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Todd Mountain Theater Project presents "Limbo Tales" in August

Roxbury — Todd Mountain Theater Project (TMTP) launches its 12th season at The Roxbury Arts Group (RAG) on August 5 with an unforgettable play, “Limbo Tales,” by Len Jenkin. The play was produced in New York City in 1980, where it won Obies for best play and best director.


Margaretville lot closed week of Aug. 2 to 6

The municipal parking lot behind the Gottfried Professional Building on Walnut Street, Margaretville will be closed to all vehicles from Monday, Aug. 2 at 8 a.m. until Friday, Aug. 6 at 5 p.m.
During this period, the parking lot will be resurfaced. Inclement weather may extend the period during which the lot is closed.


Traditional Family Camp Aug. 22 to 27 at Frost Valley

Claryville — Family Camp, one of the most enduring traditions at Frost Valley YMCA, is set for Sunday through Friday, Aug. 22 to 27. This special session, which many families have been attending for decades, provides six days filled with everything a family needs to get away from the busy workday routine, unplug from the noise and reconnect with each other.


Insects transported in firewood the leading cause of infestations

By Brian Sweeney
The primary means for the Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorned Beetles to spread is via the transportation of firewood. The insects fly only a limited distance during their lifetime, but the devastation they produce can spread rapidly when wood containing the insects is transported for long distances.


"Stream Watch" wetlands program offered July 28 and 29

North Blenheim —The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will host a two-part program on stewardship of the wetlands, entitled “Stream Watch,” on Wednesday and Thursday, July 28 and 29, from 10 a.m. to noon. The program, part of NYPA’s Summer Education Series, will take place at a new outdoor pavilion on the grounds of the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, and is being presented in cooperation with The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development.


Shandaken Town Clerk charged after assaulting deputy

By Jay Braman Jr.
The longtime town clerk in the Town of Shandaken was arrested last week following an alleged scuffle between her and the deputy town clerk in the town’s offices in Allaben. Laurilyn Frasier, 59, of Phoenicia, was arrested on Tuesday, July 20 after a complaint was made to the Ulster County Sheriff’s office that Frasier had pushed her deputy, Jacqui Gugleilmetti.


Beaver attacks investigated in Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
The industrious beaver, that cute and usually docile furry rodent, which also happens to be the official New York State animal, took on a new persona in the Catskill Region last week after at least one of the critters attacked and bit two swimmers along the Esopus Creek in Shandaken.


Dennis Metnick honored at MARK Project roast

By Jill Ribich
The MARK Project held a roast to honor Dennis Metnick on Friday, upon his retirement from its board of directors. During his 12 years on the MARK Board, Metnick served as chair of the finance committee, vice president and president. Dennis Metnick & Doug HinkleyDennis Metnick & Doug Hinkley

Since opening his law practice in Margaretville in 1992 he has been town attorney for the Town of Middletown and has served on the boards of directors and as a officer of many not-for-profit corporations in the area including the Round Barn of Halcottsville, The Roxbury Arts Group, Shandaken Theatrical Society, Greater Margaretville Chamber of Commerce, Margaretville Hospital, Mountainside Residential Care Center, Delaware County ARC and as a member of the Board of Governors of New York State ARC.


DEP buying watershed with little competition

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is gobbling up over 11,000 acres of land a year in the Catskills, and from the look of things it will keep that trend going, especially since it now has over $500 million to make more purchases.


CWC Board agrees to assist with Phoenicia sewer work

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Board of Directors of the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) unanimously agreed to step into the fray in Phoenicia, where the community has been at odds for several years over whether to build a sewer system.


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