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Spring Sporting Weekend at YMCA

Claryville — A Spring Sporting Weekend at Frost Valley YMCA on June 20 and 21 will include a two-day Hunter Safety Course, along with a Women in the Outdoors event on Saturday.


VanBenschoten appointed to Middletown Planning Board

By Julia Green
The Middletown Town Board appointed Margaretville resident Kate VanBenschoten last Tuesday to fill a vacancy on the town’s planning board.
The vacancy was initially created when longtime planning board member and New Kingston resident Pete Palen submitted a letter of resignation on Jan. 13 of this year. The opening was temporarily filled when the town board appointed Kathleen McCarthy to the post on March 10; however, she tendered her resignation on May 11 after serving for only two months. In her resignation, McCarthy said that, “due to unforeseen personal circumstances, [her] availability and ability to serve on the planning board [would] be affected.”


Roxbury Arts Group presents James Krueger at Denver show

Roxbury —The Roxbury Arts Group will present local songwriter James Krueger in a special matinee performance at the Old School Baptist Church on Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m.  
Hailed by judges as “an extraordinarily talented writer with a real talent for poetic imagery” Krueger is a two-time honor award winner in the Great American Songwriting Contest.  


Andes woman faces DWI charges in accident that left man dead

By Brian Sweeney
A 45-year-old Andes woman faces two driving while intoxicated charges stemming from a fatal accident last December, but was not indicted for vehicular manslaughter.
Christine Arnao pleaded innocent last Thursday to charges of driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI stemming from the accident in which Jon J. Church, 31, of Wells Bridge was killed.


Margaretville priest investigated for endangering welfare of children

By Brian Sweeney
A Margaretville priest is being investigated for possibly endangering the welfare of children.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant Monday on properties owned by the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Parish to gather potential evidence against the subject of the investigation, the Very Rev. James McDevitt, pastor of the church.
Sheriff’s deputies were seen removing numerous boxes and bags from the church’s rectory and adjacent garage on Monday morning.


Burn ban proposal revised by DEC

By Jay Braman Jr.
After a one-year review, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released a revised plan for regulating open burning.
In an effort to reduce the impacts of pollutants such as dioxins, particulate matter and carbon monoxide and to limit the risks of wildfires, the DEC announced plans last June to extend a ban on open burning statewide beyond the current ban for any municipality with a population of 20,000, a law in effect since 1972.


Painting and Buddhism focus of lecture series

DAA Gallery will host the second Artist Lecture Series in Delhi, featuring local artist Valley Fox in “A Buddhist Point of View” on Saturday, June 13 at 2 p.m. Valley Fox, a Buddhist from Trout Creek, will discuss painting and its relation to Buddhism.


Community Chorale to perform two shows

The Community Chorale of the Catskills will present performances of its spring concert this week. On Friday, June 12, the chorale will be at Roxbury Central School and on Saturday, June 13 they will perform at Margaretville Central School. Both concerts are at 7:30 p.m. and there is no admission charge for either concert.


Shandaken Board mulls mid-year spending requests

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board heard a plan last week from a group of Phoenicia parents asking for some town support to install a large piece of playground equipment in the Phoenicia Park behind the post office.
The $12,000 “Star Climber,” according to the group’s spokesperson, Heather Roberts, would be a great addition to what many consider an under equipped park.


Margaretville cop submits letter of resignation

By Julia Green
After only a year on the job, Harold Fox, the police officer hired by the Village of Margaretville, submitted a letter of resignation this week to the village board. The board has yet to accept his resignation.
“We received a letter of resignation on June 4, and since it’s a personnel issue it’s something that I’m going to bring before the board on Monday evening (June 15) in executive session to discuss,” said Margaretville Mayor John Van Benschoten.


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