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Stanford wins 4th Emmy

Scott Stanford, son of Fleischmanns resident Arlene Stanford, won his fourth Emmy Award on Sunday, March 29 for Excellency in New York Sports Broadcasting. Stanford joined the WWOR My9 News Team in 2003 and now anchors the weekend sportscasts including a Sunday sports wrap up. He covers the sports beat as a reporter during the week.


Grand Gorge FD hosts banquet

The Grand Gorge Hose Company No. 1 hosted its annual banquet at the firehouse on March 14. Over 60 people attended the event including members and guests from Stamford, Roxbury, Conesville and Prattsville.


Asbestos discovered in OCS auditorium

By Jay Braman Jr.
After a stall earlier this month, the $1.2 million auditorium renovation project at the Onteora High School is back on track following bid awards made by the school board last Wednesday.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that asbestos has been discovered in the auditorium.


New old lights shine in Pine Hill's library

Pine Hill — The rooms in Morton Memorial Library are newly aglow with three antique pendant lights provided by a business two doors down on Elm Street, Cloudspinners Antiques.
The existing ceiling fixtures had obsolete fittings and one was completely broken, leaving an aisle and bookshelves dark. To replace them, the trustees turned to Pete Di Modica and Chandra Lencina of Cloudspinners.


State land tax freeze dropped from budget

By Jay Braman Jr.
New York will continue to pay its fair share of local taxes on forest preserve, and other state-owned lands, under a budget deal worked out over the weekend, but the deal won’t be final until the budget is approved.
That’s according to officials with the Adirondack Mountain Club, who have been fighting a tax-cap proposal since it was announced by Governor Paterson earlier this year.


Recount confirms VanBenscoten as Margaretville mayor

By Julia Green
It was even closer the second time around, as the Margaretville mayoral race was the subject of a recount Tuesday morning. Two representatives from the Delaware County Board of Elections, Republican Commissioner William Campbell and Democratic Commissioner Janice Burdick, were on hand to conduct the re-canvas, in which John VanBenschoten remained the winner – this time by a two-vote margin.


Uncertainty clouds school budgets; tax hikes projected as minimal

By Julia Green
Area school superintendents are wrestling with declining state aid as they attempt to prepare their 2009-2010 annual budgets.
In spite of waning funds, however, superintendents at Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury central schools have prepared budget drafts that have only minor tax levy increases and will therefore have minimal impacts on local taxpayers.


Tedisco, Murphy face off for Congressional vacancy

By Brian Sweeney
Assembly Republican Minority Leader James Tedisco and Democrat Scott Murphy will face off on Tuesday, March 31 as voters in New York’s 20th Congressional District elect a representative to replace Kirsten Gillibrand.
Gillibrand, who was elected to her second term last fall, was recently named to replace U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, after the latter was appointed Secretary of State. Tedisco and Murphy emerged a their parties’ top candidates to succeed Rep. Gillibrand.


Morell wins easily in Fleischmanns mayoral race

By Jay Braman Jr.
Dave Morell defeated incumbent Malcolm Becker last Wednesday in the race for mayor in the Village of Fleishmanns. Morell received 70 votes. Becker, who was a write-in candidate, got 13 votes. Morell said this week that even though he would not be officially sworn in until April 6 there’s no time like the present.


Spring fair set for April 4 by auxiliary

Margaretville — The Auxiliary of Margaretville Memorial Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will host its 15th annual Spring Fair on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mountainside. Among the featured events will be: the popular Easter Egg Treasure Hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts, candy, baked goods, and products by Avon. Door prizes will also be plentiful.


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