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A tractor owned by Carl Beers Jr. of Andes was the winner in the annual Tractor Parade at the Margaretville Cauliflower Festival. Lauren Davis judged the event. The Catskill Mountain News sponsored the event and awarded the trophy. From left are, News Publisher Dick Sanford, John Beers (Carl’s nephew and tractor driver) and Carl. Look for more images from the festival (lots of tractors!) and local high school soccer games in our image galleries later this week. — Photo by Laurie Sanford

DEP says drug traces don't threaten water

By Brian Sweeney
Trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in the New York City Watershed do not pose a threat to water quality, the Department of Environmental Protection has announced. In a press statement issued last week, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Cas Calloway said that a yearlong study has concluded that the presence of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in New York City’s water source do not pose a public health risk.


State funding holdup stalls eCenter work

By Brian Sweeney
A delay in promised funding has stalled the eCenter project underway on Margaretville’s Main Street. The eCenter is being created by Delaware County Industrial Development Agency (IDA). Glenn Nealis, executive director of the IDA, told the News last week that $250,000 in promised funding from New York State has not arrived, halting work.


Community support "amazing" for fire victims

By Brian Sweeney
Prior to last week’s fire, Cherie and Frank Davis had been planning a major summer kick-off party to benefit the Roxbury Fire Department. “No the irony is not lost on us,” commented Cherie.


Cha Cha Hut destroyed in blaze

By Brian Sweeney
A popular Roxbury restaurant was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning.
Firefighters were called to the Cha Cha Hut on Bridge Street about 2 a.m. and found the building engulfed in flames. Because of the advanced state of the fire, volunteers dedicated much of their effort to save another restaurant, The Public Lounge, which is located in close proximity.


Benefit for the Cha Cha Hut and Roxbury Fire Department on Sunday, May 30

In the early morning hours this past Tuesday, the Roxbury community suffered a double loss. The Cha Cha Hut burned down, causing Frank and Cherie Davis the loss of their business and Joe and Jane Piasek and their partners the loss of one of their buildings.


Regulation of farmstands a growing concern for town

By Jay Braman Jr.
With only a handful of spectators present, as compared to previous pubic standoffs on the issue, Shandaken officials gathered last Tuesday to try and hash out what to do about the farmstand fracas that has plagued the community for several years.


Memorial Day parades planned for Monday

Area communities will hold annual Memorial Day Parades on Monday, May 31.


Public hearing is June 5 on Middletown Comprehensive Plan

By Brian Sweeney
A public hearing on the proposed Town of Middletown Comprehensive Plan will be held Saturday, June 5 at 10 a.m. at the Margaretville Fire Department on Church Street. The Middletown Planning Board will conduct the hearing. Public input on the Draft Plan is critical in order to ensure the plan addresses the concerns of the residents and landowners in the Town of Middletown.


School budget win OK from local district voters

By Julia Green
As New York State and the country as a whole continue to face budget crises at every level of government, area school districts asked voters to sign off on slightly increased spending last week. The local school budget battle went to the polls on Tuesday, when voters in Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury cast their ballots overwhelmingly in support of the proposed spending plans.


Ride-n-Peak biking event rolls Saturday

Margaretville — It’s not too late to take to the hills for good: come to the Margaretville Village Park bright and early on Saturday, May 22 to join the Second Annual Catskill Scenic Ride-n-Peak, a cycling event to benefit local charities. You’ll bike through some of the Catskills’ most lush countryside.


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