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Roxbury planning Sidewalk Festival for July 4

Roxbury — The annual Roxbury Sidewalk Festival, on Saturday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a daylong block party, with vendors and tag sales lining the shady Main Street and vintage baseball afoot in Kirkside Park, along with children’s fun, food galore and new this year: your chance to win big prizes aboard the Stimulus Surrey.


Top scholars named at local schools

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


"Face of Farming" tribute opens at RAG

Roxbury — “The Face of Farming,” a multimedia tribute to five of the last operating dairy farms in our area, is on exhibit at The Hilt Kelly Hall of The Roxbury Arts Center. There will be a reception on Saturday, June 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. The installation contains portraits, watercolors, photographs and audio interviews by Ellen Wong and video imagery by Anthony Manzo and Kent Garrett.


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.


Margaretville priest investigated for endangering welfare of children

By Brian Sweeney
A Margaretville priest is being investigated for possibly endangering the welfare of children.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant Monday on properties owned by the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Parish to gather potential evidence against the subject of the investigation, the Very Rev. James McDevitt, pastor of the church.
Sheriff’s deputies were seen removing numerous boxes and bags from the church’s rectory and adjacent garage on Monday morning.


Margaretville cop submits letter of resignation

By Julia Green
After only a year on the job, Harold Fox, the police officer hired by the Village of Margaretville, submitted a letter of resignation this week to the village board. The board has yet to accept his resignation.
“We received a letter of resignation on June 4, and since it’s a personnel issue it’s something that I’m going to bring before the board on Monday evening (June 15) in executive session to discuss,” said Margaretville Mayor John Van Benschoten.


Bovina General Store reopens, community gathers to discuss its future

By Matthew J. Perry
A two-month hiatus has ended and the ‘closed’ sign has been taken off Russell’s Store in Bovina.
Last Saturday, the general store at the intersection of county Routes 5 and 6 was once again open for business, looking at once like a modern showcase for all things Bovina and a call to the community’s past.


Volunteers sought for library reading program

The Roxbury Library Association needs volunteers to lead sessions for 2009 Summer Reading Program participants at the Roxbury Library.
Scheduled for the month of July 2009 on Mondays through Thursdays, the RLA will offer programming geared to individual age groups on successive days: Pre-K through grade one on Mondays; grades two and three on Tuesdays; grades four and five on Wednesdays and grades six and seven on Thursdays.


Halcottsville Grange work gets boost from bank bucks

By Julia Green
NBT Bank of Margaretville Vice President Caroljean Finch presented a $1,000 check to help fund the Halcottsville Grange Hall Restoration Project, an ongoing fund-raising effort to support renovations to the Wawaka Grange Hall in Halcottsville.
The hall, which has been a focal point of the Halcottsville hamlet for more than 100 years, was the first home of the Halcottsville Grange #350, established in 1875 as a local lodge of the National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry, an educational and political action society for farmers.


Burn ban proposal revised by DEC

By Jay Braman Jr.
After a one-year review, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released a revised plan for regulating open burning.
In an effort to reduce the impacts of pollutants such as dioxins, particulate matter and carbon monoxide and to limit the risks of wildfires, the DEC announced plans last June to extend a ban on open burning statewide beyond the current ban for any municipality with a population of 20,000, a law in effect since 1972.


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