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FALL BEAUTY — With spectacular weather predicted right through the end of September, leaf peepers might be well served to visit the Central Catskills this coming weekend. Leaves are changing quickly and the fall color could peak within the next several days. Margaretville’s annual Cauliflower Festival will be held Saturday in the village park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature lots of good food, music, local history, and the always-popular Tractor Parade at 11:30 a.m. —Photo by Dick Sanford

Store swapping gives Main Street new look

By Pauline Liu 
As of next month, several well established Main Street businesses in Margaretville will be making their moves, quite literally.  Some will be heading no farther than across the street to fill empty storefronts in Binnekill Square.

As a result of the shop swap, all commercial spaces in that complex will be occupied for the first time since December. The trading of spaces promises to change the face of the village’s commercial district.


Local election results

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Local school districts have begun reporting election results.

Margaretville

School board candidates

Lee Austin 117
Kevin Beutel 78
Kurt Holcherr 68
Pat Gonzales 9

School budget

Yes 233
No 41

The resolution to make school board terms 3 years was passed.
Yes 174
No 77

Andes

School board candidates

Kelly Kilpatrick 122
Tammy Storey 1

School budget

Yes 110
No 44

Bus Purchase

Yes 108
No 47

Roxbury

School budget

Yes 190
No 79


School budget votes on Tuesday; MCS district only contested race

By Brian Sweeney
Area residents will cast ballots on school district budgets on Tuesday, May 17 and will also decide a board of education vacancy in Margaretville.

Margaretville
MCS voters will voted on the budget and board candidates on May 17 from 2-8 p.m. in the cafeteria.


Roxbury radio makes waves with town board

By Pauline Liu
Roxbury’s community radio station, which began broadcasting last August, became the focus of the regularly scheduled Roxbury Town Board meeting Monday night.

The station relies heavily on grant money, volunteers and help from the town. It is also supported by the Greater Roxbury Learning Initiative Corporation (GRLIC) a not-for-profit foundation.


Shandaken mulls zoning change that would okay farmstand

By Jay Braman Jr.
After several years of having an allegedly illegal farm stand operating on Route 28 in Mount Tremper, and after several attempts to find a way to bring that stand into compliance, the Town of Shandaken is now considering the option that the stand’s owner has wanted all along; a change of the zoning law to allow him to continue.

The town has set up a meeting for later this month to “discuss a zoning amendment in Mount Tremper.”


Roxbury holds forum on hamlet expansion

By Pauline Liu
The topic of hamlet expansion is both a complicated and important one aimed at preventing New York City from buying up land within the hamlet of Roxbury.

The town board not only conducted a public hearing on the matter, Wednesday, May 4, but afterwards they also held a discussion to consider reassessing properties in the town.


East Branch Recreation Access Project kicks off

Margaretville — Access for recreation on the East Branch of the Delaware River will be the focus of a new effort to develop a comprehensive plan that would improve and enhance public access of the East Branch for recreational access.

Each community, from the headwaters in Roxbury to Middletown, Andes, villages of Fleischmanns and Margaretville, extending around the Pepacton Reservoir to Downsville and Colchester will be included in this project.


Wizard of Oz production filled with off-stage drama

By Pauline Liu
For two nights in a row, “The Wizard of Oz” at Margaretville Central School played to standing ovations. Hundreds turned out.


Newspaper's new look

In keeping with a national trend in newspaper page sizes, the Catskill Mountain News, as of this issue, is being printed on what’s now known in the newspaper industry as the “22-inch web.”
Other area newspapers using this page size include the Oneonta Daily Star and, as of today, the Kingston Daily Freeman. The Kingston Daily Freeman is printed at The Record in Troy, the same newspaper that prints the Catskill Mountain News.

“The new page size is one-inch narrower than our previous size,” said News Publisher Dick Sanford.


Margaretville barber marks 45-year career

By Pauline Liu
Skip Jester knows about job security. He has spent the past 45 years as the barber on Main Street in Margaretville.

“I’ve had a good life here,” he said. “I’ve got loyal patrons. If I have my health, I’m definitely going to keep going.” 

He has an easy-going way about him, but don’t ask him what his real name is, because he won’t tell you.


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