Writers in the Mountains Gala reading at RAG July 6

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) will hold a reading of work from recent classes in The Hilt Kelly Hall of The Roxbury Arts Group on Sunday, July 6 from 2-4 p.m. There will be short readings and an abundance of food and drinks. Admission is $10. A bound volume of the works included in the program will be available for sale as well.

Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan joins orchestra to open Belleayre Festival

Irish tenor Ronan Tynan teams up with the Festival Orchestra, under the direction of John Covelli, to open the 2008 Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, July 5 at 8 p.m. A gala fireworks display follows the concert.
Introduced to international audiences as a member of the Three Irish Tenors, Tynan quickly became known for his unique voice and irresistible appeal.

STS gears up for "Mt. Morgan" performances

The Shandaken Theatrical Society (STS) will present Arthur Miller’s masterpiece, “The Ride Down Mount Morgan” beginning Friday, July 11 in Phoenicia. “The Ride Down Mount Morgan” is one of Miller’s later plays. The author felt that America in the 1980s was suffering from a collapse of values and that self-interest had triumphed over social responsibility.

Golf tourney July 20 raises money for auxiliary

The ninth annual Golf Tournament hosted by Auxiliary of Margaretville Memorial Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will be held Sunday, July 20 starting at 11 a.m. at Hanah Country Resort, Margaretville. Mary Fuhrer and her committee members are preparing for this great event which is now being held in memory of Mary’s husband, Howard. The golf package includes coffee, tea, pastries and baked goods at check-in, green fees, golf cart and an after-golf dinner buffet.

Field Days underway

Carnival-goers can enjoy rides, games, food and fun at the Margaretville Fire Department’s Annual Field Days at the village park this week. The “Pay One Price” specials, during which carnival-goers can pay a flat fee and go on rides an unlimited number of times, will take place Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.

Three MCS retirees honored at dinner

There will be three familiar faces absent from the halls of Margaretville Central School when classes begin next fall. Superintendent John Riedl, elementary teacher Jackie Garelick, and aide Karen Cohen are retiring from teaching at the end of the 2007-08 school year.

Roving buffalo calf captured and set for life in pasture


By Julia Green
The saga of the wandering buffalo calf ended happily Sunday afternoon when the young orphan was captured near New Kingston and will now live out her life in the company of other buffalo on a farm near Walton.
The calf was captured Sunday afternoon and transported to a foster facility, where she was impounded, placed under quarantine and ear-tagged. From there, she will be transported to her intended adoptive home, where she will be able to mature in a no-kill environment. State police are also aware of the impound of the animal.

Area students earn high school diplomas

It was a weekend of celebration around Delaware County as local schools celebrated high school commencement ceremonies on Friday and Saturday. Andes, Roxbury and Margaretville Central schools held their commencement ceremonies on Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon, respectively.

Lisa Rainwater is named new Catskill Center director

The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development announced Monday that Lisa Rainwater will be its new executive director. 
Formerly the policy director at Riverkeeper in Tarrytown, Rainwater will be introduced to the members at The Catskill Center’s annual meeting on July 19 and take the helm in early August. In making the announcement, Catskill Center Board Chair Claude Shostal said, “We are pleased to welcome Lisa Rainwater as The Catskill Center’s new executive director. Her passion for the Catskills will further strengthen our connection to local communities, while her spirit and enthusiasm will generate new bonds and partnerships throughout the region. We look forward to embarking on this new journey, with Lisa’s years of community advocacy, government relations, and strategic planning guiding the way.”

Heating oil prices already causing anxiety

By Matthew J. Perry
Joe Moskowitz, owner of Casey Joe’s Coffee in Arkville, says that business has been steady through the week. But he notices a difference when Saturday rolls around.
“On the weekends I’m seeing plenty of second home-owners,” he said. “But not locals. People are staying home. If they don’t have to drive, they don’t.”
With gasoline prices still north of $4 a gallon, Delaware County, like rural communities across the nation, is already feeling the squeeze of record prices for crude oil.

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