History exhibits, traditional folk and blues music by Jason Starr and Henry Hermann. Rain or shine, Village Park, Margaretville. Sponsored by the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce. www.cauliflowerfestival.com.

845-586-3300

"Seeing is Believing" - Art Martello at The Open Eye Theater

September 20, 2014 - 7:00pm

 

ART MARTELLO PERFORMS "SEEING IS BELIEVING"

FOR OPEN EYE THEATER BENEFIT

Mr. Art (Artie) Martello, acclaimed magician, resident of Halcottsville, and generous patron of the arts, will take the stage at The Open Eye Theater, Saturday, September 20, at 7:00 PM.  To support The Open Eye Theater he will perform his all new show "Seeing is Believing."  Each show Mr. Martello mounts has a new theme; his fans know well that Art’s shows, as his catch phrase states, "are A-maaazing!"  "Seeing is Believing" includes several tricks that are so difficult, even Art himself wonders if he can pull them off.  He and his able assistant Phyllis Horowitz are contributing their time and talent to this benefit event.  Mr. Martello is a member of the Society of American Magicians and International Brotherhood of Magicians (order of Merlin).   Read more

845-586-1660

Magic at The Open Eye Theater - Seeing is Believing

 

ART MARTELLO PERFORMS "SEEING IS BELIEVING"

FOR OPEN EYE THEATER BENEFIT

Mr. Art (Artie) Martello, acclaimed magician, resident of Halcottsville, and generous patron of the arts, will take the stage at The Open Eye Theater, Saturday, September 20, at 7:00 PM.  To support The Open Eye Theater he will perform his all new show "Seeing is Believing."  Each show Mr. Martello mounts has a new theme; his fans know well that Art’s shows, as his catch phrase states, "are A-maaazing!"  "Seeing is Believing" includes several tricks that are so difficult, even Art himself wonders if he can pull them off.  He and his able assistant Phyllis Horowitz are contributing their time and talent to this benefit event.  Mr. Martello is a member of the Society of American Magicians and International Brotherhood of Magicians (order of Merlin).   Read more

Space of Miracles Exclusive @ $ 459,000

Space of Miracles

This property boasts privacy and seclusion at the end of a long private drive. This is set above the East Branch of the Delaware River flowing along its glacial path. There are views to sooth the soul and infuse you with energy with southern exposure that faces the never ending sun. A striking 1500 sq ft Contemporary features an open floor plan. 

There is a large Dining area with stainless appliances, a center island, marble countertops, and oak cabinets made from trees that grew on the property.

The Great Room boasts a fieldstone fireplace and windows overlooking the 40 ft deck and celestial star studded sky. The Master Suite has a full bath and walk-in closets. There are 2 BD’s with full guest bath which completes the sleeping area. The basement offers further space for add’l living.  Read more

Rekindle the Romance Exclusive @ $ 149,000

REKINDLE THE ROMANCE

At the end of a private drive and hidden in the hemlocks sits this simple log structure, humble and serene. Situated so it embraces the earth and blends with its surroundings.

An inviting open covered porch leads to a charming great-room with woodstove warmth - cuddle or dine by the glow of the fire for those romantic evenings.

An efficient kitchen with all appliances and center island makes entertaining a joy.  Storage is enhanced by a large pantry for those extra pots and pans, A master bedroom, full bath with washer/dryer, and guest bed room/den complete the main floor. There is a sleeping loft for the unexpected visitor.  

A cathedral ceiling plus floor to ceiling windows create a great sense of light and space. The dining area looks out over a lush lawn and age-old forest glen. Amenities such as a open deck for summer dining, an often sought after "out door" shower for the end of the day of gardening or swimming.  Read more

All in the Family Exclusive @ $ 125,000

All in the Family

This is located at the end of a dead end town maintained road and is tucked away and gently secluded overlooking an old farm and meadows.  This home sits above a courtyard and catches the cooling breezes of summer.  A wide covered veranda runs the length of the house and is a gathering place for afternoon sunsets.

If you are looking for a home that speaks of peace and tranquility, this is the place for you.  Short on pretense and long on fun.

The home is a traditional 1970’s Cape Cod with architectural colonial dormers and features 3 bedrooms, a full bath, living room and dining room.  This is enhanced by a fieldstone hearth and woodstove warmth and is set on 1.8 acres with stonewalls.

Amenities such as:  a large studio space in a 2 car garage, perennial flowers and an easy to care for  lawn.  You can be as comfortable as slipping on an old pair of shoes.  This needs some cosmetics but worth the effort.

 

Primary elections today

Above: A voting booth in Margaretville in May 2013. Photo by Julia Reischel.

It's an election year, and today is the day to vote in the primaries. 

The biggest race in the primary is on the Democratic ticket, where underdog candidate Zephyr Teachout is challenging New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. Teachout is attacking Cuomo from the left by comparing his fiscal policies to those of Ronald Reagan.  Cuomo is doing his best to ignore Teachout's campaign entirely. (Literally. During a Labor Day parade in Manhattan, Cuomo managed to ignore Teachout as she stood directly in front of him.

Teachout's running mate, Tim Wu, is running for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor against Kathy Hochul, Cuomo's running mate. The race is its own separate primary, and if Wu wins, he could find himself in the odd position of being Cuomo's running mate in the general election.

As for local Catskills races, there are a few worth noting. 

Left: Bryan Babcock. Photo via Babcock's campaign. 

The Delaware County town of Franklin is holding a Republican primary for a town council seat. Bryan Babcock, the owner of Handsome Brook Farm and Bed & Breakfast who is also a professor at Hartwick College, is vying with Lisa Huyck and Donald Smith for one of two seats on the board. Babcock has criticized the town board for not implementing a comprehensive plan for Franklin.

"With several major infrastructure projects on the horizon in Delaware County," Babcock said in a press release. "it is essential that we protect our roads and utilities. To do this we need to be proactive as a Town Board. I feel that my experience as a business leader will help the Board be even more effective for Franklin residents."

In the Ulster county towns of Hardenburgh and Denning, the Sullivan County town of Neversink, and the Delaware County towns of Andes, Bovina, Davenport, Delhi, Hamden and Meredith, there is a Republican primary race for the 101st State Assembly District, which features a contest between Claudia Tenney and Chris Farber.  According to the Daily Star, the outcome of the primary doesn't matter -- both Tenny and Farber will make it to the ballot in November. 

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Police: Margaretville woman was "significant" cocaine trafficker

A 66-year-old Margaretville woman who was allegedly dealing large amounts of cocaine out of her house has been arrested by Delaware County police, and is facing multiple felony drug trafficking charges. 

Delaware County sheriff's deputies arrested Diana LeDuc on Thursday, Sept. 4, after a search of her West Hubbell Hill Road home turned up a half-ounce of cocaine, two handguns and two high-capacity magazines. Police also found $500 cash and a public assistance benefit card in LeDuc's name. 

The search followed several weeks of investigation into the sale of cocaine from LeDuc's house, carried out by Delaware County sheriff's deputies and Village of Walton police. 

Police say that during the recent investigation, LeDuc sold large amounts of cocaine on three occasions. On one occasion, police say, LeDuc sold more than a half-ounce of cocaine, leading to a charge of second-degree sale of a controlled substance, a Class A-II felony. If convicted, she will face up to ten years in prison for this charge.  Read more


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