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Former area man gets 12-year prison term

By Brian Sweeney
A former Fleischmanns man was sentenced to 12 years in prison last week for selling morphine pills that had allegedly been stolen from the Margaretville CVS Pharmacy.


OCS buys out superintendent’s contract

By Jay Braman Jr.
Onteora School District Superintendent Dr. Leslie Ford abruptly left that position last Friday following a less than glowing endorsement from the district’s board of education, which one week prior decided against renewing Dr. Ford’s contract.Dr. Leslie FordDr. Leslie Ford

Ford’s contract was effective through June 2011. At press time the details of the arrangements made between the district and Ford are unclear, but under such circumstances a school district is required to “buy out” a superintendent’s contract. Ford’s annual salary, including benefits, is just over $200,000.


Non-resident tuition eliminated at MCS

By Brian Sweeney
Randy MooreRandy MooreThe Margaretville Central School Board of Education voted last week to eliminate tuition fees for out-of-district students.

Until last year, MCS had followed the NYS Education Department’s “Seneca Falls Formula” which established a tuition rate for non-resident students. The Seneca Falls Formula ranged from $11,000 to $24,000 per non-resident student.


Roxbury building to get new look at part of Re-Store Design program

By Trish Adams
Re-Store ChallengeRe-Store Challenge If you’ve ever visited any gallery in the Central Catskills, there are so many names you will know: people who work with pottery, fabrics, paint… This summer they have a new challenge: create a store starting with only an empty storefront in two days on a $1,000 budget, and generous serving of creative juices.


Catskill Center’s Annual Meeting planned for July 17 at Erpf House

Arkville — The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (CCCD) will hold its 41st annual membership meeting on Saturday, July 17, at 11 a.m. at the Erpf House in Arkville.


Giant, leaping trout used to hook visitors on local art scene

By Jay Braman Jr.
Alert. The Catskills have always been known as a place to see all sorts of wildlife. It is never unusual to see a large bear in a hamlet, a bald eagle on a reservoir, or a red fox on a roadside.
But now there are giant leaping trout all over the place too.


Catskill Cornucopia series examines life in the region

Arkville — The Catskill Heritage Alliance, Catskill Mountainkeeper and The Catskill Center for Conservation and Devel-opment are joining together to host Catskill Cornucopia, a series of monthly roundtables on a wide range of topics examining aspects of life in the Catskills as it is evolving today. 


The Great Train Robbery planned Saturday at DURR

Arkville — Reports are coming in from other railroads in the region of the return of the infamous Shadows of the Old West.  These bandits are making their presence known on every pay train that rolls on the rails.


Guitar/violin AM Duo plays Sunday in Denver

Denver — Chamber music returns to The Roxbury Arts Group’s Old School Baptist Church in Denver on Sunday, July 18, at 2 p.m. when the AM Duo performs a program of classical and romantic music for violin and guitar.


‘Virtue’s Reward’ melodrama plays Friday in Bovina

The Bovina Public Library is presenting the continuing story of 19th-Century Bovina and its virtuous (and some not so virtuous) inhabitants in Brushland Melodrama Part 3: “Virtues’ Reward!” this coming Friday, July 16 at 7 and 8 p.m.


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