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VanBenschoten appointed to Middletown Planning Board

By Julia Green
The Middletown Town Board appointed Margaretville resident Kate VanBenschoten last Tuesday to fill a vacancy on the town’s planning board.
The vacancy was initially created when longtime planning board member and New Kingston resident Pete Palen submitted a letter of resignation on Jan. 13 of this year. The opening was temporarily filled when the town board appointed Kathleen McCarthy to the post on March 10; however, she tendered her resignation on May 11 after serving for only two months. In her resignation, McCarthy said that, “due to unforeseen personal circumstances, [her] availability and ability to serve on the planning board [would] be affected.”


Roxbury Arts Group presents James Krueger at Denver show

Roxbury —The Roxbury Arts Group will present local songwriter James Krueger in a special matinee performance at the Old School Baptist Church on Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m.  
Hailed by judges as “an extraordinarily talented writer with a real talent for poetic imagery” Krueger is a two-time honor award winner in the Great American Songwriting Contest.  


Andes woman faces DWI charges in accident that left man dead

By Brian Sweeney
A 45-year-old Andes woman faces two driving while intoxicated charges stemming from a fatal accident last December, but was not indicted for vehicular manslaughter.
Christine Arnao pleaded innocent last Thursday to charges of driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI stemming from the accident in which Jon J. Church, 31, of Wells Bridge was killed.


Pigeon Hole Hike set for Saturday

Claryville — A hike along the beautiful Pigeon Hole Trail is planned at Frost Valley YMCA on Saturday, June 20 starting at 1 p.m. This hike will follow Pigeon Brook upstream for a mile before climbing to the Sequoia Loop trail and returning to Frost Valley. 


CMCA transformed into "World's Fair"

Margaretville — The Catskill Mountain Christian Academy was recently transformed into a “World’s Fair” as an enthusiastic crowd was treated to an enjoyable time of food, fellowship and learning at the CMCA’s International Night celebration.


Clovesville Cemetery upkeep threatened by lack of funds

By Joanie Merwin
Yes, even cemeteries die; sooner or later all things come to an end. Just as life within a human body deteriorates and eventually dies, ironically so does the final resting place of many humans. That is exactly what is happening to the Clovesville Cemetery – it’s dying and help is needed.


Andes looks forward to facility upgrades

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By Matthew J. Perry
In the course of a routine, one-hour meeting, the Andes Town Board announced substantial infrastructure improvement plans at its monthly meeting last Tuesday evening. The board touched on projects slated for three different facilities; its wastewater treatment plant, swimming pool and highway garage, the latter of which is still to be built. It was also reported that despite a recent threat from the county board of elections, both the town’s polling sites will remain open.


Village rejects cop's resignation; Fox will remain on the job

By Julia Green
The Village of Margaretville Board of Trustees opted Monday not to accept a letter of resignation submitted by Margaretville Police Officer Harold Fox on June 4. The decision was made following an executive session at the board’s monthly meeting.
“Mr. Fox came before the board requesting that the board reject and not accept his letter of resignation, and the board agreed to reject and not accept his letter of resignation,” said Margaretville Mayor John VanBenschoten. “Mr. Fox continues to be the police officer for the Village of Margaretville.”


Roxbury planning Sidewalk Festival for July 4

Roxbury — The annual Roxbury Sidewalk Festival, on Saturday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a daylong block party, with vendors and tag sales lining the shady Main Street and vintage baseball afoot in Kirkside Park, along with children’s fun, food galore and new this year: your chance to win big prizes aboard the Stimulus Surrey.


Top scholars named at local schools

By Julia Green
The top honors graduates have been named at local high schools.


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