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

Bovina Farm Day

Hunter HuethHunter HuethThe second annual Bovina Farm Day, held on Weber Road in Bovina, was a hit Sunday as hundreds turned out for an end-of-the-summer celebration of country living. Local farmers selling local products and plenty of country things to do for the kids highlighted the day. At left, Hunter Hueth, 2, of Asbury Park, N.J. showed off his tractor-driving skills. More photos from the day are available in the Image Gallery. Photos by Dick Sanford.


Historic walking tour in Margaretville

E. L. O'Connor DrugstoreE. L. O'Connor DrugstoreMargaretville — A guided tour of historic Margaretville will be offered Sunday, Sept. 12 at 1 p.m.

Participants will gather at the Binnekill Park (across from NBT Bank), where tour guide Fred Miller, proprietor of one of the oldest continuously operated pharmacies in the state – Miller’s Drug Store on Main Street, will give an overview of village history before leading a leisurely walk around town.


Rotary "Fun"raiser in Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Phoenicia Rotary will holds its popular “Funraiser” this Friday night at Al’s Restaurant in Phoenicia, offering ticket holders a chance to win a whopping $5,000 cash prize and other items.


MCS Blue Devils soccer opens with a win

Cody FronckowiakCody FronckowiakThe Margaretville Blue Devils rode two goals by Cody Fronckowiak, including one goal at 1 minute, 47 seconds into sudden-victory overtime, and one goal by Marshall Bouton, to a 3-2 overtime season-opening win against the visiting Delhi Bulldogs Tuesday (8-31) afternoon.

Bouton’s goal, off an assist from Ian Williams, tied the non-league game at 2-2 with 5:45 left to play. Margaretville goalkeeper Mitchell Hull made 10 saves.

The Margaretville Blue Devils girls’ soccer team opened their season on the road in Delhi Tuesday (8-31) afternoon with a 2-1 non-league loss to the host Lady Bulldogs. Tess Svoboda found the nets for the Blue Devils, who outshot Delhi 16-11.

More photos from the boys' game are available in the Image Gallery.


Elderly Phoenicia couple killed in tractor-trailer accident

By Jay Braman Jr.
An elderly Phoenicia couple was killed Thursday on Route 28 in Boiceville when their car was hit from behind by a tractor and trailer driven by a New Kingston man.


WIOX Roxbury radio officially begins transmitting

By Jay Braman Jr.
Roxbury’s new station flicked the switch to “broadcast” last Friday, and operators of the nonprofit endeavor promise to serve and reflect the diverse interests in the region.


Margaretville Street Fair

Street Fair FineryStreet Fair Finery Courtney Spaulding assisted the Catskill Mountain Christian Center with its tradition of providing assorted paper hats at the Margaretville Street Fair on Saturday. More photos from the Street Fair are in the Image Gallery. — Photo by Dick Sanford


Joyce St. George to receive Citizenship Award

Joyce St. GeorgeJoyce St. GeorgeMargaretville — The Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center Board of Directors has selected Joyce St. George of New Kingston to receive  the Keene A. Roadman Hospital Citizenship Award. The award will be presented on October 16 at the Harvest Moon Ball which is sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.

Ms. St. George has served as a member of the Margaretville Hospital Board and Mountainside Residential Care Center, and held the position of board chair from 2005-2007.


Roxbury Site Plan Review Law under consideration

By Brian Sweeney
A proposed Site Plan Review Law for the Town of Roxbury will be the subject of a public hearing at the town hall on Monday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. The Site Plan Review Law has been modified from a version that was voted down by the board several years ago.


Roxbury’s Turn of the Century Day is Saturday

Turn of the Century DayTurn of the Century DayAll the old-time mountain fun of 1898 comes but once a year in Roxbury’s celebrated Turn of the Century Day festivities. This Saturday, Sept. 4 the entire family can enjoy vintage baseball, children’s crafts and games, a parade of fashion, vaudeville acrobats, spectacular fireworks at dusk, and as always, plenty of vintage victuals, including grilled sausage sandwiches, chicken barbecue, fruit pies and beer and wine for the grownups. 


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