"Trucking" with Santa

FIREHOUSE CHRISTMAS FUN —Over 100 kids brought their parents to visit Santa at the Roxbury Firehouse on Saturday including Trevor, Derek, and Jordan Fronckowiak.  Photos were taken by Catskill Images and refreshments were abundant. Fire Chief Allen Hinkley was so impressed with the turnout that he decided to make it an annual event. Planning for next year is already in the works. — Photo by Jill Ribich, Catskill Images

Family Tree filming wraps


By Brian Sweeney
Filming of an independent movie titled “Family Tree,” taking place for the past few weeks in Mt. Tremper has wrapped up.

The small, independent film is being primarily shot at a private home that was found after a lengthy search.

The film stars John Slattery (“Mad Men”), Jena Malone (“Sucker Punch”) and Gabrielle Union (“Good Deeds”).

The filmmakers provided the following synopsis of the local production.

Rain creates woes for local farmers

By Pauline Liu
Despite a  steady downpour, the Fleischmanns Farmers’ Market was set up in the parking lot off Main Street on Sunday.  It illustrated just the latest in a series challenges that the region’s farmers have faced courtesy of Mother Nature.

CWT elects new board of directors

By Jay Braman Jr.
Elections were held last month for the Board of Directors of the Coalition of Watershed Towns, a regional advocacy group that represents the residents of the New York City Watershed, a region that covers territory in Delaware, Ulster, Schoharie, Greene and Sullivan counties.
On Monday Board Chairman Dennis Lucas was pleased to make the announcement. “They all took their positions at our last meeting, held on the third Monday of June,” he said.

The number of representatives for each county are determined by the size of the watershed within each.

High school commencements time to reflect and look ahead

By Pauline Liu
Graduation time is an annual rite of summer that’s generally accompanied by warm weather and barbecues. So it was with much anticipation that commencement ceremonies were held last weekend for the classes of 2011 at Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury central schools.
Twelve seniors graduated from Andes on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. The graduates were Joshua Bonifacic, Nathan Eagle, Peter Fabrykiewicz, Travis Fairbairn, Thomas Falco, Gabrielle Harp, Isabella Mincarelli, Eric Reed, Cameron Roberts, Gina Tait, Kayla Weaver, and Ian Wright.

Krueger says farewell to Pine Hill Center

By Jay Braman Jr.
He was there at the beginning 10 years ago. He helped mold it, shape it, save it, maintain it, and do everything else that a community center needs in order to thrive.
And now, for Pine Hill resident James Krueger, it is time to move on.
Though a talented singer/songwriter, Krueger is perhaps best known in the region as the Executive Director of the Pine Hill Community Center, a thriving non-profit entity that Krueger has been involved with since it was created a decade ago.
Krueger sent word of his departure to the Catskill Mountain News last week.

Difficult choice

Dr. Humberto Abrahao retires after 34 years at Margaretville

Margaretville – HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley’s Margaretville Hospital campus has said goodbye to Dr. Humberto Abrahao, who recently retired after 34 years of service as a general surgeon and family practice physician in the area.
Marilyn Donnelly, Margaretville Hospital’s director of nursing services, said Dr. Abrahao is a very special doctor who cannot be replaced.

Firemen's Field Days feature firework fun

The unofficial kick-off of summer takes place this week when the Margaretville Fire Department hosts its annual Field Days from June 28-July 4.
Gigantic fireworks displays will be held twice – on Saturday, July 2 at 10:15 p.m. and on Monday, July 4 at 9:45 p.m.
The carnival will also feature four periods of money-saving “Pay One Price” offers that provide money-saving, unlimited ride enjoyment. The “Pay One Price” specials will be held on Wednesday, June 29 from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, July 1 from 6-10 p.m., Saturday, July 2 from 1-5 p.m. and on Monday, July 4 from 1-5 p.m.

Former Fleischmanns school lost to fire

By Brian Sweeney
A piece of village history was lost Wednesday morning as a large section of the former Fleischmanns High School was destroyed by fire.

Volunteers were alerted to the scene shortly before 4 a.m. and found that fire had already spread to a good portion of the village landmark. The two-story original section of the building was constructed in 1928. A ground-level section had also been utilized by the schools. A brick addition, built in 1936, was left mostly intact, but sustained considerable damage from heat, water and smoke.

Gas leases purchased


By Brian Sweeney
An Oklahoma-based energy company last month purchased eight gas leases in the towns of Andes, Bovina and Hamden.

All of the leases were originally signed in early 2008 between the property owners and Penn Virginia Oil and Gas Company. Filings with the Delaware County Clerk’s Office show that eight leases in these local townships were conveyed to Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C. effective April 1, 2011.

Towns agree to limit NYC land purchases

By Pauline Liu 
With one week to go before the June 22 deadline for watershed towns to decide on the hamlet extension issue, the Andes Town Board voted 3-to-1 last Tuesday in favor of a resolution that would continue to ban New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from buying parcels or easements within its designated hamlet areas.

That same evening, the Town of Middletown Board voted unanimously to slightly expand hamlet boundaries in Halcottsville and New Kingston and to add a Kelly Corners hamlet designation.

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