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2009 Relay for Life a huge success

By Mike Porter
Seven years ago, when Delaware County first decided to hold a Relay For Life, the offices of the American Cancer Society felt that a small rural county like Delaware could possibly raise $20,000 to $30,000 annually. In spite of predictions about amount of fund raising possible, the Delaware County Relay For Life has exceeded its goals each year.


Fund-raiser for Andes Central School teacher

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By Joe Damone
The Andel Inn and the Andes Central School PTSA hosted the second of three fund-raisers for injured ACS teacher Kerry McCracken last Sunday. The money collected from these events will be used to renovate Mrs. McCracken’s home so it is wheelchair accessible. Mrs. McCracken’s right leg had to be amputated last November after an auto accident in Stamford. This event raised $1,500, 100 percent of which will go to the renovation of Mrs. McCracken’s home.


Central Catskills Collaborative has regional planning meeting

Arkville — The Central Catskills Collaborative will host an open meeting to feature the regional planning work of students in the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Throughout the semester, the students have conducted inventory and mapping exercises along the Route 28 Corridor. The public is invited to the Olive Free Library this Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m. to see the presentation, meet the students and view the design studies.


"Local" video at Roxbury Library

The Roxbury Library Association (RLA) will offer a screening and a group discussion of “Catskill Mountain Locals,” a video directed by Margaretville resident Roger Bobley on Tuesday, May 12 at 1 p.m.
Regular RLA Tuesday Forum attendees will provide refreshments following the film screening and discussion session. The RLA welcomes the public to all Tuesday Forum events, programs, and activities, which are free of charge.


Fleischmanns Village Board hires consultant to assist with planning

Fleischmanns — The Village of Fleischmanns’ Village Board, recently retained consultant Alan Sorensen and his firm Planit Main Street, Inc. to assist with the creation of a Village Comprehensive Plan. Community participation is vital to the success of the plan’s creation and to this end an informational session for all Village of Fleischmanns residents will be held to solicit public input on Saturday, May 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Skene Memorial Library on Main Street.


Exhibit to be unveiled at Burroughs Field

Roxbury — A new outdoor exhibit will be unveiled Saturday, May 2 at 11 a.m. at Burroughs Memorial Field State Historic Site in Roxbury, Delaware County.
The kiosk, first erected in the mid-1980s, has been redesigned with fresh photos and updated text interpreting the life and legacy of literary naturalist John Burroughs who is buried at the site.


Phoenicia gas station reopens after shutdown for contamination

By Jay Braman Jr.
You can buy gas in Phoenicia again.
The Country Store in this hamlet opened Monday following a three-month closure while its owners investigated potential environmental problems.
Closed since January, the owners, Verona Oil Inc., suffered schedule set backs due to the discovery of fuel contamination underground at the site. Originally expected to be open within two weeks, the store remained closed for three months.


Officials working to save Catskill Region campgrounds

Arkville — Elected officials and several regional organizations have joined together in an effort to save two campgrounds located in the Catskill Mountain Region from closure. Citing budget restraints, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced in February plans to close six state campgrounds, including Beaverkill in Sullivan County and Bear Spring Mountain in Delaware County, due to low occupancy.


Auxiliary Dance-a-Thon a hit

By Jill Ribich
Over 100 people danced the night away on Saturday at the third annual Margaretville Hospital Dance-a-Thon, hosted by the Hospital Auxiliary at Belleayre Mountain’s Upper Lodge in Highmount. The popular Blues Maneuver band kept the beat going as Rose and Gordy Stahl taught country line dance, and Kyla Marion and Karen Myers demonstrated some swing dance moves.


Freshtown taking first steps to Margaretville store makeover

By Brian Sweeney
The first steps in the renovation at the new Freshtown Supermarket in Margaretville are underway. Although much of the work is not visible to the shopping public, PSK Supermarkets Vice President Noah Katz said last week that preliminary steps are being taken in the large-scale renovation.


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