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Margaretville Senior Meals celebrates 40 years

Anniversary of good eats on St. Patrick's DayAnniversary of good eats on St. Patrick's Day
The Margaretville Senior Meals Site, located in the basement of the Methodist Church and operated by the Delaware County Office for the Aging, celebrated its 40th anniversary Monday with a festive St. Patrick’s Day luncheon.


Andes' Mariah Ruff named top female hoop player in the state

By John Bernhardt
From the moment she picked up a basketball as an elementary student on the hardwoods of the tiny court at Andes Central School, the people who watched her play understood they were seeing something special. Even so, few could have predicted the incredible heights to which Mariah Ruff’s basketball game would one day climb. Last weekend, the Basketball Coaches’ Association of New York announced Mariah Ruff as the 2014 “Miss Basketball,” the top high school girls’ basketball player in any class, at any level in New York State.
High Flying: Mariah Ruff, an Andes native, here in action for her Oneonta High School team.High Flying: Mariah Ruff, an Andes native, here in action for her Oneonta High School team.


John Hubbell elected new Margaretville Village trustee in vigorous write-in campaign

By Joe Moskowitz
An unusually spirited write-in campaign resulted in the election of a new trustee in the Village of Margaretville on Tuesday.
Village resident John Hubbell received 58 write-in votes to earn a seat on the board. Incumbent trustee Dave Budin, who was the only candidate on the ballot, received 40 votes, enough to retain his seat.
Other write-in candidates who received votes included Lou Hamway with 20, Andrew Weiss with three, Robert Manshaffer with two, and Fred Miller and Lauren Davis, who received one vote each. A total of 76 votes were cast.


DEC gives Belleayre Mountain another 270 acres

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has determined how it will divide up the 1,200 acres it bought from the developers of the proposed Belleayre Resort for $5.6 million.
After the 2011 purchase, the state needed to classify those lands and has spent the last two years deciding how the property will be used. On March 12 it was announced that the process was complete.


Bovina board asked to revisit its residential wind turbine ban

By Cheryl Petersen
The hard winter escalated the problem of plowing snow on county Route 6 through Bovina Center this year, initiating a response by the town board. A change order was reviewed concerning the Bovina bridge project. And, residents asked the board to revisit the ban on wind turbines in the town, all at the town board’s meeting last week.


Proposed county bed tax to be discussed at March 25 meeting

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The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, along with Town of Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller, is sponsoring a meeting on Tuesday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Middletown Town Hall, 42339 State Highway 28, to discuss the potential bed tax law for Delaware County, as well as other options for increasing tourism marketing for the County.


Arkville VFD has 75 calls last year, elects 2014 officers

The Arkville Fire Department responded to 75 calls last year, according to the organization’s Annual Report for 2013.
Volunteers responded to 27 medical emergencies last year, the most common call for the department. AFD members were summoned nine times for calls involving hazardous conditions and also answered nine automatic alarms.
The AFD answered eight calls for motor vehicle accidents and had six mutual-aid-to-the-scene responses. Department members had four public service calls, responded to three structure fires and provided mutual aid standby on three occasions.


Roxbury Business Association mixer planned for March 25

Greater Roxbury Business Association (GRBA) will hold its monthly business mixer and networking event on Tuesday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m., at Roxbury Wine and Spirits store, located in the Old Bank Building, next to Queens Mountain Café in Roxbury.
Dare to Share - Roxbury Dream Campaign will continue with new dreamers and new ideas, and will introduce a panel on tourism, local history and the Catskills’ long-time connection to New York City.


CWC Annual Meeting will be April 1

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The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) will hold its 17th Annual Meeting of member towns on Tuesday, April 1 at 1 p.m. at CWC offices, 905 Main Street.
Results of the election of three representatives to the CWC Board of Directors, all from Delaware County, will be announced. A slide show of CWC achievements over the past year will be featured.
The floor will then be open for questions and comments from representatives of member towns and villages, and the general public.
The regular monthly meeting of the board of directors will be held immediately following the Annual Meeting.
The public is cordially invited to attend both meetings.


Cold winter has been cruel to younger deer

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By Brian Sweeney
A harsh winter could have an adverse effect on the Catskills’ younger whitetail deer population, according to state Department of Environmental Conservation Department officials.
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Wildlife Biologist Larry Bifaro in Stamford said that deer have a reserve of fat designed to carry them through the winter months. Lingering snow and cold puts those reserves to the test.


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