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Shandaken continues calling for cell phone coverage

By Jay Braman Jr.
Have you ever hit a deer at night and had to walk two miles before finding a phone to call for help?
Shandaken Town Councilman Jack Jordan has. Jordan, a Pine Hill resident and the town’s point man tasked with trying to increase cellular phone service in town, plans on making a note of the incident, and he wants others to do the same.


Local students earn German-American Club scholarships

Arkville —The German-American Club of the Northern Catskills, Inc. recently awarded scholarships to three local high school graduates.  The study of German was required for only one of these scholarships.


Unveiling of historic marker will take place Sunday in New Kingston

New Kingston — The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) and the New Kingston Valley Association will unveil a historic marker near the post office in the hamlet of New Kingston on Sunday, June 20 at 1 p.m.


Margaretville man honored for donating 298 pints of blood

Endicott — Margaretville resident Vincenzo Ammirato was honored by the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross as one of nine “Real Heroes” at the First Annual Heroes for the American Red Cross Breakfast held in Binghamton on June 10.


Several thousand visitors expected at Desiderata Festival near Roxbury

By Brian Sweeney
Desiderata Festival, an outdoor art, music, film and yoga event, will be held June 23 through 27 at Stone Tavern Farm in Roxbury. The event will include five days and four nights of on-site camping, multi-stage performances, film presentations, art exhibits and wellness projects. Based on similar festivals, the organizers estimate that 2,000 to 3,000 visitors will attend.


Deadline extended for Middletown Comprehensive Plan

By Brian Sweeney
The deadline for written comments on the Comprehensive Plan proposed for the Town of Middletown has been extended to July 1. The draft Comprehensive Plan is continuing to take shape following a public hearing held June 5. About 20 people attended the public hearing and others submitted written comments on the plan.


Alta hosting open house with tours, prizes June 19

Halcottsville — Alta Log Homes in Halcottsville will host a factory tour and open house on Saturday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone attending the open house can register in a drawing for door prizes such as gift certificates for Woodstock Harley-Davidson, Hanah Mountain Resort Country Club in Margaretville and Hudson Valley Cycle Center.


Rep. Murphy to address Dems at dinner

Margaretville — The 2010 Delaware County Democratic Committee Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday, June 19 at Hanah Resort & Country Club in Margaretville. Delaware County Democrats can anticipate a lively evening as the county Democratic Committee prepares to welcome Representative Scott Murphy as keynote speaker for its 2010 annual dinner. Murphy represents New York’s 20th Congressional District, which contains almost all of Delaware County.


Catskill Center director sees regional economy at "tipping point"; organization will refocus efforts on eco-friendly development

By Julia Green
Few would argue that a perfect storm of external factors has developed to create a dire economic situation in the Catskills in recent years. Declining population, stringent watershed regulations, an increase in city-owned land, and a stagnant real estate market have left the region reeling and scrambling to find its footing on an ever-changing terrain.


Maple production down 29 percent in New York State

New York’s 2010 maple syrup production decreased 29 percent from last year. Syrup production is estimated at 312,000 gallons, down from the 439,000 gallons produced in 2009 according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office. Only Vermont produced more syrup than New York.


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