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Red-hot Pistolera plays Saturday at RAG center

Roxbury — Pistolera, a New York City based band that draws from traditional styles of Mexican music while fusing it with a pop-rock sensibility, will take the stage at The Roxbury Arts Center on Saturday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m.
The electrifying quartet defines the Latin alt-folklorico genre, featuring the Spanish lyric songs of vocalist and guitarist Sandra Lilia Velásquez, the driving accordion melodies of Maria Elena, and the unbeatable rhythm section of bassist Inca B. Satz and drummer Ani Cordero.


Margaretville native Max Finberg named to Obama administration post

By Julia Green
In 1988, Max Finberg was walking the hallways of Margaretville Central School, preparing to graduate and head to Tufts University near Boston. Now, 21 years later, he’s walking the streets of Washington, D.C., as the newest appointee to a post within the Obama administration. Finberg, the son of Mike and Joanne Finberg of Margaretville, was recently named Director of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Construction delays expected from Mt. Tremper bridge work

By Jay Braman Jr.
New York State Route 28 corridor travelers should plan an extra few minutes to their commutes for several weeks. Work crews assembled a temporary traffic light early Monday morning in Mount Tremper on the state-owned highway.


Burroughs Community Day planned June 13 in Roxbury

Roxbury — Peter Forbes, a writer, photographer, farmer and conservationist will be the featured speaker at John Burroughs Community Day on Saturday, June 13 in Roxbury. The annual event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Roxbury Arts Group’s gallery and performance center on Vega Mountain Rd., one block off Roxbury’s Main Street. This free celebration of nature, heritage, and the spirit of community is held each year by Woodchuck Lodge Inc. to honor revered literary naturalist and Roxbury native John Burroughs.


Hinchey, Murphy, DiNapoli among Democratic Dinner guests

Delhi — Several invited guests will be in attendance at the Delaware County Democratic dinner on Saturday, June 20 at the SUNY Delhi Hospitality Center.
Those expected to speak to those gathered are state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli; Representatives in Congress Scott Murphy (D-20-Glens Falls) and Maurice Hinchey (D-22-Hurley); June O’Neil, the state Democratic committee chair; and Irene Stein, who chairs the state Rural Democrats.


Shandaken cop naps alleged killer

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Buffalo man has been charged with second-degree murder after being captured by a quick-thinking Shandaken Police detective last week.
An Erie County medical examiner’s autopsy of Constance A. Shepherd, 42, revealed the cause of death to be a deep laceration to her neck, leading police to rule the death a homicide. Chief Anthony Palombo said the cut was caused by a “sword-sized knife” that was located in another room of the Shepherd’s house in the Town of Tonawanda, a suburb of Buffalo.


More campers planning Catskill hikes this year

By Jay Braman Jr.
It might be the economy, or perhaps fuel prices, or even the lure of the region or all of the above, but one thing is for sure: there will be more visitors to the Catskills this summer.
The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced an increase in reservations for campsite space statewide, both in the number of campers and the length of stay planned.


Fund-raising tournament in Andes

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The Pete Wright Memorial Horseshoe Tournament will be held on May 30 at 1 p.m. at Weathertite Barn in Andes. Parking can be found on Main Street or at the school.
This tournament is in its seventh year.


CWC meeting highlights accomplishments

Margaretville — Hundreds of homeowners, schoolchildren, municipal governments and business people in the Catskill region benefited from assistance, money and information supplied by the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) in 2008.


Middletown weighing local law to crack down on illegal dumping

By Julia Green
There will be a public hearing held by the Middletown Town Board on Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Middletown Town Hall to address a proposed local law that would regulate the use of the town transfer station.
The Town of Middletown Transfer Station and Recycling Center Law was proposed by the Town Board in response to recent and ongoing abuses of dumping privileges at the transfer station. Last spring, the town received a bill from the county for $8,000, thanks to the illegal dumping of 42 tons of construction and demolition materials at the transfer station.


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