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Registration open for 1,000 Books Club

Margaretville — Registration for the 1,000 Books Club is now open at the Fairview Public Library in Margaretville, the Skene Memorial Library in Fleischmanns or the Margaretville Central School Library.
The 1,000 Books Club is an early childhood literacy program, the goal of which is to make it convenient, easy and free for parents to have access to 1,000 quality children’s books to read aloud to their children.


July 1 deadline for comments on Comprehensive Plan

The Town of Middletown Planning Board will be taking written comments regarding the town’s Draft Comprehensive Plan until July 1.


State withholding payments of promised highway funding

By Jay Braman Jr.
It remains unclear whether much paving will occur on Shandaken’s roads this year.
As paving crews blaze westward on the state-owned Route 28 this week, Shandaken Highway Superintendent Eric Hofmeister said that putting pavement on any local roads is on hold.


Farewell reception is Sunday for Methodist Pastor Joon Lee

The members of the Margaretville and Fleischmanns United Methodist Churches invite other community members to join them in saying farewell to Pastor Joon Woo Lee and his family on Sunday, June 13 at 12:30 p.m. at a picnic on the Margaretville church grounds.


DEP says drug traces don't threaten water

By Brian Sweeney
Trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in the New York City Watershed do not pose a threat to water quality, the Department of Environmental Protection has announced. In a press statement issued last week, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Cas Calloway said that a yearlong study has concluded that the presence of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in New York City’s water source do not pose a public health risk.


Community support "amazing" for fire victims

By Brian Sweeney
Prior to last week’s fire, Cherie and Frank Davis had been planning a major summer kick-off party to benefit the Roxbury Fire Department. “No the irony is not lost on us,” commented Cherie.


Erratic weather leaves bare spots up on the mountain

By Ryan Trapani
Last week a member of the Catskill Forest Association called my office wanting to know what was wrong with a sugar maple near their house. Many of the tree’s leaves had either wilted, turned brown or fallen off. Since their property was nearby in Highmount, I took a ride over to see the tree. The tree had dead leaves equally throughout its crown. There seemed to be no other strong indicators of insect or disease damage either. Still, something had killed the leaves.


New camp experience offered for children with heart ailments

Claryville — The Frost Valley YMCA, in partnership with The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, is introducing Hearts in the Valley camp, a summer camp experience for children who have chronic heart disease or heart transplants.


State funding holdup stalls eCenter work

By Brian Sweeney
A delay in promised funding has stalled the eCenter project underway on Margaretville’s Main Street. The eCenter is being created by Delaware County Industrial Development Agency (IDA). Glenn Nealis, executive director of the IDA, told the News last week that $250,000 in promised funding from New York State has not arrived, halting work.


Cha Cha Hut destroyed in blaze

By Brian Sweeney
A popular Roxbury restaurant was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning.
Firefighters were called to the Cha Cha Hut on Bridge Street about 2 a.m. and found the building engulfed in flames. Because of the advanced state of the fire, volunteers dedicated much of their effort to save another restaurant, The Public Lounge, which is located in close proximity.


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