All Lit Up

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COMMUNITY LIGHTS — About 50 residences and businesses in the Town of Roxbury are all decked out for the holiday season. The winners were: For Best in Traditional Décor, Catskill Images storefront on Main Street/Downtown; for Best in Illumination, Jeanette Thompson on Spruce Street and Best in Show to Sandy and Ron Kutkiewicz of Main Street. Above is Rita and Marty Finch’s house.— Photo by Dick Sanford

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

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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.


Census says Delaware County lost 1% population

By Brian Sweeney
Delaware County saw a population drop of about one percent during the past decade, according to 2010 Census figures released last week.
The Census numbers show Delaware’s population de-creased from 48,055 to 47,980 in the past 10 years.

Of the 19 townships that comprise Delaware County, the towns of Middletown and Franklin showed the largest population decline with eight percent. Middletown’s population dropped from 4,051 to 3,750 residents. Franklin’s numbers fell from 2,621 to 2,411 residents.


Vegan campaign debuts in Margaretville

By Pauline Liu
Whether or not they were aware of it, residents and shoppers in Margaretville took part in a global vegan event known as “Meatout,” which was held at Freshtown Marketplace on Saturday.


Fairview to be closed for renovation

The Fairview Public Library will be closing for two weeks beginning Monday April 4.
The Library will reopen on Saturday, April 16. The library will not be open for patrons or computer usage at all during this time.

During the closing, the library will be upgrading all of the windows in the original house of the building. This upgrade is part of an ongoing effort to improve the energy efficiency of the library and is made possibly by a generous grant from the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation.


Priest fighting charges that led to dismissal

By Brian Sweeney
A former Margaretville priest is strongly refuting sexual abuse allegations that led to his dismissal from the ministry last week.

The Roman Catholic Diocese at Albany announced that it had removed the Very Rev. Robert Purcell from the priesthood because of charges of sexual abuse of a minor that reportedly occurred 54 years ago.

Father Purcell was the pastor at the Margaretville parish for 25 years before his retirement in 2001.


Phoenicia library gutted by fire

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Phoenicia Library, which became homeless following an early morning blaze Saturday, is already open for business in a new but temporary place right in the hamlet.
The fire destroyed the interior and contents of the Phoenicia Library Saturday, rendering the Main Street Building uninhabitable.


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