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

DEC raising a stink over Esopus pollution

By Jay Braman Jr.
Routine testing of water in the Esopus Creek allegedly shows that septic systems belonging to residents of the Hamlet of Phoenicia might be polluting the creek’s water, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) which conducted the test.
Water from the Esopus Creek flows into the Ashokan Reservoir, which serves as a drinking water source for residents in the New York City area.


Belleayre welcomes new Hall of Fame inductees

By Jay Braman Jr.
The fourth-annual Belleayre Mountain Hall of Fame celebration was held in the ski center’s main lodge Saturday evening. The Belleayre Mountain Hall of Fame was created in 2006 to honor individuals who have contributed in extraordinary ways to Belleayre Mountain, the surrounding Catskill Region, and to the athletic discipline of snow sports.


Former area priest, diocese are named in civil lawsuit

By Julia Green
A civil lawsuit has been filed against Father James J. McDevitt, former pastor at the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Margaretville, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany in connection with the alleged abuse by McDevitt of a number of area boys.
The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, was filed with the Supreme Court of the State of New York in Delaware County. The lawsuit claims negligence on the part of the diocese for not preventing McDevitt from allegedly engaging in misconduct with males between the ages of 11 and 19.


"A Year Down Yonder" premieres at Open Eye

Margaretville — “A Year Down Yonder,” in this new comedy premiering at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville on Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m. The year is 1937, and Mary Alice Dowdel’s father has lost his job.


Fairview celebrates National Library Week

Margaretville — It’s National Library Week, April 11 through 17, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide. The Fairview Public Library in Margaretville is celebrating National Library Week by giving away a free book to card-holding patrons who visit the library during the celebration.


DEC issues burning ban reminder

A statewide burning ban is in effect through May 14 due to the increased wild fire risk, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reminds the public. Spring has become a prime season for brush fires and the total burning ban went into effect last month.


Egg Hunt at the Commons in Margaretville on Saturday

Elvia Gil of Little Sprouts will host an “Easter Egg Hunt” on Saturday, April 3 at 1 p.m. in the Commons Building on Main Street, Margaretville. Children of all ages are invited to come get an Easter basket at Little Sprouts and collect Easter eggs from the businesses though out the building.


Roxbury Central School Olympiad Team advances to state finals

The Roxbury Central School Science Olympiad Team has qualified for the state finals with a third-place over-all finish in a field of 13 teams at the Capital Area Regional Tournament. The team was challenged by 20 different events involving science concepts and understandings, problem solving and technical construction. All 20 events will be contested at the state finals on April 23 and 24, at the State University at New Paltz, with an additional five events added to the list.


Margaretville Hospital PT department expands services

Margaretville — Margaretville Hospital continues expanding the services of its Physical Therapy Department and recently welcomed a second doctor of physical therapy to its staff.


Great Western Catskills offer plenty of fishing excitement

Delhi — New York State’s trout season opens April 1 and for a growing number of fishermen, the lure of the Great Western Catskills makes Delaware County the place to be for this rite of spring.
Natural area trout streams, which eventually flow to the Delaware River, provide freestone stream fishing.


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