Arkville

Arkville community hit hard

By Brian Sweeney
Approximately 30 families in Arkville likely lost their homes during Sunday’s devastating flooding.
The entire Pavilion Road was wiped out, with many mobile homes along this stretch being swept away or heavily damaged as a torrent of water from the nearby Dry Brook stream raged throughout low-lying portions of the hamlet.

Severe impact


Updated budget approved for Arkville water project

Staff report
An updated spending plan for the Arkville Water District upgrade project was approved by the Middletown Town Board last Monday.

The board passed a resolution authorizing the issuance of an additional $556,625 in serial bonds to help fund the project.

The total price tag for the water system upgrade is $2,344,000. The town has secured $1,492,000 in grant funding to offset project costs. Water district residents will repay the anticipated balance of $852,000 through loan-interest loans over a 38-year period.


Twilight on the Rails rolls on Saturday

Twilight on a lovely evening, rolling fields, passing farms, and the rhythm of the rails are all on track as the Delaware & Ulster Railroad offers another moonlit excursion. Music, food, fun and a little romance play a part in this magical evening train ride through the scenic Catskills as the D&U rolls out of the Arkville depot on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m.


Arkville water project to break ground

Staff report
Work is expected to get underway this week on an upgrade to the Arkville Water District.
Hubbell Inc. of Margaretville was the winning bidder for the water main construction and will be starting this phase of the project.

One phase of the project involves replacing deteriorating water distribution mains along Route 28 and eliminating two dead-ends in the distribution system to improve efficiency.


13 area students receive ARC scholarships

Walton — The Arc of Delaware County recently awarded scholarships to Delaware County students planning to enter a field of study that would directly benefit people with disabilities. Every school district in the county was represented. The recipients of these grants were selected based on demonstrated scholastic ability and also for their service to a community or school organization. Students that were awarded the scholarships are entering various fields of study such as psychology, nursing, social work, human resources, and sign language.


Heat wave made for a hot time in Arkville

Staff report
Anyone who went to the websites for AOL Weather or AccuWeather on Friday to check the forecast for Arkville would have been startled to discover that the current temperature and daytime high was listed at a mind boggling 131 degrees Fahrenheit. The fact that not one, but two internationally known websites listed the same temperature error made the situation all the more bizarre, especially since they operate independently of one another. Had anyone taken the reading seriously, the tiny hamlet of Arkville would have become the center of national news coverage.


Photo history of Arkville to be presented July 28

Arkville — Lynda Stratton’s extensive collection of Arkville postcards will be the focus of the next program of the Historical Society of Middletown (HSM) to be held Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at the Arkville Firehall.

The slide show, prepared by Lynda’s daughter, Kathy Roberts, will include 169 images, most of the them postcards dating from 1900 to about 1920. Bud Barnes, long a collector of all things Arkville, will display some artifacts and memorabilia. There is an admission charge of $2 but HSM members get in free.


Area contractors win Arkville water bids

Staff report
Two local companies were awarded bids for major portions of the Arkville Water District improvement project.

Hubbell Inc. of Kelly Corners submitted the winning bid for water main construction and Cowan Excavating of Roxbury was awarded the contract for water meter construction.
The bids were reviewed and selected by the Middletown Town Board at its July 12 meeting.


Local couple making ice cream down on the farm

By Pauline Liu
Jake and Karen Fairbairn of Rider Hollow, Arkville have turned ice cream making into what the couple calls a “cow-to-cone” operation. That in fact, is their slogan for their Lazy Crazy Acres brand. They boast of being just one of four micro creameries in the state.


Train robberies at DURR

Reports are coming in from other railroads in the region of the return of the infamous Shadows of the Old West. These bandits are making their presence known on every pay train that rolls on the rails.

Local law enforcement has been tipped off that these desperados will hold up the 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. trains this Saturday, June 25. They will be clad in historically accurate costumes and these guys put on quite a show. The Delaware & Ulster Railroad, located on Route 28 in Arkville, is making every effort to prepare for these desperadoes.


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