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DEP employee indicted for second-degree murder of a co-worker

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By Jay Braman Jr.
On Tuesday, an Ulster Coun­ty Grand Jury indicted the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) employee accused of fatally shooting a co-worker on February 3, according to the district attorney’s office.David ReeseDavid Reese

David N. Reese, 53, of 297 Flat Creek Road, Gilboa, was in­dict­ed for second-degree murder in the Feb. 3 shooting death of Aron J. Thomas, 33, of Olive­bridge, at the department’s Smith Avenue office in midtown Kingston.


O'Neal's eyesore goes down the drain

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RAZED — The former O’Neal’s Plumbing and Heating store on Main Street, Margaretville was knocked down this week by Ed Norwick and Diego Pesa. The store, which previously operated for many years as Wilson’s Plumbing, had not operated since 2008. The building was damaged by flooding from Hurricane Irene in 2011 and had become an eyesore along the village’s Main Street. Kingdon Gould Jr. of Arkville recently purchased the store and attached apartment house. The apartments are being renovated.


Officials still treading water over Margaretville Swart Street bridge repairs

By Joe Moskowitz
Margaretville residents, who have been waiting since 2011 to be able to drive over the Swart Street Bridge, will have to continue waiting and Delaware County, which owns the bridge, still doesn’t know how much longer that wait will be.
Bridge to Nowhere: When it comes to getting around Swart Street, you still have to drive around your elbow to get to your thumb. The bridge fix is still up in the air, almost three years later. Photo by Joe MoskowitzBridge to Nowhere: When it comes to getting around Swart Street, you still have to drive around your elbow to get to your thumb. The bridge fix is still up in the air, almost three years later. Photo by Joe Moskowitz


BBQ, Bourbon and Bingo to benefit Phoenicia Library

By Jay Braman Jr.
It seems that there’s no end to the creativity of those trying to raise funds for a worthy cause in the Catskills.
The most recent one to draw attention is a Bingo/Barbecue/ Bourbon mash up slated for Sunday, April 27 at the Peeka­moose Restaurant and Tap Room on Route 28 in Big Indian. A benefit for the Phoenicia Library, which burned a couple years back and is now being rebuilt, this shindig promises to be as fun as it is unique.


ACS teams up with food bank to promote healthy eating for kids

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Andes — A joint program being sponsored by Andes Central School (ACS) and the Andes Food Bank kicked off Friday when each and every ACS student in Kindergarten through second grade picked up a box of healthy food on the way home to make sure that all of the school’s younger children have healthy eating choices over the weekend.
HELPING HANDS: Andes Central School and the Andes Food Bank have teamed up for a healthy food program. From left are Torin Bacon, Winnie Richards-Consigny, Giovanni Patrocini, Samantha Ackerly and Allison Long. Contributed photos.HELPING HANDS: Andes Central School and the Andes Food Bank have teamed up for a healthy food program. From left are Torin Bacon, Winnie Richards-Consigny, Giovanni Patrocini, Samantha Ackerly and Allison Long. Contributed photos.


MCS bus purchase wins by three votes

By Joe Moskowitz
By a scant three-vote margin, residents of the Margaretville Central School District approved the purchase of a new school bus last week Tuesday.
Usually, a school bus vote passes easily but this time the vote was shrouded in controversy.


Auxiliary hosts blood drive March 28

The Auxiliary of Margaret­ville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will sponsor a Blood Drive on Friday, March 28 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Mountainside’s Club Med Room.
Support your hospital and community by donating blood. Walk-ins are welcome.
Please call 1-800-RedCross or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment. For additional information please call Eleanor Aulino at 845 586-4029.
Mountainside is located at 42158 State Highway 28, Margaretville.


Meet Catskill authors at April 6 Book Festival

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Roxbury — Writers in the Mountains (WIM) will hold its First Annual Meet the Authors – Catskills Book Festival on Sunday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mountain Road.
Participating authors include award-winning writers: Mermer Blakeslee, author of “When You Live by a River,” Ginnah Howard, author of “Night Navigation” and “Doing Time Outside,” Breena Clarke, author of “River,” “Cross My Heart” and “Stand the Storm” and Laurie Boris, author of “The Joke’s on Me,” “Don’t Tell Anyone” and “Sliding Past Vertical.”


Middletown historical society hosts geology talk with Tituses

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Margaretville — The first of two spring programs on the theme “Reading the Land” will be held Saturday, March 29 at 1 p.m., when Bob and Johanna Titus will present an illustrated talk, “Middletown: An Ice Age Origin” at the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM), 778 Cemetery Road.
Admission is $2 for HSM members, $4 for non-members.


Business "Boast & Toast" planned for April 7 in Delhi

Delhi — The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce (DCCC) has announced the introduction of quarterly “Boast & Toast” meet-ups for tourism businesses in Delaware County. As the Tourism Promotion Agency (TPA) for the county, DCCC has developed the meet-ups to provide networking and activity sharing for those business owners that fuel the local tourism economy.


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