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SPECIAL NIGHT — The Rev. Richard Dykstra of Roxbury, right, is all smiles after receiving the Margaretville Hospital Keene A. Roadman Citizen of the Year Award on Saturday evening at the Harvest Moon Ball. The event was sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. Also pictured during the presentation are event Chair Karen Kolar and Hospital Board Member Tom O’Brien.— Photo by eOneMedia.com

Krueger says farewell to Pine Hill Center

By Jay Braman Jr.
He was there at the beginning 10 years ago. He helped mold it, shape it, save it, maintain it, and do everything else that a community center needs in order to thrive.
And now, for Pine Hill resident James Krueger, it is time to move on.
Though a talented singer/songwriter, Krueger is perhaps best known in the region as the Executive Director of the Pine Hill Community Center, a thriving non-profit entity that Krueger has been involved with since it was created a decade ago.
Krueger sent word of his departure to the Catskill Mountain News last week.

Difficult choice


Dr. Humberto Abrahao retires after 34 years at Margaretville

Margaretville – HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley’s Margaretville Hospital campus has said goodbye to Dr. Humberto Abrahao, who recently retired after 34 years of service as a general surgeon and family practice physician in the area.
Marilyn Donnelly, Margaretville Hospital’s director of nursing services, said Dr. Abrahao is a very special doctor who cannot be replaced.


Firemen's Field Days feature firework fun

The unofficial kick-off of summer takes place this week when the Margaretville Fire Department hosts its annual Field Days from June 28-July 4.
Gigantic fireworks displays will be held twice – on Saturday, July 2 at 10:15 p.m. and on Monday, July 4 at 9:45 p.m.
The carnival will also feature four periods of money-saving “Pay One Price” offers that provide money-saving, unlimited ride enjoyment. The “Pay One Price” specials will be held on Wednesday, June 29 from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, July 1 from 6-10 p.m., Saturday, July 2 from 1-5 p.m. and on Monday, July 4 from 1-5 p.m.


Former Fleischmanns school lost to fire

By Brian Sweeney
A piece of village history was lost Wednesday morning as a large section of the former Fleischmanns High School was destroyed by fire.

Volunteers were alerted to the scene shortly before 4 a.m. and found that fire had already spread to a good portion of the village landmark. The two-story original section of the building was constructed in 1928. A ground-level section had also been utilized by the schools. A brick addition, built in 1936, was left mostly intact, but sustained considerable damage from heat, water and smoke.


Gas leases purchased

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By Brian Sweeney
An Oklahoma-based energy company last month purchased eight gas leases in the towns of Andes, Bovina and Hamden.

All of the leases were originally signed in early 2008 between the property owners and Penn Virginia Oil and Gas Company. Filings with the Delaware County Clerk’s Office show that eight leases in these local townships were conveyed to Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C. effective April 1, 2011.


Towns agree to limit NYC land purchases

By Pauline Liu 
With one week to go before the June 22 deadline for watershed towns to decide on the hamlet extension issue, the Andes Town Board voted 3-to-1 last Tuesday in favor of a resolution that would continue to ban New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from buying parcels or easements within its designated hamlet areas.

That same evening, the Town of Middletown Board voted unanimously to slightly expand hamlet boundaries in Halcottsville and New Kingston and to add a Kelly Corners hamlet designation.


ACS names top grads

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Andes Central School has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2011.
Gina Tait, the daughter of Dale and Judith Tait of Andes has been named the valedictorian. Gina has been very active in all aspects of student life at ACS. She is a tri-sport athlete, playing soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter and softball in the spring.


Ark Animal Clinic now open; Woodstock vet expands

By Pauline Liu
The Ark Animal Clinic at 42838 state Highway 28 in Arkville is now officially open for business. This week, a permanent roadside sign was installed outside the facility, which is located next to the Bottini Fuel office.

Last week, the clinic was granted a variance from the Middletown Zoning Board of Appeals. However, the process of getting the clinic officially up and running in Arkville  turned out to be a bit round about, since the business first opened its doors on May 9.


Local table tennis enthusiast takes silver at Empire State Games

By Pauline Liu
The complete results of the Empire State Senior Games are to be released any day now. For the record, 78-year-old Ray Sprague of Margaretville is a winner, no matter who’s keeping score.

Last weekend, the table tennis champ competed in the games for the 23rd straight year. He placed second in singles, doubles and mixed doubles competitions in the 75-79 age category and took home three silver medals. Over the years, he’s won gold in the singles category 12 times. 


Shandaken in Bloom garden tour on June 26

Shandaken — Visit six glorious gardens during the “Shandaken in Bloom” garden tour on Sunday, June 26 from 10 a .m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets for the tour are $20 and benefit the Shandaken Democratic Committee. Advanced tickets are on sale at the Tenderland Home, Main Street in Phoenicia.

The tour starts with map/purchase ticket pick up  at the Gazebo, Main Street and Route 214 in Phoenicia and features shady woodland gardens, intensive organic vegetables, classic cottage gardens, reflecting pool, and field cutting garden.


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