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Brush fires keep volunteer firemen on the run

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Area volunteers responded to pair of brush fires this week, extinguishing the blazes before they could cause significant damage.
 Firefighters work to control a brush fire that broke out Sunday on Redkill Road in the Town of Roxbury. The volunteers extinguished the fire with a big turnout of personnel. The blaze was stopped about 20 feet from a house. The fire spread across severalRedkill Flames: Firefighters work to control a brush fire that broke out Sunday on Redkill Road in the Town of Roxbury. The volunteers extinguished the fire with a big turnout of personnel. The blaze was stopped about 20 feet from a house. The fire spread across several

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Phoenicia Elementary proposes a high-tech wood biomass heating system

By Jay Braman Jr.
If voters approve, the Phoenicia Elementary School will be heating with wood next year.
No, there won’t be a big Vermont Castings stove set up in the gym or any such thing, but rather a hi-tech biomass system that is fueled by wood pellets that school officials say it will make for a more environmentally friendly school.

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Fleischmanns Park receives fix-up funds

By Joe Moskowitz
The Village of Fleischmanns has received some long overdue good news. Work will begin later this spring or early in the summer to restore more of the village park on Wagner Avenue.

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Junior Pultz marks 72 years in the Fleischmanns VFD

By Joe Moskowitz
It was a bright, sunny day last Sunday when the Fleischmanns Fire Department’s siren started wailing. Charles “Junior” Pultz jumped in his car and drove to the fire hall to see if he could help, just like has been doing that since he was 16 years old. Junior was 16 years old in 1952, 72 years ago!
 Charles”Junior” Pultz receiving a Congressional seal from Representative Chris Gibson. Pultz has been a member of the Fleischmanns fire Department for 72 years. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzSeven Decades of Service: Charles”Junior” Pultz receiving a Congressional seal from Representative Chris Gibson. Pultz has been a member of the Fleischmanns fire Department for 72 years. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz

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Grand Gorge Tire opens to serve community's needs

By Trish Adams
When the Grand Gorge community lost Becker’s Tire Service to a devastating fire on September 27, with it went the steady livelihoods of at least half a dozen people. And, as the only tire service of its volume and diversity in the area, its loss on the verge of winter was sorely felt throughout all our local villages and towns.

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Catskills Film Festival set for May 2 - May 4

By Joe Moskowitz
In just two weeks SUNY Delhi will host the Catskill Mountains Film Festival, the brainchild of Hamden filmmaker Jessica Vecchione.

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Rep. Gibson attends fire dept. dinner

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By Joe Moskowitz
Nineteenth District Congressman Chris Gibson had a beer and chatted with Fleischmanns firefighters and others at the Hanah Country Club in Margaretville on Saturday. He couldn’t stay long, his driver said Gibson’s next stop would be at a similar function in St. Johnsville, a 90-minute drive away. St. Johnsville would be his sixth stop of the day. Gibson’s normal schedule is six to eight stops within the district per day, every day.

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Drug and child abuse growing concern for Delaware County officials

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By Cheryl Petersen
Awareness overload was dealt with along with regular business at the Delaware County Board of Supervisors meeting on April 9. Three resolutions were passed to bring awareness to Crime Victims’ Rights Week, National Public Health Week, and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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Motorcyclist dies of injuries after crash near Grand Gorge

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By Brian Sweeney
A 55-year-old New Windsor man was killed Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle crash on Route 30 near Grand Gorge.

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MCS fashions a victory at the Olympics of Visual Arts

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville students brought home the gold from the Olympics of the Visual Arts (OVA) competition held April 10 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.
Team members included: HS team is Katlynn Shamro, Bianca Molnar, Courtney Scheffler, Mary Greene, Sage Finkle, Kaylee Sanford and Kayla Laise. Art teacher Michele Dietz was the team’s advisor.

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