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FALL BEAUTY — With spectacular weather predicted right through the end of September, leaf peepers might be well served to visit the Central Catskills this coming weekend. Leaves are changing quickly and the fall color could peak within the next several days. Margaretville’s annual Cauliflower Festival will be held Saturday in the village park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature lots of good food, music, local history, and the always-popular Tractor Parade at 11:30 a.m. —Photo by Dick Sanford

Ex-Middletown Superintendent of Highways Bill Russell enjoying life in the slow lane since retiring from position

By Brian Sweeney
Bill Russell, highway superintendent for the Town of Middletown since 1991, is now enjoying retirement since stepping down from his position in late May.Bill RussellBill Russell

Bill began working summers for the town highway department in 1971 and continued part-time work with the town for several years. He attended Ulster County Community College and Delhi Tech and worked a short stint as a park ranger before taking a full-time position on the Middletown highway crew in 1976.

When Superintendent of Highways Jeff Pendell became ill, Bill took over the superintendent’s duties in 1991.

Looking back on his years with the highway department, Bill said he has mostly fond memories of his tenure.


Charlie Daniels Band rocks Belleayre July 24

Highmount — Southern rock icon and legendary fiddler Charlie Daniels brings his blistering live show to the Belleayre Music Festival stage on Saturday, July 24 at 8 p.m. for an evening of flat-out fun and old-fashioned rock jamming.Charlie DanielsCharlie Daniels

Hard-charging anthems like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “The South’s Gonna Do It” are among the signature tunes that propelled the Grammy-winning band to international success and more than 20 million albums sold in a career that spans half-a-century. Those hits and many more will be rolled at Belleayre in an evening filled with fast-paced fiddling and sizzling guitar.


Two Shandaken men charged in kidnapping/sex assault

By Jay Braman Jr.
Following a 911 call, New York State Police in Kingston along with the Town of Shandaken Police responded to a domestic dispute at Silver Hollow Cabins on Route 214 in Phoenicia Monday morning.

Police say they were responding to a report that a 20-year-old female was reportedly assaulted in one of the cabins and forcefully dragged off into the woods. A search was conducted with K-9 units and a state police helicopter.


Former area man gets 12-year prison term

By Brian Sweeney
A former Fleischmanns man was sentenced to 12 years in prison last week for selling morphine pills that had allegedly been stolen from the Margaretville CVS Pharmacy.


OCS buys out superintendent’s contract

By Jay Braman Jr.
Onteora School District Superintendent Dr. Leslie Ford abruptly left that position last Friday following a less than glowing endorsement from the district’s board of education, which one week prior decided against renewing Dr. Ford’s contract.Dr. Leslie FordDr. Leslie Ford

Ford’s contract was effective through June 2011. At press time the details of the arrangements made between the district and Ford are unclear, but under such circumstances a school district is required to “buy out” a superintendent’s contract. Ford’s annual salary, including benefits, is just over $200,000.


Non-resident tuition eliminated at MCS

By Brian Sweeney
Randy MooreRandy MooreThe Margaretville Central School Board of Education voted last week to eliminate tuition fees for out-of-district students.

Until last year, MCS had followed the NYS Education Department’s “Seneca Falls Formula” which established a tuition rate for non-resident students. The Seneca Falls Formula ranged from $11,000 to $24,000 per non-resident student.


Roxbury building to get new look at part of Re-Store Design program

By Trish Adams
Re-Store ChallengeRe-Store Challenge If you’ve ever visited any gallery in the Central Catskills, there are so many names you will know: people who work with pottery, fabrics, paint… This summer they have a new challenge: create a store starting with only an empty storefront in two days on a $1,000 budget, and generous serving of creative juices.


Broadway superstar Patti LuPone brings soaring talents to Belleayre

Highmount - Patti LuPone, one of the brightest stars in Broadway history, will display her soaring vocal talents in the intimate setting of the Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, July 10 at 8 p.m.
Patti made a triumphant solo concert debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall in “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda,” resulting in a sold-out encore performance and she will perform this show at Belleayre.


Store owners face challenge of cigarette sales fees

By Jay Braman Jr.
Albany probably didn’t see this coming.
When lawmakers started cooking up a plan to add a huge tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products they knew it was going to pinch smokers, but what about small-business owners?


Andes teenager gets jail in child pornography case

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An Andes man has been sentenced to six months in jail and was put on probation for 10 years after he was found guilty of charges involving sexual abuse of a child. Clint Peterson, who is now 19, was sentenced June 28 in Delaware County Court. He was arrested in October 2008 after he allegedly e-mailed an image of an underage girl to someone he thought was another girl. The recipient was a member of the Los Angeles County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.


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