First Day of School

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MIXED FEELINGS — Peyton Cortese gives a reassuring hug to her little sister, Jenna, as she gets set for the first day of school at Roxbury last Thursday. Click on the photo to see more images of Roxbury's first day of school in our image galleries. — Photo by Dick Sanford

Catskill Interpretive Center kiosk dedicated in Mt. Tremper

Mount Tremper — Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannies, and other local officials today formally unveiled and dedicated the new Catskill Interpretive Kiosk site.


Anti-gas drilling rally September 8 in Delhi

Delhi — A group of Delaware County residents will hold an anti-gas drilling rally and march in Delhi on Wednesday, September 8 from 5-6 p.m. in front of the Delaware County Office Building on Courthouse Square before and during the county board of supervisors’ monthly meeting there. 


Area school districts prepping for new year

By Brian Sweeney
Final preparations are underway at area schools as they prepare for the opening of a new academic year.

Margaretville
The first day of classes at Margaretville Central School is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 7 with a full class schedule.

MCS teachers will report on September 1 for Superintendent's Conference Day One, where they will be trained on a new Student Management System called PowerSchool. On September 2, Superintendent’s Conference Day 2 will be held for all teachers and staff to review final preparations for the first day of school.


Re-Store

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The design team of artist Grant Collier, above at left, student assistant Jacob Liberatore, at rear, and architect and project developer Andrew Williams chose a barber shop as the theme of their re-store design project. Featured in their design is a barber chair, in which Williams is sitting, that was used by longtime Roxbury barber Bob Cole.


Grand jury dismisses one abuse charge stemming from Phoenicia sexual assault

By Jay Braman Jr.
An Ulster County Grand Jury has dismissed charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment and third-degree sexual abuse against a Phoenicia man but indicted another man in the same incident.
The charges against John Oakley, 45, of Phoenicia were dismissed, according to a grand jury report from District Attorney Holley Carnright’s office.


Fire damage limited at New Kingston home

By Brian Sweeney
A New Kingston home sustained only minor damage in a fire Sunday evening. The fire on the property of Richard and Pat Connell reportedly started in a woodpile adjacent to the house, according to Margaretville Fire Chief Gene Rosa.


Scenic Byway project is back on track

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The monthly meeting of the Central Catskills Collaborative (CCC) will not take place this coming Thursday, but instead will be convened in September.

Group advisor Peter Manning said that he is in the process of reviewing a compilation of “local assets” collected by representatives from the seven communities participating in the project. The assets, a collection of attractions ranging from geological features to nice shops, are said to be the gems threaded together by 50 miles of Route 28 between The towns of Olive and Andes.


NBDC names photo exposition winners

Amanda Gifford in silhouetteAmanda Gifford in silhouetteWalton —The winning entrants in National Bank of Delaware County’s “Faces of Delaware County” contest were picked in a lively session of judging on August 11.

All winning entries and most, if not all other entries will be on display at the bank’s booth in the commercial tent at the Delaware County Fair, and then start making the rounds of the NBDC offices in Walton, Andes, Franklin, Hamden, Stamford and Roxbury.


Arkville man killed in Route 28 accident

By Brian Sweeney
Jordan SoderbackJordan SoderbackA 19-year-old Arkville man was killed August 10 in an automobile accident on Route 28 near Boiceville.

Justin Soderback was ejected from a vehicle operated by another Arkville resident, Erica M. Miller. Police said the vehicle rolled over and pinned Soderback. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


An agreement is near on NYC land buying

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By Jay Braman Jr.
According to Jeff Baker, the attorney for the Coalition of Watershed Towns, a settlement agreement is near in the ongoing fight over conditions within the City of New York’s water supply permit, a new document that will become part of the city’s Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD) and give the city authority to purchase an additional 96,000 acres of land in the Watershed over the next 15 years.


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