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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.


"A Year Down Yonder" premieres at Open Eye

Margaretville — “A Year Down Yonder,” in this new comedy premiering at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville on Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m. The year is 1937, and Mary Alice Dowdel’s father has lost his job.


DEC issues burning ban reminder

A statewide burning ban is in effect through May 14 due to the increased wild fire risk, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reminds the public. Spring has become a prime season for brush fires and the total burning ban went into effect last month.


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