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A tractor owned by Carl Beers Jr. of Andes was the winner in the annual Tractor Parade at the Margaretville Cauliflower Festival. Lauren Davis judged the event. The Catskill Mountain News sponsored the event and awarded the trophy. From left are, News Publisher Dick Sanford, John Beers (Carl’s nephew and tractor driver) and Carl. Look for more images from the festival (lots of tractors!) and local high school soccer games in our image galleries later this week. — Photo by Laurie Sanford

Belleayre rally snowed out

By Jay Braman Jr.
The threat of, and then the appearance of, a major winter storm on Monday put a freeze on plans to hold a support rally for Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and its employees. The rally will now be held at noon on Friday.

Hein commits county funding to stop flooding in Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein stood on Phoenicia’s Main Street last Wednesday and told a group of listeners that he has pledged county support for a dredging project to protect the hamlet from future flooding.

Phoenicia nominated as Coolest Small Town

By Jay Braman Jr.
Budget Travel Magazine thinks that Phoenicia is cool.
So cool, in fact, that the magazine’s editors and staff have nominated the hamlet to be named as one of America’s top 10 “Coolest” small towns.

Voting by readers starts now and the results will be announced next September.

DEC sets new outdoor wood boiler regualtions


By Brian Sweeney
New regulations for Outdoor Wood Boilers were announced by the NYS Department of
Environmental Conservation last week.

Middletown renews agreement to fund ambulance

The Town of Middletown has renewed its agreement to provide nearly $70,000 annually to assist with operational costs for the Margaretville Hospital Ambulance Squad.

The board approved a resolution supporting this five-year agreement at its December meeting. This is the second time that the Middletown Board has agreed to a five-year obligation to supplement the ambulance squad’s budget.

Lee Fisher hooks 500th hoops win


By John Bernhardt
He’s the dean of all the Delaware League coaches and perhaps the dean of all the coaches in Section IV. Anyone familiar with Class D high school basketball in New York State knows the name Lee Fisher. Fisher is in his 35th season as the boys’ coach of the Charlotte Valley Central School Wildcats in Davenport. Last week, Fisher’s Wildcats edged Worcester, 52-48, in an overtime thriller, presenting their coach with his 500th career win.

Community Christmas Project still going strong

By Brian Sweeney
A record number of families received donations of food, clothing and toys this year from the Middletown Community Christmas Project. Community volunteers made deliveries on Saturday to 147 families throughout the township. A total of 269 adults and 209 children benefitted from the donations made to the project, according to longtime Co-Chair Teresa Goodchild.

The Middletown Community Christmas Project relies on the public for contributions of money, food, clothing and toys.

Volunteers work long hours at the Purcell Center in Margaretville packing the boxes with appropriate items for families in need of assistance and for those who live alone.
The annual Jimmy DiGiacomo Fund-Raising Auction was held December 5 at LaCabana Restaurant in Fleischmanns and raised more than $7,000 for this year’s fund-raising project.
Monetary donations are still being accepted and may be mailed to: Community Christmas Project, P.O. Box 58, Margaretville, NY 12455. Or call, 845 586-2408.

Roxbury Community Christmas Project: Volunteers turned out in strong numbers Tuesday morning to finish packing boxes for the Roxbury Community Christmas Project. After the packing, boxes were delivered to 68 children, 46 families and 16 senior citizens in the Roxbury Central School District.Roxbury Community Christmas Project: Volunteers turned out in strong numbers Tuesday morning to finish packing boxes for the Roxbury Community Christmas Project. After the packing, boxes were delivered to 68 children, 46 families and 16 senior citizens in the Roxbury Central School District.

'Don't mess with Belleayre' rally planned for Monday

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Congressman Maurice Hinchey will join members of the Coalition to Save Belleayre at a “Don’t Mess With Belleayre” rally on Monday, Dec. 27.  The noon event announced this week by Coalition Chair Joe Kelly will be held at the intersection of Rt. 28 and county Road 47 (also known as the access road to Belleayre) to continue protesting the cut of 48 permanent staff positions at the ski center.  

Roxbury Motel expansion adds unique lodging choice

The Wizard's Emeralds RoomThe Wizard's Emeralds RoomRoxbury —There are getaways, and then there are GETAWAYS!

The Roxbury Motel has just doubled its capacity to blow your mind, rock your soul, wet your whistle, and freak your chic. With the recent opening of its very grand 8,000-square-foot North Wing, the Catskills’ boutique motel crosses the street and expands its bold and luxurious signature style in a burst of glorious new construction encompassing nine new suites, an Executive Conference Room, that deserves a name more like “Psychedelic Power Pow-wow Chamber,” and The Shimmer Spa North, a fraternal twin of the property’s original pamper-zone, The Shimmer Spa South.

Robsons carry on Christmas tree tradition

By Brian Sweeney
In an age where holiday shopping is increasingly dominated by technology and shopping via the Internet continues to gain popularity, there are a handful of businesses that still operate the old-fashioned way. Robsons’ Christmas Tree Farm is included in the latter group.

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