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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.


Tabletop fashions featured at RAG June 19 fund-raiser

Roxbury — Back by popular demand: “Over the Tops Tabletops” in June! For eight years, The Roxbury Arts Group has been collaborating with inventive table designers on their biggest fund-raiser of the year. Last year’s intimate, low-key evening in October captured the golden ambience of the fall season.


Healthy Living for Kids focus at market Saturday

Margaretville — The Wellness Committee of the Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center Auxiliary will have a tent at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 5 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


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.


Benefit for the Cha Cha Hut and Roxbury Fire Department on Sunday, May 30

In the early morning hours this past Tuesday, the Roxbury community suffered a double loss. The Cha Cha Hut burned down, causing Frank and Cherie Davis the loss of their business and Joe and Jane Piasek and their partners the loss of one of their buildings.


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