"Trucking" with Santa

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FIREHOUSE CHRISTMAS FUN —Over 100 kids brought their parents to visit Santa at the Roxbury Firehouse on Saturday including Trevor, Derek, and Jordan Fronckowiak.  Photos were taken by Catskill Images and refreshments were abundant. Fire Chief Allen Hinkley was so impressed with the turnout that he decided to make it an annual event. Planning for next year is already in the works. — Photo by Jill Ribich, Catskill Images

Belleayre free skiing for seniors may be cut

By Jay Braman Jr.
State Senator John J. Bonacic, who represents much of Delaware and Ulster counties, has joined with the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce to ask the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) not to end free skiing for seniors over the age of 70 at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. 


Phoenicia Times, Olive Press newspapers out of business

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Two western Ulster County newspapers have joined a growing list of print publications that have closed due to tough economic times.


Participants sought for Relay for Life

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Delhi — The American Cancer Society invites anyone interested in forming a team to the Relay For Life Kick-Off Ceremony Oct. 27, 6 p.m. at SUNY Delhi’s Alumni Hall.


Residents chide hospital for Roxbury Health Center closing

By Dick Sanford
Margaretville Hospital officials got a chilly reception from a standing-room-only crowd at Roxbury Town Hall Thursday evening when they came to town to confirm what most already knew; that the hospital-owned Roxbury Family Health Center would close in mid-November and that their favorite physician, Dr. Susan Fiore, would leave the hospital’s staff at the same time.


Binnekill stream lawsuit dismissed

By Brian Sweeney
A lawsuit against current and past Margaretville and county officials stemming from a long-standing controversy over the Binnekill stream has been dismissed.


Residents question CWC motives in proposed Phoenicia sewer project

By Jay Braman Jr.
Catskill Watershed Corp-oration (CWC) officials visited Shandaken Monday night to introduce themselves to the community and ended up getting an earful from Phoenicia residents who fear the agency is acting as an agent for New York City.


Baptist Church sets up new home in Phoenicia

Jay Braman Jr.
There’s a new house of worship in Phoenicia.
The organizers of the Baptist meetinghouse describe this new addition to the religious landscape as “an old fashioned, hymn singin’, independent, fundamental ministry spreading the word.”


Former Margaretville pastor sentenced as a sex offender

By Brian Sweeney
James McDevittJames McDevittA former pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville has been ordered to register as a sex offender and sentenced to six years’ probation supervision.


Central Catskills group wants to rename Route 28

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Anyone have any ideas for a new name for Route 28?
If so the Central Catskills Collaborative (CCC) wants to hear from you.

The CCC is considering a name to brand 50 miles of Route 28 stretching east from Andes all the way down to the edge of Kingston as a state scenic byway.


OCS warns families of suspicious man on bus route

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Onteora School District superintendent took a daring, proactive approach to a concern about child safety last week and it appears that district parents are lauding the effort.
Last week Wednesday 22 parents and guardians received a chilling automated message from the school district.


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