DOT skips Arkville signs

By Pauline Liu
What’s become of the Catskill Park highway guide signs for Arkville?  So far, the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) has no official answer.

The signs began appearing along other parts of Route 28 last spring. The new federally-compliant, white-on-brown highway signs are topped with what the DOT calls “a Catskill-theme sign panel” to enhance tourism, provide continuity as well as branding for the communities in the Catskill Park.

Brookside Veterinary opens in Arkville

By Pauline Liu
After months of delays, a new veterinary facility has opened in Arkville. Brookside Veterinary Hospital officially opened its doors last Wednesday at 42981 state Highway 28.
According to owner and veterinarian, Dr. Laraine Caliri, portions of the facility remain under construction, but completion is just weeks away.

“The plan is to be full-service in less than a month,” she said.
Dr. Caliri hopes to begin performing surgeries in the next week or two. Other services include emergency room, hospitalization, acupuncture, boarding and grooming.

ChaCha Hut open in Arkville

By Pauline Liu
There’s a new restaurant on Route 28 in the hamlet of Arkville. Cha Cha Hut BBQ marked its grand opening last Thursday.

If the name sounds familiar, perhaps that’s because the barbecue restaurant has moved from Roxbury-to-Andes-to-Arkville, all in a matter of three years and has a growing following. 
Considering this troubled economy, it seems that the owners, Frank and Cherie Davis, have made a bold move. However, they’ll tell you, that moving to Arkville simply made good economic sense.

Early gift for lottery winner

By Pauline Liu
Lady Luck has smiled on an Arkville resident and provided her with an early holiday present as well as brighter prospects for the New Year. New York Lottery officials announced that Mildred Makara of Arkville has won $50,000 on its Set for Life instant scratch-off game.

“I’ll be 85 in three months,” said Makara, who is sharing the money with her family. “It makes everyone happy, but a lot of it’s gone already. You pay your taxes even before you get the money.”

Arkville water upgrade back on track

Staff report
The primary construction phase of the Arkville Water Project upgrade is wrapping up this week with the installation of new sidewalks along Route 28.

The Hubbell Inc. of Margaretville began work on the system upgrade in August. The project was put on hold for more than a month following the historic August 28 flood. A long stretch of the new main had to be replaced due to flood damage.

Move to Arkville sparks creativity

By Jennifer Kabat
Moving to Arkville was a conversion experience of sorts for singer-songwriter Steve Koester. He found himself in nature and got a sense of peace. He’s also well aware that he’s hardly the only person to have that experience.

Trailer fire leaves Arkville family homeless

By Pauline Liu
Four members of an extended family are receiving help from the community, relatives and the Red Cross, after being left homeless by a smoky clothes dryer fire that destroyed their Margaretville trailer home on October 30.

The four, including the homeowner, lived at 47 Fred Circle in Glen Acres. Dana Baker explained she bought her trailer six years ago and it was uninsured.

Cha Cha Hut BBQ moving to Arkville

By Brian Sweeney
The Cha-Cha Hut BBQ, an eatery specializing in a wide assortment of barbecued offerings, is moving to Arkville.

Owners Frank and Cherie Davis will start serving barbecue at Casey Joe’s Coffeehouse at 43311 state Route 28 in Arkville (intersection with county Route 38) this Thursday, Oct. 20 from 6-8 p.m.

Clean Sweep launched to help with post-Irene work

Arkville — In the aftermath of disaster, the impulse to rebuild and re-inhabit our homes and businesses is extremely urgent. In the wake of Irene, however, The MARK Project is spearheading a program to harness the energy of volunteers and the expertise of building and rehab specialists to make sure rebuilding and recovery is done correctly with long-term sustainability in mind.

Head Start kids miss playground lost to flooding

By Pauline Liu
Classes at the Delaware Opportunities Inc. Project Headstart Arkville Center began a week late to allow the staff members to clean up after the flood.

When the facility reopened on Tuesday, it looked clean and the staff looked ready, but there was one thing sorely missing. The beloved playground had been wiped out by Tropical Storm Irene. “The playground was our pride and joy,” said Lead Teacher Kyle Holden. 

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