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

Middletown votes for Bracci as CWT committee nominee

By Geoff Samuels
The third time wasn’t the charm when Town of Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller called a special meeting of the town board last Wednesday in an attempt to have the town board approve her nomination as one of three representatives to sit on the executive committee to the Coalition of Watershed Towns.

Phoenicia will lose Head Start program

By Jay Braman Jr.
The federally-funded Head Start program in Phoenicia has been given the axe.

A popular preschool program tailor made for low-income families, Head Start has for years been a staple in this hamlet, providing quality service for children from birth to age five by enhancing the child’s cognitive, social, and emotional development, as well as providing advocacy services to the families of those children.

Stratton Falls Campsite has new owners


By Joe Moskowitz
Stratton Falls Campsite is a place that area residents may have heard of and may have driven by many times without having any idea what it is that they drove past. The campsite sits on 37 acres of streamside camping, nestled between state Route 30 and Stratton Falls Road outside of Roxbury. You can’t see it from either road. If you could, the owners ask, why would you camp there?

For about 40 years it has been owned by George Slauson’s family. Before that it was part of their dairy farm. As of mid-May, it became the property of Stan and Anna Duszak of Bainbridge.

Hundreds to show up to view plans for Belleayre upgrades


By Jay Braman Jr.
Development watchers got lots of news at Belleayre Ski Center Wednesday night.

It was the first public presentation of the long awaited Unit Management Plan (UMP) for Belleayre Ski Center. It had been a full six years since the 2007 scoping session where the public had the chance to recommend ways to make Belleayre a better place, and at last week’s meeting, DEP official Bill Rudge told the standing-room-only crowd in Belleayre’s Discovery lodge that the department considered all that had been said. “We took those comments to heart,” he said.

School district budgets passed; Johnson wins MCS board race

By Joe Moskowitz
They may complain the rest of the year, but when it comes time to vote, taxpayers support the budgets proposed by school district in this area. Last week was no different as budgets in Andes, Roxbury and Margaretville schools were approved by wide margins.

MCS students sent home for short shorts

By Joe Moskowitz
Despite an ill-timed pause over the holiday weekend, temperatures are going up. But tempers and fashion at Margaretville Central School (MCS) are getting short.

Last week the thermometer shot up above 80 degrees. Many girls did what they often do this time of year and wore shorts to school. But anyone who has been in a women’s clothing store this year can tell you, shorts tend to be quite short.

Belleayre Resort public comment time extended


By Jay Braman Jr.
Last week, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials decided to extend the public comment period for the $74-million Belleayre Ski Center expansion project and the $400 million plan by private sector group Crossroads Ventures to build a resort right next to the ski slopes.
Comments will now be accepted through July 24, a full 30 days longer than originally planned.
The extension was granted after four different stakeholder groups asked for more time to scrutinize the information on the projects.

Glen George's status unclear

By Joe Moskowitz
The Town of Middletown is paying two judges, but right now only one of them is working and that situation may not change until the end of the year.

AT&T set to join Arkville tower

By Joe Moskowitz
AT&T, America’s second largest wireless phone provider is about to become the second company to go on air in the Margaretville and Arkville areas.

AT&T spokesperson Ellen Webner told the Catskill Mountain News that service should begin by the end of July. Work on the site began Thursday, May 23. The antennas will share a tower owned by SBA communications of Boca Raton, FL. Verizon began providing cell and mobile Internet service from the tower, located above county Road 38 in Arkville, over the winter.

MCS budget passes; Johnson elected to board

In voting on Tuesday, the Margaretville Central School budget passed with a vote of 159 to 48. Terry Johnson was elected to a seat on the Board of Education, defeating current board member Randy Moore. Johnson received 134 votes to Moore's 72.

Other budget vote results will be updated as they become available.

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