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"Demon on Wheels" documentary focuses on racing passion

By Brian Sweeney
A documentary film tracing the longtime car racing experiences — past and future — of a Catskill Mountain native will continue filming this week in Margaretville and Andes. The 80-minute film explores Mike Ondish’s decades-long fascination with the Mustang GT 500 KR, “the vanguard of performance in the muscle car era.”


RCS hosted Stop-DWI mock crash

Roxbury — Roxbury Central School (RCS) students in grades seven through 12 experienced a “mock crash” dramatization last Thursday afternoon followed by a presentation and question and answer assembly on the hazards of drinking and driving.  The combined outdoor and indoor experience began on the school’s front lawn the day before the school’s junior prom. 


Proposed Esopus "no kill" fishing zone opens can of worms with anglers, Trout Unlimited

By Jay Braman Jr.
A proposal to make it against the law to catch and kill trout from the Esopus Creek has drawn a rise from local fishermen and caused some disagreement within the ranks of Trout Unlimited.
Trout Unlimited is a national organization with more than 150,000 volunteer members organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska.


Plattekill Mountain to host major gravity event Sunday

Roxbury — Plattekill Mountain will host one of the largest mountain bike downhill race events it has ever held this Sunday, May 23 beginning at 11 a.m. Hundreds of racers are expected to compete, including several of the nation’s and the world’s top riders.


Officials say Route 28 paving goes all the way to Highmount

By Jay Braman Jr.
It looks as if the Route 28 repaving project will stretch all the way to the Ulster/Delaware county border at Highmount after all.
Announced with great fanfare in the fall by Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, the plan called for the use of federal stimulus money to put a brand new surface on the crumbling state highway.


Hikes on Vroman's Nose offered Saturday

Middleburgh — The Stone Fort Volunteer Militia will lead historical hikes on Vroman’s Nose on Saturday, May 15, as part of a daylong Revolutionary War encampment. The guided hikes will feature the natural history, legends, and colorful stories about the Nose from the ice age through the Revolutionary War.


Honeybee population decline linked to environmental factors

By Brian Sweeney
In recent years, scientists have noted an alarming reduction in the nation’s honeybee population. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, the loss of honeybees could have a devastating impact on our food supply.In addition to producing honey, these bees are relied upon to pollinate the fruit, nut and vegetable crops that make up a large part of the country’s food supply.


Roxbury Cubs celebrated Scouting's 100th year

Cub Scout Pack #41 celebrated the 100th year of the Cub Scouts on March 13 at the Blue and Gold Dinner. Awards were presented to each of the boys at the potluck dinner, which also featured a dessert contest.


Comptroller blocking purchase of 1,200 acres from Crossroads

By Jay Braman Jr.
Last month no one thought it was so.
The New York Post reported Friday that State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli was poised to torpedo the land sale of 1,200 acres of Crossroads Ventures land in Big Indian to New York State to be converted to forever-wild status. The New York Comptroller’s office has rejected the state’s planned purchase of 1,220 acres in the Ulster County Town of Shandaken, calling the price too high.


4th annual Team Trivia Challenge tested knowledge and raised funds

The fifth Team Trivia Challenge occurred at The Roxbury Arts Group’s Hilt Kelly Hall on Saturday, May 1. The fund-raiser is held annually to benefit the restoration of the historic Fleischmanns United Methodist Church, also known as the Fleischmanns Community Church.


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