Phoenicia Library tax increase on Shandaken’s November ballot

The Phoenicia Library Association is asking Shandaken taxpayers for a 72-percent increase in the amount they give the library to support its budget.  More...

Posted 8/2/2016 08:42 PM

Sisters cherish unique upbringing in rural community

Galatioto siblings were raised by family friends after mom’s passing

Margaretville Central School graduate Kati Galatioto made a bold choice when she decided to move all they way to California and pursue a career. More...

Posted 7/26/2016 10:44 PM

Hospital execs give update; insurance issues still linger

Though new executive directors Mark Pohar and Chris Mehl are fitting in well at Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center, Health Alliance President and CEO Dave Scarpino can’t predict with any certainty when a stalemate w More...

Posted 7/19/2016 08:02 PM

DEC commissioner issues drought watch in New York as groundwater levels drop

Albany — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos on Friday issued a drought watch for the entire state of New York following consultation with the State Drought Management Task Force and Federal p More...

Posted 7/19/2016 08:02 PM

South Kortright wastewater now flows to Hobart treatment plant

South Kortright — Wastewater from individual septic systems in South Kortright, a hamlet in the Town of Stamford, is now being pumped to the Village of Hobart’s Wastewater Treatment Plant through a project coordinated by the Catskill Watershed Corp. More...

Posted 7/19/2016 08:02 PM

Ulster County’s Veterans get higher tax exemptions

Tax breaks boosted through law change

Veterans who own property in Ulster County are about to see their real estate taxes go down. More...

Posted 7/12/2016 06:49 PM

Public meetings cancelled and scheduled for Middletown

More than 260 people participated in Headwater History Days in June, according to Diane Galusha of the Town of Middletown Historical Society. More...

Posted 7/12/2016 06:49 PM

Flower Power

FLOWER TIME – Local Main Streets are adorned with flower boxes, flags and other signs of summer that make natives and newcomers feel welcomed. More...

Posted 7/12/2016 06:49 PM

Plant donations bring goodwill to MRCC

Angie Nobile is a woman of action. The active 84-year-old doesn’t stop moving! When Nobile walked into Freshtown and noticed dying plants in the produce section, she acted. More...

Posted 7/5/2016 08:32 PM

Town of Middleton hires Lamont firm for water work

Town of Middletown officials met in a special session on Tuesday, June 21, and voted to contract with Lamont Engineers for oversight and supervision of the Arkville and Halcottsville water systems.  More...

Posted 6/28/2016 08:57 PM

Cultural Connections: From Tin Horns to Twitter

Sociologists, anthropologists, and historians love to study the habits of people as they create, according to World Book Dictionary, their “customs, arts, and conveniences.” Over time, the word culture has been broadly applied to everything from, “th More...

Posted 6/28/2016 08:57 PM

CMRR granted permission to run on Kingston section

Rail Explorers to lease western part of U&D line

Ulster County has decided to give a new company a try on six miles of track in the Phoenicia area but still allow the Catskill Mountain Railroad to operate on about five miles of line in Kingston. More...

Posted 6/21/2016 08:55 PM

MARK awards Main St. improvement grant funds

New York Main Street program awards totaling $272,000 for 13 local buildings were announced by the MARK Project this week. More...

Posted 6/21/2016 08:56 PM

RR officials deny ‘new junkyard’ allegations

Phoenicia residents are concerned about used railroad equip.

Empire State Museum officials quickly denied allegations last week that the non-profit organization in Phoenicia was preparing their property to become a place to store train equipment for the Catskill Mountain Railroad. More...

Posted 6/14/2016 08:20 PM

One Stormy Summer 50 Years Ago

GONE WITH THE WIND—These images from the front page of June 16, 1966 show the considerable clean up job that faced Margaret- ville and Arkville after a savage wind, rain and hail storm hit on t More...

Posted 6/14/2016 08:20 PM

Neighbors fear RR graveyard being built in different location

Residents concerned over possible eyesore

Even though the Catskill Mountain Railroad has officially dropped plans to build a railyard in Phoenicia, following strong opposition from neighbors of the proposed location, those same neighbors say there’s work being done anyway that appears More...

Posted 6/7/2016 09:09 PM

MRCC named LGBT leader for fourth time

Margaretville — For the fourth consecutive year, Mountainside Residential Care Center has been named a national “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality.”  More...

