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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.


Free rabies clinic at Roxbury

Roxbury — Delaware County Public Health will hold a free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets on Friday, June 12 at the Roxbury Firehall pavilion from 5 to 7 p.m.
Cats and dogs are eligible for their first rabies vaccine at three months of age. Pets must be confined while at the clinic. If you would like your pet to receive a vaccine that is good for three years, you must bring proof of a previous vaccine.


Hunter training, Women in Outdoors at Sporting Weekend

Claryville — Frost Valley YMCA’s Spring Sporting Weekend on June 20 and 21 will include a two-day Hunter Safety Course, along with a Women in the Outdoors event on Saturday.
The Hunter Safety Course (for rifle hunters) will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Participants must attend both days to receive certification. Dan Raczak will be the lead instructor. The initial day will involve primarily classroom instruction, with the second day including some shooting at Frost Valley’s rifle range.


Dollar General store planned for village

By Brian Sweeney
Work is set to begin on a Dollar General store adjacent to the Margaretville Post Office.
Special permits and a sign variance have been issued by the Village of Margaretville allowing for the project to commence.
The Dollar General is being constructed on a parcel that was originally proposed as the site for a Family Dollar store, a competing chain.


Phoenicia Hotel neighbor irked by lingering mess

By Jay Braman Jr.
The owner of the property behind the site of the former Phoenicia Hotel has had enough of the waiting and hoping for a clean up of the rubble next door. She wants to build an oversized fence between her land and the heap of debris that was the former hotel.
Trouble is, the law only allows for a fence to be six feet tall, and Lawrence Webster, who bought her property just one month before the historic hotel went up in flames two years ago, told the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals that she needs one to be eight feet high to shield the unsightliness.


"History Happening!" at DCHA June 6

Delhi — Come to the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) on Saturday, June 6 from noon to 5 p.m. Experience the fun of historic crafts, artisanry and other activities at DCHA’s “History Happening Day.” Come immerse yourself in a day of workshops and demonstrations with hands-on opportunities for the entire family.


County conducting land survey

Delhi — Delaware County has contracted with Penn State University to conduct a random telephone survey of county residents during the month of June. The survey’s purpose is to objectively determine the level of awareness and views of county residents pertaining to the New York City Land Acquisition Program.


Red-hot Pistolera plays Saturday at RAG center

Roxbury — Pistolera, a New York City based band that draws from traditional styles of Mexican music while fusing it with a pop-rock sensibility, will take the stage at The Roxbury Arts Center on Saturday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m.
The electrifying quartet defines the Latin alt-folklorico genre, featuring the Spanish lyric songs of vocalist and guitarist Sandra Lilia Velásquez, the driving accordion melodies of Maria Elena, and the unbeatable rhythm section of bassist Inca B. Satz and drummer Ani Cordero.


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