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Preservation’s underway for Bovina’s historic Russell’s Store

By Matthew J. Perry
The rumors have been circulating that the end is near for yet another of a dying breed; the rural general store.
But preservation of the store in question, Russell’s, which sits at the eastern edge of the hamlet of Bovina near the intersection of county routes 5 and 6, is the expressed intent of the Bovina Historical Society, the MARK Project of Margaretville, and any number of private citizens. Nevertheless, with interested parties moving cautiously into alignment, Russell’s indeed may be shuttered temporarily before re-emerging as a combine of general store, hub of local craftsmanship and, it is hoped, the new home of the post office.


Dance-a-Thon party planned for April 18

It will be party time when the fabulous Blues Maneuver plays at the third annual Dance-a-Thon on Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at Belleayre Mountain’s Upper Lodge in Highmount. The event is a fund-raiser for the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.


Freshtown donates food to community; Easter Bunny makes store visit

Margaretville — Since its appearance in Margaretville in February, the new Freshtown store, in the former location of the A&P, has been giving back to the local community.
With the help of its customers, the store has been making regular donations of groceries to local food pantries. Items are donated by shoppers who drop their contributions in the food pantry bins located at the front of the store.


Heart of the Catskills dance and auction set

Highmount — Tickets are on sale for the 10th annual Heart of the Catskills Spring Dance and Auction on Saturday, April 25 at Belleayre Mountain Highmount.
A major fund-raiser for the area’s largest animal shelter, the Humane Society’s Spring Dance and Auction blends music and goodies-for-bid on top of Belleayre Mountain to benefit the homeless dogs and cats of the Delaware County region.


Margaretville grad to study in five European countries this summer

By Julia Green
Margaretville Central School graduate Eun Lee, daughter of Sunny and Joon Lee of Margaretville, will be traveling to five European countries this summer as part of a study abroad program.
Lee, a rising senior at Emory University in Georgia, will be traveling as part of the university’s European Sephardi Jewish Culture Program, a six-week intensive course devoted to Spanish Jewish culture Europe.


Fire department history exhibit at hall

Margaretville – A new exhibit in the history display case at the Middletown Town Hall spotlights the history of the town’s fire departments.
Town Historian Shirley Davis assembled the display with assistance and memorabilia from George Hendricks. Len and Betty Utter and Kyle Holden also supplied materials for the exhibit, which will run through May and can be seen from 9 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.


National Geographic Traveler gives The Roxbury a top rating

Roxbury — The cover story of the April 2009 issue of National Geographic Traveler Magazine is The 2009 Stay List: 129 Hotels We Love.  The Roxbury is thrilled to announce that it was chosen out of thousands of hotels in North America to be included on the prestigious list. The Roxbury was one of only 30 hotels selected from the Eastern Half of the United States.  In total, 90 were selected from the United States, 13 from Canada, 14 from Mexico, and 12 from the Caribbean.


Commons dance studio is now open for classes

Margaretville — Dancer/choreographer Gloria McLean has announced that the Dance Studio in the Commons is open for classes.
Formerly Ujjayi Mountain Wellness Center, the studio now offers modern dance, Yoga and Latin dance with more in the works, including performances, film showings and workshops. Her mission is to provide a center for contemporary dance and movement arts in Delaware County.


Margaretville man charged in kidnap attempt

A Margaretville man was arrested in New Jersey on Thursday after he allegedly tried to kidnap a man he believed was seeing his ex-girlfriend.
Police say Thomas A. Filupeit, 52, attempted to enter the man’s house shortly before 11 p.m. carrying a knife, duct tape, string, and a pillowcase containing plastic handcuffs and cloth. His attempts failed, however, when police arrived at the home before he could enter.


CCCD lauds defeat of state land tax plan

Arkville — After months of grassroots organizing and negotiations, Catskill Moun-tain communities located on State Forest Preserve lands can breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to state property tax payments on state lands.


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