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Catskill Mountains Film Festival schedule

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A complete schedule of the Catskill Mountains Film Festival this weekend is attached as a PDF file here. It also appears on the back page of this week's Catskill Mountain News' print edition. Future auteurs of the world, take note!


Ulster Sheriff's deputy shoots alleged perpetrator after chase

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By Jay Braman Jr.
A 20-year-old man, shot twice in the chest on April 15 by a yet-to-be-identified police officer, has been charged with a variety of offenses.
In a prepared statement the day after the shooting, police described the incident as follows:


Delaware County supervisors OK bed tax proposal

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By Cheryl Petersen
Delaware County Supervisors moved forward last week to implement a bed tax. Funds garnered from the proposed two percent hotel, motel, and bed and breakfast room occupancy tax in Delaware County will be used to promote tourism. “But, we must understand, the funds will help prevent us from increasing property tax,” said Stamford Supervisor Mike Triolo.


3 Million awarded to Margaretville for flood relief

By Joe Moskowitz
It took a village and its school to impress the governor. But in the end, Margaretville is $3 million richer for the effort.
During a ceremony in Albany last Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the village would receive an additional $3 million in Rising Community funding.


Village truck purchase stalled by tight finances

By Joe Moskowitz
A special meeting of the Margaretville Village Board was called on Monday to deal with some rather routine business, but in an age when governments have to be careful with every dollar, and tough choices have to be made, a simple task like buying a truck means something else may not get done.


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


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