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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.


RCS team scores at Science Olympiad

Roxbury — The Roxbury Central School Science Olympiad Team claimed six medals and a 10th-place overall finish at the Junior High Science Olympiad State Finals at SUNY New Paltz last weekend. In addition, the Roxbury team, which features students in seventh, eighth and ninth grades, narrowly missed taking home the Best Small School trophy by a mere two places.


Pine Hill battle shaping up over sewer district extension

By Jay Braman Jr.
It was reminiscent of the bad old days in the Town of Shandaken, where Monday night a public hearing on a plan to extend the Pine Hill Sewer District spiraled downward to an old-fashioned free for all with lots of yelling and gavel banging.
The matter at hand was whether the Pine Hill Sewer District should be extended to include another 30 properties in accordance with an agreement reached over a decade ago between the town and the city of New York.


"Talent" displayed at CMCC show

Margaretville — The Catskill Mountain Christian Center (CMCC) hosted CMCC Has Talent! on Sunday night, April 11, awarding the very prestigious Hammy Awards to select performances. Of the 11 acts, first prize went to Paul Engelhardt, Deanna Barto and backup singers Joseph Barto, Skylar Barto and Tylor Barto who performed Sonny & Cher’s classic “I Got You Babe” in ’60s costume.


Gardening series continues May 15 at Kelly gardens

Halcottsville — The Catskill Community Garden Club presents a Spring series designed to help anyone become a gardener called “See How it’s Done.” The series will include gardening tips from local gardeners presented in their gardens.


Catskills Ride & Peak event aims to boost biking, tourism

By Julia Green
In its second year, the annual Catskills Ride & Peak event on May 22 aims to further the growth of the Catskill region as a premier cycling destination. Last year, the inaugural event attracted 98 riders for the five different courses; a number that impressed event organizer Lucci Kelly.
“Ninety-eight riders for the first year is considered quite terrific, actually,” she said. “We have all the right conditions for wonderful bicycle riding.”


Hands-on demonstrations Saturday for kids of all ages at the Commons

The Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild presents: “Artists at Work with Children” on Saturday, May 8 from 3-6 p.m. throughout the Commons Building at 785 Main Street, Margaretville.
Two fine craft artisans, Val Wells with marbling and Claire Herz with quilting will have hands-on demonstrations for children of all ages.


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