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School kids give lesson on wellness; eating healthy, having fun emphasized

Halcottsville — Students from Margaretville, Andes and Roxbury Central schools presented demonstrations and exhibitions based on the theme “Kids Healthy Living: Eating Healthy and Having Fun!” at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market on Saturday.


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.


State funding holdup stalls eCenter work

By Brian Sweeney
A delay in promised funding has stalled the eCenter project underway on Margaretville’s Main Street. The eCenter is being created by Delaware County Industrial Development Agency (IDA). Glenn Nealis, executive director of the IDA, told the News last week that $250,000 in promised funding from New York State has not arrived, halting work.


Cha Cha Hut destroyed in blaze

By Brian Sweeney
A popular Roxbury restaurant was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning.
Firefighters were called to the Cha Cha Hut on Bridge Street about 2 a.m. and found the building engulfed in flames. Because of the advanced state of the fire, volunteers dedicated much of their effort to save another restaurant, The Public Lounge, which is located in close proximity.


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.


New camp experience offered for children with heart ailments

Claryville — The Frost Valley YMCA, in partnership with The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, is introducing Hearts in the Valley camp, a summer camp experience for children who have chronic heart disease or heart transplants.


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