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Shandaken Police Chief Jim McGrath retiring after 34 years

By Jay Braman Jr.
James McGrath, a 34-year veteran of the Shandaken Police Department and its longtime chief, will retire from that position next month.
The news was sent to the town board in a letter from McGrath, who said he would still be available to help the department.
“The decision to retire has not been an easy one, but I feel it is time for me to move on,” McGrath wrote.


Catskill Recreation Center's grand opening "splash" set for June 7

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Arkville — The Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville will hold a public Grand Opening ceremony on Saturday, June 7 starting with a ribbon cutting at noon.
The centerpiece of the Catskill Recreation Center (CRC), which is located a 651 County Route 38, is an Olympic-sized pool. The membership-based facility is open for community use and also features a separate pool area for general enjoyment. Following the dedication, the “First Jump into the Pool” will take place at 1 p.m.


Delaware County supervisors take next steps to establish two percent bed tax

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By Cheryl Petersen
Echoing an event that occurred 217 years ago, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors met at the Delaware County Historical Association’s (DCHA), Frisbee House, outside Delhi for their May 28 regular meeting.
DCHA Director Tim Duerden welcomed the supervisors back. The board handled matters of a bed tax and landfill actions.


Mountainside celebrates 20 years of service


20-YEAR-CELEBRATION — Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville celebrated its 20th anniversary on May 17. A large crowd turned out to mark the occasion. Refreshments, live music and review of Mountainside’s success were all part of the festivities. Above, Administrator Philip Mehl addresses the audience. — Contributed photos.


RCS and ACS name their top graduates

Top graduates for the Class of 2014 have been announed at Andes and Roxbury central Schools.

Andes Central School
Andes Central School has announced that Josephine DeSanto is this year’s Valedictorian and Jonathan Andrews is the Salutatorian.
Josephine DeSantoJosephine DeSanto


Stephen Hodge named Delaware County Democrat of the Year

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By Cheryl Petersen
With a special appearance by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, the Dela­ware County Democratic Din­ner afforded a lively evening for the party faithful from around the county Saturday evening. The line-up of speakers included Stephen Hodge, Democrat of the Year, and keynote speaker, Democratic Congressional candidate, Sean Eldridge.
Stephen and Lois Hodge at the Democratic Dinner. — Photo by Cheryl PetersenStephen and Lois Hodge at the Democratic Dinner. — Photo by Cheryl Petersen


"Milky Way" tour showcases local creameries on July 4

Walton — Catskills Family Creameries has announced the second annual Come Travel the Milky Way, a one-day tour of farmstead creameries on Friday, July 4.  


New Andes trail opens; a partnership of NYC and local volunteers

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Andes — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Catskill Mountain Club have announced a community hike to celebrate the opening of a new trail on City-owned land in Delaware County.


New trail links Phoenicia to the wilderness

By Jay Braman Jr.
Volunteers spent 1,500 hours over a two-year period to create a new, nine-mile-long hiking trail that starts right in Phoenicia and goes up into the Slide Mountain Wilderness.
On Saturday, June 7 the public can see the results of those efforts.
READY FOR HIKING — Volunteers spent 1,500 hours over a two-year period to create a new, nine-mile-long hiking trail that starts right in Phoenicia and goes up into the Slide Mountain Wilderness. Here's your reward when you reach the top! — Photo by Marty CostelloREADY FOR HIKING — Volunteers spent 1,500 hours over a two-year period to create a new, nine-mile-long hiking trail that starts right in Phoenicia and goes up into the Slide Mountain Wilderness. Here's your reward when you reach the top! — Photo by Marty Costello


Communities honor veterans and hold street fairs over the busy holiday weekend

Numerous parades and salutes to veterans at war memorials throughout our villages made for a festive holiday weekend. Here are some highlights:

World War II veteran Willis Marks of Margaretville was among the Legionnaires who took part in the Memorial Day Parade in Fleischmanns and Margaret­ville on Monday morning. Don Bramley served as driver. — Photos by Dick Sanford except where noted.


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