"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

"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.


Officials say Route 28 paving goes all the way to Highmount

By Jay Braman Jr.
It looks as if the Route 28 repaving project will stretch all the way to the Ulster/Delaware county border at Highmount after all.
Announced with great fanfare in the fall by Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, the plan called for the use of federal stimulus money to put a brand new surface on the crumbling state highway.


New DEC guidelines proposed to govern Outdoor Wood Boilers

By Brian Sweeney
New rules governing Outdoor Wood Boilers (OWB) are under consideration by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, it was announced last week. The updates to the OWB guidelines would include emission limits and setback requirements for new units.


Honeybee population decline linked to environmental factors

By Brian Sweeney
In recent years, scientists have noted an alarming reduction in the nation’s honeybee population. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, the loss of honeybees could have a devastating impact on our food supply.In addition to producing honey, these bees are relied upon to pollinate the fruit, nut and vegetable crops that make up a large part of the country’s food supply.


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