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Writers in the Mountains offers diverse spring, summer menu

Writers in The Mountains offers a diverse menu of classes this spring and summer. Classes are limited to eight to 10 participants.


Wounded Marine gets hero's welcome in Grand Gorge

By Julia Green
When Grand Gorge native Joshua Williamson was 10 years old, he wanted to be a Marine.
When he was 14, a 15-year-old neighbor lied about his age to join the service and was shipped to Korea, but was soon sent back to the United States when they learned his age. Three years later, that same neighbor re-enlisted – a determination that made an impression on Williamson, who was struck by the fact that a young man would enlist twice during wartime.


Nominations sought for BOCES Awards

Grand Gorge — The Otsego Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) is seeking nominees from any resident of the BOCES area for their fifth annual ONC BOCES Career and Technical Alumni Hall of Fame Award.


Auxiliary's Spring Fling May 15 at Belleayre Mountain

Highmount — The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center Auxiliary has announced the date of its annual spring dance. The Spring Fling, formerly known as the Dance-a-Thon, will be held Saturday, May 15 at 6 p.m. at Belleayre Mountain’s Overlook Lodge.


Kindergarten screening dates set at Onteora

Onteora — Kindergarten pre-registration and screening for the 2010-2011 school year will be held in the Onteora Central School District during the month of May.  This event will be held at all three elementary schools as follows: Bennett, May 25 and 26; Phoenicia, May 17 and 19 and Woodstock, May 24 and 27.


Helpers needed for clean-up job at cemetery site

Arkville — The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown is seeking volunteers to help repair the grounds of the Arkville Cemetery on county Route 38.
A workday is planned for Saturday, May 8 beginning at 9 a.m.


Blenheim Reservoir open for recreational boating

North Blenheim — The New York Power Authority (NYPA) reopened the upper and lower reservoirs at its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project on Wednesday, April 14, to recreational boaters.
Boats and boat trailers accessing both reservoirs must be clearly marked with registration numbers and a NYPA permit.


Truck America Festival rolls into Full Moon Resort

By Jay Braman Jr.
The British version of the historic Woodstock Festival is going to invade the United States this year, starting in the Catskills. In the summer of 1969, there were three days of peace and music at what has come to be remembered by the world as the Woodstock Music & Art Fair.


Civil War is luncheon topic

Delhi — Join the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) on Saturday, May 15 for the first in their popular series of history luncheons scheduled for 2010. The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the presentation following at approximately 1:15 p.m.


Watershed gas drilling halted by DEC ruling

By Brian Sweeney
Natural gas drilling in New York City’s watershed will be virtually impossible because of a stringent review process announced by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a release Friday stating that because of the unique issues related to the protection of New York City’s drinking water supply, the watershed will be excluded from the pending generic environmental review process for natural gas drilling.


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