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SPECIAL NIGHT — The Rev. Richard Dykstra of Roxbury, right, is all smiles after receiving the Margaretville Hospital Keene A. Roadman Citizen of the Year Award on Saturday evening at the Harvest Moon Ball. The event was sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. Also pictured during the presentation are event Chair Karen Kolar and Hospital Board Member Tom O’Brien.— Photo by eOneMedia.com

Invasive Emerald Ash Borer is discovered near Saugerties

By Brian Sweeney
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect first discovered in North America in 2002, was detected last week in Ulster County. The EAB is a bark beetle originally from East Asia. The insect attacks all of the native species of ash trees. It is estimated that EABs have already killed more than 40 million ash trees in the United States.


Beaver attacks investigated in Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
The industrious beaver, that cute and usually docile furry rodent, which also happens to be the official New York State animal, took on a new persona in the Catskill Region last week after at least one of the critters attacked and bit two swimmers along the Esopus Creek in Shandaken.


Dennis Metnick honored at MARK Project roast

By Jill Ribich
The MARK Project held a roast to honor Dennis Metnick on Friday, upon his retirement from its board of directors. During his 12 years on the MARK Board, Metnick served as chair of the finance committee, vice president and president. Dennis Metnick & Doug HinkleyDennis Metnick & Doug Hinkley

Since opening his law practice in Margaretville in 1992 he has been town attorney for the Town of Middletown and has served on the boards of directors and as a officer of many not-for-profit corporations in the area including the Round Barn of Halcottsville, The Roxbury Arts Group, Shandaken Theatrical Society, Greater Margaretville Chamber of Commerce, Margaretville Hospital, Mountainside Residential Care Center, Delaware County ARC and as a member of the Board of Governors of New York State ARC.


DEP buying watershed with little competition

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is gobbling up over 11,000 acres of land a year in the Catskills, and from the look of things it will keep that trend going, especially since it now has over $500 million to make more purchases.


CWC Board agrees to assist with Phoenicia sewer work

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Board of Directors of the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) unanimously agreed to step into the fray in Phoenicia, where the community has been at odds for several years over whether to build a sewer system.


Frost Valley Y joins celebration of 125th anniversary of camping

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Claryville — Frost Valley joined with Y facilities around the globe in the celebration of the 125th anniversary of YMCA camping on July 14.Frost ValleyFrost Valley

Frost Valley has been located in the Catskill Mountains since 1958 and traces its roots to 1901 when the camp was established in New Jersey.


Christopher Curto of Margaretville selected for new West Point Class

West Point — Christopher William Curto, the son of Natale and Joy Curto of Margaretville, has received an appointment to join the Class of 2014 at the United States Military Academy at West Point.Christopher CurtoChristopher Curto

Curto, a lifelong resident of Margaretville, graduated from Margaretville Central School on June 25, 2005.

Christopher then attended SUNY Sullivan from September 2005 to June 2007, and graduated with an associate’s degree in computer science. While attending SUNY, Christopher participated on the varsity cross-country running team where he earned several awards. He maintained an overall GPA of 3.1, and attained Dean’s List in Spring 2007 with a GPA of 3.53.


Ex-Middletown Superintendent of Highways Bill Russell enjoying life in the slow lane since retiring from position

By Brian Sweeney
Bill Russell, highway superintendent for the Town of Middletown since 1991, is now enjoying retirement since stepping down from his position in late May.Bill RussellBill Russell

Bill began working summers for the town highway department in 1971 and continued part-time work with the town for several years. He attended Ulster County Community College and Delhi Tech and worked a short stint as a park ranger before taking a full-time position on the Middletown highway crew in 1976.

When Superintendent of Highways Jeff Pendell became ill, Bill took over the superintendent’s duties in 1991.

Looking back on his years with the highway department, Bill said he has mostly fond memories of his tenure.


Charlie Daniels Band rocks Belleayre July 24

Highmount — Southern rock icon and legendary fiddler Charlie Daniels brings his blistering live show to the Belleayre Music Festival stage on Saturday, July 24 at 8 p.m. for an evening of flat-out fun and old-fashioned rock jamming.Charlie DanielsCharlie Daniels

Hard-charging anthems like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “The South’s Gonna Do It” are among the signature tunes that propelled the Grammy-winning band to international success and more than 20 million albums sold in a career that spans half-a-century. Those hits and many more will be rolled at Belleayre in an evening filled with fast-paced fiddling and sizzling guitar.


Two Shandaken men charged in kidnapping/sex assault

By Jay Braman Jr.
Following a 911 call, New York State Police in Kingston along with the Town of Shandaken Police responded to a domestic dispute at Silver Hollow Cabins on Route 214 in Phoenicia Monday morning.

Police say they were responding to a report that a 20-year-old female was reportedly assaulted in one of the cabins and forcefully dragged off into the woods. A search was conducted with K-9 units and a state police helicopter.


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