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Asian Longhorned Beetle that is threat to Catskills is focus of Sept. 3 program

Arkville — The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development and the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) are hosting a public training on September 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Catskill Center to address the potential threat of an Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation in the Catskill Mountain Region.


Writers in the Mountains has full lineup of classes

Roxbury — Writers in the Mountains (WIM) has planned a full program of classes for the fall. There will be classes for beginning and slightly more experienced poets and a brand new class for those interested in trying their hand at fiction.


OCS secretary is charged with taking fund-raiser money

By Jay Braman Jr.
State police have arrested an Onteora High School employee and charged her with felony grand larceny and related charges, alleging that she stole over $9,000 that school groups accumulated by holding fund-raisers.
Elizabeth Sopata, 45, of Kingston was charged on Aug. 4.


3-D Archery Shoot set for Saturday

Claryville — Frost Valley YMCA’s Outdoor Sporting Program will hold a 3-D Archery Shoot on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Competition categories are offered for each target from cub, novice, youth, traditional, women, hunter, open, to pro and top bow classes.


Tomato blight a growing problem in northeast

By Julia Green
JR Lawrence’s vegetable garden in the back yard of his Swart Street, Margaretville home is a source of a variety of summer vegetables. Cucumbers, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, beans, carrots, beets, peppers and squash all line the perimeter of his yard, interspersed with floral plants like dahlias and black-eyed Susans.
There is one crop that will be noticeably missing from his late-summer produce, however: tomatoes.
About a month ago, Lawrence’s six tomato plants fell victim to late blight, a disease of which plant pathologists have reported an outburst in the region this summer.


Congressional Gold Medal awarded posthumously to wartime pilot

By Julia Green
In the pocket of Ruth (Franckling) Reynolds’ flight slacks, there could always be found a 1922 silver dollar. The edges were beaten and dented from hours spent bouncing it on the hard concrete while she and other Women Airforce Service Pilots waited for the fog to lift so that they could take off.
And, when they were finally able to take to the skies, they had no idea the history they were making.


Auxiliary volunteers earn accolades

The sun was shining on the 41st annual Antique, Craft & Flea Market sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center on August 1. This was another banner year with many vendors participating and patrons coming through the gates.


Martial arts academy opens in Stamford

Stamford — The Mountain Martial Arts Academy of Stamford will open its doors to everyone and would like to invite you to participate in its “martial arts for everyone” month.
There will be classes available for children, starting at the age of six, in Stamford and Delhi and adult classes in Stamford.


Marshall Tucker concert canceled

Delhi — Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Marshall Tucker Band concert scheduled for August 15, 7 p.m. at Clark Sports Center, SUNY Delhi has been canceled.


Crossroads threatening to back out of land sale

By Jay Braman Jr.
The developers of a proposed $400 million resort in Shandaken are asking the Ulster County Legislature to grant a right-of-way over county land that lies between their holdings and more than 1,200 acres of property they plan to sell to the state.


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