Cahill knocks challenger in 103rd Assembly race off the ballot


By Jay Braman Jr.
Longtime local Assemblyman Kevin Cahill has eliminated challenger Susan Zimet from the race.
In April, Zimet, a Democrat, announced her candidacy 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.
But on Monday Zimet drop­ped out, saying in a prepared statement that it was because Cahill mounted a legal challenge against her nominating petitions that she could not afford to fight.

Tennis Courts in Fleischmanns being restored

TENNIS ANYONE? — Workers from Seward Sand and Gravel of Oneonta were busy this weke working on the tennis court in the park on Wagner Avenue, Fleischmanns. The long delayed project is a major step toward totally rebuilding the flood damaged park. A new snack bar, and children's playground will be constructed. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz

DEC adopts bear hunting season changes

Albany — Black bear hunting opportunities have expand­ed this year as a result of reg­- ulation changes adopted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Commissioner Joe Mar­tens announced this week.
“Under Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative, New York is working to increase hunting opportunities for sportsmen and sportswomen,” Commissioner Martens said. “With these changes, DEC is implementing strategies of the recently adopt­ed Black Bear Management Plan.”

"Transitions" program kicks off

Margaretville — Transition Catskills, a newly formed initiative in the worldwide Transition movement, will be presenting two screenings of the documentary “Transition 1.0.”  The screenings will take place at The Open Eye Theatre on Wednesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. and at The Roxbury Arts Center on Saturday, July 26 at 4 p.m.  After the 45-minute screening of Transition 1.0, refreshments will be served and the floor will be open for conversation. 

Work underway to solve Halcottsville's bridge issues

By Joe Moskowitz
Just five years after the Delaware County Department of Public Works (DPW) though it had ended a controversy over repairs to the Halcottsville bridge, the bridge had to be shut down for repairs last week, and the DPW will have to close it again later this year.

County begins repaving Phoenicia's Main Street

NEW SURFACE — Workers began repaving work on Main Street, Phoenicia this week. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.NEW SURFACE — Workers began repaving work on Main Street, Phoenicia this week. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Ulster County Highway Department announced late last week that it will tear up Phoenicia’s Main Street and repave it this week as long as the weather permits.
The project calls for the street to be redone between July 21 and 22 from the Phoenicia Pharmacy eastward all the way down to the Parish Hall of the Saint Francis de Sales Church.

Rev. Robert Purcell

Rev. Robert H. Purcell, a former pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Margaretville, who was responsible for fostering an interfaith initiative throughout the Catskill Community, died July 17, 2014. Due to his ecumenical efforts, our region was blessed with good will and mutual respect among various religious factions.
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ORDA losing state money, claims NYS Comptroller's audit


By Jay Braman Jr.
The agency that was handed the keys to Belleayre Mountain Ski Center less than two years ago has been losing money, and lots of it, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, whose office just released an audit report on the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) that shows it lost $45 million in just three years.
Also, the Comptroller is recommending that ORDA begin taking more of the revenue from the Belleayre Conservatory, a local nonprofit organization that puts on a popular summer concert series at Belleayre.

Road work tops the agenda for Andes Town Board


By Cheryl Petersen
The Town of Andes 1978 Caterpillar grader is shot. Highway Superintendent Mike McAdams reported that the road grader is not worth repairing. The town council considered this and other business at the July 8 evening meeting at town hall.
Between normal road upkeep and road damage caused by flooding, the lack of a grader adds pressure to the highway crew. The superintendent has been working on weekends using the 1989 John Deere grader to try to match the road demands.

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