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Local school budgets approved

By Julia Green
What they asked for, they got.
All three area school budgets that were proposed for the 2009-2010 school year were approved in Tuesday's vote, in which all propositions were given the green light and all unopposed candidates for Board of Education seats were elected.


First Ride-n-Peak event rolls smoothly

By Julia Green
Ninety-eight riders turned out for Saturday’s first-ever Catskill Scenic Ride-n-Peak event in Margaretville, a bike event to benefit the Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care Association.
“It went very well,” said Carol O’Beirne, executive director of the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce. The chamber was one of the collaborators for the event, along with the MARK Project, the KAATS Foundation, The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Plattekill Mountain and Delaware County Tourism.
“Feedback was extremely positive and people wanted to see more of the same kind of event,” O’Beirne added.


Marshall Tucker to rock at Delhi

Delhi — In conjunction with the 2009 Art & Soul of the Catskills Festival, the Marshall Tucker Band will be performing at 7 p.m. on August 15, at the Clark Sports Center, SUNY Delhi. Local band, Blues Maneuver, will be opening.


Barn survey planned for summer

Margaretville — The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown will conduct a photographic survey of barns this summer. Armed with digital cameras and data forms, teams of volunteers will fan out across the town, which covers 98 square miles.


"FOODPLAY" offers serious lessons for local students

By Julia Green
Judy Shiner’s grandson now prefers a bowl of cereal or a piece of fruit to a cookie as a pre-bedtime snack – a change that Shiner credits to his viewing of “FOODPLAY.”
Shiner, who is a part of the Hospital Auxiliary Wellness Committee, was the one who suggested bringing the production to the area after hearing of the positive impact it had on her own grandchildren.


Burdick to be honored by Delaware County Democrats

Delhi — When the Delaware County Democratic Comm-ittee holds its annual dinner on Saturday, June 20 at the SUNY Delhi Hospitality Center, it will present its “Peg Pandick Woman of the Year” award to Pandick’s current successor as the county election commissioner.


VanValkenburgh to sign autographs at Purple Mountain

Fleischmanns — Ward Eastman is back. Norman Van Valkenburgh’s surveyor-sleuth, the only surveyor in American mystery fiction, once again follows clues to unravel decades-old murders, this time in the Esopus Valley during construction of the Ashokan Reservoir and in the Millbrook Valley before the coming of the Pepacton Reservoir.


Cooperative venture places spotlight on "wellness"

By Brian Sweeney
The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center has completed a whirlwind of events to commemorate Wellness Week. The auxiliary has the goal of promoting spiritual, social and emotional wellness through an ongoing series of community events.
This year featured almost daily activities as the auxiliary continued to work in cooperation with a growing number of organizations that has similar goals.
John Riedl, who chairs the auxiliary’s wellness committee, said his group was very pleased with the Wellness Week programming.


RUPCO names Lawrence-Bauer to development post

Kingston — Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO) Executive Director Kevin O’Connor announced that Joan Lawrence-Bauer has joined the organization’s staff as Director of Communication and Resource Development.
In that capacity, Lawrence-Bauer will take a leadership role in both internal and external communication with all agency stakeholder groups.


County land study blasts NYC buying

Matthew J. Perry
Delaware County unveiled a completed environmental impact study last Wednesday that may well figure into negotiations with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and other downstate interests for years to come.


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