Community

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.


Area high school graduations are Friday and Saturday

Leslie Roselli will serve as the keynote speaker at the 2009 Andes Central School graduation ceremony on Friday, June 26. The celebration will be held at 7 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. Seven graduates will receive their diplomas.
ACS seniors Hattie Brown and Melody Grapes, who possess averages less than one percent apart, will serve as co-valedictorians of the Class of 2009.


Lucky Dog Farm hard hit by hail

By Matthew J. Perry
An especially wet, cool June turned violent last Monday when hailstorms swept through Delaware County, making what has been a difficult growing season even harder.
The hail fell across a wide area and several towns. The stones were largest, perhaps, in Hamden, where Richard Giles and Holley White-Giles have operated Lucky Dog farm for the last nine years.
“It was ferocious,” says Richard Giles. “It blew and raged for 30 minutes and pretty much sawed everything down.” He doesn’t recall his 55 acres receiving quite so much punishment before—from the sky, at least.


Railroads will be program focus

Delhi — Two Delaware County historical organizations are teaming together in July to promote a presentation on the Ontario and Western Railway. The Delhi Historical Society and the Delaware County Historical Association will welcome Professor Doug Barberio, noted aficionado and historian of the O&W, on Saturday afternoon, July 11 at 1p.m. Professor Barberio will deliver an informative presentation concerning that portion of the O&W which once traversed Delaware County.


BOCES, Margaretville Hospital team for health care

Margaretville —The Northern Catskills Occu-pational Center in Grand Gorge and staff at Margaretville Hospital are again teaming up for an innovative program that gives students a firsthand glimpse into the health care world.


Top scholars named at local schools

By Julia Green
The top honors graduates have been named at local high schools.


Priest investigation is moving forward

By Brian Sweeney
Delaware County Sheriff’s Department officials are continuing their investigation of a Margaretville priest who is suspected of endangering the welfare of children.
The Very Rev. James McDevitt is being investigated in connection with alleged inappropriate behavior toward children after several complaints were made against him in recent weeks.


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