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DEEP STUFF — Firefighters from Grand Gorge and Hobart traveled to the Buffalo area last week to assist local communities with efforts to cope with up to seven feet of snow that buried the area from several lake-effect storms. — Contributed photo

"You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" on stage at Andes this week

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Andes — The Peanuts Gang, characters from Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strip, will invade the Andes Central School (ACS) stage on Friday and Saturday nights, May 21 and 22.  ACS students will perform “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown,” a musical production based on Schulz’s famous comic strip.  Show times both evenings are scheduled for 7 p.m.


Farmers' market 19th year gets underway this Saturday

Halcottsville — The Pakatakan Farmers’ Market at the historic Round Barn in Halcottsville will open for its 19th season on Saturday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is open each Saturday through Columbus Day Weekend and admission is free. Approximately 35 to 40 vendors will be on hand each week providing a shopping smorgasbord of goods either grown or handmade in the region.


Margaretville graduate will spend a year in Thailand as Fulbright Teaching Assistant

By Julia Green
Roughly 230 miles north of Bangkok in lower northern Thailand sits a city called Phitsanulok. The capital of Phitsanulok Province, which stretches to the Laotian border, the name of the city means “Vishnu’s Heaven.”
It is here that Fleischmanns native Claire Cella will spend the next year as a teaching assistant, thanks to an English Teaching Assistantship Award from The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.


"Demon on Wheels" documentary focuses on racing passion

By Brian Sweeney
A documentary film tracing the longtime car racing experiences — past and future — of a Catskill Mountain native will continue filming this week in Margaretville and Andes. The 80-minute film explores Mike Ondish’s decades-long fascination with the Mustang GT 500 KR, “the vanguard of performance in the muscle car era.”


Phoenicia sewer decision stalled by attorney's illness

By Jay Braman Jr.
With their attorney stricken by pneumonia, it remains unclear whether the Catskill Watershed Corporation’s (CWC) Board of Directors will have a Phoenicia sewer resolution to consider at their next meeting, set for June 1.
Tim Cox, who is not only CWC’s chief counsel but is also a town justice in the Town of Olive, has been in the hospital undergoing treatment.


Proposed Esopus "no kill" fishing zone opens can of worms with anglers, Trout Unlimited

By Jay Braman Jr.
A proposal to make it against the law to catch and kill trout from the Esopus Creek has drawn a rise from local fishermen and caused some disagreement within the ranks of Trout Unlimited.
Trout Unlimited is a national organization with more than 150,000 volunteer members organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska.


McDevitt pleads guilty to pair of charges in abuse case

By Julia Green
Father James J. McDevitt pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of forcible touching that took place during his tenure as a priest at Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville.
The guilty pleas came in conjunction with a plea deal with the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office that was originally offered to McDevitt as early as February.


Fleischmanns Street Fair planned for Saturday, May 29

Fleischmanns — This Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday May 29, Fleischmanns will once again host a village-wide celebration worthy of its festive history as a gateway to summertime fun in the Catskills. On Saturday, May 29, the entire Main Street will be bustling with vendors and tag sales, vintage baseball in the Wagner Avenue ballpark, the season opening of the Museum of Memories, and Skene Library’s annual book sale.


Arkville-produced American Airgunner" hits bull's-eye with cable TV audience

By Brian Sweeney
A new cable TV show with a steadily growing audience is being filmed near Arkville.
American Airgunner premiered on the Sportsman Channel last July. The show is designed to re-introduce the world of airguns and the airgun lifestyle to millions of hunters, target shooters and airgun enthusiasts throughout the USA.


Annual Wellness Fair Friday at MCS

Margaretville Central School will host its Fourth Annual Wellness Fair on Friday, May 14 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at MCS. A variety of organizations will be on hand to present demonstrations relating to all aspects of wellness to both students and members of the outside community. Door prizes will also be given out.


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