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Busy Bees pre-school takes flight

By Matthew J. Perry
Busy Bees, a new pre-school opened its doors on Sept. 30 in the Purcell Center of the Sacred Heart Parish on Academy Street. With a current enrollment of 11 children, the school convenes on Tuesdays and Thursdays for morning and afternoon sessions.
The three co-founders of Busy Bees—Monica Wildermuth, Jen Clark and Adrienne McMillan—are all parents of young children who drew together after the closing of Pink Elephant preschool last year. The void created by the closing was a problem they hoped to resolve quickly; Busy Bees’ opening in 2008, coinciding roughly with the fall schedule of Margaretville Central School, has met their expectations.


Quilting class in Andes this Saturday

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Andes — Lesley Gray of Andes, a veteran quilter and teacher of quilting, will lead a class at The Hunting Tavern Museum at 288 Main Street, Andes on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grey asserts that “with hands-on guidance and clear direction, the mystery of fine needle turn hand appliqué will be conquered!” The class will guide the student through the steps necessary to successfully complete a 14-inch Indiana Rose block, in the process covering stitching techniques such as marking the background fabric for placement of motifs, creating smooth inside and outside curves, obtaining sharp inside and outside points and achieving totally round circles.


Delarc gaining attention for positive approaches

By Julia Green
There’s a special gem in Delaware County that you probably don’t even know about, but the secret’s about to break.
The Arc of Delaware County (Delarc) has been gaining attention on some rather impressive stages as organizations from a variety of areas around the country are taking notice of the agency’s success and seek to duplicate it. This past week, representatives from an agency in Georgia visited the Arkville facility as part of a year-long contract that Delarc signed with the state of Georgia to introduce its methods to six agencies and programs in the state.


Belleayre season plans announced by state DEC

By Jay Braman Jr.
Belleayre Mountain will be open for riding and skiing seven days a week for the 2008-2009 season, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced Monday. Weather and conditions permitting, Belleayre will open the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 28, and run through March, operating six lifts and 41 trails and glades.


Five left homeless by Clovesville blaze

By Brian Sweeney
A Halloween decoration is being blamed for a Thursday morning fire that destroyed a Clovesville house and left a family of five homeless. The fire broke out shortly after 2 a.m. and gutted the two-story home. The family dog is credited with barking to wake up the occupants.


Fall Festival shifts to D&U for Columbus Day weekend

By Jay Braman Jr.
The folks at Belleayre Mountain want you to know something.
Contrary to popular belief, the ski center’s popular Fall Festival has not been cancelled.
True, it won’t be on the grassy slopes where visitors can stand in awe of panoramic views of the Catskills in full color. But, Belleayre and its new partner, the Delaware and Ulster Railroad (DURR), think they’ve come up with a pretty good alternative.


Delaware supervisors plan vote vs. gas drilling ban

By Matthew J. Perry
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors will vote today on a resolution that calls for the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) not to single out the county for stricter regulations concerning natural gas drilling. Resolution 191, which was filed by Middletown Supervisor Len Utter on October 2, is a lengthy document that will be forwarded, if passed, to many state officials, from the governor down to members of New York City’s council.


Voter registration, Arkville water meeting planned at Middletown

The Town of Middletown local voter registration will be on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 2-9 p.m. at the town hall, located at 42339 state highway 28, Margaretville. A public meeting for residents of the Arkville Water District to receive information and ask questions about a proposed renovation of the water system is set for Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.


Ambulance funding takes jump in Shandaken preliminary budget

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Town of Shandaken’s preliminary budget has appeared on schedule this year, unlike last when the same document didn’t jump out of town hall until close to Halloween. But this year’s $5 million spending plan may still give taxpayers a fright. Filled with raises for all public officials and nonunion employees plus a whopping 18 percent increase for the town’s ambulance squad.


Fleischmanns will be busy over Columbus Day weekend

Fleischmanns — Homeowners in this historic village are opening some of its most interesting homes for tours and hosting an entire day of family fun and base ball on Sunday, Oct. 12 during “Fleischmanns First Floors Historic House & Garden Tour.” With the Belleayre Fall Festival located just a few minutes away in Arkville this year, you can easily spend some time at Fleischmanns’ all-day festival of fun without missing a thing.


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