Posted 5/31/2016 07:03 PM

CMRR Drops Phoenicia Rail Yard Plan

Moments before the Shandaken Zoning Board was going to take a vote on the Catskill Mountain Railroad’s proposal for a two and-a-half acre rail yard, company representative Harry Jameson suddenly withdrew the application and walked out of the ro More...

Posted 5/24/2016 08:14 PM

Hot Stuff

RED HOT — A mobile home located just east of the Hamlet of Arkville, was wrecked by a fire last Wednesday. The blaze was quickly brought under control, but the mobile home was a total loss. More...

Posted 5/24/2016 08:14 PM

Teachout campaigns in Middletown

Seeking nomination to run for Congress

Margaretville — Zephyr Teachout, Democratic candidate in New York’s 19th Congressional District, appeared at the Arkville Fire Hall at 7 p.m. More...

Posted 5/17/2016 08:09 PM

Dem hopeful spoke at AFD

Arkville — Will Yandik, Democratic candidate in New York’s 19th Congressional District, appeared at the Arkville Fire Hall at 7 p.m. More...

Posted 5/10/2016 07:30 PM

Ulster tax plan would keeps Shandaken’s amount at 3%

Townships feared loss of revenues from cty. proposal

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and City of Kingston Mayor Steve Noble have reach- ed a comprehensive sales tax agreement that ensures important revenue for the county, City of Kingston and Ulster County’s towns as long as the State of New York con More...

Posted 5/10/2016 07:31 PM

How to avoid coyote conflicts

Albany — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued guidance on preventing conflicts between people and coyotes as spring temperatures approach and coyotes increase foraging. More...

Posted 5/3/2016 07:56 PM

Mutual aid helps stop Phoenicia brush fire; arrest made for negligent burning as cause

15 acres burned in Monday blaze

A 15-acre forest fire atop a ridge in the Woodland Valley portion of Phoenicia on Monday brought fire companies from several nearby communities in an attempt to contain the blaze.  More...

Posted 4/26/2016 06:20 PM

Meet the Dem Candidates Nights set May 5 & 11

Will Yandik, Zephyr Teachout are seeking nod for Gibson’s post

Arkville — While voters nationally will be selecting a president in 2016, those in Delaware County will also be selecting a congressional representative to replace Chris Gibson who is stepping down from the House of Representatives this year. More...

Posted 4/19/2016 07:45 PM

Building Relationships

ON THE TRAIL — John Faso, left, once the Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly, met with Jason Wadler, right and other constituents on Saturday as he pursues a race for the NY-19 Congr More...

Posted 8/2/2016 08:42 PM

Local responders react to Arkville accident

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Posted 7/19/2016 08:02 PM

New Jersey man succumbs while fishing in Shandaken

Heart attack claims fisherman on the Esopus Creek

A 78-year-old New Jersey man died while fishing on the Esopus Creek last Thursday.  According to Town of Shandaken Police, Iuliu Todoran of Englewood, NJ, suffered a heart attack at some point while he was fishing.  More...

Posted 7/19/2016 08:02 PM

New trail to summit of Bramley Mountain will take hikers to former fire tower spot

Bovina — The Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have announced a community hike to celebrate the opening of a new trail to the summit of Bramley Mountain in Delaware County. More...

Posted 7/19/2016 08:02 PM

Locals cycle across Iowa to fund CRC scholarships

Youths benefit from efforts of six cyclists

Six local residents, including one born in Iowa, will ride 460 miles across that state this month in a fundraising effort for youth scholarships at Arkville’s Catskill Recreation Center (CRC). More...

Posted 7/12/2016 06:49 PM

Shandaken assessor, ambulance squad chief stepping down

This week the Town of Shandaken lost its tax assessor and the chief of the ambulance squad. More...

Posted 7/12/2016 06:49 PM

Renovation funds welcomed at Kirkside

Funds dedicated to upgrades for home’s bathrooms

Joe Gannon loves the flowers and vegetables he and other residents at Kirkside of Roxbury grow, but the senior is just as excited about upgrades in their bathrooms, which will soon make him and other residents more comfortable. More...

Posted 7/12/2016 06:49 PM

Interactive mapping tool unveiled to boost info for outdoor recreation

Fishing, hiking other activities are highlighted

Kingston — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the release of an interactive recreation mapping tool that uses layers of data and maps to help the public find properties that are open for fishing, hiking More...

Posted 7/5/2016 08:32 PM

Birns, Metnick honored by Delaware County Dems

Played key roles in 2015 campaign for Judge Gary Rosa

Despite planning glitches that delayed their dinner, Delaware County Democrats were a happy bunch on Saturday night in Delhi when they gathered for their annual festivities and honored Margaretville’s Dennis Metnick and Fleischmanns’ Bill More...

