"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

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.


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.


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.


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.


"You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" on stage at Andes this week

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Andes — The Peanuts Gang, characters from Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strip, will invade the Andes Central School (ACS) stage on Friday and Saturday nights, May 21 and 22.  ACS students will perform “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown,” a musical production based on Schulz’s famous comic strip.  Show times both evenings are scheduled for 7 p.m.


Farmers' market 19th year gets underway this Saturday

Halcottsville — The Pakatakan Farmers’ Market at the historic Round Barn in Halcottsville will open for its 19th season on Saturday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is open each Saturday through Columbus Day Weekend and admission is free. Approximately 35 to 40 vendors will be on hand each week providing a shopping smorgasbord of goods either grown or handmade in the region.


Margaretville graduate will spend a year in Thailand as Fulbright Teaching Assistant

By Julia Green
Roughly 230 miles north of Bangkok in lower northern Thailand sits a city called Phitsanulok. The capital of Phitsanulok Province, which stretches to the Laotian border, the name of the city means “Vishnu’s Heaven.”
It is here that Fleischmanns native Claire Cella will spend the next year as a teaching assistant, thanks to an English Teaching Assistantship Award from The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.


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