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DEC commissioner fired for fighting staff cuts

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was unceremoniously fired last week due to his public disagreement with Governor David Paterson’s plan to drastically cut the DEC’s staff and budget.


Polls open Tuesday for mid-term election

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By Brian Sweeney
Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to decide a number of races for statewide office.
In local competition, a hard-fought battle is being waged in the 42nd Senate District where incumbent Republican/Cons-ervative John Bonacic of Mt. Hope is facing a challenge from Democrat David Sager of Jeffersonville.


Hospital, Mountainside employees honored

Margaretville — The 38th annual Employee Recognition Dinner for Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center was held October 23 at Belleayre.


Wilber Corporation sale announced

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Oneonta — Officials with Community Bank System, Inc., headquartered in DeWitt, and The Wilber Corporation, headquartered in Oneonta, announced Monday the signing of a merger agreement in which Community Bank System will acquire The Wilber Corporation, parent company of Wilber National Bank, for $101.8 million in Community Bank System stock and cash, or $9.50 per share.


Oktoberfest once again a big hit

By Marion Hohn
October 16 was a rainy, blustery and chilly Saturday morning. It was definitely not the kind of weather you want to have for an Oktoberfest.  But dreary skies didn’t stop a large crowd from coming to Belleayre’s Discovery Lodge that day for the German-American Club of the Northern Catskills’ 11th annual Oktoberfest.


Federal health care is focus of Andes meeting

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Andes — All Delaware County Chamber of Commerce members are welcome to attend a Federal Health Care seminar on November 3, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at The Andes Hotel.
Randi B. Imbriaco, health care reform process manager of CDPHP will be addressing the product/premium effects Health Care Reform will have on the health insurance carriers, and thus on small businesses.


Reading and discussion group set for Roxbury Library

Roxbury — The Roxbury Library Association will offer an adult reading and discussion group at the Roxbury Library from November through March. Titled “Keeping Us In, Keeping Them Out: The Powers of Community” the forum will be led by Roxbury resident and poet Barry Seiler.


Delaware County Historical Association to hold meeting

Delhi — The annual meeting for members and guests of the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) will be held on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. at DCHA.


Byway & Main Street groups will meet in Olive on Thursday

Shokan — The Town of Olive will host a two-part meeting of the Central Catskills Collaborative (CCC) on Thursday, Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Olive Town Hall on Bostock Road in Shokan.


"Little Murders" comes to STS Playhouse

Phoenicia — Autumn is upon us, and the longer, cooler evenings can kindle creative energies. If you want to see “a satire that scorches nearly everything it touches” (Boston Globe), then don’t miss the Shandaken Theatrical Society’s (STS) production, “Little Murders,” by Jules Feiffer.


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