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Belleayre Resort will fail unless scaled back, Catskill Heritage Alliance claims

Above: A rendering of the planned hotel and lodge buildings at Highmount -- part of the proposed Belleayre Resort project -- from a supplemental draft environmental impact statement released in April 2014 by the DEC.

The Catskill Heritage Alliance, a local environmental group that has long been critical of the proposed Belleayre Resort project in Highmount, has released a study that claims the resort will fail unless scaled back.

The study, commissioned by Washington, D.C.-based firm Public and Environmental Finance Associates, takes aim at another study commissioned last year from national hotel consultants HVS by resort developer Crossroads Ventures. In documents prepared in 2013 for the state's ongoing review of the project, Crossroads relied on the HVS study to make a case for the resort's financial viability and economic benefits to the region.   Read more

Susan's Pleasant Pheasant Farm Kayak Races

Lake Wawaka

Halcottsville, NY 12438

607-326-4266

Kayka and Stand Up Paddle Board Races along 

with Croquet Tournament

Many Categories and Many Prizes

Sat. 8/2 & Sun. 8/3

Registration Starts at 9 A.M.

1st Race Starts at 11 A.M.

2nd Race Starts at 2 P.M.

Croquet Tournament Starts at 12:30 P.M.

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The 2014 First Annual Not Your Average Croquet Tournament

The 2014 First Annual Not Your Average Croquet Tournament

Saturday 8/2 and Sunday 8/3

Registration Starts 9:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

$5.00 Entry Fee

Tournament Starts at 12:30 P.M.

Daily Prizes

1st Place Prize: $50.00 + Free Single Kayak Rental

2nd Place Prize: $25.00 + Free Single Kayak Rental

3rd Place Prize: $15.00 + Free Single Kayak Rental

4th Place Prize: $5.00 + Free Single Kayak Rental

1 Bragg Hollow Rd Halcottsville, NY 12438 (607)326-4266

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Preregister to ensure your tee time at the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

Transition Catskills proposes 'Catskills dollars,' tool libraries, and farmers' markets

Above: A design for a local Catskills currency created by members of Transition Catskills.

About two dozen people attended the first public forum of Transition Catskills, a group dedicated to making the Catskills more economically resilient, on Wednesday night at the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville.

“This was our first effort to organize a conversation,” said Jeff Tomasi, a former partner at Goldman Sachs who helped found the group.

There will be another film screening and public forum for the Transition Catskills movement on Saturday, July 26, at 4 p.m. at the Roxbury Arts Center in Roxbury.

Tomasi, who owns a second home in the Delaware County town of Middletown, also lives in London, where he first got word of Transition, an initiative that began in England around 2006 and addressed issues of oil dependence and economic instability.

“I’m not a leader, I’m a facilitator,” Tomasi told the group. “I’m not here to tell people how to live. Just here to start the dialogue.”  Read more

Stream Cleanup on the Bush Kill Saturday, July 26

Stream Cleanup on the Bush Kill

On Saturday July 26th, there is a stream cleanup on Bush Kill Creek in Fleischmanns. Volunteers will meet at 10 AM in the municipal village parking lot. Work the cleanup, fish a bit afterwards, and get a free hot dog and ice cream for helping.  Read more

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Albany Diocese condemns obituary and mass for accused former priest

In an unusual move, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany condemned an obituary and mass for a former priest who died last week as "highly insensitive" to the people he is accused of sexually abusing while he was a minister.

Former priest Robert H. Purcell, who died in the Delaware County village of Margaretville on Thursday, July 17, was permanently removed from the ministry in 2011 after an investigation by the Albany Diocese's Sexual Misconduct Review Board into charges that he had sexually abused minors.

In its investigation, the Diocese "found reasonable grounds to believe" that Purcell sexually abused minors, including a victim in Margaretville from 1995 to 2001, according to Ken Goldfarb, the director of communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, in a statement emailed to the Watershed Post today.  Read more

Wednesday Night’s Show: Catskill Forest Festival

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesday’s 6PM – 7PM
WIOX ROXBURY 91.3FM or www.wioxradio.org  Read more


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