The Passing of a Legend

From providing entertainment at his teenage friends' birthday parties decades ago, to leading square dances well into his 80s, Hilton Kelly (center) — with his wife Stella and his "Sidekicks" — was a Catskills institution who helped generations appreciate and enjoy the music and dance of our culture. Hilt headed for the Tower of Song on Tuesday, March 3. He will be missed, but the legacy of his music, his wit and his commitment to mountain culture will endure. — Contributed photo

Margaretville's Main Street Bridge streets scheduled to open on Friday

By Pauline Liu
For the second time in as many weeks, the Village of Margaretville and the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) will try to reopen Bridge and Main streets in Margaretville.
The goal is to return traffic flow almost back to normal. There is one condition in reopening the streets. They will remain closed to truck traffic. At press time on Tuesday, Middletown Code Enforcement Officer Pat Davis was in the midst of making arrangements to reopen Main Street on
Thursday, Nov. 3 and Bridge Street on Friday, Nov. 4.

Chris Stanton challenges Middletown Highway Supervisor Biruk

By Pauline Liu
Even before the nor’easter struck the Catskills last Saturday, the subjects of snow removal and budget cuts have been heating up the Middletown highway superintendent’s race. The incumbent, John Biruk, is Democrat-Independent who will be facing off against Republican challenger Chris Stanton next Tuesday.

Hardenburgh Supervisor Fairbairn not seeking re-election

By Pauline Liu
When the 164 registered voters in Ulster County’s smallest town head to the polls next Tuesday to elect a new town supervisor, there will be no candidate on the ballot.

Candidate for Middletown Supervisor faced off in debate

By Jennifer Kabat
A hundred and twenty-five people squeezed into the Arkville Firehouse on Monday evening to listen to the four Middletown supervisor candidates debate the issues.

The place was standing room only, with people sitting on the floor and Boy Scouts lined up near the kitchen. In the audience were two mayors, a deputy mayor, town and village board members and the Town of Hardenburgh supervisor.

Candidates in Andes square off


By Pauline Liu
Andes voters got their chance to question some candidates for town government about key issues including budget cuts, fracking, communication and economic development at the Andes Candidates Forum on Sunday Afternoon.

The two-hour long event at The Andes Hotel drew a standing room only crowd of approximately 80.
Though nine candidates were invited, only five attended.

Missing candidates

Permitting process stalls renovations at Freshtown

By Brian Sweeney
Work on repairing Margaretville’s Freshtown Supermarket has stalled while the owners await permitting approvals for the renovations to the flood-damaged store.

Vice President of PSK Supermarkets Noah Katz told the News this week that all work must receive approvals from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) because the building is in a flood plain.

Mr. Katz said his company has hired an architect who is drawing up new plans for renovating Freshtown and rebuilding the adjacent CVS Pharmacy.

Hospital, MRCC workers honored with service awards

By Brian Sweeney
More than 30 staff received awards at the 39th annual Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center Employee Recognition Dinner on October 22.

Barbara Dabritz, who is a Certified Nurse Assistant, had the most longevity of the staff honored, as she was marking her 40th anniversary working at the hospital.

Stanley, Nolan running for Shandaken Super post

By Jay Braman Jr.
Two candidates are vying for the top job in Shandaken.

Incumbent Town Supervisor Rob Stanley, a Republican, is seeking his second two-year term and is being challenged by Democrat Kathy Nolan.

Stanley, who has three children, is divorced and lives in Pine Hill. He has lived in town for most of his life and attended college at SUNY New Paltz, where he received a BA in Playwriting/ American Literature.

NYC exhibit features work by artist battling cancer

By Pauline Liu
Members of the art communities of Andes and Bovina have joined forces to arrange a special exhibition and celebration of a young artist, whose most recent work depicts her battle with ovarian cancer.

It’s been a little more than a year, since 21-year-old Michelle MacNaught of Delhi was diagnosed

Project Hope comes to the Catskills

By Pauline Liu
Thanks to a federally funded program called Project Hope, free crisis counseling services have come to this region. According to mental health experts, feelings of anxiety, anger and helplessness are emotions commonly experienced immediately after people endure a catastrophic event. Many also suffer from nightmares, sleeplessness and loss of appetite. While these experiences are normal, mental health experts say it’s not normal for them to continue for months.

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