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New teachers join Phoenicia faculty

By Jay Braman Jr.
There are no less than six new teachers at the blackboards at Phoenicia Elementary School this fall. According to Principal Linda Sella there’s also a new lunch lady at the school.
“We have four new teachers. Mr. Hallock in third grade, Mr. Grady in physical education, Ms. Scherry in fourth-grade and Ms. Sobolewski in second-grade."


Roxbury Central School welcomes new faculty

By Julia Green
Three new teachers have joined the staff at Roxbury Central School this year.


Bovina resident takes art criticism award in stride, keeps low profile

By Matthew J. Perry
Although he describes his weekly turn as art critic for The New Yorker magazine as “the best job in the world,” Peter Schjeldahl, a longtime resident of Bovina, doesn’t seem to take praise for granted.
Artists, after all, are famous for their adversarial relations with critics. And then there are the art historians. Schjeldahl, a dropout of two colleges and largely self-taught, seems pleased by the notion of himself as a misfit among academics and others who use their degrees as a basis for opining about art. They can say what they like about him; after all, he’s been writing about art for 40 years.


CATPAP reception this Saturday

Several artists who are represented in the Catskill Plein Air Painters (CATPAP) Exhibit at the Walt Meade Gallery of The Roxbury Arts Group will be a Meet the Artists reception at the gallery on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. to meet the public and discuss their work.
Plein Air, which means “in the open air,” describes the act of painting outdoors. Plein Air painting has enjoyed a renaissance in the Catskills.


Meet the Farmer program at Fairview this Saturday

Five area farm families, whose portraits and words are featured in a multi-media exhibit by a Roxbury artist, will be welcomed at a Meet the Farmer social hour Saturday, Oct. 4 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the community room of Fairview Public Library, 43 Walnut Street, Margaretville.
Artist Ellen Wong will also be present at the reception, which will feature refreshments provided by the Pure Catskills Program.


Artisans' Guild incorporates, expands

The Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild (Catsguild) will celebrate the grand opening of its new gallery with a gala open-house event on Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Commons Building on Main Street. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served, many of the 40 craftsmen and fine artists represented by the guild will be on hand and those who visit may enter a free raffle for door prizes donated by the artists themselves.


Roxbury's Planning Board gets wind engineering input

By Julia Green
A capacity crowd turned out for Wednesday’s meeting of the Roxbury Planning Board, at which representatives for wind turbine company Invenergy and LaBella Associates were in attendance.
Roxbury Planning Board Chairman Joe Farleigh began the meeting by rebuking implications in an e-mail sent by the Western Catskill Preservation Alliance (WCPA) that LaBella Associates is “on Invenergy’s payroll.” Farleigh emphasized that payment is made to the town, which is then held in escrow, and suggested that comments implying otherwise were “offensive to the LaBella folks who have been working diligently” in the process.


Brookside Hardware named top business after bouncing back from devastating fire

By Julia Green
Will Finch, owner of Brookside Hardware in Margaretville, was honored Thursday night by the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, which presented him with its 2008 Business of the Year Award at its annual dinner. New York State Sen. John Bonacic was the guest speaker at the event, which took place at the Andes Hotel.
The Hobart Book Village was also recognized, receiving the Arnold Banker Tourism Award, which was presented by Linda Stratigos, vice chairperson of the chamber’s board and accepted by Hobart Book Village founder Don Dales.


Businesses ask DEC boss for Belleayre Mtn. meeting

By Jay Braman Jr.
The man who has been described as the final authority over proposed drastic budget cuts to the state-owned Belleayre Ski Center has been invited to visit the facility and the region next month for a quick lesson on the local economy, and what would happen to it if those cuts were allowed.
This is the latest ripple effect from news two weeks ago that Belleayre faces a difficult season this year due to budget cuts. While no specific figures have been released, staffers and local officials have heard of 181 job cuts, with fewer trails and fewer chair lifts operating


ACS tackles challenge of declining enrollment

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By Matthew J. Perry
The Andes Central School Board of Education addressed the hard reality of declining enrollment Thursday, and also listened to calls for tax relief from members of the school district. Yet the board also gave a demonstration of the school’s new website, and somehow managed to inject optimism and can-do spirit into what might have been a grim opening to the administration’s school year.


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