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DRESSING FOR A CAUSE — Margaretville residents Lissa Harris, right, (a jellyfish — winner of the most creative costume) is pictured with Julia Reischel (sailor) at the annual Harvest Moon Ball on Saturday at The Andes Hotel. Proceeds from the fund-raiser benefit the ACS Dollars for Scholars program. In our print edition this week, be sure to take a peek at our full page of Hallowe'en safety tips, sponsored by local businesses.— Photo by Joe Damone

Flooding, Binnekill woes focus of Margaretville board

By Pauline Liu
A flood commission may be one of the answers to Margaretville’s continuing flood problems. 


Heat wave made for a hot time in Arkville

Staff report
Anyone who went to the websites for AOL Weather or AccuWeather on Friday to check the forecast for Arkville would have been startled to discover that the current temperature and daytime high was listed at a mind boggling 131 degrees Fahrenheit. The fact that not one, but two internationally known websites listed the same temperature error made the situation all the more bizarre, especially since they operate independently of one another. Had anyone taken the reading seriously, the tiny hamlet of Arkville would have become the center of national news coverage.


Epner is new director at PH Community Center

The Pine Hill Community Center has appointed Ann Epner of Denver as its new executive director, effective August 1.

Ann will be replacing James Krueger, who has directed the center since 2002. Ann is best known for her work at The Roxbury Arts Group, where she has been employed for the past 11 years as program director, community arts coordinator and press coordinator. Ann has been involved in a number of community groups, including a stint as president of Writers in the Mountains and producing multiple shows on Roxbury’s WIOX.


Same sex marriages make history in the Catskills

During the first hours that same-sex marriage became legal on Sunday, 37-year-old Katie Morgan and 30-year-old Brooke Barnett made history by becoming Shandaken’s first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license.

“I never thought we could married in New York,” explained Morgan, who is a freelance television producer in New York City.


Phoenicia business reportedly buying Boiceville property

By Jay Braman Jr.
A one-acre commercial property jewel in Boiceville is being sold, but not to the owners of Hanover Farms of Mount Tremper. That is according to Town of Olive Supervisor Bert Leifeld, which has had the property up for sale since last year.

On Monday Leifeld said that a Phoenicia businessman has placed a binder on the property and that the transaction is moving forward through the bureaucratic red tape that slows such deals.


Area contractors win Arkville water bids

Staff report
Two local companies were awarded bids for major portions of the Arkville Water District improvement project.

Hubbell Inc. of Kelly Corners submitted the winning bid for water main construction and Cowan Excavating of Roxbury was awarded the contract for water meter construction.
The bids were reviewed and selected by the Middletown Town Board at its July 12 meeting.


Roxbury starts work on Comp Plan

By Pauline Liu
About 30 people turned out on Saturday morning at The Roxbury Art Center’s Hilt Kelly Hall to talk candidly about their hopes for what the Town of Roxbury will be like in 10 to 15 years.


Eagle Scout project destroyed by apparent vandalism

By Pauline Liu
In order to become an Eagle Scout, 17-year-old Sage Beemer of Fleischmanns was required to complete a service project. He decided to build a wheelchair accessible outhouse or “pit privy” at the Kelly Hollow trailhead on Millbrook Road.


MCS students enjoy trip to China

By Pauline Liu
China. It seemed like an unlikely place for 14 high school students from Margaretville Central School to visit, but the teens, along with two teachers, returned from there on Thursday night.
After catching up on sleep, they are still excitedly talking about their experiences a world away. Asked to sum up the trip in one word, many of them said it was “awesome.”


Bikers roar through Catskills on benefit tour

By Pauline Liu
The roar through the region on Saturday of 166 motorcycles, startled motorists and pedestrians alike, causing all of them to stop and stare. Roads were temporarily closed in Roxbury, Arkville, Margaretville, and Andes to allow bikers in the Second Annual Thomas D. Avery Road Hawg Benefit Ride to complete their 95-mile long route.


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