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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.


Benefit for the Cha Cha Hut and Roxbury Fire Department on Sunday, May 30

In the early morning hours this past Tuesday, the Roxbury community suffered a double loss. The Cha Cha Hut burned down, causing Frank and Cherie Davis the loss of their business and Joe and Jane Piasek and their partners the loss of one of their buildings.


Regulation of farmstands a growing concern for town

By Jay Braman Jr.
With only a handful of spectators present, as compared to previous pubic standoffs on the issue, Shandaken officials gathered last Tuesday to try and hash out what to do about the farmstand fracas that has plagued the community for several years.


"Catskill Mountain Native Flora" exhibit featured at Erpf Gallery

Arkville — The Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery will present an exhibition entitled “Catskill Mountain Native Flora” by painter Helene Manzo. A public opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Erpf Gallery in Arkville. The show will hang through July 31.


Public hearing is June 5 on Middletown Comprehensive Plan

By Brian Sweeney
A public hearing on the proposed Town of Middletown Comprehensive Plan will be held Saturday, June 5 at 10 a.m. at the Margaretville Fire Department on Church Street. The Middletown Planning Board will conduct the hearing. Public input on the Draft Plan is critical in order to ensure the plan addresses the concerns of the residents and landowners in the Town of Middletown.


Beginning beekeepers workshop is June 21

Hamden — Cornell Cooperative Extension in Delaware County will host a beginner beekeeping workshop on Monday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The program will be held at Cooperative Extension, 34570 state Highway 10, Hamden. In the afternoon the participants will visit a nearby apiary and learn from a local beekeeper.


Volunteer assistance is needed for fire tower interpretive work

Arkville — For nearly a century, observers watched the forests of New York State, including the Catskill Forest Preserve, from more than 100 fire towers perched atop the highest peaks, searching for the dangerous telltale signs of forest fires.  In the Catskill region, there were 19 towers.


Belleayre Music Festival hosts BBQ, dance and auction May 30

Highmount — The Belleayre Music Festival is kicking off its 19th summer season with a BBQ Dinner Dance and Benefit Auction, featuring the music of Special Delivery, on Sunday, May 30. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with the silent auction viewing and a cocktail reception, wine and refreshments provided by the Board of Directors of the Belleayre Conservatory.


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