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NYC commits to Catskills Interpretive Center

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Like the legendary Rip Van Winkle, who slept for decades before awakening to a new era in the mountains, The Catskill Interpretive Center has risen from almost 30 years of dormancy and seems to be rewarded for doing so again and again.
Most recently, it’s the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that has announced a gift to the Center.


Local Dem to challenge Cahill

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By Jay Braman Jr.
New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet, a Democrat, announced her candidacy Tuesday for the New York State Assembly’s 103rd District, which covers most of Ulster County and has been represented by current lawmaker Kevin Cahill, who is also a Democrat.


Roxbury student wins MTC cover photo contest

By Brian Sweeney
Roxbury Central School sophomore Danielle Fichtner is the winner of a photo contest and her work will appear on the 2014-15 Margaretville Telephone Co. directory.
MTC Plant Manager Steve Finch and Danielle Fichtner display a sample of the new phone book cover. — Photo by Dick SanfordMTC Plant Manager Steve Finch and Danielle Fichtner display a sample of the new phone book cover. — Photo by Dick Sanford


DEC officer kills bear in Bovina

Bovina — On Thursday afternoon, April 17, a DEC Wildlife staff member killed a bear on Lee Hollow Road in the Town of Bovina that was attempting to enter a structure that contained honey. DEC officials believed that it was same bear that had previously entered the structure and destroyed approximately 120 pounds of honey.
The staff person attempted to scare the bear away but was unsuccessful.
The last-resort killing of nuisance bears is allowable under New York State Environmental Conservation Law § 11-0523.


Impressive Turkey Toms taken by young hunters


OPENING DAY GOBBLER — Angela Davis of Margaretville shot this old tom turkey while hunting with her father Pat on Saturday morning on the Utter farm in Millbrook.  The turkey had a nine-inch beard and one and one-eighth-inch long spurs. The tom weighed approximately 20 pounds. — Contributed photo


Brush fires keep volunteer firemen on the run

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Area volunteers responded to pair of brush fires this week, extinguishing the blazes before they could cause significant damage.
Redkill Flames: Firefighters work to control a brush fire that broke out Sunday on Redkill Road in the Town of Roxbury. The volunteers extinguished the fire with a big turnout of personnel. The blaze was stopped about 20 feet from a house. The fire spread across severalRedkill Flames: Firefighters work to control a brush fire that broke out Sunday on Redkill Road in the Town of Roxbury. The volunteers extinguished the fire with a big turnout of personnel. The blaze was stopped about 20 feet from a house. The fire spread across several


Phoenicia Elementary proposes a high-tech wood biomass heating system

By Jay Braman Jr.
If voters approve, the Phoenicia Elementary School will be heating with wood next year.
No, there won’t be a big Vermont Castings stove set up in the gym or any such thing, but rather a hi-tech biomass system that is fueled by wood pellets that school officials say it will make for a more environmentally friendly school.


Fleischmanns Park receives fix-up funds

By Joe Moskowitz
The Village of Fleischmanns has received some long overdue good news. Work will begin later this spring or early in the summer to restore more of the village park on Wagner Avenue.


Junior Pultz marks 72 years in the Fleischmanns VFD

By Joe Moskowitz
It was a bright, sunny day last Sunday when the Fleischmanns Fire Department’s siren started wailing. Charles “Junior” Pultz jumped in his car and drove to the fire hall to see if he could help, just like has been doing that since he was 16 years old. Junior was 16 years old in 1952, 72 years ago!
Seven Decades of Service: Charles”Junior” Pultz receiving a Congressional seal from Representative Chris Gibson. Pultz has been a member of the Fleischmanns fire Department for 72 years. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzSeven Decades of Service: Charles”Junior” Pultz receiving a Congressional seal from Representative Chris Gibson. Pultz has been a member of the Fleischmanns fire Department for 72 years. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz


Grand Gorge Tire opens to serve community's needs

By Trish Adams
When the Grand Gorge community lost Becker’s Tire Service to a devastating fire on September 27, with it went the steady livelihoods of at least half a dozen people. And, as the only tire service of its volume and diversity in the area, its loss on the verge of winter was sorely felt throughout all our local villages and towns.


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