Pizza Palace of Grand Gorge shuts its doors

By Joe Moskowitz
It’s a bad sign at a bad time. For more than a week, people have driving to the Pizza Palace in Grand Gorge, only to find it dark, closed and a sign in the window apologizing to its customers. The Palace is closed and the sign says it is closed “due to circumstances beyond our control.”  
It is a fact that we cannot control the onset of aging. Owner Nick Malaxos was a bit more specific. He told the News, “I’m tired, my back hurts, and I am old.”

Every day is Valentine's for the Barnharts of Bovina

By Cheryl Petersen
Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone for Lillian and Robert Barnhart, but the day was just as special as every other day of the year.
“We don’t get each other presents on holidays,” said Lillian (Lilly) Barnhart, from her home in Bovina. “It feels good just to know we love one another every day.”

Roxbury names honor students for second quarter

Roxbury Central School has announced its Honor Rolls for the second marking period of the 2013 – ’14 school year.
Those students earning places on the Superintendent’s List include: Grade 4, Madison German, Myah Johnston, and Kerri Anne Moore; Grade 5, Catherine Jankowski; Grade 7, Anthony Perazone, Brendan Reidlinger, and Cristian Spariosu; Grade 8, Rose Battista, and Christine Ianniello; Grade 10, Isabel Battista, and Molly O’Brien; Grade 11, Michaela Jordan, Jessica Moore, Shannon Sprague, and Lacey Stewart; Grade 12, Joseph McAfee, Ian O’Brien, and Joshua Riley.

Honor students named at MCS for 2nd grading period

Margaretville Central School has announced its Honor Rolls for the second making period of the 2013 – ’14 school year.
Those students earning a place on the Principal’s List (94.5-100) include: 12th Grade, Brandon Belaski, Michael Conroy, Paul Morrow, and James Warner; 11th Grade, Rhiannon Kearns, Alana Moskowitz, and Julian Rauter; 10th Grade, Daniel Conroy; 9th Grade, Kayla Laise, Bianca Molnar, Kaylee Sanford, Courtney Scheffler, and Katlynn Shamro; 8th Grade, Anna Lam; 7th Grade, Denali Finkle, Cruz Garcia, Lauren Gil, and Victoria Janis.

STS takes 3rd place in Ulster Savings funding contest

By Jay Braman Jr.
The people at the Shandaken Theatrical Society in Phoenicia have something to clap about this week, and it’s not about something on the non-profit group’s stage, but in its bank account.
The group, known locally as STS and based inside an old Oddfellows Hall turned theater, has taken third prize in a unique Internet based contest mounted by the Ulster Savings Bank.

Stream health is focus of Trout Unlimited program on Feb. 26

The Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host a presentation on “Extreme Flow Events and Stream Health: What We Know and What We Don’t” on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Boiceville Inn.
The presentation will be offered by Mark Vian, who serves as Stream Management Program Project Manager in the Rondout and Neversink Basins for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

Local children's author takes on mult roles for 'Zobo'

By Joe Moskowitz
Christopher Durham is an actor, an artist, and one of the very few New York State licensed wildlife rehabilitators in New York City. Sometimes he lives there. Sometimes he lives here, and Sunday, people in his second home, Roxbury, were the first to see what Durham is doing now.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, especially little boys and girls, introducing Zobo. That is the name of his new book for children. The first kids met Zobo Sunday during a reading and book signing at the Roxbury General Store. 

MCS Senior Sam Capriotti pulls no punches with passion for boxing

By John Bernhardt
Someone once said, “Boxing isn’t for the feint of heart, it’s for the full of heart.” That’s an apt description of Sam Caprotti, 17, a senior at Margaretville Central School.
Sam Caprotti loves to box. Boxing is a form of self-discovery for Caprotti. A sport often called ‘the sweet science’ helps Caprotti discover something deep inside himself, a desire or a need, that allows Sam to continually surprise himself by exceeding what he once believed were his own limitations.

NY SAFE Act targeted at Delhi forum

By Cheryl Petersen
Along with many other volunteers, Stephen Morganstern handed out voter registrations, petitions, and information on the rights of firearm owners during last Saturday’s well-attended forum.
“I became active last summer,” said Morganstern. “Last August, there was a hostage incident in Bovina Center, right next door to our house. Catskill Mountain News covered the story well. The whole hostage incident was so unbelievable it got me active as a firearm owner.”

Shandaken board passes resolution in support of CMRR

By Jay Braman Jr.
Admitting that the effort has had a chilling affect on his relationship with Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley got just enough votes Monday to pass a memorializing resolution that calls for an end to the legal battle between the county and the Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR).

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