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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

Veterans receive honorary MCS diplomas

By Joe Moskowitz
Saturday, June 28 was Graduation day at Margaretville Central School was June 28. It was a day when those 17-, 18-, and 19-year olds go from being a kid in school to embarking on his or her next step in education, start a career, or possibly join one of the armed forces.
Along with the Class of 2014, there were three other MCS degree candidates who were somewhat older. Their high-school careers had been interrupted by military service while their country was at war.
WELL EARNED — Three area men, from left, Barry Lewis, Denny Bruno and Milton Laub, received honorary diplomas as Margaretville’s graduation on June 28 as part of “Operation Recognition,” which spotlights veterans whose education was interrupted by service to their country. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzWELL EARNED — Three area men, from left, Barry Lewis, Denny Bruno and Milton Laub, received honorary diplomas as Margaretville’s graduation on June 28 as part of “Operation Recognition,” which spotlights veterans whose education was interrupted by service to their country. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz


Chad Storey named new Shandaken Police Chief

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board unanimously ushered in local policeman Chad Storey as the town’s new police chief, effective July 19.
Storey’s appointment follows the retirement of current Chief James McGrath, who is stepping down later this month.


DEC still grappling with options to deal with bear population

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By Brian Sweeney
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation this week closed the pub­lic comment period on a bear-management plan that would include an “early firearms” hunting season in the Catskills.


CMN on-line poll reveals a far-flung readership

by Trish Adams

Despite having more than a dozen choices in our "Where Do You Call Home" on-line poll, a considerable 13 per cent of the Catskill Mountain News' readership eluded our demographic radar and had to respond "Other." With more than 300 votes, the results are in, and it appears CMN readers are all over the map.


Highlights of local graduation ceremonies

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Graduation services were held last Friday and Saturday in Andes, Margaretville, Roxbury and Onteora.
Here are some highlights:
Josephine DeSanto (valedictorian) and Jonathan Andrews (salutatorian) enjoy the moment at Friday night’s graduation at Andes Central School. — Photos by Dick SanfordJosephine DeSanto (valedictorian) and Jonathan Andrews (salutatorian) enjoy the moment at Friday night’s graduation at Andes Central School. — Photos by Dick Sanford

Valedictorian Michael Conroy accepts his diploma from Margaretville Building Principal Linda Taylor.Valedictorian Michael Conroy accepts his diploma from Margaretville Building Principal Linda Taylor.

Salutatorian Joshua Riley, left, and Valedictorian Joseph McAfee were happy graduates at Roxbury on Saturday.Salutatorian Joshua Riley, left, and Valedictorian Joseph McAfee were happy graduates at Roxbury on Saturday.


Delaware County will elect a second County Judge

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By Cheryl Petersen
Discussion on the costly and detrimental effects of invasive species in Delaware County didn’t thwart an upbeat mood at the Delaware County Board of Supervisors meeting in Delhi on June 25.
Optimism, or rather relief, was felt as Delaware County Judge Carl Becker spoke to board members and thanked them for advocating for another county judge. “The state legislature approved 25 new judges in the state, one of which will come to Delaware County. The judge will be dedicated to Family Court,” said Becker, the only presiding county judge to date.


Recent NY court ruling on fracking won't impact the Watershed

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By Jay Braman Jr.
News spread quickly across New York Monday of the state’s top court’s decision that New York’s towns are able to use zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracturing within their borders, but that news has little impact within the vast New York City Watershed.
In a precedent-setting ruling that could greatly affect the future of shale-gas drilling in New York, the state Court of Appeals ruled 5-2 in favor of the towns of Dryden and Middlefield, which both passed zoning ordinances in 2011 that expressly prohibited gas drilling and fracking within their town lines.


Fleischmanns Village Park repair work is finally underway

By Joe Moskowitz
Nearly three years after being devastated by Hurricane Irene, work has finally begun on one of Fleischmanns’ major assets, the village park.
The Wagner Avenue park sits next the Bushkill stream and was totally destroyed in the hurricane with the raging water tearing up not just the grass but making the tennis court and playground unusable.
This spring the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) finally approved the village’s project worksheet and rebuilding could begin.


Rev. Dykstra to receive Roadman Citizenship Award

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Rev. Richard Dykstra of Roxbury will receive Margaretville Hospital’s Keene Roadman Hospital Citizen of the Year Award at this fall’s Harvest Moon Ball on Saturday, Oct. 18.
Rev. Richard Dykstra, 2014 Roadman Citizen of the YearRev. Richard Dykstra, 2014 Roadman Citizen of the Year
Rev. Dykstra has served as the minister of the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church in Roxbury since 1981. During his 33 years as an area resident, Rev. Dykstra has been involved in numerous activities to help serve local communities.


Editorial: Governor, Make Resort Call

By Dick Sanford, Editor & Publisher
The year was 1998. A 40-year-old guy named Andrew Cuomo was making a name for himself as a tough prosecutor while serving as New York State’s Attorney General, Google was founded, Frank Sinatra died, Mark McGuire broke Roger Maris’ single-season homerun record, and President Bill Clinton was denying allegations about a relationship with “that woman.”


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