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Halcottsville bridge repairs on schedule for this summer

By Julia Green
A larger-than-usual crowd was present at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Middletown Town Board, where the main topic of discussion was once again the bridge replacement project in Halcottsville.
Among those in attendance were Jim and Sue Kelly, whose property has been a major point of contention in the replacement of the bridge, and Wayne Reynolds, commissioner of public works for Delaware County. A number of Halcottsville residents were also present to voice their displeasure at the obstacles that have delayed the project thus far.


Phoenicia students win state contest for "green" project

By Jay Braman Jr.
Students from the Phoenicia Elementary School in the Onteora School District have won first place in their division in the state senate’s 17th annual I*MA*GREEN*NATION contest.
Phoenicia music teacher David Laks in collaboration with fourth-grade teacher Sharon McInerney and her talented class showed its true colors – green – this week when it won the award, a statewide competition sponsored by Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), that focuses on environmental problems and solutions.


Simple test checks gas pump accuracy

With gas prices approaching $4 per gallon for regular 87-octane fuel, many people are interested not only in the price but also in the accuracy of the pump from which the liquid gold pours.
Here’s a simple test to make sure you’re getting what you pay for at the pump. It’s called the 10-gallon test.


Water bottles available for tests

Homeowners seeking to have their water tested for coliform/E.coli bacteria at the Catskill Regional Water Testing Laboratory (CRWTL) in Delhi can now pick up free collection bottles and instructions at the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) office at 905 Main Street in Margaretville.


Old-fashioned fun planned in Fleischmanns for holiday weekend

For those who remember the days when the arrival of warm weather meant old-fashioned fun, the Village of Fleischmanns will offer a trip down memory lane on Memorial Day weekend.
With streets and parks ready for a summer of fun, Fleischmanns will kick off the holiday weekend with music and food, ball games, quilt shows, flea markets, rides in a horse-drawn carriage, a traditional parade, and a whole lot more.


DURR stokes up for new rail season

The Catskill Mountains spring back to life on Memorial Day weekend, as cars at the Delaware & Ulster Railroad in Arkville chug out of the station once again for a season of fun and adventure.
“Whether you’re a mountain regular or a first time visitor, you haven’t truly experienced authentic mountain life until you and your family enjoy a ride on the rails. You’ll be transported back in time with the rhythmic rumble and clatter that once ferried folks throughout these hills and valleys,” commented Executive Director Dave Riordan.


Open Eye Theater fund-raiser rolls Sunday on DURR

The Open Eye Theater invites you aboard the Memorial Day Express for an evening of motion, magic and mystery! The historic Delaware and Ulster Railroad train pulls out of the Arkville station at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 25.


Fleischmanns tours this weekend

You can “go wild” with hikes into history this summer as five of the Catskills’ most fabled villages and hamlets offer historic walking tours starting with Fleischmanns on Memorial Day weekend, then Margaretville, New Kingston, Andes and concluding in Roxbury on Labor Day weekend.


Two businesses open in village at same location

Longtime summer residents Lenore and Ronald Blake have recently rented the premises at 812 Main Street to house their respective businesses.
Ron Blake is a luthier, who for the past 30 years has built, repaired and restored stringed instruments. He has marketed much of his work through “World Class Guitars” and Ed Roman Guitars, a Las Vegas retail store where he worked on guitars for such notables as Ted Nugent, Les Claypool, Leslie West and Paul Crook.


Phoenicia Fire District celebrates annual dinner

The Board of Fire Commissioner of the Phoenicia Fire District hosted a buffet dinner on April 30 at the Catamount Restaurant for the installation of the board of fire commissioners, the district officers and the line officers of the three companies of the Phoenicia Fire District.


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