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Tourism promotional effort touts Catskills' convenience

Jay Braman Jr.
With the price of gasoline expected to peak well above $3 this summer, Ulster County is aggressively advertising its tourism opportunities to people in the New York City area and looking for new ways to attract those from nearby metro areas not wanting to spend as much on long trips over the coming year.


Catskill Park signs to get design makeover

By Jay Braman Jr.
Driving through the Catskill or Adirondack mountain parks, it’s easy to notice that all the road signs are a different color scheme than anywhere else in the state. But now those fairly new brown and yellow signs must come down and be replaced with brown and white ones. That’s according to the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT), working under marching orders from Washington.


Vacation Bible School June 15-18 in Roxbury

Roxbury — The Saddle Ridge Ranch Vacation Bible School will be rounding up all kids four years old and up at the Jay Gould Dutch Reformed Church Carriage House in Roxbury from 9 a.m. to noon June 15 through June 18.


CWC awards 23 education grants

Margaretville — Twenty-three education grants totaling nearly $120,000 were recently approved by the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors.


Burroughs Community Day is June 12

Fleischmanns —When Alf Evers was asked what Catskill book besides his own monumental history should always remain in print, he replied without hesitation, John Burroughs’ In the Catskills. Bob Steuding, author of Last of the Handmade Dams,” Rondout, and Heart of the Catskills says, “Without a doubt, this is one of the most interesting and informative books, once again available, on the Catskills. It is an invaluable resource, one which no student of the Catskills should be without.”


Shandaken to hold metal collection week

Shandaken — The long held and popular tradition of an annual metal pick up by the Shandaken Highway Department is once again upon us.


Tabletop fashions featured at RAG June 19 fund-raiser

Roxbury — Back by popular demand: “Over the Tops Tabletops” in June! For eight years, The Roxbury Arts Group has been collaborating with inventive table designers on their biggest fund-raiser of the year. Last year’s intimate, low-key evening in October captured the golden ambience of the fall season.


Healthy Living for Kids focus at market Saturday

Margaretville — The Wellness Committee of the Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center Auxiliary will have a tent at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 5 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


Community support "amazing" for fire victims

By Brian Sweeney
Prior to last week’s fire, Cherie and Frank Davis had been planning a major summer kick-off party to benefit the Roxbury Fire Department. “No the irony is not lost on us,” commented Cherie.


Erratic weather leaves bare spots up on the mountain

By Ryan Trapani
Last week a member of the Catskill Forest Association called my office wanting to know what was wrong with a sugar maple near their house. Many of the tree’s leaves had either wilted, turned brown or fallen off. Since their property was nearby in Highmount, I took a ride over to see the tree. The tree had dead leaves equally throughout its crown. There seemed to be no other strong indicators of insect or disease damage either. Still, something had killed the leaves.


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