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Margaretville Hospital earns police recognition

Margaretville Hospital received a Special Recognition Award from the New York State Police on May 28 in honor of the facility’s work during the April 2007 shootings involving three police officers. Chief Executive Officer Ed Morache accepted the award on behalf of the hospital in a ceremony in Albany. The certificate was presented “In recognition and acknowledgement of outstanding service to the division of state police.”


New Shandaken tower plan offered by Verizon officials

Company has several cell sites in town

By Jay Braman Jr.
First, Shandaken couldn’t get a cell tower in town if it tried. Now it appears towers might be popping up in unexpected places. It was announced last week that Verizon has asked for permission to build its own 130-foot tall tower, called a monopole, near the town hall in Allaben.


Company sues Emerson Resort for alleged payment shortfalls

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Town of Shandaken has found itself named as a co-defendant in a lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court by an electrical contractor seeking to collect $136,255 for work done at the Emerson Resort and Spa last year.
Whitman Electric, Inc. filed the suit on April 24 naming several people and entities including local businessman Dean Gitter, who spearheads the Emerson and the planned Crossroads Ventures Resort /Spa, and other companies with which he is involved. The suit also names other contractors who appear to have liens against the Emerson.


Birdseed targeted as bear attacks trunk of vehicle

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Two 50-pound bags of birdseed in the trunk of a Town of Andes man’s car was more temptation than a hungry bear could stand Sunday night.
Arthur Antonison, who lives on Finkle Road off Route 28 at the top of Palmer Hill, told the News Monday morning that a bear ripped the rear bumper off his 2004 Nissan Sentra in an attempt to get at the birdseed.


Bible school being planned at Gould Church

Vacation Bible School will be held in the Carriage House of the Gould Memorial Church in Roxbury beginning June 17. 
All children and youth aged preschool through grade six are invited to participate in the 9 a.m. to noon sessions. This year’s theme is “God’s Big Backyard,” which teaches us to “Serve Family, Serve Friends, Serve Neighbors, Serve Community, and Serve Jesus.”


Works of outstanding colorists featured at new Roxbury show

An exhibit of paintings by two outstanding colorists will open at The Roxbury Arts Group’s Walt Meade Gallery on Vega Mountain Road on June 20. An opening reception will take place on June 21 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Joannna Murphy attended the Swain School of Art in New Bedford, MA and subsequently spent formative years in Paris, Northern California and New York City.


Community Chorale plans two performances

The Community Chorale of the Catskills will be presenting their annual Spring Concert this weekend. The Chorale, under the direction of Richard Tucker, will be performing Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Roxbury Central School. The concert will be repeated Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Purcell Center in Margaretville. The program will present a variety of light fare including a selection of familiar pop and swing tunes.


Will, Wi-Fi and wild games scheduled at Fairview Library

The Fairview Public Library kicks off its spring and summer season events with that wild and crazy game of Bunco on Monday evening, starting June 16 at 7:30 in the community room of the library. Bunco is a popular parlor game involving 100 percent luck and no skill and a simple set of rules. This will be a monthly library fund-raiser with a suggested donation of $5 per player. Call the library, 586-3791 or June Meinstein, 586-4018, to sign up.


Barefoot Boys play in Andes June 21

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Kick off your shoes and start off your summer fun with a concert of Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountain folk songs, ballads, square dance tunes, and instrumental medleys by The Barefoot Boys. You’ll relish this high energy, string band trio’s rollicking renditions of regional music, played on nine different instruments and sung with three-part harmonies. The concert, sponsored by The Andes Society for History and Culture (ASHC) will take place on Saturday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at The Pleasant Valley Meeting House on the Tremperskill.


Author Stradling at Catskill Center for book signing

The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development in Arkville will host a lecture and book signing on Saturday, June 14 at 1 p.m. featuring author David Stradling. 
His recent book, Making Mountains: New York City and the Catskills was described by William Cronon, University of Wisconsin, Madison as “the finest modern history yet written of the Catskills.”


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