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Local students celebrate with high school graduation ceremonies

Students at area high schools celebrated this weekend as Andes, Margaretville, Roxbury and Onteora central schools conferred diplomas on the graduating classes of 2009.


Catskill Forest Association Donates Equipment to BOCES

Arkville—The Catskill Forest Association, Inc. (CFA) delivered over $6,115 in new wood carpentry power equipment to the Delaware-Chanango-Madison-Otsego Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) on Tuesday, June 23.


Roxbury Nine, Bovina Dairymen to step up to the plate for a worthy cause

Roxbury — As part of the Roxbury Sidewalk Festival, the Roxbury Nine will square off with the Bovina Dairymen in Roxbury’s Kirkside Park on Saturday, July 4 at 11 a.m.
But, there will be something very different about this particular vintage match. In fact, in the seventh-inning stretch, the clocks will fast forward from 1898 to July 4th 1939—the year Lou Gehrig delivered his history making speech to the world. It was the early summer of that year that Gehrig, the stoic Yankee first baseman was diagnosed with ALS —amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—a disease that was unknown at the time, but would ultimately bear his name.


Millions of miles later, "Bud" retires from mail delivery route

By Julia Green
When Highway Contract Mail Carrier Bud Searles arrived at the Arkville Post Office Tuesday morning, postmaster Brenda Finch-Hasay was waiting to bid him farewell.
When he arrived at the Margaretville Post Office, a group of five postal employees was waiting with a card and offers of freshly-brewed coffee. In Halcottsville, postmaster Lori Camillone leaned over the railing to give him a hug and a parting gift. In Roxbury, a local resident stopped by the post office to wish him luck, and the owner of Fane’s Family Deli gives him a cup of coffee on the house.
Tuesday marked Searles’ last day as a mail carrier after driving the Kingston to Roxbury mail route for 46 years – and the responses from the postal employees in Arkville, Margaretville, Halcottsville and Roxbury left no doubt that he’s leaving behind some pretty big shoes to fill.


$24 million radio plan pitched to Delaware County

By Matthew J. Perry
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors received a sobering report last Wednesday on the radio system used by emergency services and police.
While there are no immediate, glaring problems that suggest lives may be at stake, county officials are facing the daunting challenge of necessary, expensive work, with initial estimates of as much as $24 million, upgrades and, worse, a looming deadline.


Janice Burdick honored as Democrat of the Year

Delhi — Janice Burdick was honored as Democrat of the Year at last Saturday’s Delaware County Democratic Committee (DCDC) dinner.
Tom Coddington, the 2008 honoree, presented Janice with a plaque from the committee, and a certificate and letter of congratulations from Rep. Scott Murphy. Tom thanked Janice for her years of exemplary service as deputy commissioner and her excellent work meeting the challenges of the recent special election.


Margaretville eCenter facelift underway

By Brian Sweeney
Exterior renovations got underway this week on a project to turn the Margaretville Masonic Building into an eCenter business incubator.
The building was purchased last year from the Masonic Lodge by the Delaware County Industrial Devel-opment Agency. The IDA previously has established an eCenter in Delhi.


Carnival kicks off Tuesday

The Margaretville Fire Department’s annual Field Days, featuring two nights of fireworks, will return to the village starting Tuesday, June 30 and will run through Sunday, July 5.
The midway by Gillette Shows will open at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with Wednesday, July 1 a pay one price day from 6 – 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday the midway will open at 1 p.m.


Chamber golf tourney a big hit

The 10th annual Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament was another great success, stated Mary Beth Silano, executive director.
Eighty participants turned out to play in the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce 10th annual Golf Outing, held at Delhi College Golf Course. The Mang Insurance Agency was the corporate sponsor for the chamber’s outing.


Animal hospital to open after yearlong hiatus

By Julia Green
The three-and-a-half thousand pet owners who used to take their furry family members to Crossroads Animal Hospital along Route 28 in Arkville will be thrilled to learn that the practice is reopening its doors after a yearlong hiatus.
“We are officially open and the hospital is doing 100 percent of its posted hours,” said Dr. Kevin Oppenheimer.


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