Black bear boom in the Catskills

By Pauline Liu
If it seems as though there are more black bears in the Catskills than ever before, that is the case. Their numbers are soaring in this region. Not only are residents experiencing more close encounters with bears, but some have endured property damage and lost livestock. Matthew Merchant, who is a wildlife biologist for Region 3 of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), explained that his office has received between 200 and 300 calls this year from people asking for help in dealing with bears on their properties. He offered some bare facts to make living with bears more bearable.

Fleischmanns wins control of theater

By Jay Braman Jr.
The last bit of red tape has been cut through and the Village of Fleischmanns is now the owner of the theater building on Main Street.
At least that is what it looks like.

Last week in United States Bankruptcy Court Bankruptcy Judge Diane Davis decided that the village did indeed properly take over the property when it was seized in a foreclosure action that started back in 2008.

Andes Wastewater Treatment Plant woes continue


By Pauline Liu
With weeks to go before the Town of Andes and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) hope to strike a deal to overhaul of the town’s wastewater treatment plant, the facility’s filtration system appears to be on borrowed time.

One of the two microfiltration units at the plant has broken down twice since July. The second breakdown occurred only a week ago.

Shandaken loses power in Monday's storm

By Jay Braman Jr.
Lights in the Town of Shandaken went dark Monday night after a transformer fire caused electrical outages from Big Indian to Boiceville.

This was just one of the problems of the day, which saw heavy rain, the threat of flooding and some confusion about whether or not Route 28 was underwater.
At about 5 p.m. New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) customers in town experienced sporadic outages over a 30-minute period, and a total blackout at approximately 7 p.m.

Roxbury Constable Williamson back on the job

By Pauline Liu
Town of Roxbury Constable Steve Williamson was back on the job on Monday, eight days after he suffered a stroke and was airlifted to Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. It didn’t take long for both his doctors and his family to realize that the 63-year-old constable was well on his way to recovery.

Delaware County Fair continues through Saturday

The 125th annual Delaware County Fair continues through Saturday, Aug. 20 in Walton.
The fair got underway with opening ceremonies on August 14. Highlights for the remainder of the fair include:

Wednesday, Aug. 17:
• Children’s Day with reduced rates on all rides.
• 11 a.m. – Children’s games and contest.
• Noon-5 p.m. – 4-H “hands on” activities for children.
• 5 p.m. – Wildlife Federation children’s drawing.
• 6 p.m. – Old-Time Draft Horse Show.

Thursday, Aug. 18:

Grand Gorge water fix estimated at $1 million

By Pauline Liu
Putting an end to roadway flooding in Grand Gorge, caused by the accumulation of runoff, could cost more than $1 million.

That’s according to a newly released study presented by Lamont Engineers. The study was the focus of Monday night’s regularly scheduled Roxbury Town Board meeting, which  was attended by about 30 people.

Llobet Medical group celebrates and plans expansion

By Pauline Liu
Dr. Paul Llobet and his wife, Dr. Holly Llobet, will be expanding their practice, Llobet Medical Group, by opening an outpatient clinic in Kingston on November 1.

The location of the new facility remains to be finalized. Meanwhile, Dr. Llobet wants to assure his Margaretville patients that he’s “not going anywhere.” His wife and a colleague, Dr. Weyman Hago, will run the Kingston facility. The Llobets made the announcement during last Thursday’s open house, which was held at their Margaretville clinic and at Margaretville Hospital. 

Hungry bear breaks into local home

By Rose Cunningham
Maybe it’s a good idea to lock your doors, even when you live in the country. Grand Gorge resident Alexander D’Assy said he and his family recently had an uninvited and unwelcome house guest; a black bear, with a discriminating palate, weighing an estimated 250 pounds.

According to D’Assy, he and his wife, Noeme, who split time between Jump Brook Road in Grand Gorge and New York City, left the house for the day to swim, leaving an Italian sausage and chicken out on the kitchen counter marinating for dinner that night.

Man arrested for 2009 Roxbury robbery

By Brian Sweeney
A 42-year-old Grand Gorge resident was arrested August 3 on charges stemming from an armed robbery at a Roxbury convenience store in 2009. Douglas G. Cronk was arrested on a charge of first-degree robbery as a result of a lengthy investigation into an armed robbery that occurred on March 2, 2009 at the Roxbury Country Store on Main Street

On Wednesday, August 3, 2011, The New York State Police at Margaretville arrested Douglas G. Cronk, 42, of Grand Gorge, for Robbery 1st Degree.

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