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McDevitt pleads guilty to pair of charges in abuse case

By Julia Green
Father James J. McDevitt pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of forcible touching that took place during his tenure as a priest at Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville.
The guilty pleas came in conjunction with a plea deal with the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office that was originally offered to McDevitt as early as February.


ACS students learn from staged accident

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By Julia Green
These days when you see a teenager, he or she is likely to be utilizing some sort of electronic device. iPod earbuds in the ears, thumbs typing away madly at a cell phone or PDA keys, face illuminated by the screen of a laptop computer. Such is the culture of the generation.


Ride-n-Peak biking event rolls Saturday

Margaretville — It’s not too late to take to the hills for good: come to the Margaretville Village Park bright and early on Saturday, May 22 to join the Second Annual Catskill Scenic Ride-n-Peak, a cycling event to benefit local charities. You’ll bike through some of the Catskills’ most lush countryside.


Participants sought for community garden

Participants are being sought for a community garden in the Village of Margaretville.
The community garden was established last year at the intersection of Walnut and Swart streets on a small plot of village-owned land.


Todd Mountain Theater Project's annual fund-raiser set for May 30

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Andes — A vacation in the Rockies! High tea for eight at the legendary Galli-Curci mansion! Arts and crafts by our area’s finest artists and artisans! Acupuncture treatments by an expert!
Come bid on these and many other items at the annual Auction/Brunch benefit for the Todd Mountain Theater Project on Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday May 30 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Andes Hotel.


"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.


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