Roxbury Jr. High School Science Olympiad team takes third place in regionals

The Roxbury Central School Junior High Science Olympiad team returned home from their regional tournament with the third-place trophy.
Ten of the 15 members of the A-Team were able to capture medals. The tournament was one team short of being allowed to send more than two teams to the state finals so the Rockets will re-group and make another run at the states beginning next fall.

DEP employee charged with killing co-worker with local ties

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Gilboa man allegedly shot and killed a co-worker inside the Kingston offices of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) early Monday morning.
DEP worker murdered: Aron J. Thomas of Olivebridge was killed by a co-worker on Monday morning the the DEP office in Kingston.DEP worker murdered: Aron J. Thomas of Olivebridge was killed by a co-worker on Monday morning the the DEP office in Kingston.
Kingston City Police say David N. Reese, 53, of Gilboa in Schoharie County was taken into custody at the DEP building shortly after allegedly Aron J. Thomas, 33, of Olivebridge was shot dead.

Norman Zullin, Fleischmanns business owner, killed in snowmobile accident in Idaho

This story in last week’s News about a local man killed in a snowmobile accident in Idaho contained factual errors. Norman B. Zullin, 43, not Norman Zullin Jr., 41, was killed in the accident.
The story implies that Mr. Zullin was no longer involved in several local businesses, which is not the case. Mr. Zullin and his family own and operate Zullin’s Outdoor Furniture, Zullin’s Garage and Countryside Apartments, all located on Route 28 between Arkville and Fleischmanns. The News regrets the errors, which have been addressed in this updated story.

By Joe Moskowitz
A winter vacation to what locals call “snowmobile country,” ended in tragedy Saturday as a former Fleischmanns man was killed when his snowmobile was struck by a car.
Norman Zullin, 43, was snowmobiling in Island Park, Idaho, near the edge of Yellowstone National Park, when, according to a statement from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department, he failed to yield to traffic on US Highway 20.

Motel owners seek tax breaks for Best Western project

By Joe Moskowitz
Proposed tax exemptions a the planned 62-room hotel on Route 28, Margaretville will be the subject of a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at noon at the Middletown Town Hall.
The Delaware County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) will conduct the hearing. The IDA is considering whether to undertake the project, which is being by proposed by Margaretville Lodging LLC.
Principals in that corporation are Carol and Peter Molnar. They are planning to raze the current Margaretville Motel and construct a 62-room hotel on the premises.

Shandaken resolution in support of CMRR pulled to be reworded

By Jay Braman Jr.
A resolution that called for Ulster County to immediately end its legal assault on the Catskill Mountain Railroad has been pulled from to the Shandaken Town Board agenda due to concerns by two board members about the wording of the document.

County businesses receive economic development funds

By Joe Moskowitz
Winter’s a long way from being over but the region’s business climate may finally be warming up. In a very short time, maple sap will be running in the Catskills and one of the area’s largest producers of maple syrup got some sweet news last week. Roxbury Mountain Maple is going to share $107,000 in loan proceeds from the Delaware County Economic Development Agency.

Delay in flood insurance hikes passes the Senate

By Joe Moskowitz
The United States Senate passed a bill last week that would roll back scheduled massive increases in flood insurance premiums and delay some hikes for up to four years. 
It was a lopsided bipartisan 67-32 vote, but because of politics and financial realities, the insurance industry is not advising property owners to start counting their savings right away.
Two years ago, both houses of Congress agreed to increases flood insurance premiums in flood-prone areas because the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) was broke.

County records on display at DCHA

A new exhibit at the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) highlighting the museum’s archives will open on February 14 at 4 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception.
Items from DCHA’s archives on display will include materials pertaining to the War of 1812 and the Civil War, milk strikes, nineteenth-century land records, maps, genealogical information, women’s suffrage, personal diaries, and numerous posters, photos and ephemera. The Power of Archives exhibit will remain on display in the Elijah Thomas Gallery until May 27.
Admission to the opening reception and to the exhibit is free. For more information call DCHA at 607 746-3849, e-mail, or on the web at: DCHA is located two and-a-half miles north of the Village of Delhi on state Route 10.

WIM invites writers to join the Catskills Book Festival

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) invites authors in the Catskills/Hudson Valley area to its Meet the Authors – The First Annual Catskills Book Festival, which will take place Sunday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roxbury Arts Group.
Authors are invited to sell their books, give readings, and promote their work for a $35 participation fee. The fee includes light refreshments, coffee and tea. Participating authors will receive additional exposure through all the marketing materials and media promotions associated with this event.

NYPA offers free family programs for the winter break

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will host a series of programs for children and parents from Tuesday, Feb. 18, through Thursday, Feb. 20, at its admission-free visitors center at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Plant.
The free programs, all from 10 a.m. to approximately noon, will enable participants to display their creative talents. The programs will be presented by representatives from the Studio for Arts and Crafts and Minekill State Park.
The schedule is as follows:

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