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A tractor owned by Carl Beers Jr. of Andes was the winner in the annual Tractor Parade at the Margaretville Cauliflower Festival. Lauren Davis judged the event. The Catskill Mountain News sponsored the event and awarded the trophy. From left are, News Publisher Dick Sanford, John Beers (Carl’s nephew and tractor driver) and Carl. Look for more images from the festival (lots of tractors!) and local high school soccer games in our image galleries later this week. — Photo by Laurie Sanford

Dollar General opens doors in Margaretville

By Julia Green
The much-anticipated Dollar General store officially opened its doors last Wednesday, though the official “Grand Opening” weekend will be held sometime in November. So far, however, despite a notably absent announcement of its opening, business at the new retail location, on lower Main Street next to the post office, has been steady.


Huge bear killed after slamming into car

By Brian Sweeney
A black bear weighing nearly 600 pounds was killed Thursday night after it ran into a car on Route 30, just south of Grand Gorge. Tom Faraci, athletic director at Roxbury Central School, was heading home to Grand Gorge around 9 p.m. in a mix of rain and snow when the bear charged from the west side of the road and crashed into his car.


Belleayre wins top tourism business in voting by Ulster County agencies

By Jay Braman Jr.
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center has been named Ulster County Tourism Business of the Year by a committee representing the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce and the Ulster County Development Corp.
The awards recognize county entrepreneurs and businesses for leadership in their sectors, achievement of outstanding results and dedication and commitment to furthering business and the quality of life in Ulster County and the Hudson Valley.


Shandaken supervisor candidate warns foes against family attacks

By Jay Braman Jr.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone in the Town of Shandaken that the political atmosphere is hostile. Long known as the wild west of the Catskills, this community has a history of tumultuous election campaigns and volatile government sessions.


Shandaken farm stand controversy grows over proposed zoning change

By Jay Braman Jr.
It appears the ongoing farm-stand flap in Shandaken is at a stalemate. A proposed farm-stand law remains in limbo, and in the meantime the man that stands to be most affected by the law made a last ditch effort recently to get the town board to scrap it altogether and start fresh.
Al Higley, the operator of the Hanover Farms produce stand on Route 28 in Mount Tremper, made an appeal to the board at the town council’s October meeting, saying that it would be a bad idea for the board to pass the law as proposed.


Fleischmanns Comprehensive Plan is focus of Oct. 22 meeting

Fleischmanns — The Village of Fleischmanns Comprehensive Plan Committee is seeking public input on Fleischmanns’ draft Comprehensive Plan. The public hearing on Oct. 22 will include a brief presentation on what a Comprehensive Plan is and highlight some of the key recommendations contained within the draft Comprehensive Plan.


Holiday parade returns to Margaretville; participants sought

Margaretville — Whether you are involved with a community organization, a merchant in the region, a tourism related facility, scout troop, or a skilled crafter, there is no better place to showcase your commodities than on a float at the second annual Holiday Parade as it returns to Margaretville’s Main Street with an unparalled pageantry of holiday and community spirit. This fanfare of floats and marchers begins at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28.


Onteora Teachers' Association, district reach agreement for new contract

By Jay Braman Jr.
After working into the early hours of Tuesday morning, the negotiating teams for the Onteora School District and the Onteora Teachers’ Association reached agreement over details for a new contract.
“We have a settlement and a contract with the teachers,” said District Superintendent Dr. Leslie Ford.
The agreement was reached against the backdrop of a strike threat issued by the union, which planned to take a strike vote Tuesday.


Local Government Day registration near

Margaretville – There is still space available at the Ninth Annual Catskills Local Government Day, “Climate Change Made Local,” to be held Thursday, Oct. 15 at Belleayre Mountain.
Registrations are due Friday, Oct. 9. To see the agenda and register electronically, go to www.cwconline.org.


Delarc innovative programs gaining national attention

By Brian Sweeney
For more than three decades, the ARC of Delaware County (Delarc) has been utilizing a common sense, compassionate approach to dealing with individuals who are exhibiting behavior problems. In recent years, the Delarc philosophy has been gaining attention with organizations across the country.


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