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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

3 Million awarded to Margaretville for flood relief

By Joe Moskowitz
It took a village and its school to impress the governor. But in the end, Margaretville is $3 million richer for the effort.
During a ceremony in Albany last Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the village would receive an additional $3 million in Rising Community funding.


Village truck purchase stalled by tight finances

By Joe Moskowitz
A special meeting of the Margaretville Village Board was called on Monday to deal with some rather routine business, but in an age when governments have to be careful with every dollar, and tough choices have to be made, a simple task like buying a truck means something else may not get done.


Roxbury student wins MTC cover photo contest

By Brian Sweeney
Roxbury Central School sophomore Danielle Fichtner is the winner of a photo contest and her work will appear on the 2014-15 Margaretville Telephone Co. directory.
MTC Plant Manager Steve Finch and Danielle Fichtner display a sample of the new phone book cover. — Photo by Dick SanfordMTC Plant Manager Steve Finch and Danielle Fichtner display a sample of the new phone book cover. — Photo by Dick Sanford


DEC officer kills bear in Bovina

Bovina — On Thursday afternoon, April 17, a DEC Wildlife staff member killed a bear on Lee Hollow Road in the Town of Bovina that was attempting to enter a structure that contained honey. DEC officials believed that it was same bear that had previously entered the structure and destroyed approximately 120 pounds of honey.
The staff person attempted to scare the bear away but was unsuccessful.
The last-resort killing of nuisance bears is allowable under New York State Environmental Conservation Law § 11-0523.


Impressive Turkey Toms taken by young hunters


OPENING DAY GOBBLER — Angela Davis of Margaretville shot this old tom turkey while hunting with her father Pat on Saturday morning on the Utter farm in Millbrook.  The turkey had a nine-inch beard and one and one-eighth-inch long spurs. The tom weighed approximately 20 pounds. — Contributed photo


Brush fires keep volunteer firemen on the run

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Area volunteers responded to pair of brush fires this week, extinguishing the blazes before they could cause significant damage.
Redkill Flames: Firefighters work to control a brush fire that broke out Sunday on Redkill Road in the Town of Roxbury. The volunteers extinguished the fire with a big turnout of personnel. The blaze was stopped about 20 feet from a house. The fire spread across severalRedkill Flames: Firefighters work to control a brush fire that broke out Sunday on Redkill Road in the Town of Roxbury. The volunteers extinguished the fire with a big turnout of personnel. The blaze was stopped about 20 feet from a house. The fire spread across several


Phoenicia Elementary proposes a high-tech wood biomass heating system

By Jay Braman Jr.
If voters approve, the Phoenicia Elementary School will be heating with wood next year.
No, there won’t be a big Vermont Castings stove set up in the gym or any such thing, but rather a hi-tech biomass system that is fueled by wood pellets that school officials say it will make for a more environmentally friendly school.


Junior Pultz marks 72 years in the Fleischmanns VFD

By Joe Moskowitz
It was a bright, sunny day last Sunday when the Fleischmanns Fire Department’s siren started wailing. Charles “Junior” Pultz jumped in his car and drove to the fire hall to see if he could help, just like has been doing that since he was 16 years old. Junior was 16 years old in 1952, 72 years ago!
Seven Decades of Service: Charles”Junior” Pultz receiving a Congressional seal from Representative Chris Gibson. Pultz has been a member of the Fleischmanns fire Department for 72 years. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzSeven Decades of Service: Charles”Junior” Pultz receiving a Congressional seal from Representative Chris Gibson. Pultz has been a member of the Fleischmanns fire Department for 72 years. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz


Grand Gorge Tire opens to serve community's needs

By Trish Adams
When the Grand Gorge community lost Becker’s Tire Service to a devastating fire on September 27, with it went the steady livelihoods of at least half a dozen people. And, as the only tire service of its volume and diversity in the area, its loss on the verge of winter was sorely felt throughout all our local villages and towns.


Catskills Film Festival set for May 2 - May 4

By Joe Moskowitz
In just two weeks SUNY Delhi will host the Catskill Mountains Film Festival, the brainchild of Hamden filmmaker Jessica Vecchione.


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