Phoenicia Library rises triumphant from the ashes

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CUTTING THE RIBBON — Zara Dershowitz, 11, and her brother Mars, 9, got a kick out being the ribbon cutters to officially open the Marilyn Dershowitz Memorial Building, also known as the new Phoenicia Library, on Saturday. Their grandmother, Marilyn, a long time fan of the library, was killed in a bicycle accident in 2012, the year after the original library building burned. The new structure, which is located on the Main Street spot where the old one stood, was made possible by a sizeable donation made by the Dershowitz family in Marilyn’s name. Library Board President Bernard Handzel is at center, holding the ribbon. — Photo by Jay Braman, Jr.

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.


Catholic Diocese denies responsibility for overseeing priest charged with sex abuse

By Julia Green
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany has filed an affidavit in answer to a civil suit filed on behalf of alleged victims of sex abuse and their families, claiming the Diocese is not responsible for overseeing Father James J. McDevitt in his role as priest at the Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville.


Three area business to be honored at Chamber event

Margaretville — Three area businesses will be honored on Wednesday, May 19 at the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner to be held at the Hanah Country Club & Spa in Margaretville.


"Carousel" on stage at MCS May 7 and 8

Margaretville — The MCS Scitamard Society will present the musical “Carousel” on Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8 in the school auditorium. The musical, with book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein and music by Richard Rogers, will be seen at 7 p.m. both evenings.


Sager endorsed by county Democrats

Hamden — David A. Sager of Jeffersonville, a member of the Sullivan County Legislature, has thrown his hat into the ring for the Democratic nomination for the 42nd State Senate District, now represented by Republican John J. Bonacic.


Brakes applied to Route 28 repaving project

By Jay Braman Jr.
As promised, work has begun on the $8 million project to repave Route 28. But while it was previously announced that the new pavement would stretch from Route 375 all the way to the Ulster/Delaware county border at Highmount, it turns out that complete repaving will halt in Boiceville.


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