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Students from Margaretville and Roxbury enjoyed a 12-day worldwind tour of Europe this month, including this stop at the ruins in Pompeii. Read more about their most excellent adventures in our Features or News sections! — Contributed Photo.

Flooding, Binnekill woes focus of Margaretville board

By Pauline Liu
A flood commission may be one of the answers to Margaretville’s continuing flood problems. 


Heat wave made for a hot time in Arkville

Staff report
Anyone who went to the websites for AOL Weather or AccuWeather on Friday to check the forecast for Arkville would have been startled to discover that the current temperature and daytime high was listed at a mind boggling 131 degrees Fahrenheit. The fact that not one, but two internationally known websites listed the same temperature error made the situation all the more bizarre, especially since they operate independently of one another. Had anyone taken the reading seriously, the tiny hamlet of Arkville would have become the center of national news coverage.


Epner is new director at PH Community Center

The Pine Hill Community Center has appointed Ann Epner of Denver as its new executive director, effective August 1.

Ann will be replacing James Krueger, who has directed the center since 2002. Ann is best known for her work at The Roxbury Arts Group, where she has been employed for the past 11 years as program director, community arts coordinator and press coordinator. Ann has been involved in a number of community groups, including a stint as president of Writers in the Mountains and producing multiple shows on Roxbury’s WIOX.


Same sex marriages make history in the Catskills

During the first hours that same-sex marriage became legal on Sunday, 37-year-old Katie Morgan and 30-year-old Brooke Barnett made history by becoming Shandaken’s first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license.

“I never thought we could married in New York,” explained Morgan, who is a freelance television producer in New York City.


MCS Blue Devils soccer opens with a win

Cody FronckowiakCody FronckowiakThe Margaretville Blue Devils rode two goals by Cody Fronckowiak, including one goal at 1 minute, 47 seconds into sudden-victory overtime, and one goal by Marshall Bouton, to a 3-2 overtime season-opening win against the visiting Delhi Bulldogs Tuesday (8-31) afternoon.

Bouton’s goal, off an assist from Ian Williams, tied the non-league game at 2-2 with 5:45 left to play. Margaretville goalkeeper Mitchell Hull made 10 saves.

The Margaretville Blue Devils girls’ soccer team opened their season on the road in Delhi Tuesday (8-31) afternoon with a 2-1 non-league loss to the host Lady Bulldogs. Tess Svoboda found the nets for the Blue Devils, who outshot Delhi 16-11.

More photos from the boys' game are available in the Image Gallery.


Elderly Phoenicia couple killed in tractor-trailer accident

By Jay Braman Jr.
An elderly Phoenicia couple was killed Thursday on Route 28 in Boiceville when their car was hit from behind by a tractor and trailer driven by a New Kingston man.


WIOX Roxbury radio officially begins transmitting

By Jay Braman Jr.
Roxbury’s new station flicked the switch to “broadcast” last Friday, and operators of the nonprofit endeavor promise to serve and reflect the diverse interests in the region.


Margaretville Street Fair

Street Fair FineryStreet Fair Finery Courtney Spaulding assisted the Catskill Mountain Christian Center with its tradition of providing assorted paper hats at the Margaretville Street Fair on Saturday. More photos from the Street Fair are in the Image Gallery. — Photo by Dick Sanford


Joyce St. George to receive Citizenship Award

Joyce St. GeorgeJoyce St. GeorgeMargaretville — The Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center Board of Directors has selected Joyce St. George of New Kingston to receive  the Keene A. Roadman Hospital Citizenship Award. The award will be presented on October 16 at the Harvest Moon Ball which is sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.

Ms. St. George has served as a member of the Margaretville Hospital Board and Mountainside Residential Care Center, and held the position of board chair from 2005-2007.


Roxbury Site Plan Review Law under consideration

By Brian Sweeney
A proposed Site Plan Review Law for the Town of Roxbury will be the subject of a public hearing at the town hall on Monday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. The Site Plan Review Law has been modified from a version that was voted down by the board several years ago.


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