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Belleayre Mountain closes after a great season

By Jay Braman Jr.
Despite having plenty of skiable snow left, Belleayre Mountain Ski Center closed down its 2009-2010 season on Sunday. Superintendent Tony Lanza said that several factors, including a couple of late-season monster snowstorms, contributed to this being a season to remember.


McDevitt appears in court

Rev. James J. McDevitt, the former priest at the Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville, appeared briefly in the Town of Middletown Justice Court Thursday morning. McDevitt is currently facing charges of sexual misconduct for incidents that allegedly occurred during his time at the parish. McDevitt appeared with his newly appointed attorney, Paul Gruner, who requested a 30-day adjournment to familiarize himself with the case.


Molnar takes silver at conference

During the March 24-27 NYS Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) annual State Leadership Conference, Alexis Molnar of Margaretville received a rating of silver for her Promote and Publicize campaign for FCCLA.


Sunday's "Séraphine" screening wraps up RAG Reel Artists film series

Roxbury — “Séraphine”will be the fourth and final film in The Roxbury Arts Group’s successful series, Reel Artists. It will be shown at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 11 in the Hilt Kelly Hall of The Roxbury Arts Center. There is a suggested donation of $5.


School districts react to delay in state aid payments

By Julia Green
Following an announcement by Gov. David A. Paterson last week, the state has delayed $2.1 billion in school aid payments that were scheduled to be made April 1. The announcement came following a failed attempt between Paterson and the state legislature to agree on a budget for the fiscal year that began April 1.


Local environment and education focus at Onetora speakers' series

Boiceville — The Onteora CSD Board of Education has announced another themed event in its Speakers’ Series; “Local Environment, Local Education” on Thursday, April 15 from 4 to 5:30 p.m, in the Middle School/High School in Boiceville.


DEC raising a stink over Esopus pollution

By Jay Braman Jr.
Routine testing of water in the Esopus Creek allegedly shows that septic systems belonging to residents of the Hamlet of Phoenicia might be polluting the creek’s water, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) which conducted the test.
Water from the Esopus Creek flows into the Ashokan Reservoir, which serves as a drinking water source for residents in the New York City area.


Fairview celebrates National Library Week

Margaretville — It’s National Library Week, April 11 through 17, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide. The Fairview Public Library in Margaretville is celebrating National Library Week by giving away a free book to card-holding patrons who visit the library during the celebration.


Former area priest, diocese are named in civil lawsuit

By Julia Green
A civil lawsuit has been filed against Father James J. McDevitt, former pastor at the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Margaretville, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany in connection with the alleged abuse by McDevitt of a number of area boys.
The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, was filed with the Supreme Court of the State of New York in Delaware County. The lawsuit claims negligence on the part of the diocese for not preventing McDevitt from allegedly engaging in misconduct with males between the ages of 11 and 19.


Joe Crookson to perform at Empire Railway Museum

Phoenicia — Flying Cat Music presents Ithaca singer/songwriter Joe Crookson in concert at the Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia on Sunday, April 11.


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