One Catskills newspaper closes, two more cut reporters

Weekly newspapers in the Catskills region have had a bad month. One local weekly quit publishing entirely, while two more that are part of a regional chain laid off veteran reporters.

The Delaware County Times, a newspaper that traces its lineage back to 1839 in Delhi, published its last issue on Friday, July 8.

The paper employed three people in its Delhi office on a part-time basis and relied on a cadre of freelance journalists, including the author of this article, to cover local news. Contributors were notified on July 8 that the paper would cease publication.

Donald Bishop, the publisher of the paper, did not return a request for comment. Cathy Roloson, who coordinated the news gathering and layout of the paper, said that a companion publication, the semiannual Kaatskill Life magazine, will continue to be published online and that she will continue to work in the Delhi office. She also indicated that the Delaware County Times may resume publishing in the future.  Read more

Farmers' Market of the Week: Hobart

The Watershed Agricultural Council and Pure Catskills are featuring a different Catskills farmers' market every week during the 2016 growing season.

This week's market is the Hobart Farmers' Market, held every Friday on 101 Maple Ave. in Hobart from June through September, from 4 to 7pm.

The Hobart Farmers’ Market is a community-based marketplace that provides the best in local food in the Northwest Catskill region.

Among the fresh local goods available at the market:

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Pies
  • Breads
  • Eggs
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Cheeses
  • Crafts
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Antiques
  • Flea Market Items
  • Food
  • Games
  • Music

Farmers, artisans, and crafters who are looking for an opportunity to join the market can contact [email protected] and provide your information (what you’d like to sell, what days of the season, etc.).  Read more

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MTC Is Hiring: Job Fair 7/19 and 7/21

The Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) will be hosting a Job Fair to introduce potential candidates to positions available as part of our on-going fiber-optic network expansion in the region. Tuesday July 19th and Thursday July 21st from 5pm -7pm in MTC's conference room at 50 Swart Street Magaretville NY.

MTC has immediate openings for the following job categories (4 Full Time positions with the exception of Customer Service Rep is Part Time):

  • Cable Television Technician
  • Direct Sales and Marketing Representative
  • Installer / Service Technician
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Central Office / IT Technician

MTC is an EOE employer and complies with a drug-free workforce.

DCHA Hosts Book Launch, July 29

Images of America: Delaware County

Visit the Delaware County Historical Association in Delhi on Friday, July 29 at 5:00 pm as the museum hosts the launch of its latest book. Authors Tim Duerden and Ray LaFever will be on hand to sign copies of their pictorial history of Delaware County. The latest in a national series of books published by Arcadia Publishing, Delaware County, forms a part of Arcadia’s “Images of America” series.  Read more

Explosion in Masonville destroys home, leaves man in critical condition

An explosion that was accidentally set off by a man attempting to light a propane water heater destroyed a Masonville home on Route 206 on Wednesday night, leaving three people injured. 

Masonville firefighters responded to a 911 call made at 9:26 pm on Wednesday, July 13, according to a press release issued by Delaware County Emergency Services. When firefighters arrived on the scene minutes later, the house was already destroyed and engulfed in flames. 

The explosion sounded "like a gunshot," and could be heard for miles, a neighbor told WBNG.

Three people were injured in the blast. Shayne Charles, 31, who was in the basement attempting to light the hot water heater, was transported by LifeNet to the burn unit at Upstate Medical University Hospital in Syracuse, where he remained in critical condition as of Thursday afternoon. According to Delaware County Emergency Services, he was rescued from the house by two passersby.   Read more

Tow truck driver knocked over utility pole and fled, police say

A Deposit man driving a tow truck knocked over a utility pole and fled the scene while intoxicated on Monday in the Delaware County town of Tompkins, police say.

Above: Adam K. Buteau. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

Thirty-year-old Adam K. Buteau was driving a 2002 International Harvester flatbed tow truck owned by Buteau’s Economy Auto of Deposit when he rammed into a wooden utility pole on County Road 47 on Monday evening, July 11, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.

The impact severed the pole, which fell across the road and blocked traffic, police say.

Buteau fled the scene in the truck, and then abandoned the vehicle and was found walking along the road about three miles from the crash scene, according to the press release.  Read more

Ten Years of Building Resiliency: A Walton Flood Information Event

July 23, 2016 - 10:00am

The Walton Flood Commission will be holding a flood information event on Saturday, July 23 rd , 2016 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 181 Delaware St, the former Walton Reporter property. The event will highlight the many flood mitigation projects completed in the Town and Village of Walton since the historic flood of June 2006. Staff will be available to answer questions regarding completed and proposed flood mitigation projects, flood insurance, Catskill Watershed Corporation’s tank anchoring program and other flood related questions. Wilson’s BBQ Chicken will be available for purchase and Coyote Junction will play live from 11:00 to 1:30 courtesy of the Walton Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, contact Steve Dutcher, Town and Village Walton Floodplain Manager.

Town: 607-865-5204
Village: 607-865-4358

Man killed by deer in Roxbury crash

A 49-year-old man has died of injuries sustained in a crash with a deer that happened on Wednesday, July 6 in the Delaware County town of Roxbury, according to the Daily Star, the Catskill Mountain News and the Associated Press.

The Catskill Mountain News has the most detailed report.

According to the CMN, Roxbury resident John Peters was sitting in the passenger seat of a car being driven by his fiancée, Renee Wojciechowski, on Route 30 around 6 p.m. on Wednesday when the crash occurred.  Read more

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