Holiday weekend business was brisk

By Pauline Liu 
Crowds and hot weather returned to the Catskills for the Memorial Day Weekend. The weekend traditionally marks the unofficial start of summer here in the mountains.
The owners of many  eateries were all smiles over the boost that visitors gave to the local economy. In some cases, business was at a record high.  Some marveled over the turnout, especially considering the rising cost of food due to hikes in shipping rates. The price of gas at the pumps, while still high, managed to drop slightly just in time for the long holiday weekend.

Area Civil War veterans honored in special tribute

The following Memorial Day tribute to Middletown’s Civil War dead was prepared by the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown and delivered by HSM President Diane Galusha, HSM Trustee George Hendricks, and the following community members: Alan Gavette, Roy Todd, Bill Birns, Merilee Todd Asher, Sally Scudder Fairbairn, Willis Marks, Nick Verni, Berna Close VanBenschoten and Sally Elliott Scrimshaw.

Veteran broker offers ideas for area growth

By Pauline Liu
 Local real estate broker Eric Wedemeyer believes that Delaware County is in desperate need of more lodging to attract visitors to the region.

He’s proposing cluster development of four “lynch pins” as the solution to the area’s economic woes. The owner of Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties in Margaretville was invited to speak before the Andes Roundtable on Wednesday night.

Austin powers to MCS board win

By Brian Sweeney
Voters in all area school districts easily passed the budgets for 2011-2012 in voting last Tuesday.
The Margaretville School District budget passed easily, 233-41, and write-in candidate Lee Austin was elected to the board.

The MCS 2011-2012 budget totaled $10,352,986 and had a zero percent increase in the tax levy.

Lisa Tait recognized at Democrat of the Year

By Brian Sweeney
Lisa Tait was honored as the Delaware County Democrat of the Year at the organization’s annual dinner held Saturday at the Hanah Country Resort in Margaretville.

A resident of New Kingston, Lisa was cited as a tireless worker on behalf of the Delaware County Democratic Committee and the Town of Middletown Democratic Committee. She was also praised for her dedication working on campaigns for Kirsten Gillibrand, Scott Murphy and David Sager.
Lisa is a partner in Silvertop Graphics, a firm specializing in print and website creation, and has also donated a considerable amount of design work to many of these campaigns.

Central Catskills Chamber recognizes business leaders

By Pauline Liu
Roxbury was the big winner at the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce annual awards. The region’s civic and business leaders turned out on Wednesday night to honor former Roxbury Arts Group Board President Gerry Murphy as Entrepreneur of the Year, The Roxbury Arts Group (RAG), as Cultural Business of the Year and Quarltere’s Garden & Market Place in Roxbury as the Business of the Year.  A crowd of 95 attended the event, which was held at Hanah Mountain Resort. Among the VIPs in the audience were State Assemblyman Clifford Crouch and his Chief of Staff Kathleen Mami-Moore, who is originally from Arkville. 

The Chamber’s Executive Director Carol O’Beirne explained that the 31-year-old organization has always honored at least one entrepreneur or business with an annual award for excellence. In recent years, the chamber decided to expand its awards. “We have a diverse membership and we have so many business leaders who excel,” said O’Beirne. She explained what set all three award recipients apart was their “commitment to the community.”

Olivia Todd, Catilin Kohn are top Margartville grads

Margaretville Central School has announced its Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2011.

Olivia Todd is the Valedictorian of the Class of 2011. She is the daughter of Joseph and Brenda Todd of Fleischmanns.

As a senior, Olivia earned the Scholar Recognition Award from Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES and The Joseph P. Beck Scholar Athlete Award.

Fleischmanns Code Officer condemns firehouse

By Jay Braman Jr.
The old Fleischmanns Firehall on Main Street has been declared an unsafe structure.
According to Fleischmanns Code Enforcement Officer Carl Patrick Davis, the owner has six months to make repairs.

Davis told the News Tuesday that the damage was discovered after owner Boyd Walker applied to the MARK Project for a matching grant to rehabilitate the structure. As a part of the grant process, MARK officials had an engineer check the structure out in order to make sure that it was structurally sound and could be rehabilitated.

Village of Margaretville says no to DEP land purchases

By Pauline Liu
The Margaretville Village Board took a strong and swift stand Thursday night as its members voted unanimously to once again ban the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from purchasing any additional land or easements within the village.

Search for missing link leads to Roxbury

By Pauline Liu
Jeanne Robinson is on a mission. In the search for answers about her genealogy, the Shelton, WA resident and her partner, Tina Florek, traveled about 2,500 miles to Roxbury.

Though it sounds a bit dramatic, Robinson’s journey was truly about finding the missing link. She believes she is a descendant of Ebenezer Robinson who was commissioned as a captain early in the Revolutionary War and was quickly promoted to major, for reasons unknown. Records show that Major Robinson married twice and had 12 children. He died in Roxbury in 1802. 

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