"Trucking" with Santa

FIREHOUSE CHRISTMAS FUN —Over 100 kids brought their parents to visit Santa at the Roxbury Firehouse on Saturday including Trevor, Derek, and Jordan Fronckowiak.  Photos were taken by Catskill Images and refreshments were abundant. Fire Chief Allen Hinkley was so impressed with the turnout that he decided to make it an annual event. Planning for next year is already in the works. — Photo by Jill Ribich, Catskill Images

Late Haywood Buerge named Hall of Famer

By Jay Braman Jr.
For Dori Buerge, Saturday night’s Hall of Fame Dinner at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center was an event that brought both joy and sorrow.

Her husband Haywood, “Buerge” to his friends, was being honored by joining that prestigious group of inductees to the Belleayre Hall of Fame.

Only Buerge was not there to receive it.
You see, Buerge died three years ago, a victim of a vicious and rapid form of cancer. That cancer stopped his career as a snowmaker at Belleayre, a post he had held since the early 1980s.

Study show plenty of room for growth

By Jay Braman Jr.
A new study suggests that there’s plenty of room for development in the Catskills while still protecting the water and other natural resources.
Findings were released this week in a study called “Private Lands, Public Benefits,” by the Open Space Institute that identifies more than 520,000 acres of privately-owned land without physical impediments, restrictions against development or important open space resources.

Preferred growth

Margaretville gets new mayor, budget

By Pauline Liu
The old phrase, “Everything old is new again” couldn’t be more appropriate than in reference to Margaretville’s new government. In a flurry of activity on Monday night, newly elected Mayor Bill
Stanton was sworn in at the village hall.

It was a job he was very familiar with having served six years in the position before deciding not to run again two years ago. “I’d like to thank you all for holding down the fort for the last two years,” said Mayor Stanton.”

RCS Students aid Japan with Paper Crane Project

By Brian Sweeney
Roxbury Central School is pitching in to assist in Japan’s reconstruction efforts following last month’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

RCS students, staff and community members are doing their part to aid the devastated country by teaming up with studentsrebuild.com to participate in the “Paper Crane Project.”

John Burroughs focus of Open Eye's "Pepacton"

PepactionPepactionActors, live music, historic photos and cinema will bring key segments of the life of John Burroughs of the Catskills, the celebrated personality of the early naturalist and environmental movement, to The Open Eye Theater stage in Margaretville, opening April 7 with performances through April 17.

Popular reading program goes global at RCS

By Pauline Liu

CVS pharmacist charged with theft of narcotics

By Brian Sweeney
A pharmacist at the Margaretville CVS was arrested last week on felony charges stemming from her alleged theft of a large quantity of narcotics.

NYS Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement investigators said that Teare Korbul, 37, of Grand Gorge is alleged to have stolen approximately 8,760 Hydrocodone tablets from the pharmacy.

Korbul was arrested at the Margaretville store on Friday on charges of third-degree grand larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Both charges are class D felonies.

Margaretville and Roxbury explore sharing classes via technology

By Brian Sweeney
The Margaretville and Roxbury school districts are exploring the possibility of sharing educational services and reducing costs through an innovative technological program.
School officials are hoping to implement a distance-learning program that will allow students at each school to take the same classes via videoconferencing technology.

Andes waste water plant has long history of problems


By Pauline Liu
Employees at the Town of Andes Wastewater Treatment Plant say the problems at the seven-year-old facility existed long before the facility was issued a violation by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) last fall. 

“Part of the problem is the equipment is not big enough to handle the flow,” explained Operations Manager Lou Dibble.

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