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Several thousand visitors expected at Desiderata Festival near Roxbury

By Brian Sweeney
Desiderata Festival, an outdoor art, music, film and yoga event, will be held June 23 through 27 at Stone Tavern Farm in Roxbury. The event will include five days and four nights of on-site camping, multi-stage performances, film presentations, art exhibits and wellness projects. Based on similar festivals, the organizers estimate that 2,000 to 3,000 visitors will attend.


Deadline extended for Middletown Comprehensive Plan

By Brian Sweeney
The deadline for written comments on the Comprehensive Plan proposed for the Town of Middletown has been extended to July 1. The draft Comprehensive Plan is continuing to take shape following a public hearing held June 5. About 20 people attended the public hearing and others submitted written comments on the plan.


Alta hosting open house with tours, prizes June 19

Halcottsville — Alta Log Homes in Halcottsville will host a factory tour and open house on Saturday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone attending the open house can register in a drawing for door prizes such as gift certificates for Woodstock Harley-Davidson, Hanah Mountain Resort Country Club in Margaretville and Hudson Valley Cycle Center.


Catskill Center director sees regional economy at "tipping point"; organization will refocus efforts on eco-friendly development

By Julia Green
Few would argue that a perfect storm of external factors has developed to create a dire economic situation in the Catskills in recent years. Declining population, stringent watershed regulations, an increase in city-owned land, and a stagnant real estate market have left the region reeling and scrambling to find its footing on an ever-changing terrain.


Rep. Murphy to address Dems at dinner

Margaretville — The 2010 Delaware County Democratic Committee Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday, June 19 at Hanah Resort & Country Club in Margaretville. Delaware County Democrats can anticipate a lively evening as the county Democratic Committee prepares to welcome Representative Scott Murphy as keynote speaker for its 2010 annual dinner. Murphy represents New York’s 20th Congressional District, which contains almost all of Delaware County.


Maple production down 29 percent in New York State

New York’s 2010 maple syrup production decreased 29 percent from last year. Syrup production is estimated at 312,000 gallons, down from the 439,000 gallons produced in 2009 according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office. Only Vermont produced more syrup than New York.


Pathos Players reading Sunday at DCHA

Delhi — Join the Delaware County Historical Society (DCHA) on Sunday, June 20 for the first of four dramatic readings in 2010 presented by The Pathos Players. This month’s reading, in the Frisbee House tavern, will focus on the legacy of the railroads in Delaware County.


MCS students earn recognition at annual academic banquet

Margaretville Central School held its 13th annual Excellence in Academics Banquet on Monday night to recognize the academic achievements of students in grades seven through 12. In addition to honoring the students who appeared on the honor roll, high honor roll and principal’s list, a number of scholarships and awards were presented.


Cordero to rock RAG June 26

Roxbury — Cordero, a hot bilingual indie-rock band that switches easily between atmospheric Southwestern ballads, guitar-and-drum driven numbers, and Ani Cordero’s moody vocals to re-imagine the notion of Spanish rock, will be raising the temperature at The Roxbury Arts Center on Saturday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m.


NYPA completes major project overhaul

North Blenheim—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) marked the completion of a nearly four-year overhaul of its Blenheim-Gilboa (B-G) Pumped Storage Power Project at an event Thursday where NYPA President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel was joined by state and local officials in highlighting the milestone.


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