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Community Day in Andes August 9

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Strolling Main Street, Andes is a treat any summer weekend. Especially this year, now that the highway project is finally completed and we can all enjoy the beautiful new sidewalks and other streetscape amenities. But Saturday, Aug. 9, for the Annual Community Day celebration is definitely a day not to miss!


Pakatakan Art Colony focus of Erpf show

The public is invited to the opening reception of Margaret Leveson’s paintings featuring some of the buildings in the wonderful and historic Pakatakan Art Colony, on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 3-5 p.m. at the Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery on Route 28 in Arkville.
The Pakatakan Art Colony was a turn-of-the-century gathering of artists who spent time in the small hamlet of Arkville.  The colony began prior to 1886 when a prominent landscape painter from New York City, J. Francis Murphy, found accommodations in Arkville and urged Peter Hoffman, a local businessman and proprietor of the house where he boarded, to build a hotel, which today is called The Pakatakan Hotel.


Delaware County art tour will be August 16

Delaware County has become a destination area for artists, and as a result, there are a growing number of galleries in every part of the county. On Saturday, Aug. 16, 13 galleries are collaborating in a countywide tour that will feature some of the most exciting and beautiful work in the region. Each gallery will be serving refreshments and creating a setting that will make this summer day of gallery hopping a very special one.


Ramsey Lewis Trio featured at Jazz Series

Renowned jazz piano great Ramsey Lewis headlines the opening weekend of the Catskill Mountain Jazz Series at the Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.
New York City-based singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer KJ Denhert has been called a “triple threat force of nature,” and kicks off the series with a show in the Belleayre Jazz Club on Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. Her urban jazz style sells out the midnight show in one of Greenwich Village’s famous jazz clubs every weekend.


Business leaders pledge big gift to SUNY Delhi

Community and business leaders Richard and Marilyn Wickham of Delhi have pledged a major gift of $50,000 to fund new technology at SUNY Delhi’s Resnick Library and Learning Center. They say they were inspired by the library’s namesakes, Louis and Mildred Resnick, to offer their support.


Frost Valley YMCA Archery Shoot August 9

Claryville — Frost Valley YMCA’s Outdoor Sporting Program will hold a 3-D Archery Shoot and Barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants of all ages are invited to test their skills on Frost Valley’s new 3-D course. The course features 28 lifelike targets that will challenge archers of all skill levels. The course is rearranged for every shoot, presenting different challenges for each event.


Delaware County Fair to open next Monday

The Delaware County Fair in Walton will open Monday and feature a demolition derby at 7 p.m.
Tuesday’s program will feature a free grandstand all day and night with the firefighters’ parade with bands at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday will be children’s day at the fair and the grandstand will feature modified truck and tractor pulling.


Roxbury turning back clock for turn of the century event

Air-conditioned museums may be interesting for an hour or two, but to really get a feel for times gone by, it’s much more fun to try your hand at some of the skills and crafts that your great-great-grandparents would have used every day.
Come to Roxbury during Turn of the Century Days over Labor Day weekend and you can learn how to spin wool into yarn, weave at a hand loom, cane a chair, weave an Adirondack-style “pack” basket, and hew wood beams. During Saturday’s house tours, you can step inside a 19th-century home where the layout and furnishings still reflect the culture and habits of 100 years ago.


Broadcast notification plans utilized during flood period

By Matthew J. Perry
During the heavy rains of late July, the threat of flooding hovered over much of the Catskills—and a new automated phone service made sure that residents had the word. Delaware County has a grant-funded contract with Hyper-Reach, a Rochester broadcast notification service that provides software and phone banks that can reach thousands of households in the event or threat of any emergency.
The service went into action last Wednesday after heavy rains had already swelled county streams.


Landowners' coalition raises gas lease questions

By Matthew J. Perry
The majority of the seats were filled in the Delaware Academy auditorium on Thursday night in Delhi by landowners, concerned citizens and even a handful of land men working for gas companies.
Everyone was hungry for information, and two experts working with the Central New York Landowners Coalition (CNYLA,) which organized the meeting, supplied three hours worth on natural gas speculation, drilling and leasing. It was a scratch into the surface of an issue that could reconfigure—or scar—the face of Catskill mountain communities in the coming years.


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