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Restructuring debt helps Andes water district

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By Cheryl Petersen
“With the work and persistence of Marge Merzig, Bud Gladstone, and Senator Seward and his staff, the water debt has been reconstructed,” said Town of Andes Supervisor Marty Donnelly at the town’s board meeting last week.
“This will keep the costs down for water users in Andes water district.” The resolution for bond restructuring formalized persistent efforts to keep costs down. Other actions included approval for Highway Superintendent Mike McAdams to rent an excavator and discussion on upcoming roadwork.


HSCH Spring Dinner Dance set for April 26

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Margaretville — Come join the little shelter with the big heart and support the homeless cats and dogs of the region! Heart of the Catskills Humane Society will be hosting the 15th annual Spring Dance and Auction on Saturday, April 26 from 6 until 10 p.m. at Hanah Mountain Resort.


Spring suckers always a prize catch for Bob Archibald

By Joe Moskowitz
Bob Archibald chops firewood, does stonework, plumbing, likes to hunt and really loves to go fishing. He said he planned to go fishing today to catch a couple of trout for dinner, but his back was bothering him and he had some bullheads in the freezer, so bad back and all, he stayed home and unloaded some logs to be split for firewood. Besides, it isn’t time yet for his favorite fishing.
That time is when the “suckers” run.
Bob Archibald of Margaretville has always enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, including cutting lots of firewood.Bob Archibald of Margaretville has always enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, including cutting lots of firewood.


Roxbury Arts Group volunteers honored


Roxbury — Kevin Prior of Stamford and Charles Kowalski of Denver received the first annual Nancy Harding Volunteer Service Award from the Roxbury Arts Group, this past Saturday at a volunteer appreciation event held at the Roxbury Arts Center in Roxbury.  Each was in attendance to receive their awards from Nancy Harding, for the whom the award was named after.  


Local Easter services planned

Celebrate Easter at the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church with a 7 p.m. Community Maundy Thursday Service with Pastor Rich Dykstra and Pastor Larry Dunlap leading the service.
On Easter Sunday there will be a 10 a.m. worship celebration at the church.
Church School will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
At Holy Innocents Cathedral in Halcottsville, Easter Sunday Mass will be held at 10 a.m. All are welcome and accepted.
The Interfaith Council and the Margaretville-New Kingston Presbyterian will also hold Holy Week and/or Easter Sunday services. Please check our print edition for specific advertising notices with details.


MARK and CCCD partner for Earth Day celebration

Arkville — The year 1970 was the marking period for the hippie/flower child culture. With a war raging in Vietnam, protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause.
At the same time, Americans were feeding their V-8 sedans with leaded gas, industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press, and air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. Mainstream America seemed oblivious to environmental concerns making “Environment” a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.  


Earth Day and Arbor Day to be celebrated at NYPA

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North Blenheim — The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will mark Earth Day and Arbor Day this year with a variety of activities at its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project visitors center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27.
On Saturday, enjoy free screenings of episodes of “Planet Earth” (2007) at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.


Fishing collection to benefit Fairview Library

An extensive collection of fly-fishing gear, sporting gear and fishing collectables will be sold by McIntosh Auction Services on Saturday April 26, 2014 for the benefit of The Fairview Public Library. The auction will begin at 11:30 AM. The collection has been donated to the library by Cheryl Stelter’s family, Stephen Finkel of New Kingston and their daughter Sayde Finkel, currently living in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Bag Ali presents its collection on May 14

Margaretville — Bag Ali will present its Fabulous Spring Collection of Handbags and Accessories at Margaretville Hospital on Wednesday, May 14 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the hospital lobby.


NYS Deer show no signs of Chronic Wasting Disease

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Albany — Testing of more than 2,500 samples of deer statewide found no deer infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.  CWD continues to pose a threat to New York’s wild white-tailed deer as Pennsylvania discovered CWD in both captive white-tailed deer and wild, free-ranging white-tailed deer in 2012.  Since 2002, DEC annually has tested hunter-harvested white-tailed deer for CWD. The last confirmed case of CWD in New York was in 2005.   


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