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.

'Wood Works' at Erpf

Arkville — Wood Works, an exhibit of fine objects in wood by four artists opens at The Erpf Gallery at The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development on June 25.

The participating artists are Barbara Arum, John Houshmand, Rich Johnson, and Bruce McCandless. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, June 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit continues through September 30.

Newspaper's new look

In keeping with a national trend in newspaper page sizes, the Catskill Mountain News, as of this issue, is being printed on what’s now known in the newspaper industry as the “22-inch web.”
Other area newspapers using this page size include the Oneonta Daily Star and, as of today, the Kingston Daily Freeman. The Kingston Daily Freeman is printed at The Record in Troy, the same newspaper that prints the Catskill Mountain News.

“The new page size is one-inch narrower than our previous size,” said News Publisher Dick Sanford.

Copper bandit hits Arkville

By Pauline Liu
High prices for scrap metal, especially copper, in this floundering economy have resulted in a major nationwide theft problem. Telecommunications firms, power companies and railroads have all fallen victim to copper thieves. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the costs of repairs and replacement total over $1 billion per year.  One of the most daring copper heists took place in Picher, OK, where thieves used chainsaws to cut down utility poles and then caused a blackout as they somehow managed to make off with 3,000 feet of copper wire without being electrocuted.

Creating Art Together comes to Delaware County

Arkville — The Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild is in collaboration with The Arc of Delaware County to develop and implement a community arts resource program to meet the needs, desires and dreams of some of the individuals within its organization.

New family business in Arkville

By Pauline Liu
About a year-and-a-half after the Market Basket on state Highway 28 in Arkville closed, the doors to the building reopened on Monday hosting a new venture.

Arkville Fire Department elects officers

The Arkville Fire Department has issued its Annual Report for 2010.

The volunteers responded to 67 calls during the past year. A breakdown shows: 10 calls for hazardous conditions; 27 medical emergencies; five mutual aid to the scene calls; three mutual aid stand-by calls; six structure fires; six service calls; three gas leaks; three calls for wires down; two smoke investigations; and two good-intent calls.

Arkville residents safe after car plunges over embankment

By Pauline Liu
An Arkville couple survived a harrowing experience late Saturday night after their car skidded over an embankment in bad weather. Robert Hardman, 79, and his wife Mary Jane, 72, were returning home at about 10 p.m., after spending a day in Amsterdam. The snow began to fall as they were headed east on Dry Brook Road in Arkville.

They were about a half-mile past Erpf Road, when their silver 2002 Lexus RX 300 SUV swerved out-of-control, rolled up a snowbank and over a guardrail. The vehicle continued halfway down the Dry Brook embankment. The only thing that stopped it from hitting the water was dense brush.

MARK Project heads back to Erpf House

By Brian Sweeney
The MARK Project, a regional economic development agency, has returned to its original home at the Erpf House in Arkville.

Fund-raising and resource development at CCCD

Arkville — At a time of escalating financial hardship and cutbacks in state and federal funding due to the economic downturn, it is increasingly important that communities come up with creative ways to maintain and expand services for their citizens.

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