MCS names Conroy and Warner top graduates

The Margaretville Central School District has named Michael Joseph Conroy as the valedictorian for the Class of 2014 and James Warner as its salutatorian.
Valedictorian Michael Joseph Conroy will graduate from Margaretville Central School with an Advanced Regents degree with Honors mastery in math and science, and from ONC BOCES having completed the New Visions Health Care Professions Program.

City pushing for flood buyouts of village businesses and homes


By Jay Braman Jr.
The City of New York has long been in the land-buying business in the Catskills, but its real estate options expanded last month when it earmarked millions of dollars to buy homes and businesses, in some cases in the middle of hamlets and villages, that fall victim to frequent flooding.

Shandaken Police Chief Jim McGrath retiring after 34 years

By Jay Braman Jr.
James McGrath, a 34-year veteran of the Shandaken Police Department and its longtime chief, will retire from that position next month.
The news was sent to the town board in a letter from McGrath, who said he would still be available to help the department.
“The decision to retire has not been an easy one, but I feel it is time for me to move on,” McGrath wrote.

Catskill Recreation Center's grand opening "splash" set for June 7


Arkville — The Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville will hold a public Grand Opening ceremony on Saturday, June 7 starting with a ribbon cutting at noon.
The centerpiece of the Catskill Recreation Center (CRC), which is located a 651 County Route 38, is an Olympic-sized pool. The membership-based facility is open for community use and also features a separate pool area for general enjoyment. Following the dedication, the “First Jump into the Pool” will take place at 1 p.m.

Delaware County supervisors take next steps to establish two percent bed tax


By Cheryl Petersen
Echoing an event that occurred 217 years ago, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors met at the Delaware County Historical Association’s (DCHA), Frisbee House, outside Delhi for their May 28 regular meeting.
DCHA Director Tim Duerden welcomed the supervisors back. The board handled matters of a bed tax and landfill actions.

Mountainside celebrates 20 years of service

20-YEAR-CELEBRATION — Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville celebrated its 20th anniversary on May 17. A large crowd turned out to mark the occasion. Refreshments, live music and review of Mountainside’s success were all part of the festivities. Above, Administrator Philip Mehl addresses the audience. — Contributed photos.

RCS and ACS name their top graduates

Top graduates for the Class of 2014 have been announed at Andes and Roxbury central Schools.

Andes Central School
Andes Central School has announced that Josephine DeSanto is this year’s Valedictorian and Jonathan Andrews is the Salutatorian.
Josephine DeSantoJosephine DeSanto

Stephen Hodge named Delaware County Democrat of the Year


By Cheryl Petersen
With a special appearance by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, the Dela­ware County Democratic Din­ner afforded a lively evening for the party faithful from around the county Saturday evening. The line-up of speakers included Stephen Hodge, Democrat of the Year, and keynote speaker, Democratic Congressional candidate, Sean Eldridge.
Stephen and Lois Hodge at the Democratic Dinner. — Photo by Cheryl PetersenStephen and Lois Hodge at the Democratic Dinner. — Photo by Cheryl Petersen

"Milky Way" tour showcases local creameries on July 4

Walton — Catskills Family Creameries has announced the second annual Come Travel the Milky Way, a one-day tour of farmstead creameries on Friday, July 4.  

New Andes trail opens; a partnership of NYC and local volunteers


Andes — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Catskill Mountain Club have announced a community hike to celebrate the opening of a new trail on City-owned land in Delaware County.

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