BBQ, Bourbon and Bingo to benefit Phoenicia Library

By Jay Braman Jr.
It seems that there’s no end to the creativity of those trying to raise funds for a worthy cause in the Catskills.
The most recent one to draw attention is a Bingo/Barbecue/ Bourbon mash up slated for Sunday, April 27 at the Peeka­moose Restaurant and Tap Room on Route 28 in Big Indian. A benefit for the Phoenicia Library, which burned a couple years back and is now being rebuilt, this shindig promises to be as fun as it is unique.

ACS teams up with food bank to promote healthy eating for kids


Andes — A joint program being sponsored by Andes Central School (ACS) and the Andes Food Bank kicked off Friday when each and every ACS student in Kindergarten through second grade picked up a box of healthy food on the way home to make sure that all of the school’s younger children have healthy eating choices over the weekend.
HELPING HANDS: Andes Central School and the Andes Food Bank have teamed up for a healthy food program. From left are Torin Bacon, Winnie Richards-Consigny, Giovanni Patrocini, Samantha Ackerly and Allison Long. Contributed photos.HELPING HANDS: Andes Central School and the Andes Food Bank have teamed up for a healthy food program. From left are Torin Bacon, Winnie Richards-Consigny, Giovanni Patrocini, Samantha Ackerly and Allison Long. Contributed photos.

MCS bus purchase wins by three votes

By Joe Moskowitz
By a scant three-vote margin, residents of the Margaretville Central School District approved the purchase of a new school bus last week Tuesday.
Usually, a school bus vote passes easily but this time the vote was shrouded in controversy.

Auxiliary hosts blood drive March 28

The Auxiliary of Margaret­ville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will sponsor a Blood Drive on Friday, March 28 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Mountainside’s Club Med Room.
Support your hospital and community by donating blood. Walk-ins are welcome.
Please call 1-800-RedCross or visit to schedule an appointment. For additional information please call Eleanor Aulino at 845 586-4029.
Mountainside is located at 42158 State Highway 28, Margaretville.

Meet Catskill authors at April 6 Book Festival


Roxbury — Writers in the Mountains (WIM) will hold its First Annual Meet the Authors – Catskills Book Festival on Sunday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mountain Road.
Participating authors include award-winning writers: Mermer Blakeslee, author of “When You Live by a River,” Ginnah Howard, author of “Night Navigation” and “Doing Time Outside,” Breena Clarke, author of “River,” “Cross My Heart” and “Stand the Storm” and Laurie Boris, author of “The Joke’s on Me,” “Don’t Tell Anyone” and “Sliding Past Vertical.”

Middletown historical society hosts geology talk with Tituses


Margaretville — The first of two spring programs on the theme “Reading the Land” will be held Saturday, March 29 at 1 p.m., when Bob and Johanna Titus will present an illustrated talk, “Middletown: An Ice Age Origin” at the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM), 778 Cemetery Road.
Admission is $2 for HSM members, $4 for non-members.

Business "Boast & Toast" planned for April 7 in Delhi

Delhi — The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce (DCCC) has announced the introduction of quarterly “Boast & Toast” meet-ups for tourism businesses in Delaware County. As the Tourism Promotion Agency (TPA) for the county, DCCC has developed the meet-ups to provide networking and activity sharing for those business owners that fuel the local tourism economy.

Plattekill named top "Secret Skiing" spot

By Jay Braman Jr.
Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury has been listed as one of the “Top Eight Secret Ski Spots in North America” according to a March 10 article in by Diana Gerstacker.
Claiming that nothing ruins a perfect day of skiing quicker than a crowd, the online magazine set out to find places where the skier/slope ratio provides more space for enjoyment.
They found eight.

All Stars named for basketball and skiing

The Delaware League has announced boys’ and girls’ all-star teams in basketball and skiing for the 2013-14 sports season.
Those boys earning first-team recognition in basketball are Matt Finne of Davenport, Zach Perry, and Christian Cooper of Gilboa-Conesville, Kyle Short of Margaretville, Griff Metzko of South Kortright and Gregg Mattice of Stamford.
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Hackers target local card holders

By Joe Moskowitz
Dozens of area people and several local banks are struggling with a wave of stolen credit and debit card account numbers.
Arkville resident Terry Johnson told the News Monday that within minutes after using his bankcard locally, someone in Florida made a purchase using his account number. His bank’s security system spotted the transaction right away and there have been no more unauthorized charges on his account.

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