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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.


Bishop to visit St. Margaret's on Sunday

For the first time in its almost 100-year existence, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church of Margaretville will be visited by the presiding Bishop of the Albany Episcopal Diocese, Bishop William Love. Bishop Bill will hold High Holy Mass at St. Margaret’s on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 11:30 a.m. The event is open to the public and all are invited to join in the potluck lunch immediately following the service.


Bauer returns for Wilde evenings at The Open Eye Theater in October

Oscar Wilde’s classic novel of obsession and terror, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” gets a fresh and exciting twist in Vernon Bauer’s new one-man show, coming to the Catskills for a two-night engagement just in time for Halloween. The show, titled simply “Dorian Gray,” is being presented as part of The Open Eye Artist Showcase Series and will be performed at The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville on Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and reservations can be made after October 17 by calling 586-1660.


Fleischmanns house, garden tour October 12

For the first time in decades, some of Fleischmanns’ most interesting and historic homes will be open to tour in “Fleischmanns First Floors Historic House & Garden Tour,” on Sunday, October 12 during the Columbus Day weekend. The community team of Fleischmanns First has gathered a harvest of family fun for that Sunday, including vintage base ball with the Mountain Athletic Club, a quilt show and pie sale at the Fleischmanns Community Church, a children’s activity tent and hay bale maze and plenty of festive ball park food, including bratwurst, in Fleischmanns’ historic Wagner Avenue Village Park.


Festival antique appraisals benefit Historical Society

Bob Connelly, a nationally recognized antiques appraiser and auctioneer, will provide verbal appraisals of antiques for visitors to the sixth annual Margaretville Cauliflower Festival Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the history tent. A fee of $4, or $10 for three items, will be charged, with proceeds going to the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown.


Floats wanted for Holiday Treasure Express parade

The second annual Holiday Treasure Express, a community-wide holiday celebration and “shop local” campaign, makes its return this year with a brand new twist. A major parade up Margaretville’s Main Street, with bands, floats, antique cars, and lots of other surprises has been scheduled for November 29 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) to kick off the season-long event.


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