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Roaming buffalo spotted throughout area; reports say many animals have been shot

By Julia Green
A mother buffalo, accompanied by her calf, was one of three of the large animals that were shot over the past week after reportedly escaping in April from a farm in the Bovina/Bloomville area. According to a Bloomville source, who asked to remain anonymous, 13 of the animals escaped as they were being unloaded by their owner, reportedly a New Hampshire resident, at a Bloomville area farm where they were going to be pastured. Seven of the animals were reportedly shot by the owner immediately after they got loose, two were shot last week in the Bovina area and one, the nursing mother, was killed Monday in Bull Run.


Superintendent named for Margaretville Central School

By Brian Sweeney
Anthony Albanese of Scotia has been hired as the superintendent of the Margaretville Central School District.
Mr. Albanese was selected from more than 40 candidates who applied for the position. He will succeed John Riedl whose retirement becomes effective July 1. Mr. Riedl has been MCS superintendent since 2002.


Phoenicia sewer proposal causing more controversy

By Jay Braman Jr.
The City of New York has extended the deadline for Phoenicia to decide whether it wants to accept a $17-million sewer deal, prompting residents on both sides of the issue to spout off at a town board meeting Monday.
Shandaken Supervisor Peter DiSclafani told the audience that he and Councilman Vince Bernstein met last week with city officials, who agreed to spend $12,000 to study a plan to use a different type of treatment system in Phoenicia.


MARK Group celebrates 30 years of service

By Jill Ribich
The MARK Group celebrated its 30th anniversary with a gala dinner and party at the upper lodge of the Belleayre Ski Center Saturday evening. The event was attended by over 150 past and present board members, founders, supporters, and recipients of the work of the MARK Group.


Merchants report strong holiday sales despite gas prices

By Matthew J. Perry
Will $4 a gallon gas wreak havoc on tourism in the Catskills this summer?
For many, it’s a premature question. Predicting the strength of a summer tourism season in a region with erratic weather patterns and no beaches is always a dicey proposition. There are good and bad years, and the best any merchant can do is take care of customers and coax them to return.


Four business loans approved by CWC

Low-interest loans approved by the Catskill Watershed Corporation Board of Directors on April 22 will help renovate a wedding and conference center, purchase a fitness facility, start a bike rental shop and acquire property housing a popular catering business.


Father's Day festivities offered at Frost Valley

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Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville is the perfect place to bring dad for the Father’s Day weekend. Frost Valley is an ideal setting for family getaways and Father’s Day is a great time to treat dad to a weekend in the mountains. Claryville is only about two-and-a-half hours from the tri-state metropolitan region, making the trip easy on the travel budget.


Belleayre starts construction for adaptive facility

Belleayre Mountain has started construction of a building near Overlook Lodge that will serve as the new home for the fast-growing adaptive snow sports program. Belleayre’s critically acclaimed adaptive snow sports program, that has been generating great reviews from participants, will now have a new handicapped accessible building to house its operation.


Fleischmanns gallery features art by former resident Santos

A long-kept secret is now a famous work of art! For decades, including the years during his residence in Fleischmanns in the 1970s, Alfredo Santos told no one of his major artistic achievement. Recently, however, Santos has been receiving worldwide recognition for the awesome murals he painted in the cafeteria of the San Quentin State Prison in San Francisco.


John Burroughs talk set June 7; Woodchuck Lodge open for tours

“Learning about nature through the words of John Burroughs,” will be the topic of a talk by Tom Alworth on Saturday, June 7 at 11 a.m. at Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury. This is the second of a summer series of family-friendly presentations about Burroughs and nature to be offered at the lodge where the renowned nature writer spent summers during the final 10 years of his life.


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