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Bike race could "rival Tour de France"

By Julia Green
“What has 1,000 legs, rolls, and is green from start to finish? It’s the Catskills Aqueduct Tour: the proposed bike race that will launch a five-year plan to turn New York State – and, more specifically, the Catskills Watershed Area – into the cycling capital of our nation.”
That was the lead-in at a meeting held last Tuesday about the prospect of starting a bike race in the Catskill watershed area that could, “rival the Tour de France.”


Brinkerhoff memorial dedication Sunday

A memorial dedication ceremony in honor of the late New York State Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Town of Middletown Town Hall at 42339 State Highway in Margaretville. Trooper Brinkerhoff was killed in the line of duty on April 25, 2007 in a gun battle with fugitive Travis Trim during which Trim and Trooper Brinkerhoff both lost their lives and another trooper, David Mattson, was seriously wounded.


State lawmakers OK unfair competition commission

By Jay Braman Jr.
The New York State Legislature on Thursday authorized the creation of a commission that will evaluate whether state-owned recreational facilities constitute unfair competition to privately run golf courses, ski centers and camping sites.


Congregation Bnai Israel celebrates 90th year

Congregation Bnai Israel in Fleischmanns celebrates its 90th year with Sabbath services led by Rabbi Moshe Pomerantz, and Hebrew classes for intermediate and beginning students conducted by both Rabbi Moshe and Kay Pomerantz. A special musical program is planned to culminate the celebration at summer’s end.


County Democrats hold annual dinner

The Delaware County Democratic Committee (DCDC) welcomed more than 140 guests to its annual dinner on Saturday at the SUNY Delhi Alumni Hall Hospitality Center. DCDC Chair Cynthia Lockrow acted as emcee for the evening, marking her first turn as hostess of the long-standing party tradition since she was elected late last year.


Turbine debate on hold as board waits for guidance

By Julia Green
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) submitted by Invenergy in regard to the proposed wind-turbine farm along the Moresville Ridge between Stamford and Grand Gorge was the subject of scrutiny at public hearings held in May; the comments received by the Roxbury Planning Board in response to the DEIS are still being scrutinized in preparation to drafting a Final Environmental Impact Statement.


Pasternak not guilty on charges

Local colleagues and friends of Fleischmanns native Kenneth P. Pasternak celebrated last week when U.S. District Judge Joel Pisano cleared the hedge fund chief of all charges in a suit brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Pasternak, whose local philanthropy was celebrated on Saturday at the Margaretville Park Pavilion, maintained his innocence in the securities fraud case and has fought since 2005 to have the charges dismissed.


Guitarist and composer to perform at Emerson Resort

Mt. Tremper — The Phoenix Restaurant will present classical guitarist and composer David Temple for a concert and champagne reception in the Great Room at the Emerson Resort and Spa on Sunday, June 29.
Temple’s performance will be the first in a series of summer performances planned at the Mt. Tremper complex and is open to both overnight guests and local residents. The widely revered performer and recording artist has played throughout the country as a soloist, accompanist and ensemble player and is well-known for presenting guitar performances full of color and variety.


Catch the reading bug!

The Roxbury Library Association is participating in the 2008 NYS “Catch the Reading Bug” Summer Reading Program from Monday, June 30 through Thursday, Aug. 14.
Based on grade levels completed as of June 2008, programs for individual grade levels will occur from Mondays through Thursdays: Pre-K and K on Mondays, 9 to 10 a.m. with Tina Peters; grades 1 and 2 on Tuesdays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with Lorrayne Bolger; grades 3 and 4 “Lunch Bunch Book Club” on Wednesdays, 10 to 11:15 a.m. with Lorrayne Bolger; and grades 5-7 “Literary Lunch Book Club” on Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. with Susan Whittenburg.


Roxbury hosts Margaretville Chamber's monthly member-to-member mixer

By Jill Ribich
The Greater Margaretville Chamber of Commerce hosted a member-to-member mixer Wednesday in Roxbury. Over 80 people attended the event that began at The Roxbury Motel. Food was provided by six Roxbury restaurants and caterers including Mary’s Cookin’ Again, Cassie’s Café, The East Branch, the T-Bar, Fane’s Family Diner and the Public Lounge.


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