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"Demon on Wheels" documentary focuses on racing passion

By Brian Sweeney
A documentary film tracing the longtime car racing experiences — past and future — of a Catskill Mountain native will continue filming this week in Margaretville and Andes. The 80-minute film explores Mike Ondish’s decades-long fascination with the Mustang GT 500 KR, “the vanguard of performance in the muscle car era.”


RCS hosted Stop-DWI mock crash

Roxbury — Roxbury Central School (RCS) students in grades seven through 12 experienced a “mock crash” dramatization last Thursday afternoon followed by a presentation and question and answer assembly on the hazards of drinking and driving.  The combined outdoor and indoor experience began on the school’s front lawn the day before the school’s junior prom. 


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.


Arkville-produced American Airgunner" hits bull's-eye with cable TV audience

By Brian Sweeney
A new cable TV show with a steadily growing audience is being filmed near Arkville.
American Airgunner premiered on the Sportsman Channel last July. The show is designed to re-introduce the world of airguns and the airgun lifestyle to millions of hunters, target shooters and airgun enthusiasts throughout the USA.


Officials say Route 28 paving goes all the way to Highmount

By Jay Braman Jr.
It looks as if the Route 28 repaving project will stretch all the way to the Ulster/Delaware county border at Highmount after all.
Announced with great fanfare in the fall by Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, the plan called for the use of federal stimulus money to put a brand new surface on the crumbling state highway.


Hikes on Vroman's Nose offered Saturday

Middleburgh — The Stone Fort Volunteer Militia will lead historical hikes on Vroman’s Nose on Saturday, May 15, as part of a daylong Revolutionary War encampment. The guided hikes will feature the natural history, legends, and colorful stories about the Nose from the ice age through the Revolutionary War.


Honeybee population decline linked to environmental factors

By Brian Sweeney
In recent years, scientists have noted an alarming reduction in the nation’s honeybee population. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, the loss of honeybees could have a devastating impact on our food supply.In addition to producing honey, these bees are relied upon to pollinate the fruit, nut and vegetable crops that make up a large part of the country’s food supply.


Roxbury Cubs celebrated Scouting's 100th year

Cub Scout Pack #41 celebrated the 100th year of the Cub Scouts on March 13 at the Blue and Gold Dinner. Awards were presented to each of the boys at the potluck dinner, which also featured a dessert contest.


Comptroller blocking purchase of 1,200 acres from Crossroads

By Jay Braman Jr.
Last month no one thought it was so.
The New York Post reported Friday that State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli was poised to torpedo the land sale of 1,200 acres of Crossroads Ventures land in Big Indian to New York State to be converted to forever-wild status. The New York Comptroller’s office has rejected the state’s planned purchase of 1,220 acres in the Ulster County Town of Shandaken, calling the price too high.


4th annual Team Trivia Challenge tested knowledge and raised funds

The fifth Team Trivia Challenge occurred at The Roxbury Arts Group’s Hilt Kelly Hall on Saturday, May 1. The fund-raiser is held annually to benefit the restoration of the historic Fleischmanns United Methodist Church, also known as the Fleischmanns Community Church.


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