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Phoenicia sewer decision stalled by attorney's illness

By Jay Braman Jr.
With their attorney stricken by pneumonia, it remains unclear whether the Catskill Watershed Corporation’s (CWC) Board of Directors will have a Phoenicia sewer resolution to consider at their next meeting, set for June 1.
Tim Cox, who is not only CWC’s chief counsel but is also a town justice in the Town of Olive, has been in the hospital undergoing treatment.


Farmers' market 19th year gets underway this Saturday

Halcottsville — The Pakatakan Farmers’ Market at the historic Round Barn in Halcottsville will open for its 19th season on Saturday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is open each Saturday through Columbus Day Weekend and admission is free. Approximately 35 to 40 vendors will be on hand each week providing a shopping smorgasbord of goods either grown or handmade in the region.


McDevitt pleads guilty to pair of charges in abuse case

By Julia Green
Father James J. McDevitt pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of forcible touching that took place during his tenure as a priest at Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville.
The guilty pleas came in conjunction with a plea deal with the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office that was originally offered to McDevitt as early as February.


ACS students learn from staged accident

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By Julia Green
These days when you see a teenager, he or she is likely to be utilizing some sort of electronic device. iPod earbuds in the ears, thumbs typing away madly at a cell phone or PDA keys, face illuminated by the screen of a laptop computer. Such is the culture of the generation.


Ride-n-Peak biking event rolls Saturday

Margaretville — It’s not too late to take to the hills for good: come to the Margaretville Village Park bright and early on Saturday, May 22 to join the Second Annual Catskill Scenic Ride-n-Peak, a cycling event to benefit local charities. You’ll bike through some of the Catskills’ most lush countryside.


New DEC guidelines proposed to govern Outdoor Wood Boilers

By Brian Sweeney
New rules governing Outdoor Wood Boilers (OWB) are under consideration by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, it was announced last week. The updates to the OWB guidelines would include emission limits and setback requirements for new units.


STOP-DWI mock crash program May 20 at Margaretville Central School

Lisa Barrows, coordinator of Delaware County STOP-DWI, will be presenting a mock crash program at Margaretville Central School for students in grades nine through 12 on Thursday, May 20, at 1 p.m.
In the demonstration, the audience observes the “pretend” crash from a safe distance, as a police officer comes upon a DWI wreck with injured victims, portrayed by student volunteers.


Catholic Diocese denies responsibility for overseeing priest charged with sex abuse

By Julia Green
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany has filed an affidavit in answer to a civil suit filed on behalf of alleged victims of sex abuse and their families, claiming the Diocese is not responsible for overseeing Father James J. McDevitt in his role as priest at the Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville.


Deanna Kirk sings Saturday at free program in Commons

Margaretville — Accomplished jazz singer and song writer, Deanna Kirk, will bring her unique vocal talent to the Portfolio Café on Saturday, May 15 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Commons Building, Main Street, Margaretville as the “Art in Common,” series of multi-art events comes to an end this spring in the Commons. There is no cover charge for this event.


Andes man found guilty on sex charges

A 20-year-old Andes man was found Friday of two felony charges stemming from his arrest for e-mailing a sexual image of an underage female. Clint Peterson was charged with promoting a sexual performance by a child under age 17 (a class D felony) and possessing a sexual performance by a child under age 16 (a class E felony). The guilty verdicts were rendered at a jury trial in Delaware County Court in Delhi last Friday.


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