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LUCKY THIRTEEN — Dave Corrado of Monroe in Orange County took this 13-point buck on opening day near Claryville, where he was staying at Frost Valley YMCA. The big buck deer weighed about 150 pounds and had four brow tines. Dave is an avid hunter and NYS hunter safety instructor and considers this to be the deer of a lifetime. —Contributed photo

Shaolin Temple martial arts facility in Fleischmanns

By Brian Sweeney
A Buddhist tradition that traces its roots more than 1,500 years will be branching out into the Catskill Mountains with the establishment of a Shaolin Temple near Fleischmanns.


HFD celebrates 100th anniversary

By Claire Cella
HFD in 2010: First row, from left: Anthony Camillone, Joseph Camillone, Andrew Camillone, Jeff Slauson, Steve Finch, Toby Hubbell, Jerrod Hubbell, Brandon Laughren and Ralph Greenberg. Second row: Dave Riordan, Nathaniel Liddle, Ellen Faut, George Suess, Sharon Suess,HFD in 2010: First row, from left: Anthony Camillone, Joseph Camillone, Andrew Camillone, Jeff Slauson, Steve Finch, Toby Hubbell, Jerrod Hubbell, Brandon Laughren and Ralph Greenberg. Second row: Dave Riordan, Nathaniel Liddle, Ellen Faut, George Suess, Sharon Suess,In recent weeks, members of the Halcottsville Fire Department Auxiliary, a group of 21 women, have had their hands full preparing for the highly-anticipated, multi-part event that will take place all day on Saturday in Halcottsville.

The most significant celebration will be that of the 100th anniversary of the Halcottsville Fire Department.

Natalie Ormiston, president of the auxiliary, said the women formed a historical committee to research the fire department in preparation for the celebration. The department actually formed 108 years ago, she said, but at first, it was only a loosely associated group of local men. It wasn’t until 1910 that the group was officially organized, naming themselves the Wawaka Hose Company, after Lake Wawaka in Halcottsville.


Phoenicia sewer project to go forward

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board voted Monday to enter into an agreement with the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) that will result in the CWC paying almost $300,000 to review all plans for a Phoenicia wastewater system and endorse a preferred plan for the hamlet to proceed with. But those that have been against the project are demanding that the town must now hire a specific attorney to represent the hamlet while CWC does its work.


"Wet Down" in Grand Gorge

Grand Gorge — The Grand Gorge Fire Department will host a “Wet Down” festival and community celebration on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m.


Lost arts featured at Cauliflower Festival on Sept. 25

Margaretville — The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) will present “Lost Arts of Farm and Home” at the Eighth Annual Margaretville Cauliflower Festival Saturday, Sept. 25 in the village park, Margaretville.


MCS defeats Gilboa, 8-2

Dan JenkinsDan JenkinsThe Margaretville boys’ varsity soccer team traveled to Gilboa Wednesday afternoon and returned home with a lopsided 8-2 victory over the Wildcats. The Blue Devils offense proved too much for the Gilboa defense, as the Blue Devils netted eight goals. Ian Williams and Cody Fronckowiak scored two each, with Iso Desic, Peter Cella, Abraham Morales and Dan Jenkins also scoring. The game was the second win for the Margaretville boys, who will travel to Coleman on Friday for a non-league match. Check the Image Gallery for more photos of the game at Gilboa.


Wildcats nip Devils

Genesis QuinonesGenesis QuinonesTwo second-half goals by Gilboa’s high-scoring senior Laura Potter lifted the visiting Gilboa Wildcats to a 2-1 victory over Margaretville in varsity girls’ soccer action Wednesday (09-08). Raeann Bond’s first-half goal was the lone tally for the Blue Devils. The Lady Blue Devils remain winless, having lost their opener in overtime at Delhi. Margaretville returns to action Friday, (09-10) at home in a non-league game against Coleman.


DEP land purchases accelerate

By Jay Braman Jr.
In the news recently is the announcement that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has purchased another batch of acreage in the region.


Route 30 crash

Taylor's carTaylor's carDriver Gary Taylor of Accord escaped serious injury Tuesday morning after his southbound pickup truck drifted off the right side of Route 30 near the Town of Middletown transfer station, plunged over the bank and came to rest on its roof on the Delaware and Ulster train tracks.


Phoenicia faces impending deadline on municipal sewer-system project

By Jay Braman Jr.
Of the $17.2 million that New York City allocated for the Phoenicia sewer project, only $16 million remains.

To date, lawyers, engineers and other consultants have used up $1.2 million of the fund preparing project plans, all of which have been put on the scrap heap by either the city or the leaders of the hamlet.


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