Freshtown Supermarket plans unveiled; renovation work to begin in September

New owners will convert A&P store

By Brian Sweeney
The changeover from the Margaretville A&P to a Freshtown Supermarket is set to begin in September, it was revealed at public meeting last Tuesday. Noah Katz, a partner in PSK Supermarkets, gave a presentation about what customers can expect when the transformation to the new store is complete. He indicated that the supermarket will remain open during renovations, with most of the work taking place at night. The changeover into a state-of-the-art supermarket is expected to be complete by Christmas.

Baby buffalo still roaming the area

Animal rights activists work to rescue calf

By Julia Green
The great Margaretville area buffalo hunt continued this week as local animal rights representatives and law enforcement officials attempt to corral an orphaned buffalo calf that has been roaming alone since its mother was shot last Monday in the Bull Run Valley area.
The calf is reportedly one of a number of the animals that escaped from a farm in the Bloomville area in late April.

MCS seeks calm after assault plot

Aide is hired to assist girl who was target

By Matthew J. Perry
The administration at Margaretville Central School has brought in a conflict resolution specialist and an extra aide to help restore calm in the second-grade classroom after a plot allegedly hatched by several students against a girl in the class. For the remainder of the school year, the aide will assist in the class and provide “an extra set of eyes,” said Superintendent John Riedl.

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


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.

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