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Bluegrass, country tunes at Pleasant Valley

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Andes — Area bluegrass and country music performer and songwriter Bob Sprague, along with complimentary musicians, will be in concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 6 at the Pleasant Valley Community House on county Route 1, 5.5 miles south of Andes.


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.


Middletown weighing local law to crack down on illegal dumping

By Julia Green
There will be a public hearing held by the Middletown Town Board on Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Middletown Town Hall to address a proposed local law that would regulate the use of the town transfer station.
The Town of Middletown Transfer Station and Recycling Center Law was proposed by the Town Board in response to recent and ongoing abuses of dumping privileges at the transfer station. Last spring, the town received a bill from the county for $8,000, thanks to the illegal dumping of 42 tons of construction and demolition materials at the transfer station.


Rec program sign-up planned for June 4

Registration for the Margaretville/Fleischmanns 2009 Summer Recreation Program will be held on Thursday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Margaretville Central School cafeteria.
A parent or legal guardian must be present to register their child at this time. This is the only time that your child can be signed up for the recreation program.


Main Street Cafe opens in Margaretville

By Julia Green
Those who dined at the Key West Café in Pine Hill roughly a decade ago will no doubt recognize the face behind the counter at the recently-opened Main Street Café in Margaretville.
Bob Landes, a native of England with a background in training racehorses, owned and operated the Pine Hill restaurant with his wife Elizabeth, until it closed about 10 years ago.


Roxbury Stock to close in June

By Matthew J. Perry
Five regional Stock Building stores, including the location in Roxbury, will close in mid-June.
Katie Cralle, a spokeswoman for Stock Building, confirmed that stores in Roxbury, Walton, Oneonta, Sidney and Richmondsville will either be sold off or closed.
“Stock will be exiting or closing stores in select under-performing markets in order to focus on those markets with the strongest prospects for growth,” reads an official statement from the company.


Shandaken cop naps alleged killer

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Buffalo man has been charged with second-degree murder after being captured by a quick-thinking Shandaken Police detective last week.
An Erie County medical examiner’s autopsy of Constance A. Shepherd, 42, revealed the cause of death to be a deep laceration to her neck, leading police to rule the death a homicide. Chief Anthony Palombo said the cut was caused by a “sword-sized knife” that was located in another room of the Shepherd’s house in the Town of Tonawanda, a suburb of Buffalo.


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