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Motorcyclist dies of injuries after crash near Grand Gorge

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By Brian Sweeney
A 55-year-old New Windsor man was killed Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle crash on Route 30 near Grand Gorge.


MCS fashions a victory at the Olympics of Visual Arts

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville students brought home the gold from the Olympics of the Visual Arts (OVA) competition held April 10 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.
Team members included: HS team is Katlynn Shamro, Bianca Molnar, Courtney Scheffler, Mary Greene, Sage Finkle, Kaylee Sanford and Kayla Laise. Art teacher Michele Dietz was the team’s advisor.


Shandaken business climate sparks lively debate at town meeting

By Jay Braman Jr.
It’s a song often heard throughout the region. A song of despair voiced by members of the local business community who complain about how bad things are going and about how not enough is being done to make things better.
Last week those points were made loud and clear by Russell Roefs, a retiring businessman in Shandaken, who aimed them squarely at the town board during a lively session reminiscent of the meetings of the old days when spirited debate about any and everything was common.
But what he got in return was not what he expected.


Health Foundation donation targets enrichment for Mountainside residents

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By Brian Sweeney
The Margaretville Health Foundation presented a $15,000 check on Friday for the enrichment of Mountainside Residential Care Center’s (MRCC) residents.
The Margaretville Health Foundation presented a check for $15,000 on Friday to benefit residents at Mountainside Residential Care Center. On hand for the presentation, from left, were: Health Foundation Development Director Iris Mead, resident Esther Ronning, Mountainside Administrator Philip Mehl, residents Charlie Slater and Frances Oliver, Health Foundation Chair Heather Brighton, and Foundation Board Members Don Bramley and Kathy Mami-Moore. A reception followed the presentation. — Photo by Brian SweeneyThe Margaretville Health Foundation presented a check for $15,000 on Friday to benefit residents at Mountainside Residential Care Center. On hand for the presentation, from left, were: Health Foundation Development Director Iris Mead, resident Esther Ronning, Mountainside Administrator Philip Mehl, residents Charlie Slater and Frances Oliver, Health Foundation Chair Heather Brighton, and Foundation Board Members Don Bramley and Kathy Mami-Moore. A reception followed the presentation. — Photo by Brian Sweeney


Publishing company starts new chapter in Margaretville

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By Joe Moskowitz
Olin Frederick Publishing is starting a new life in Margaret­ville, and company founder Gerald Balcar feels that his efforts will also improve and extend the lives of many Americans, in addition to improving Margaretville’s economic health.


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.


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