Tom Turkey goes a'courting

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The spring romance season is in full swing for turkeys and these Toms offered a brilliant display as they tried to impress the females. — Photo by Brian Sweeney

Catskills Ride & Peak event aims to boost biking, tourism

By Julia Green
In its second year, the annual Catskills Ride & Peak event on May 22 aims to further the growth of the Catskill region as a premier cycling destination. Last year, the inaugural event attracted 98 riders for the five different courses; a number that impressed event organizer Lucci Kelly.
“Ninety-eight riders for the first year is considered quite terrific, actually,” she said. “We have all the right conditions for wonderful bicycle riding.”


Herman Gottfried was landowner ally versus NYC

By Diane Galusha
Herman Gottfried, an attorney who represented hundreds of residents and business owners dispossessed by New York City’s Pepacton and Cannonsville reservoir projects, died April 24, 2010 at the age of 99.
Gottfried, just six months shy of his 100th birthday, passed away at Huntington Hospital in Huntington.


Blenheim Reservoir open for recreational boating

North Blenheim — The New York Power Authority (NYPA) reopened the upper and lower reservoirs at its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project on Wednesday, April 14, to recreational boaters.
Boats and boat trailers accessing both reservoirs must be clearly marked with registration numbers and a NYPA permit.


Truck America Festival rolls into Full Moon Resort

By Jay Braman Jr.
The British version of the historic Woodstock Festival is going to invade the United States this year, starting in the Catskills. In the summer of 1969, there were three days of peace and music at what has come to be remembered by the world as the Woodstock Music & Art Fair.


Nominations sought for BOCES Awards

Grand Gorge — The Otsego Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) is seeking nominees from any resident of the BOCES area for their fifth annual ONC BOCES Career and Technical Alumni Hall of Fame Award.


Free rabies clinic set in Andes

The Delaware County Public Health Nursing Service will offer two free area rabies vaccination clinics for dogs and cats in May. The first will be held on Friday, May 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Andes fire station pavilion.


Margaretville School Board votes down proposed athletic merger with Andes

By Julia Green
The Margaretville Central School Board of Education voted four to one Monday night at its monthly board meeting to reject Andes Central School’s request for an athletic merger for the coming academic year.
Board president Barbara Funck represented the lone yea vote, while board members Robbie Martin, Randy Moore, Joe Moskowitz and Al Tanzer voted against the measure, which would have allowed male Andes student-athletes to compete on Margaretville Central School athletic teams.


Watershed gas drilling halted by DEC ruling

By Brian Sweeney
Natural gas drilling in New York City’s watershed will be virtually impossible because of a stringent review process announced by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a release Friday stating that because of the unique issues related to the protection of New York City’s drinking water supply, the watershed will be excluded from the pending generic environmental review process for natural gas drilling.


Wounded Marine gets hero's welcome in Grand Gorge

By Julia Green
When Grand Gorge native Joshua Williamson was 10 years old, he wanted to be a Marine.
When he was 14, a 15-year-old neighbor lied about his age to join the service and was shipped to Korea, but was soon sent back to the United States when they learned his age. Three years later, that same neighbor re-enlisted – a determination that made an impression on Williamson, who was struck by the fact that a young man would enlist twice during wartime.


Delaware supervisors vow Crossroads support

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors passed a unanimous resolution last Wednesday in support of the $400 million Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park, a development proposal slated to occupy land in both Delaware and Ulster counties.


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