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Andes turns another century

Bi-centennial celebrations begin this weekend

The Andes Chamber of Commerce, in tandem with its 200th anniversary celebration, will present a series of events beginning this weekend, culminating with the annual Andes Community Day on August 10. Incorporated in 1819, the Town of Andes celebrates is bicentennial birthday with tours of the newly renovated Train Station and local farms, fun, food, music and community-wide activities that […]

McGowan, town board and residents speak on code violations in Shandaken

Building Inspector and Zoning and Code Enforcement Officer Howie McGowan addressed concerns from Shandaken residents about violations in the town and laid out the process for enforcement going forward when the Shandaken Town Board held a special meeting on July 22. The meeting was requested by Big Indian and Oliverea residents at the board’s regular monthly meeting on July 1 […]

Questions of suspension linger over Delaware County Board of Supervisors

Questions surrounding Delaware County Department of Social Services Commissioner Dana Scuderi-Hunter still remain unanswered, as county officials are slow to reveal why, how and even if she was suspended from her position. It was reported by multiple outlets on July 11 that Scuderi- Hunter was suspended and placed on paid administrative leave, citing Hamden Supervisor Wayne Marshfield as the source […]

Margaretville Village Board talks parking, clean up, asbestos, and squawking bird

The Margaretville Village Board continued its discussion on parking woes in the village and heard from a group of enthusiastic volunteers when it met on July 16. Mayor John Hubbell reported that he had spoken with Middletown Highway Superintendent John Biruk who had told Hubbell that Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond has assured assistance on the issue of illegal parking. […]

Forest Festival celebrates 10 years of fun; honors memory of Jake Rosa

MARGARETVILLE — The 10th Annual Catskill Forest Festival is back in town on Saturday, July 27. Among the most popular of the local summer festival’s, this year’s event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Village Park Pavilion in Margaretville. The fun-filled, all-day festival aims to inform guests about the region’s forests, promote interest in forest stewardship, and […]

Pat Ryan unveils plan to reduce Ulster County opioid fatalities by 50 percent in two years

Announces Nearly $2.7 Million in Grant Funding

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced an ambitious plan to recduce opioid fatalities in the county by 50 percent in the next two years which will be aided by $2,716,000 on grant funding. In the July 10 announcement, officials noted that since 2010, opioid-related deaths in Ulster County have increased by a staggering 345 percent. In 2018, Ulster County had […]


BACKYARD BEARS — A momma bear with two cubs in tow was frightened last week Wednesday, July 10 when people and barking dogs approached. The three bears climbed trees in a backyard on Old Halcott Road in Fleischmanns at around 4:30 p.m. According to Lily Fernandez, who was able to photograph them, “they were very cute but the mom was […]

Water and sewer issues top Middletown agenda

The Middletown Town Board received good news from its Water Superintendent and took steps to move forward with the New Kingston Sewer District when it met on July 10. Water Superintendent Bob Payne notified the Board at its June 12 meeting that there was a significant leak in the Arkville Water District. On July 10, Payne reported to the board […]

No solution found to arsenic in wells; abandoned road in Bovina

Discussions resumed about arsenic levels in a backup well and the ongoing question of whether John Tuttle Road was ever abandoned when the Bovina Town Board met on July 9. Supervisor Tina Mole’ relayed a call she received from Cedarwood Engineering saying that Tom Suozzo and Nate Whittaker would not be able to attend the meeting with an update on […]

Was Scuderi-Hunter suspended? If so, how?

Multiple news outlets reported last Wednesday that Delaware County Department of Social Services Commissioner Dana Scuderi- Hunter was suspended from her position. A story in The Reporter that appeared online last Thursday, July 11 drew a swift rebuke of the news by county officials but was also reported in The Daily Star on July 11. Both articles said the suspension […]

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