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Catskills Ride & Peak event aims to boost biking, tourism

By Julia Green
In its second year, the annual Catskills Ride & Peak event on May 22 aims to further the growth of the Catskill region as a premier cycling destination. Last year, the inaugural event attracted 98 riders for the five different courses; a number that impressed event organizer Lucci Kelly.
“Ninety-eight riders for the first year is considered quite terrific, actually,” she said. “We have all the right conditions for wonderful bicycle riding.”


Hands-on demonstrations Saturday for kids of all ages at the Commons

The Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild presents: “Artists at Work with Children” on Saturday, May 8 from 3-6 p.m. throughout the Commons Building at 785 Main Street, Margaretville.
Two fine craft artisans, Val Wells with marbling and Claire Herz with quilting will have hands-on demonstrations for children of all ages.


Herman Gottfried was landowner ally versus NYC

By Diane Galusha
Herman Gottfried, an attorney who represented hundreds of residents and business owners dispossessed by New York City’s Pepacton and Cannonsville reservoir projects, died April 24, 2010 at the age of 99.
Gottfried, just six months shy of his 100th birthday, passed away at Huntington Hospital in Huntington.


"Alternating Current" in the air at Longyear

Opening this week at Margaretville’s Longyear Gallery is “Alternating Current” featuring the paintings of Bovina artist Corneel Verlaan. The Artist’s Reception will take place Saturday, May 1, from 3 to 6 p.m.


Arbor Day observed at Woodchuck Lodge

Roxbury — A heritage apple tree will be planted in observance of Arbor Day on Saturday, May 1 at 10:30 a.m. at Woodchuck Lodge, 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road in Roxbury.
The tree, an Esopus Spitzenberg from Catskill Native Nursery, is the gift of the Catskill Community Garden Club which will present it to Woodchuck Lodge, Inc., along with a classic shadblow, whose blossoms are a welcome herald of spring.


Margaretville School Board votes down proposed athletic merger with Andes

By Julia Green
The Margaretville Central School Board of Education voted four to one Monday night at its monthly board meeting to reject Andes Central School’s request for an athletic merger for the coming academic year.
Board president Barbara Funck represented the lone yea vote, while board members Robbie Martin, Randy Moore, Joe Moskowitz and Al Tanzer voted against the measure, which would have allowed male Andes student-athletes to compete on Margaretville Central School athletic teams.


New co-pastor will be installed Sunday

Halcottsville — The Reverend Linda L. Wilson, FCR will be installed as Co-Pastor of Holy Innocents Cathedral Church in Halcottsville in a ceremony to take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday May 2. The public is invited to attend.


Writers in the Mountains offers diverse spring, summer menu

Writers in The Mountains offers a diverse menu of classes this spring and summer. Classes are limited to eight to 10 participants.


Wounded Marine gets hero's welcome in Grand Gorge

By Julia Green
When Grand Gorge native Joshua Williamson was 10 years old, he wanted to be a Marine.
When he was 14, a 15-year-old neighbor lied about his age to join the service and was shipped to Korea, but was soon sent back to the United States when they learned his age. Three years later, that same neighbor re-enlisted – a determination that made an impression on Williamson, who was struck by the fact that a young man would enlist twice during wartime.


Nominations sought for BOCES Awards

Grand Gorge — The Otsego Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) is seeking nominees from any resident of the BOCES area for their fifth annual ONC BOCES Career and Technical Alumni Hall of Fame Award.


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