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.

Charges brought against David Reese in DEP shooting


The man accused of killing Olivebridge resident Aron Thomas inside New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) offices in Kingston last Monday will see his case go before a grand jury soon.
Following a preliminary hearing on Monday, a Kingston City judge determined there is enough evidence against Gilboa resident David Reese to proceed to a grand jury hearing.
Reese is charged with second-degree murder. Reese pled not guilty during an arraignment in Kingston City Court and was sent to the Ulster County Jail without bail.

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.”

Farm bill with food stamp cuts could hurt locals


By Joe Moskowitz
President Obama signed a $956 billion dollar farm bill into law last Friday, a measure that supporters and opponents say could have profound impact on the Catskill Region.
Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, voted against the bill, while Senator Shuck Schumer, also a Democrat, voted in favor of it.
Gillibrand opposed it because of cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), often known as food stamps.

Golden eagle tagged and released as part of study

By Brian Sweeney
A locally based project to study the habits of Golden Eagles added a new dimension on Saturday when one of the eagles was captured and outfitted with a tracking device.
After a few unsuccessful attempts this past week, project leader Scott VanArsdale from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation set up around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday at a designated “watch” location off Tremperskill Road, Andes. An immature golden was one of the early birds to come into the setup area and was trapped before 7 a.m.

Conservation is key to Phoenicia's water system in the extreme cold

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Phoenicia Water District is not getting the breaks it needs to be free of winter worries. Bone chilling temperatures continue to shorten the water supply for the small hamlet, and the winter’s influx of skiers in search of hot food and good cheer taxes the system even more.

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