Posted 6/28/2016 08:57 PM

Detour dangers bring safety changes

Officials hoping new stop sign will help motorists

According to Shandaken Police Chief Chad Storey, the intersection of Creekside Drive and Firehouse Road in Big Indian, once a sleepy fork in the road, turned into a dangerous place about a month ago when it became part of a detour for traffic to get More...

Posted 6/28/2016 08:57 PM

Primary Election set for June 28

Delhi — Will Yandik and Zephyr Teachout will face off next week in the federal primary election on Tuesday, June 28. More...

Posted 6/21/2016 08:55 PM

SP Sgt. Andy Leahy retires as local station commander

Has witnessed countless changes during law career

Andy Leahy, New York State Police Sergeant and Station Commander for Troop C in Dunraven, hung up his gun and badge this week after 33 years on the job, 21 in his role as the local station commander.  Leahy reflected, however briefly last week, More...

Posted 6/14/2016 08:20 PM

FEMA OKs flood maps for Town of Shandaken

Property owners likely to be hit hard by insurance hikes

Long in the making, the updated flood maps for the Town of Shandaken are now in the hands of the Shandaken Town Board and FEMA is giving them less than six months to adopt them. More...

Posted 6/14/2016 08:20 PM

Bold bear wreaking havoc for Grand Gorge resident

While it’s always exciting to see a wild bear, Roxbury Constable Steve Williamson reports that a Ferris Hill, Grand Gorge woman is seeing more of one than she really wants to.  Williamson told the News Tuesday than Missy Carn had been in G More...

Posted 6/7/2016 09:09 PM

Arkville cutoff rd. closed two weeks beginning June 13

Arkville — The Delaware County Department of Public Works will be closing county Route 38 (the Crossroads) to through traffic on Monday, June 13 at 7 a.m. to make major repairs to the railroad crossing.  More...

Posted 6/7/2016 09:09 PM

Tracing a brief history of Memorial Day

If poppies are blooming and flags are flying, you know its Memorial Day. If you hear old timers calling the holiday “Decoration Day” it’s likely they know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. More...

Posted 5/24/2016 08:14 PM

CWC awards 26 Watershed Education Grants

Margaretville — Twenty-six education grants totaling $165,000 were recently approved by the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors. More...

Posted 5/24/2016 08:14 PM

Bovina to mark historic spots

Bovina — The Town of Bovina will be dedicating two historic markers on Saturday, June 4.  More...

Posted 5/17/2016 08:09 PM

Hunger & poverty will be the focus of May 26 program

Margaretville — The Middletown Democratic Committee is sponsoring “Hunger,” a program addressing the hidden impact of poverty and food insecurity in our community. More...

Posted 5/17/2016 08:09 PM

“Southern Tier Soaring” was focus of public forum

A packed house of local business owners, non-profit leaders, and elected officials filled the Roxbury Arts Center last Wednesday morning for a hastily called meeting billed as “a presentation on the ‘Southern Tier Soaring’ effort —the program related More...

Posted 5/10/2016 07:30 PM

‘American Pickers’ hit TV show to film in the Catskills

New York — Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are hoping to visit Delaware County this summer. They plan to film episodes of the hit series “American Pickers” in the Catskills with filming scheduled for summer 2016. More...

Posted 5/3/2016 07:56 PM

Under Control

UP IN SMOKE — A 15-acre forest fire atop a ridge in the Woodland Valley portion of Phoenicia on Monday brought Fire Companies from several nearby communities in an attempt to contain the blaze. More...

Posted 4/26/2016 06:20 PM

Delaware County supervisors seek to squash solar tax breaks

A house demolition in Fleischmanns, at a cost of $44,030, was approved by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors at their meeting last Wednesday. The work will be contracted out through the county’s Department of Public Works (DPW). More...

Posted 4/26/2016 06:20 PM

DEP to finally halt use of synthetic herbicides for weed control

City has sprayed chemicals adjacent to NYC reservoirs

Kingston — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced last week that it will begin using a natural weed control for roadside maintenance in the watershed.  More...

Posted 4/19/2016 07:45 PM

Corrections & Amplifications

Our April 6 story about New York City land acquisitions in the region generated a number of comments. As News readers know, this is a complex issue. More...

Posted 4/19/2016 07:45 PM