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Lark in the Park celebrates the Catskills

The Catskill Center and the Catskill Mountain Club have announced the Fifth Annual Lark in the Park celebration to be held October 4-13 in the Catskill Park and surrounding communities. The Catskill Mountain Region will come alive with numerous outdoor activities during the Lark in the Park, launched in 2004 to commemorate the centennial of the Catskill Park.


Fall Festival moves to D&URR for holiday

The 29th annual Belleayre Fall Festival has been moved to the area behind the Delaware & Ulster Railroad on Route 28, Arkville and will be held on Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12.
In partnership with Belleayre Mountain the railroad will offer an exciting array of high quality craft vendors.


New teachers join Phoenicia faculty

By Jay Braman Jr.
There are no less than six new teachers at the blackboards at Phoenicia Elementary School this fall. According to Principal Linda Sella there’s also a new lunch lady at the school.
“We have four new teachers. Mr. Hallock in third grade, Mr. Grady in physical education, Ms. Scherry in fourth-grade and Ms. Sobolewski in second-grade."


Roxbury Central School welcomes new faculty

By Julia Green
Three new teachers have joined the staff at Roxbury Central School this year.


Bovina resident takes art criticism award in stride, keeps low profile

By Matthew J. Perry
Although he describes his weekly turn as art critic for The New Yorker magazine as “the best job in the world,” Peter Schjeldahl, a longtime resident of Bovina, doesn’t seem to take praise for granted.
Artists, after all, are famous for their adversarial relations with critics. And then there are the art historians. Schjeldahl, a dropout of two colleges and largely self-taught, seems pleased by the notion of himself as a misfit among academics and others who use their degrees as a basis for opining about art. They can say what they like about him; after all, he’s been writing about art for 40 years.


CATPAP reception this Saturday

Several artists who are represented in the Catskill Plein Air Painters (CATPAP) Exhibit at the Walt Meade Gallery of The Roxbury Arts Group will be a Meet the Artists reception at the gallery on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. to meet the public and discuss their work.
Plein Air, which means “in the open air,” describes the act of painting outdoors. Plein Air painting has enjoyed a renaissance in the Catskills.


Meet the Farmer program at Fairview this Saturday

Five area farm families, whose portraits and words are featured in a multi-media exhibit by a Roxbury artist, will be welcomed at a Meet the Farmer social hour Saturday, Oct. 4 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the community room of Fairview Public Library, 43 Walnut Street, Margaretville.
Artist Ellen Wong will also be present at the reception, which will feature refreshments provided by the Pure Catskills Program.


Artisans' Guild incorporates, expands

The Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild (Catsguild) will celebrate the grand opening of its new gallery with a gala open-house event on Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Commons Building on Main Street. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served, many of the 40 craftsmen and fine artists represented by the guild will be on hand and those who visit may enter a free raffle for door prizes donated by the artists themselves.


Roxbury's Planning Board gets wind engineering input

By Julia Green
A capacity crowd turned out for Wednesday’s meeting of the Roxbury Planning Board, at which representatives for wind turbine company Invenergy and LaBella Associates were in attendance.
Roxbury Planning Board Chairman Joe Farleigh began the meeting by rebuking implications in an e-mail sent by the Western Catskill Preservation Alliance (WCPA) that LaBella Associates is “on Invenergy’s payroll.” Farleigh emphasized that payment is made to the town, which is then held in escrow, and suggested that comments implying otherwise were “offensive to the LaBella folks who have been working diligently” in the process.


Brookside Hardware named top business after bouncing back from devastating fire

By Julia Green
Will Finch, owner of Brookside Hardware in Margaretville, was honored Thursday night by the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, which presented him with its 2008 Business of the Year Award at its annual dinner. New York State Sen. John Bonacic was the guest speaker at the event, which took place at the Andes Hotel.
The Hobart Book Village was also recognized, receiving the Arnold Banker Tourism Award, which was presented by Linda Stratigos, vice chairperson of the chamber’s board and accepted by Hobart Book Village founder Don Dales.


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