James McGrath receives Spirit of the Catskills Award

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LONG SERVICE — James “Jimmy” McGrath, right, was honored with the Spirit of the Catskills Award on Saturday evening at the Belleayre Conservatory’s annual Snowball held Saturday evening at The Emerson in Mt. Tremper. The award is presented annually to someone who has performed extraordinary service to benefit the region. Jimmy was instrumental in growing the Shandaken Police Department and recently retired as police chief. Making the presentation is Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. A packed house enjoyed the dinner-dance. Proceeds benefit the Belleayre Music Festival. — Photo by Franz Edlinger, eOneMedia.com

School budget votes on Tuesday; MCS district only contested race

By Brian Sweeney
Area residents will cast ballots on school district budgets on Tuesday, May 17 and will also decide a board of education vacancy in Margaretville.

MCS voters will voted on the budget and board candidates on May 17 from 2-8 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Roxbury radio makes waves with town board

By Pauline Liu
Roxbury’s community radio station, which began broadcasting last August, became the focus of the regularly scheduled Roxbury Town Board meeting Monday night.

The station relies heavily on grant money, volunteers and help from the town. It is also supported by the Greater Roxbury Learning Initiative Corporation (GRLIC) a not-for-profit foundation.

Shandaken mulls zoning change that would okay farmstand

By Jay Braman Jr.
After several years of having an allegedly illegal farm stand operating on Route 28 in Mount Tremper, and after several attempts to find a way to bring that stand into compliance, the Town of Shandaken is now considering the option that the stand’s owner has wanted all along; a change of the zoning law to allow him to continue.

The town has set up a meeting for later this month to “discuss a zoning amendment in Mount Tremper.”

Roxbury holds forum on hamlet expansion

By Pauline Liu
The topic of hamlet expansion is both a complicated and important one aimed at preventing New York City from buying up land within the hamlet of Roxbury.

The town board not only conducted a public hearing on the matter, Wednesday, May 4, but afterwards they also held a discussion to consider reassessing properties in the town.

East Branch Recreation Access Project kicks off

Margaretville — Access for recreation on the East Branch of the Delaware River will be the focus of a new effort to develop a comprehensive plan that would improve and enhance public access of the East Branch for recreational access.

Each community, from the headwaters in Roxbury to Middletown, Andes, villages of Fleischmanns and Margaretville, extending around the Pepacton Reservoir to Downsville and Colchester will be included in this project.

Wizard of Oz production filled with off-stage drama

By Pauline Liu
For two nights in a row, “The Wizard of Oz” at Margaretville Central School played to standing ovations. Hundreds turned out.

Newspaper's new look

In keeping with a national trend in newspaper page sizes, the Catskill Mountain News, as of this issue, is being printed on what’s now known in the newspaper industry as the “22-inch web.”
Other area newspapers using this page size include the Oneonta Daily Star and, as of today, the Kingston Daily Freeman. The Kingston Daily Freeman is printed at The Record in Troy, the same newspaper that prints the Catskill Mountain News.

“The new page size is one-inch narrower than our previous size,” said News Publisher Dick Sanford.

Margaretville barber marks 45-year career

By Pauline Liu
Skip Jester knows about job security. He has spent the past 45 years as the barber on Main Street in Margaretville.

“I’ve had a good life here,” he said. “I’ve got loyal patrons. If I have my health, I’m definitely going to keep going.” 

He has an easy-going way about him, but don’t ask him what his real name is, because he won’t tell you.

3 nabbed in Middletown heroin bust


By Brian Sweeney
Three area residents were arrested April 27 on felony drug possession charges after a traffic stop in Middletown yielded 60 packets of heroin in their vehicle.

Courtney R. Williamson, 19, of Arkville, and Margaretville area residents Matthew A. Santiago, 22, and Michael V. Johnson, 19, were all charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class B felony.

Area volunteers lead Relay for Life fund-raising


By Brian Sweeney
The Country Cutting Gallery team from Margaretville led the fund-raising for Delaware County’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life held over the weekend in Delhi.
The local team raised $21,821 to be donated for cancer research. The countywide total for the event was $122,351.

Fifty-six teams participated in the annual fund-raiser held at Legion Field.

Braving the elements

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