Arkville

New hands on deck boost Maine Black Bear

By Brian Sweeney
A longtime Arkville business is expanding its offerings thanks to the introduction of two new partners in the operation.
Maine Black Bear has been run by Bruce Beddoe for more than 27 years. The business traces its origins to Bruce traveling to Maine to pick up (Bruce lived in Maine and came here on the weekends with his truck to sell) fresh seafood and selling it from his truck along Route 28. A few years later, he officially opened a seafood market in a small building near the Dry Brook Bridge.


Artists-in-Residence Program applications are being sought

 Arkville — The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development and the Erpf Gallery have kicked off the 12th-year of their Platte Clove Artists-in-Residence Program with a call for applications.


Catskill Rec Center plans slowed by artifact discovery

By Matthew J. Perry
An archeological survey conducted last November on the proposed site of the Catskill Recreation Center, on county Route 38 in Arkville, may have unearthed native American Indian artifacts and has put those plans on temporary hold.


Riparian zones will be focus of CCCD forum

Arkville — The overwhelming majority of Catskill Mountain residents live or work near one of the dozens of streams that flow through the region. And yet very little attention is paid to the dynamic life of the areas adjacent to streams, known as riparian zones.
On Saturday, Dec. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m., The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development is hosting a workshop led by Jenn Grieser of the NYC DEP entitled “Living in the Riparian Zone.”


Arkville district residents mull revised water project

By Julia Green
The Middletown Town Board held a second public meeting Monday night to discuss the proposed Arkville Water District upgrade. The majority of concerns raised by those in attendance revolved around the ultimate cost to taxpayers living in the water district, while there were virtually no arguments raised as to the necessity of the upgrades to the system.


Arkville memorabilia display featured at Middletown hall

What do the Pakatakan Golf Course, the Knights of Pythias and Milton Berle have in common? Arkville!
An exhibit on view at the Middletown Town Hall through the end of December includes photos and memorabilia of Arkville as it used to be, from the golf course that stretched along Route 28, to the Pakatakan Lodge, Knights of Pythias #321 based in Arkville, to the famed entertainer who performed at Todd’s Hall (now Casey Joe’s) at the Crossroads in Arkville in 1936.


Oakley's Place adds wood-fired pizza

By Brian Sweeney
Wood-fired pizza is the latest innovation at Oakley’s Place on Route 28, Arkville.
Owners Corine and Gerard DeBari purchased the business from John McDaniel nearly seven years ago and have been slowly shifting the focus of the business from that of a bar to more of a restaurant.
The DeBaris both enjoy the unique flavor of wood-fired pizza and since no one else in the immediate area was offering this type of food preparation, they decided to add wood-fired pizza to their menu options.


Public receives update on Arkville pool project

By Matthew J. Perry
At a Nov. 13 public hearing on the proposed Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville, local residents viewed preliminary drawings, asked questions and politely voiced their concerns.
In turn, they were informed politely that the project’s financing, scope and lifetime are nowhere near finalization, and that it will be months before they even know if the pool will function only in warm weather or year-round.


Arkville Water District upgrade to be focus of Dec. 1 public meeting

Staff report
A second public informational meeting to review changes to a proposed upgrade plan for the Arkville Water District is set for Monday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Middletown Town Hall.
Based on input received at the initial public meeting on October 16, the loan portion of the project has been reduced by $128,000. This amount was originally projected to be $875,175 and is now estimated to be $747,175.


"Historic" Dry Brook bridge question keeps family without access to home

By Julia Green
Historic or not historic – that’s the question blocking reconstruction of a bridge that spans the Dry Brook stream on George Road near Arkville.
The bridge, which provides access to a residence owned by Joe and Cathy Milnikiewicz, has been deemed an unsafe structure and as such has been closed for the past three years.
Until the mid-1960s, the bridge at the current location was a covered bridge. In 1964 or 1965, the covered bridge was removed and the current bridge was put in its place. The current bridge was relocated from another site, having been constructed in 1907.


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