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.

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.

Grand re-opening at Andes Library planned for March 21


Andes — The trustees and staff of the Andes Public Library invite everyone to a Grand Re-Opening Party on Saturday, March 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. After a renovation, re-structuring and energy-efficient remodeling by contractors Denison-Finn, the library has moved back from temporary quarters to its permanent site at 242 Main Street in Bohlmann Park. The work was accomplished with grants from the State of New York, the O’Connor Foundation, and donations from local residents.

Summer camp for seniors is topic of talk

A new “camp for seniors” will be the featured topic at the March 12, 10 a.m. meeting Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. Tom Briggs, director of the Delaware County Office of the Aging, will speak about the 4C Camp for Adults to be held at 4-H Camp Shankitunk in Delhi from August 28 to 30.

Dr. Seuss celebrated at Andes


In conjunction with the National Education Asso-ciation’s Read Across America Day, CROP students at Andes Central School held a birthday celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss on Monday, March 2.

Maple Hike on tap Sunday at Frost Valley

Claryville — A Maple Sugar Hike is planned at Frost Valley YMCA on Sunday, March 15 starting at 1 p.m. Visitors will enjoy a late winter hike amidst the Catskill Mountain high peaks and get a firsthand look at Frost Valley’s maple sugaring activities. The hike will cover all phases of the sugaring operation - from the tap to the sugar shack, where nature’s sweetest product is produced locally each year by the Frost Valley staff and a hearty force of sugar-loving volunteers.

St. Patrick's Parade planned Sunday in Halcottsville

The Children of the Leprechaun, together with the Halcottsville Fire Department cordially invite the public to the 16th annual Saint Paddy’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 15 starting at noon.

MRCC nurses certified in wound care

Margaretville — Two nurses at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville have recently received Wound Care Certification. Susan Cole, RN, and Diana Briggs, LPN, completed their training in December in Niagara Falls given by the Wound Care Education Institute. They are the only Wound Care Certified nurses in Delaware County.

DEC extends Belleayre ski season

By Jay Braman Jr.
At a time when every dollar counts, the owners of local lodges and eateries received welcome news this week when it was announced that Belleayre Mountain Ski Center would remain open longer than originally planned.

Heated races for mayor and trustee positions in Margaretville

By Julia Green
Voters in Margaretville will go to the polls next Wednesday to cast their ballots in the mayoral election for the village, as well as to fill two seats on the board of trustees.
In the mayoral election, voters will have a choice between John VanBenschoten, who has served as a village trustee for the past four years, and Carol O’Beirne, the executive director of the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce. Current Margaretville Mayor Bill Stanton announced in January that he would not be seeking another term.

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