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Village races on ballot Wednesday; check back tonight for vote tallies

By Julia Green
Voters head to the polls today in Fleischmanns and Margaretville to cast their ballots for mayor and trustee positions.
On the ballot in the Margaretville mayoral election are Deputy Mayor John VanBenschoten and Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carol O’Beirne. Current trustee Iris Mead and Margaretville resident Wallace Patterson are running for two open seats on the village’s board of trustees.


"Squires Inn" comedy plays Andes Hotel

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Andes — Bird-On-A-Cliff Theater Company, of Woodstock, presents the hysterically funny play “The Squires Inn” at the Andes Hotel on Saturday, March 28, 7 p.m.
You be the detective and you solve the crime! There’s prizes and surprises!  Step into the world of mystery and intrigue.  Mingle with unusual characters.  Watch for clues.  The action is fast and the laughter contagious.  You will be kept on the edge of your seat as you try to solve an exciting who-dunnit while you indulge on a three-course traditional English country fest.  It is a challenge you will long remember!


Law would set expiration on Shandaken farm stand

By Jay Braman Jr.
Whoever said, “You can’t fight City Hall,” obviously never met Al Higley.
Higley and his son Alfie run a farm stand on Route 28 in Mount Tremper. After years of battling the Town of Shandaken and allegedly being in violation of zoning laws, Higley says he now faces another threat to his livelihood- a new law that regulates farm stands in a way that, according to Higley, would put him out of business.


Maple Weekends show off local sugar at Frost Valley

Claryville — It’s Maple Sugar time at Frost Valley YMCA with two open house weekends planned at the Sugar Shack on March 21-22 and March 28-29.
This free event runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, with tours every half-hour and activities throughout the day. Guided seasonal activities will also be plentiful for overnight guests.


Blood Drive at MRCC

The Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor a Blood Drive at Mountainside Residential Care Center on Monday, March 23 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
“We are hoping that many people come out and support the hospital and give blood,” commented event chair Kathie Herbst.


Pine Hill Arms Triathlon is Saturday

Belleayre — The annual Pine Hill Arms Triathlon takes off this Saturday, March 21. This is a unique iron-man style triathlon that should not be missed by area athletes. Participants can compete as individuals or as teams. Over 100 participants will participate in this challenging “ski-bike-run” event.


Art in Common series explores mix of art forms

Margaretville — The “Art in Common” series brings another engaging “Artists at Work” session to the Margaretville Commons on Main Street on Saturday, March 21, from 4 to 7 p.m.  Talks, demonstrations refreshments and even some hands-on opportunities will be offered.


Proposed OCS budget pegs tax increase at 9 percent

By Jay Braman Jr.
Making it clear that it is still “just a draft,” Onteora Superintendent of Schools Dr. Leslie Ford outlined the proposed 2009-2010 budget for listeners in Shandaken Town Hall Monday. Ford and school board trustees have been on a district tour with the plan, going to town meetings to explain the spending plan and get feedback from residents. Following that process, Ford is scheduled to present her recommended budget on March 31, and the school board is scheduled to adopt a budget on April 22. Voters will weigh in on May 19.


Dance-a-Thon April 18 benefits hospital auxiliary

Margaretville — The third annual Margaretville Hospital Dance-a-Thon benefit, hosted by the Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary, will be held at Belleayre Ski Center’s Upper Lodge on Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m.


Cemetery work to be discussed this Saturday

Margaretville — A meeting of Friends of Middletown Cemeteries will be held Saturday, March 14 at 10 a.m. in the Community Room of Fairview Public Library, 43 Walnut St., Margaretville. The discussion will include inventory and restoration projects for 2009.


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