"Trucking" with Santa

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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

Local graduations set for this weekend

Area schools with host graduation ceremonies this weekend as members of the Class of 2014 celebrate the conclusion of their high school careers.
Andes
Commencement at Andes Central School will take place on Friday, June 27 at 7 p.m. under a tent set up behind the building.
Guest speaker will be longtime kindergarten teacher Susie Little. Josephine DeSanto will offer the Valedictory Address and Jonathan Andrews will give the Salutatory Address.


Olivebridge man accused of 21 counts of animal cruelty

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By Jay Braman Jr.
An Olivebridge man was convicted of 21 counts of animal cruelty last week following the death of as many dogs in a barn fire that destroyed the building and its habitants one year ago.
David Delisio was found guilty by a jury in the Town of Olive Court on Thursday. Twenty-one dogs died in a barn fire on Delisio’s property at 82 Mill Road in Olivebridge on June 7, 2013.


Junior Pultz tosses the first pitch for Yankees' Triple A club

By Joe Moskowitz
It was another summer Sunday as Charles “Junior” Pultz, his wife Elaine, and their son Terry, all of Fleischmanns, got in the car and headed to a baseball game in Pennsylvania. They go to baseball games in many places around the Northeast including Class A, the lower-level minor league games in Troy, big league games at the shrine, Yankee Stadium, and one of their favorite places, PNC Field, home of the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Rail Riders. They are the Yankees’ top farm club, one step below the major leagues. Sunday they were playing their International League rivals, the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Pultz family was going to see them play. 
But Junior Pultz got thrown a curve.
When they got to the ballpark, Junior was told that he would have to enter the ballpark through the tunnel toward the field. Then, Terry told him that he was going to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Junior said he turned to him and said, “You must be crazy.”
At the age of 89, Pultz, for the first time in his life, threw a pitch in a professional baseball park, an incredible thrill for life-long Yankee fan.

 Junior Pultz of Fleischmanns, second from left, recently threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a game for the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Raiders, the NY Yankees’ Triple A affiliate. At left is Junior’s son, Terry. Junior Pultz of Fleischmanns, second from left, recently threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a game for the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Raiders, the NY Yankees’ Triple A affiliate. At left is Junior’s son, Terry.


Fireman's Carnival coming to town

The Margaretville Fire Department Field Days from July 1-6 at the village park will mark the true arrival of summer.
The annual carnival promises fun for the entire family with plenty of rides, games, music, food and the opportunity to socialize with old friends. A huge fireworks display will cap the festivities on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Carnival highlights
The schedule of special events includes the following highlights:
• Tuesday, July 1 through Thursday, July 3: Rides open at 6 p.m.
• Wednesday, July 2: Pay One Price rides, 6-11 p.m.


Editorial: "Just Say No" to more NYC land acquisition

I hope our local political leaders “just say no” to New York City’s latest land-buying initiative in the Catskills.
In April, the City announced that it would make at least $15 million available to acquire properties from willing sellers whose homes are currently located in flood zones in the Catskill and Delaware watersheds. Any existing structures on property purchased in this program would be razed and the land would be utilized as green space or for recreational use from then on.


Quick moving storm wreaks havoc in Bovina

Fortunately, no injuries resulted from a fast-moving thunderstorm that rolled through the western part of the county shortly after midnight on Wednesday. The 60-mile-an-hour winds were a death toll for many trees and took out power for hours. — Photos by Dick Sanford


Margaretville eCenter building sold

By Brian Sweeney
Quality Leap, LLC has purchased the Margaretville E-Center building from the Catskill Development Foundation.
Margaretville businessman Peter Molnar is the manager of Quality Leap, LLC.
The new owner said he plans to continue operation of the eCenter, but will change the name to the Margaretville Business Center. The eCenter is a “business incubator” that makes office space and services available on an hourly, daily weekly or longer rental format.


Margaretville Bridge project still stalled

By Joe Moskowitz
Margaretville’s Swart Street bridge is now getting the attention of the U.S. Congress. There is money to get it fixed, yet nearly three years after being undermined by Hurricane Irene, the person in charge of getting it replaced told the News that he has “no idea when it is going to get done.”


Chamber of Commerce has new Main Street home

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By Brian Sweeney
The Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce opened for business on Monday in a new location at 806 Main Street, Margaretville.

Executive Director Carol O’Beirne said that moving the office was necessitated by the sale of the eCenter building a short distance down Main Street. The chamber office had been housed in the eCenter for about 15 months.


Fairview Library gets $110,000 construction grant

Fairview Public Library in Margaretville is the recipient of a public library construction grant in the amount of $110,292 from the New York State Education Department.
The construction project will provide much-needed accessibility improvements to the library, including an ADA compliant, handicap-accessible ramp, and the creation of a new entryway.


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