Arkville water system upgrades to be put into service

Staff report
The new well for the Arkville Water District will be into service this week, Middletown officials have announced.

Activation of the well will mark the completion of the majority of the water system upgrade that was begun in August 2011.

The project includes installation of new water mains from Frank Street to the Delaware & Ulster Railroad, installation of a new primary well on the grounds behind the railroad, the elimination of several “dead ends” in the system to improve water flow and the purchase and installation of new water meters.

Arkville trailer park dispute over failed septic system

Staff Report
The owner of an Arkville trailer park is being fined $250 a day, retroactive to September 10, for failing to adequately upgrade its on-site sewage collection system.

According to town officials, the problems at Carlson’s Trailer Park have resulted in spills of raw sewage that have leeched directly into the East Branch of the Delaware River.

Funds in place for work in Arkville

By Brian Sweeney
Several infrastructure and aesthetic improvements are being planned for the hamlet of Arkville in upcoming months.

At a meeting with a group of community business owners on Monday, MARK Executive Director Peg Ellsworth and Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller outlined plans for the improvements.
Supervisor Miller said the town has $40,000 in unexpended Smart Growth funds earmarked for sidewalk improvements along county Route 38 (the Arkville cutoff road).

Birds of Paradox at the Cowdome

Arkville — Jeff Slate’s Birds of Paradox ( have announced a debut album and a Northeast tour slated for fall, but first, a lucky audience will be treated to a very special summer show on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cowdome in Arkville.

Birds of Paradox’s roster reads like a veritable Who’s Who of bands, with its debut album including members of John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Elephant’s Memory Band, Paul McCartney and Wings, The Who, The Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, ELO, The Temptations and Procol Harum.

Artist reception Saturday at Erpf

Arkville — John Sanders: Metallurgy, a new exhibit at the Erpf Gallery, features wall sculptures and sculptures of bronze, copper, brass, stainless steel, and steel. An artist’s reception will be held on Saturday July 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Erpf Center: 43355 State Highway 28.

John Sanders, a resident of Roxbury, created his own technique called “flame-carved steel”, which renders the same textural results in steel as one might see in carved stone. In every sculpture, the viewer sees Sander’s mastery of heavy steel.

Arkville water district loan costs cut

Staff report
The loan portion of the Arkville Water District upgrade project has been reduced by more than half from original calculations, it was announced last week.

Loan obligations for the project have been lowered to $377,000, after the funding agencies reconsidered the project in the wake of last summer’s historic flooding.

Bird of Paradox flying to Cowdome

Arkville — The Arkville Cowdome will host one of the biggest musical events of the summer on Saturday, Aug. 4 when it hosts the band, “Bird of Paradox.”

Free "Stake Land" screening in Arkville

Arkville — A free screening of the movie “Stake Land” will be the first event at The Arkville Cowdome.
The Arkville Cowdome will open its doors on Sunday, May 27 at 6 p.m. for a free screening of “Stake Land,” a motion picture that was filmed locally in 2010. Immediately after the screening, director Jim Mickle will answer questions about “Stake Land” and his current project; “We are What We Are,” another movie that is being shot in a number of local communities.

Second hand store, bait & tackle shop open on Route 28 in Arkville

By Brian Sweeney
A bait and tackle shop and a second hand store opened last week in a Route 28, Arkville location. Tom Phillips and Cheryl Myers are proprietors of the dual businesses.

DOT signs for Arkville are on the way

By Pauline Liu
When those Catskill Park highway guide signs for Arkville finally arrive, they will be a sight for sore eyes for some so called, “Arkvillians,” who call the hamlet home.

While Arkville may be late in receiving its signs, some agree that it’s better late than never, to be included in the program. “I was thinking, ‘Where’s our signs?’” said Tanya Minteer, who owns the Meadowood Inn Bed and Breakfast in Arkville.

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