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Margaretville opening day is Sept. 2; Andes and Roxbury schools start Sept. 8

Summer is drawing to a close, and area schoolchildren will report to classes in the coming weeks. Students at Margaretville Central School begin classes today, while students at Andes and Roxbury central schools report to class on Tuesday, Sept. 8.


Andes welcomes new pastor

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The Presbyterian Church of Andes (town) welcomes their new pastor, the Rev. Dr. Steven R. Swanson, to the pulpit Sunday, Sept. 6.


Gas drilling forum planned in Andes

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Andes —  “What you need to know about gas drilling in the Catskills,” an issue that generates strong feelings both for and against, will be presented by Wes Gillingham, of Catskill Mountainkeeper, and writer/researcher Anne Saxon-Hersh at the Andes Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.


Fund-raising golf tourney Sept. 12 at Shephard Hills

The Second Parkinson’s Patriotic Tournament, a golf tournament to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Shephard Hills Golf Course in Roxbury.
The red-white-blue scramble tournament will be played with a four-person captain and crew format, and six holes each will be played from the red, white and blue tees; mulligans and skins will also be featured. The $60 entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart rental, and dinner.


Mamma Mia! ABBA - The Tour makes stop at Belleayre Festival Saturday

Highmount — ABBA – The Tour, the high-energy show that has played to packed houses around the world, will provide a sweet pop treat for fans at the Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 5.
ABBA is one of the greatest hit-making groups of all time. They still sell over two million records a year.


Redistricting plans studied for Onteora

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Onteora School Board will be taking a long, hard look at the problem of class sizes in the district over the next few months, and acknowledges that one solution may be redistricting.
At a recent meeting, many board members as well as some administrators agreed that the best class size for the district would be between 18 and 22 students.


Big Indian legend is standing tall

The following is an account of the Big Indian legend by author and 19th-century newspaperman Charles M. Skinner. It appears in his book Myths and Legends of Our Own Land, published in 1896.
“In the Esopus Valley lived Winnisook, whose height was seven feet, and who was known among white settlers as “The Big Indian.”


Twilight on the Rails Saturday at D&URR

There’s no better way to spend a lovely summer evening than on the Delaware & Ulster Railroad listening to great music as you roll along beside the East Branch of the Delaware River. On Saturday, Sept. 5, the Blues Maneuver will take to the rails on the historic D&URR from 6 to 8:30  p.m. for a slow-moving scenic train ride that everyone will enjoy.


Reading Between the Lines planned at Roxbury Library

Roxbury — Beginning in September, the Roxbury Library Association (RLA) will offer a four-month Reading Between the Lines (RBTL) adult book discussion group.


Freshtown celebrations pick up steam; Christmas target date for completion

By Brian Sweeney
Renovations to the new Freshtown Supermarket in Margaretville are in full swing and store officials hope to have all work completed by Christmas.
PSK Supermarkets Vice President Noah Katz said this week the renovations of the former A&P Supermarket on Bridge Street are progressing well. The store reopened as a Freshtown last January. After a number of months of planning, major work on the total overhaul of the store got underway several months ago.


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