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Liyana, Afro-fusion musical group, performs Saturday in Roxbury

By Julia Green
It is a country that spent its fair share of time in the national news spotlight in recent months for many of the wrong reasons, including a disputed presidential election, a major outbreak of cholera, and an inquiry into the country’s diamond-mining process following claims that the industry was plagued by violence and other transgressions.
But the Zimbabwean “diamonds in the rough” that are coming to the Catskills at the end of January have little to do with the mining of precious stones.


New Kingston woman traveling around the world in 90 days

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — On Tuesday, Jan. 13, New Kingston resident Fran Faulkner and her sister, Sandy Holsten of Landenberg, Pa., boarded the Queen Mary 2 at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for a 90-day cruise around the world.
Faulkner and Holsten’s accommodations aboard the liner are located in the central part of the ship, ensuring a smoother ride, and include two beds, a loveseat, desk, closet space, bathroom and a sheltered balcony. Upon arriving in their cabin, the women reclaimed their luggage, which they had shipped with the Cunard White Star Luggage Service a week prior to embarking.


Kidney is perfect Christmas gift for local boy

By Julia Green
The number one item on nine-year-old Margaretville resident Cameron Passarelli’s Christmas list this year was a kidney. A close second was a Nintendo Wii.


Glen George and Heather Gockel county's first father-daughter judges

By Brian Sweeney
When Heather Gockel took her position as Roxbury Town Justice on January 1, she and her father, Middletown Town Justice Glen George, became the first daughter-father judge team in Delaware County history.


Margaretville A&P Supermarket part of historic chain

By Julia Green
The A&P store in Margaretville is closing its doors this month, on the threshold of the company’s 150th year of operations.


Santa comes early to Andes this season

By Matthew J. Perry
Andes residents kicked into the holiday season Saturday with a town-wide effort that celebrated the past, the present, and of course, a certain gent from the North Pole.
In what is hoped will become a yearly extravaganza, local merchants teamed with the Andes Society for History and Culture to create an attraction that celebrated both the season and the town.


Christmas Project going strong for 40+ years

By Julia Green
A part of the Margaretville holiday tradition for over 40 years, the Community Christmas Project is gearing up for the 2008 holiday season. The Christmas Project, which was founded by a group of women from the Margaretville United Methodist Church, provides food baskets and gifts for approximately 130 needy families in the Margaretville area.


RCS students get hands-on learning with DNA fingerprinting experiment

By Julia Green
Roxbury Central School welcomed Dr. Mike Yerky, outreach coordinator with the Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers on November 25 and he led students in Fred Zerega’s advanced placement biology class and Evette Garofolo’s living environment classes in a DNA fingerprinting experiment.
The experiment entailed using modern equipment, such as micropipetors and gel electrophoresis apparatuses, involved in DNA technology research.


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.


Roxbury's Christmas Project helps families through hard times

Roxbury — The Roxbury Community Christmas Project began during the Great Depression, when several teachers noticed that many of their pupils didn’t have coats, hats or mittens to keep them warm on the way to school. Every year since then, this community fund has harnessed the generosity of local students, clergy, business owners and residents to make sure that every family and especially every child in Roxbury experiences some holiday magic and a nourishing and joyous holiday meal.


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