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Seven percent enrollment drop in Onteora

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Onteora Central School District began the 2009-2010 school year with 1,655 students. The district began the current school year with an enrollment of 1,544, a decline of seven percent or 111 students. Like many districts in the region, Onteora’s student population is shrinking.


Jean judge honored for community service

By Dorothy Jennings
As Jean Judge approaches her 90th birthday, she can feel a great sense of accomplishment for the multitude of ways she has contributed to her community over many decades. A native of Margaretville, her father was the local dentist, and over her lifetime her roots remained firmly planted in the town of her birth. She later served as secretary/nurse for Drs. Ray Huggins and Gilbert Palen, whose practice was affiliated with the Margaretville Hospital.


Musical politics on Saturday at La Cabana

Fleischmanns — Tired of the political ads on TV? Confused by roadside signs that all look the same? Come hear how polititians of the past relied on music to get their message across when historical balladeer Linda Russell entertains at La Cabana Restaurant in Flesichmanns on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Linda RussellLinda Russell

The free program, “Songs America Voted By,” will features tunes like “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too,” “Grover’s Veto” and “You’re All Right, Teddy.” Sung with great gusto from porches and taverns across the land, these songs livened up street corners and torchlight parades. Campaign wordsmiths, often using popular melodies of the day, wrote catchy ditties that got stuck in our heads as we went to the polls.


Roxbury News: Oct. 20, 2010

The spaghetti dinner at the United Methodist Church Saturday evening was a success in spite of the weather.

Peter and Tahirih Fusscas of Falls Church, Virginia spent a recent weekend in Andes and also visited Wilma and Gene Beirne and Elton Ridge.


Volunteers needed to provide Thanksgiving meal

Margaretville — Your help is needed to host a Community Thanksgiving Dinner. There are many people in the greater Margaretville area who are not able to celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional meal. Either they live alone, have no family nearby, or cannot afford to have a dinner with all the trimmings for their family.


Jimmy Smith honored with lean-to dedication

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Shandaken — Family and friends will be celebrating the dedication of the newly constructed Rochester Hollow lean-to in memory of longtime Catskills Trails Supervisor James O. “Jimmy” Smith Jr. on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. at the new lean-to site on the shoulder of Rose Mountain near the hamlet of Big Indian.


Plattepalooza was a winner in Roxbury

Plattepalooza 2010 was a great success over the Columbus Day weekend for Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury.  

From helicopter rides to live music to great food, kids bounce house,and a dunk tank there was something at the mountain for just about everyone this Columbus Weekend. It was the first time the mountain had ever had an event of this kind and proved to be a great time for all ages.  


Middletown Comp plan meeting on Oct. 26

By Brian Sweeney
A public hearing on the draft Town of Middletown Comprehensive Plan will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at the town hall on Route 28, Margaretville. The Comprehensive Plan has been the subject of numerous public hearings and workshop sessions involving town and county planning officials. The plan was developed by Nan Stolzenburg, a consultant with Planning Better Places.


Shandaken budget tops $5 million

By Jay Braman Jr.
“These figures are not set in stone,” Supervisor/Budget Officer Robert Stanley told a very small audience at the October Shandaken Board Town meeting last week. That evening Stanley released his preliminary budget plan. For the first time in history it will now cost over $5 million a year to run Shandaken; $5,032,447 to be exact. Taxes are set to go up, but by only 5.96 percent.


Belleayre free skiing for seniors may be cut

By Jay Braman Jr.
State Senator John J. Bonacic, who represents much of Delaware and Ulster counties, has joined with the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce to ask the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) not to end free skiing for seniors over the age of 70 at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. 


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