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A tractor owned by Carl Beers Jr. of Andes was the winner in the annual Tractor Parade at the Margaretville Cauliflower Festival. Lauren Davis judged the event. The Catskill Mountain News sponsored the event and awarded the trophy. From left are, News Publisher Dick Sanford, John Beers (Carl’s nephew and tractor driver) and Carl. Look for more images from the festival (lots of tractors!) and local high school soccer games in our image galleries later this week. — Photo by Laurie Sanford

Reunions for Margaretville and Andes bring alumni back to area

By Pauline Liu
If Arkville and Andes looked busier than usual this past weekend, that’s probably because each community played host to a school reunion, which brought about 100 alumni back to the area.


East Branch access project flows to completion

By Pauline Liu
An intensive three-year study aimed at improving recreational access to the East Branch of the Delaware River should be completed by this autumn.

That news was shared by Carol O’Beirne, executive director of the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce, who is helping to spearhead the effort.

According to O’Beirne, before the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) provided the $55,000 grant for the project in February, the research was already well underway.


Miller, Moskowitz in Middletown Supervisor race

Staff report
A new candidate has entered the Town of Middletown supervisor’s race and another potential entrant said he is not running.

Arkville resident Marjorie Miller issued a statement that she will be an Independent candidate for the Middletown supervisor’s position this fall.

Margaretville Mayor Bill Stanton, who told the News last week that he had been contemplating running for Middletown supervisor, said he has reconsidered and will not enter the race.

“I’ve thought a lot about running, but I’ve decided to stay where I am,” said Mayor Stanton.


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.


Phoenicia business reportedly buying Boiceville property

By Jay Braman Jr.
A one-acre commercial property jewel in Boiceville is being sold, but not to the owners of Hanover Farms of Mount Tremper. That is according to Town of Olive Supervisor Bert Leifeld, which has had the property up for sale since last year.

On Monday Leifeld said that a Phoenicia businessman has placed a binder on the property and that the transaction is moving forward through the bureaucratic red tape that slows such deals.


Area contractors win Arkville water bids

Staff report
Two local companies were awarded bids for major portions of the Arkville Water District improvement project.

Hubbell Inc. of Kelly Corners submitted the winning bid for water main construction and Cowan Excavating of Roxbury was awarded the contract for water meter construction.
The bids were reviewed and selected by the Middletown Town Board at its July 12 meeting.


Roxbury starts work on Comp Plan

By Pauline Liu
About 30 people turned out on Saturday morning at The Roxbury Art Center’s Hilt Kelly Hall to talk candidly about their hopes for what the Town of Roxbury will be like in 10 to 15 years.


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