County Supervisors organize for 2014

By Cheryl Petersen
Christa Schafer, clerk of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors opened the board’s organizational meeting on January 8 for elections.
Incumbent Board Chairman and Town of Harpersfield Supervisor Jim Eisel was the only candidate nominated for the chairman’s position. Nominator Marty Donnelly, Supervisor of the Town of Andes, said, “Mr. Eisel is efficient, successful, has an open-door policy and is respected by many people both inside and outside the county.” Nominations were closed, vote was taken and Eisel won with only one dissenting vote from Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller.

Middletown board makes 2014 appointments

The Town of Middletown has changed its monthly meetings to 5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the town hall.
The change in the meeting time (from 7 p.m.) was approved at board’s annual Organizational Meeting held January 7.

The Year in Review: October-December 2013

October 2, 2013

Becker's Tire destroyed by fire
A fire of undetermined origin broke out at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Friday morning, September 27 and totally destroyed Becker's Tire Service, located on Route 30 in Grand Gorge.

The Year in Review continues with July-Sept. 2013

The Catskill Mountain News continues its look back at the top stories during the last six months of 2013.

July 3, 2013
GOP backs Delameter in Supervisor’s race
Arkville resident Nelson Delameter has been officially endorsed by the Town of Middletown Republican Committee as its candidate for supervisor.
The endorsement is unusual because Delameter is a registered Democrat and will challenge incumbent Supervisor Marge Miller in the September Democratic Primary.

Top spots in boys’ Delaware League hotly contended

By John Bernhardt
Up is down and down is up in Delaware League boys’ basketball this winter. The decade-long standings have shifted with new faces battling for room in Upper and Mountain Division races.
With at least five schools vying for top honors in the league, and several others trying to elbow their way into the hardwood conversation, local basketball fans have a virtual smorgasbord of “big game” choices sprinkled across the schedule almost every night of the season.

Lanark Farm going strong after four decades

By Cheryl Petersen
Circa 1852, Scottish immigrant James Fletcher began farming between Margaretville and Andes. Years later, Tom Doig rode his horse over the hill from Gladstone Hollow and met Margaret Fletcher, one of the Fletcher daughters. Tom Doig proposed marriage to Margaret and the Doig name merged permanently to the farm, now known as Lanark Farm at the eastern foot of Palmer Hill on Route 28.

High Tea at Fairview Library celebrates Downton Abbey's fourth season

By Cheryl Petersen
A day before the fourth season of “Downton Abbey” premiered on January 5, fans and tome lovers, gathered for High Tea, cucumber sandwiches, and scones at Fairview Library in Margaretville.
Library Director Susan Carver has been a devoted follower of Downton Abbey, a PBS Masterpiece drama, since its inception. “The Dowager Countess of Grantham, played by Maggie Smith, gets all the best lines,” said Carver. “Each set design is impeccable and the writing is exquisite.”

CWC accepting education grant proposals through Feb. 5

The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) will accept Watershed Education Grant proposals from schools and non-profit organizations through February 5.
Grant proposals must be for projects that help increase awareness of the human and natural history of the West of the Hudson (WOH) Watershed and the New York City water supply system. Projects must serve students and teachers in the New York City West-of-Hudson WOH Watershed or within the five boroughs of New York City.
Applications for Special Watershed Education Grants for adult and general audiences are also available to WOH applicants.

Roxbury residents offer presentation on their local history book Jan. 14

Roxbury — Roxbury residents and co-authors Anthony and Lynette Liberatore will offer a presentation on their book "Around Roxbury: Images of America," published in June by Arcadia Press, on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m., at the Roxbury Library.
Regular RLA Tuesday Forum attendees will provide refreshments following the authors’ presentation.
The Roxbury Library Association welcomes the public to all RLA Tuesday Forum programs, activities, and gatherings, which are free of charge.

Full Moon hike planned for Andes on Jan. 16

By Cheryl Petersen
The crew dresses in layers (no cotton), grabs some heat packs, pulls on MICROspikes or snow-shoes, and starts hiking.
“Thirteen of us hiked on New Year’s Day,” said John Exter, from New Kingston. “It was great fun and we have another hike planned on January 16.” Everyone is invited to meet at the beginning of the Andes Rail Trail on county Highway 2, at 8 p.m., for a moonlight hike.

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