Phoenicia Library rises triumphant from the ashes

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CUTTING THE RIBBON — Zara Dershowitz, 11, and her brother Mars, 9, got a kick out being the ribbon cutters to officially open the Marilyn Dershowitz Memorial Building, also known as the new Phoenicia Library, on Saturday. Their grandmother, Marilyn, a long time fan of the library, was killed in a bicycle accident in 2012, the year after the original library building burned. The new structure, which is located on the Main Street spot where the old one stood, was made possible by a sizeable donation made by the Dershowitz family in Marilyn’s name. Library Board President Bernard Handzel is at center, holding the ribbon. — Photo by Jay Braman, Jr.

Wounded Marine gets hero's welcome in Grand Gorge

By Julia Green
When Grand Gorge native Joshua Williamson was 10 years old, he wanted to be a Marine.
When he was 14, a 15-year-old neighbor lied about his age to join the service and was shipped to Korea, but was soon sent back to the United States when they learned his age. Three years later, that same neighbor re-enlisted – a determination that made an impression on Williamson, who was struck by the fact that a young man would enlist twice during wartime.


Delaware supervisors vow Crossroads support

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors passed a unanimous resolution last Wednesday in support of the $400 million Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park, a development proposal slated to occupy land in both Delaware and Ulster counties.


Gitter denies Post claim of blocked land purchase

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Big Indian businessman Dean Gitter, the man behind the proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park, refuted recent claims by Albany media star Fred Dicker who said State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has blocked the sale of 1,200 acres of land by Gitter to New York State.


Arkville Water District loan to be repaid early

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A long-term loan for the Arkville Water District will be paid off seven years early through utilization of a fund balance.

The Middletown Town Board, which oversees the district, voted last week to apply district funds to pay $55,000 remaining on a long-term loan.


Park cleanup will be Sunday in Margaretville

Margaretville — The Conference of Methodist Churches has been asked to participate in a community service project in their local parish.  Members of the Margaretville United Methodist Church will do a village park cleanup on Sunday, April 25. 


NYC comedienne offers workshop and show at RAG

Roxbury — Adrianne Tolsch, a New York City comedienne with a stiletto wit, will perform at The Roxbury Arts Group on Saturday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. She will also offer a comedy workshop on the basic principles of improvisation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Heart of the Catskills planning spring dance, auction April 24

Highmount — Tickets are available now for the 11th Annual Heart of the Catskills Spring Dance and Auction on Saturday, April 24 starting at 6 p.m. at Belleayre’s Overlook Lodge. A major fund-raiser for the area’s largest animal shelter, the Humane Society’s Spring Dance and Auction blends music and goodies-for-bid on top of Belleayre Mountain to benefit the homeless dogs and cats of Delaware County.


Andes students explored new world with trip to Guatemala

By John Bernhardt
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel see only a page.” If you pay heed to St. Augustine, eight Andes students completed a fascinating chapter on a six-day school travel club excursion to Guatemala in March. In Guatemala, the Andes contingent saw life from a new perspective and experienced a world they had never realized before.


Lost boy found in Andes woods

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By Brian Sweeney
An 11-year-old was found unharmed early Sunday after he became lost the previous afternoon in the Town of Andes. The boy, who police did not wish to identify, reportedly left a seasonal residence on Perch Lake Road about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. When the youngster failed to return for dinner around 6 o’clock, his father began an hour-long search.


Halcott Center man dies after fire call

By Brian Sweeney
A 52-year-old Halcott Center resident died April 2 of an apparent heart attack shortly after firefighters extinguished a brush fire on his property. John D. Bammel was pronounced dead at Margaretville Hospital after he was transported there by emergency personnel.


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