Tom Turkey goes a'courting

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The spring romance season is in full swing for turkeys and these Toms offered a brilliant display as they tried to impress the females. — Photo by Brian Sweeney

Groundbreaking July 8 for Catskill Recreation Center


By Brian Sweeney
Groundbreaking for the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville, featuring an indoor swimming pool, is planned for Monday, July 8 at noon.

Mary and Kingdon Gould Jr. and their family are building the project. Plans for the recreation center have been in development for years and Mr. Gould told the News he is thrilled that the building will soon start.

More filtration may be needed at Phoenicia Water District

By Jay Braman Jr.
A back up source for the Phoenicia Water District may need a filtration system in the future, causing officials to forge big plans for how to manage the upgrade.

Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley insisted Monday night that he does not want to put the tiny district into debt, but explained that the facility, known as the High Street Pump House, is not on a suitable piece of property to handle a filtration system.

Therefore, he said, he is looking into moving the system to “a higher location” but did not specify where that would be.

Delameter earns GOP backing in Supervisor's race

By Joe Moskowitz
Arkville resident Nelson Delameter has been officially endorsed by the Town of Middletown Republican Committee as its candidate for the office of town supervisor.

The endorsement is unusual because Delameter is a registered Democrat and will challenge incumbent Supervisor Marge Miller in the September Democratic Primary.

GOP Committee Chairman Chuck Freas says the committee took this “extraordinary step” because of questions about how Miller has performed in office, particularly in light of what he called her, “unauthorized modification of the sewer law.”

Llobet Medical makes Route 28 purchase


By Joe Moskowitz
Dr. Paul Llobet is betting on an economic upturn in the area. He is also hedging his bets in case there is a change in his current professional situation.

Dr. Llobet, and his wife, Dr. Holly Llobet, own Llobet Medical Group, currently located on the Margaretville Hospital campus and in Kingston. Their medical offices here are located in the Palen Medical Building and that is where Dr. Llobet says he plans to stay.

Railroad supporters ready to battle Ulster County


By Jay Braman Jr.
Catskill Mountain Railroad officials said this week that they are not afraid of or intimidated by Ulster County officials trying to remove them from the railroad tracks that stretch from Highmount all the way down to Kingston.

Instead, spokesman Harry Jameson borrowed, albeit loosely, a 234-year-old battle cry from John Paul Jones, the father of the American Navy and the one-time temporary conqueror of England. “Nuts,” Jameson said, “We have not yet begun to fight! That is our official response to Executive Hein’s terms of unconditional surrender.”

Flood Commission is assisting with grant applications


By Geoff Samuels
Help was on its way at the special East Branch Flood Commission meeting that took place at Margaretville Central School last Monday.

The purpose of the gathering was twofold: to give area residents and businesses who are less proficient with computers technical help in filing for new post Irene grant money, and to disseminate the latest information on a multitude of flood mitigation projects scheduled to take place in Middletown this summer.

Online assistance

Middletown GOP mulls backing Democrat

By Joe Moskowitz
The Town of Middletown Republican Committee is considering backing a registered Democrat for the office of town supervisor.

Arkville resident Nelson Delamater, who has already announced that he will challenge incumbent Supervisor Marge Miller in September’s Democratic primary, is a candidate to gain the GOP endorsement within the next week.

Committee Chairman Chuck Freas told the News that Middletown Republicans have no candidate of their own, but says there is no reason they cannot endorse Delameter, even though he is a registered Democrat.

Firemen's Carnival in town July 2-7

The Margaretville Firemen’s Field Days will signal the “official arrival of summer” at the village park from July 2-7.

The carnival offers six days packed with rides, games, music, food and, of course, two great nights of fireworks.

Here’s the lineup for fun:
• Tuesday, July 2: The carnival opens at 6 p.m.
• Wednesday, July 3: Pay One Price ($15) Wristband Day for unlimited rides from 6-10 p.m.

Supervisor, Attorney admit changing law

By Geoff Samuels
Supervisor Marge Miller and Attorney Kevin Young admitted last week that they are responsible for changing a Middletown law without authorization from the town board.

As reported in the May 21 issue of this paper, Middletown Attorney John Fairbairn had discovered in April that an entire page had been replaced in the New York State Department of States’ (DOS) copy of Middletown’s 2012 Sewer Use Law.

Antlophobia - the fear of floods - haunts some in area

By Joe Moskowitz
Every time it rains, it doesn’t necessarily rain pennies from heaven. For far too many area residents, it rains memories of dollars and homes that have been lost or damaged. It has been nearly two years since Hurricane Irene tore through the area, but every time it rains and the rivers turn brown, too many of us wonder if the rain will stop in time.

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