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Master mechanic Mike Ondish featured in film detailing restoration of a classic Shelby Mustang

Margaretville — Capturing the thrill of a high-speed chase across mountain switchbacks and the long, rough ride toward an incredible dream, a new documentary film resuming production in March focuses on the life and local exploits of one of Margaretville’s favorite sons and fearless speed demons.


Jazz vocalist Deanna Kirk entertains Saturday at Portfolio

Accomplished jazz singer and songwriter, Deanna Kirk, will bring her unique vocal talent to the newly opened Portfolio Café on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Commons Building, Main Street, Margaretville as the “Art in Common,” series of multi-art events continue this winter and spring in the Commons. There is no cover charge for this event.


CWC provides loans, stormwater assistance

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Margaretville — The Catskill Watershed Corp- oration (CWC) recently approved two sizeable loans – one to complete the renovation of a major new performance space in Tannersville, the other to purchase and renovate a farm supply retail store in Delhi.


Shandaken’s top cop to get new wheels

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board has decided to buy a new vehicle for Police Officer in Charge James McGrath, who said his old one needs replacing. However, this is not the new police cruiser planned to be purchased this year. That vehicle was budgeted for last fall and will be bought later in the year.


Local author Kim Wickham will speak at RCS & MCS

Local author Kim Wickham will be making several stops at area schools to read excerpts from her books and talk with students.

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Arkville business owners making plans for hamlet improvements

By Brian Sweeney
More than 20 Arkville business owners and organizational leaders turned out for a public meeting last Thursday to express interest in seeking funds to improve the hamlet’s appearance. The MARK Project, a community economic development agency, organized the meeting at Casey Joe’s Coffeehouse. The focus of the session was to determine if business representatives were interested in MARK seeking grants to make improvements in Arkville.


Roxbury Arts Group's singer/songwriter series kicks off March 20

Roxbury — Contemporary folk events have always been popular with Roxbury Arts Group (RAG) audiences, so this year RAG is presenting a series of four singer / songwriter performers who represent the spectrum of today’s folk-based genre, from the bluesy rock of veteran powerhouse Graham Parker, to the Guthrie inspired socially conscious Mark Erelli through the lyric and romantic Canadian Lynn Miles and the pop noir of Roxbury favorite Erin McKeown.


CWT fights DEP on gas drilling rights

By Jay Braman Jr.
Another voice in the region has been heard on the much-discussed subject of gas drilling in the New York City Watershed.This time it’s the Coalition of Watershed Towns (CWT), an advocacy group that, for almost 20 years, has fought for the rights of over 50 towns and villages in the Catskills that make up what is known as the West of Hudson Watershed.


DEP expands testing with electronic "snow pillows" to gather data

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced last week that it is expanding the testing of electronic “snow pillows” first installed in 2008. The snow pillow is a device that measures the amount of water in snowpack for a watershed area.


Crossroads to unveil updated resort plans

By Jay Braman Jr.
Since September 2007 the Crossroads team has been retooling their development plans for a resort/spa near Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. Almost two-and-a-half-years later it appears they have something to show the public. On Thursday, Feb. 18 Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park Developer Dean Gitter will be the guest speaker at the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Kingston Holiday Inn.


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