James McGrath receives Spirit of the Catskills Award

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LONG SERVICE — James “Jimmy” McGrath, right, was honored with the Spirit of the Catskills Award on Saturday evening at the Belleayre Conservatory’s annual Snowball held Saturday evening at The Emerson in Mt. Tremper. The award is presented annually to someone who has performed extraordinary service to benefit the region. Jimmy was instrumental in growing the Shandaken Police Department and recently retired as police chief. Making the presentation is Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. A packed house enjoyed the dinner-dance. Proceeds benefit the Belleayre Music Festival. — Photo by Franz Edlinger, eOneMedia.com

Margaretville gets new mayor, budget

By Pauline Liu
The old phrase, “Everything old is new again” couldn’t be more appropriate than in reference to Margaretville’s new government. In a flurry of activity on Monday night, newly elected Mayor Bill
Stanton was sworn in at the village hall.

It was a job he was very familiar with having served six years in the position before deciding not to run again two years ago. “I’d like to thank you all for holding down the fort for the last two years,” said Mayor Stanton.”


RCS Students aid Japan with Paper Crane Project

By Brian Sweeney
Roxbury Central School is pitching in to assist in Japan’s reconstruction efforts following last month’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

RCS students, staff and community members are doing their part to aid the devastated country by teaming up with studentsrebuild.com to participate in the “Paper Crane Project.”


John Burroughs focus of Open Eye's "Pepacton"

PepactionPepactionActors, live music, historic photos and cinema will bring key segments of the life of John Burroughs of the Catskills, the celebrated personality of the early naturalist and environmental movement, to The Open Eye Theater stage in Margaretville, opening April 7 with performances through April 17.


Popular reading program goes global at RCS

By Pauline Liu


CVS pharmacist charged with theft of narcotics

By Brian Sweeney
A pharmacist at the Margaretville CVS was arrested last week on felony charges stemming from her alleged theft of a large quantity of narcotics.

NYS Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement investigators said that Teare Korbul, 37, of Grand Gorge is alleged to have stolen approximately 8,760 Hydrocodone tablets from the pharmacy.

Korbul was arrested at the Margaretville store on Friday on charges of third-degree grand larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Both charges are class D felonies.


Margaretville and Roxbury explore sharing classes via technology

By Brian Sweeney
The Margaretville and Roxbury school districts are exploring the possibility of sharing educational services and reducing costs through an innovative technological program.
School officials are hoping to implement a distance-learning program that will allow students at each school to take the same classes via videoconferencing technology.


Andes waste water plant has long history of problems

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By Pauline Liu
Employees at the Town of Andes Wastewater Treatment Plant say the problems at the seven-year-old facility existed long before the facility was issued a violation by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) last fall. 

“Part of the problem is the equipment is not big enough to handle the flow,” explained Operations Manager Lou Dibble.


Census says Delaware County lost 1% population

By Brian Sweeney
Delaware County saw a population drop of about one percent during the past decade, according to 2010 Census figures released last week.
The Census numbers show Delaware’s population de-creased from 48,055 to 47,980 in the past 10 years.

Of the 19 townships that comprise Delaware County, the towns of Middletown and Franklin showed the largest population decline with eight percent. Middletown’s population dropped from 4,051 to 3,750 residents. Franklin’s numbers fell from 2,621 to 2,411 residents.


Vegan campaign debuts in Margaretville

By Pauline Liu
Whether or not they were aware of it, residents and shoppers in Margaretville took part in a global vegan event known as “Meatout,” which was held at Freshtown Marketplace on Saturday.


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