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Margaretville grad to study in five European countries this summer

By Julia Green
Margaretville Central School graduate Eun Lee, daughter of Sunny and Joon Lee of Margaretville, will be traveling to five European countries this summer as part of a study abroad program.
Lee, a rising senior at Emory University in Georgia, will be traveling as part of the university’s European Sephardi Jewish Culture Program, a six-week intensive course devoted to Spanish Jewish culture Europe.


Fire department history exhibit at hall

Margaretville – A new exhibit in the history display case at the Middletown Town Hall spotlights the history of the town’s fire departments.
Town Historian Shirley Davis assembled the display with assistance and memorabilia from George Hendricks. Len and Betty Utter and Kyle Holden also supplied materials for the exhibit, which will run through May and can be seen from 9 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.


National Geographic Traveler gives The Roxbury a top rating

Roxbury — The cover story of the April 2009 issue of National Geographic Traveler Magazine is The 2009 Stay List: 129 Hotels We Love.  The Roxbury is thrilled to announce that it was chosen out of thousands of hotels in North America to be included on the prestigious list. The Roxbury was one of only 30 hotels selected from the Eastern Half of the United States.  In total, 90 were selected from the United States, 13 from Canada, 14 from Mexico, and 12 from the Caribbean.


Dance-a-Thon party planned for April 18

It will be party time when the fabulous Blues Maneuver plays at the third annual Dance-a-Thon on Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at Belleayre Mountain’s Upper Lodge in Highmount. The event is a fund-raiser for the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.


Freshtown donates food to community; Easter Bunny makes store visit

Margaretville — Since its appearance in Margaretville in February, the new Freshtown store, in the former location of the A&P, has been giving back to the local community.
With the help of its customers, the store has been making regular donations of groceries to local food pantries. Items are donated by shoppers who drop their contributions in the food pantry bins located at the front of the store.


Heart of the Catskills dance and auction set

Highmount — Tickets are on sale for the 10th annual Heart of the Catskills Spring Dance and Auction on Saturday, April 25 at Belleayre Mountain Highmount.
A major fund-raiser for the area’s largest animal shelter, the Humane Society’s Spring Dance and Auction blends music and goodies-for-bid on top of Belleayre Mountain to benefit the homeless dogs and cats of the Delaware County region.


Negligence lawsuit dismissed in Brinkerhoff shooting case

By Brian Sweeney
A judge has dismissed a $100 million negligence lawsuit filed by the widow of a New York State trooper killed in a 2007 shootout in Margaretville.


DEP still open to alternative sewer plan to serve residents in Phoenicia hamlet

By Jay Braman Jr.
At a meeting Monday night, Shandaken Supervisor Peter DiSclafani told those attending that he had just received that day the long-awaited response from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on the latest wastewater plan. The new plan uses vegetated sand beds instead of the conventional concrete and chemical version that Phoenicia voters turned down two years ago.


Burroughs celebration enjoyed in Roxbury

Roxbury — An eclectic group of area residents presented a spirited reading Saturday to celebrate the 172nd birthday of John Burroughs in his hometown of Roxbury.
The event, co-sponsored by Woodchuck Lodge, Inc. and Writers in the Mountains, served to launch a campaign to establish a Friends group in support of Woodchuck Lodge, Burroughs’ beloved Roxbury retreat.


Belleayre closes out season with Hall of Fame inductions

By Jay Braman Jr.
It wasn’t as well attended as Belleayre’s premier social event, known as the Snowball, but Saturday’s dinner honoring inductees to the ski center’s Hall of Fame was a good time had by all.
With cold temperatures outside, and hot Dixieland jazz inside, inductees Carl Lumbaca, Judy Shiner and Bill Hornbeck basked in the warmth of the region’s social set on the last weekend of the ski season.


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