"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

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.

3 nabbed in Middletown heroin bust


By Brian Sweeney
Three area residents were arrested April 27 on felony drug possession charges after a traffic stop in Middletown yielded 60 packets of heroin in their vehicle.

Courtney R. Williamson, 19, of Arkville, and Margaretville area residents Matthew A. Santiago, 22, and Michael V. Johnson, 19, were all charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class B felony.

Area volunteers lead Relay for Life fund-raising


By Brian Sweeney
The Country Cutting Gallery team from Margaretville led the fund-raising for Delaware County’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life held over the weekend in Delhi.
The local team raised $21,821 to be donated for cancer research. The countywide total for the event was $122,351.

Fifty-six teams participated in the annual fund-raiser held at Legion Field.

Braving the elements

Local use of heroin and painkillers on the rise

By Pauline Liu
The headlines reflect a trend that law enforcement officials in Delaware County have known for years. Opiate abuse, including heroin and prescription drugs, is on the rise in this region.

Ulster County to redistribute legislative districts


By Jay Braman Jr.
The Ulster County Legislature is about to change.
A commission has been charged under the Ulster County Charter with creating 23 single-member legislative districts to replace the current 12 districts, which are represented by a total of 33 legislators.

Each new district is to have 7,934 residents, plus or minus five percent, meaning districts can have between 7,537 and 8,330 residents. Among the goals of the commission is to keep legislative districts within town boundaries whenever possible.

Fleischmanns theater ownership still in limbo

By Jay Braman Jr.
The fate of the Fleischmanns Theater remains tangled up in the courts.

That is the word from Village Mayor Dave Morell, who with the village’s board of trustees took action two years ago to seize ownership of the long-vacant venue after the owners had not paid property taxes for several years.

Copper bandit hits Arkville

By Pauline Liu
High prices for scrap metal, especially copper, in this floundering economy have resulted in a major nationwide theft problem. Telecommunications firms, power companies and railroads have all fallen victim to copper thieves. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the costs of repairs and replacement total over $1 billion per year.  One of the most daring copper heists took place in Picher, OK, where thieves used chainsaws to cut down utility poles and then caused a blackout as they somehow managed to make off with 3,000 feet of copper wire without being electrocuted.

Walk to end Alzheimer's in Andes


By Pauline Liu
Alzheimer’s disease affects about one in every 60 Americans so it’s bound to touch many lives. It is a disease so prevalent, that the Alzheimer’s Association now calls it an epidemic.  Alzheimer’s causes loss of memory and reasoning skills. It is the most common form of dementia. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association has been raising awareness and money for research through its annual Walk to End Alzheimer.  Last year’s walk raised more than $300 million nationwide and was held in nearly 600 communities.  

Local leaders react to PA fracking spill

By Pauline Liu
The hydrofracking crisis in Pennsylvania last week was closely watched by the entire nation and here in Delaware County town supervisors have been carefully weighing in on the situation.

The incident, which led to the spill of thousands of gallons of hydraulic fracturing fluid into streams and farm fields in Bradford County, PA, has added new fuel to the already heated nationwide debate over the safety of gas drilling.

Locally filmed 'Stake Land' hits theatres

By Brian Sweeney
“Stake Land,” a movie filmed extensively in local communities and featuring a number of area residents as extras, opened in limited release on Friday.

Angelique Biasutto of Arkville is among those with a small role in the movie. In a key sequence, the young actress (she was four when filming took place here in the fall of 2009) dances with Nick Damici, one of the movie’s primary vampire slayers.

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