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OCS ratifies teachers' deal after 17 months

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Onteora School District Board of Education unanimously ratified a new four-year teachers’ contract last week, officially ending a 17-month stretch during which the teachers went without one.


Primitive Biathlon set for Jan. 17

Shandaken —After 13 previous years of highly successful competition, the Shandaken Primitive Biathlon will be held again on January 17 in Oliverea.


Hometown "Top Chef" gets cooking Saturday

Roxbury — The kitchens are heating up and so is the rivalry between the two “Top Chef” culinary teams who will dazzle their discerning guests (you!) with their most irresistible tapas in elegant surroundings this Saturday night. Be sure to reserve your plate at this creative and tasty fund-raiser on Dec. 5, hosted in two of Roxbury’s most lovingly restored Main Street “grand dames.”


Shandaken mulls larger ambulance fleet

By Jay Braman Jr.
It’s large a rural town with a large elderly population, far from any hospital, and home to a ski center that brings thousands of visitors across its borders on winter weekends. Such is Shandaken, a town said to already possess a cracker jack ambulance department, but one that would serve the community better if it had another ambulance.


Holiday hometown fun planned for Saturday in Andes

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Andes — The historic little community of Andes is going all out on Saturday, Dec. 5 with special activities for those who live here and visitors alike to enjoy. The United Methodist Church on Lower Main will put on their annual Holiday Bazaar and Luncheon from 11a.m. to 3 p.m.


Transfer station cutback trims Middletown budget

Staff report
The Middletown Town Board has adopted a 2010 budget that reflects a tax levy increase of 3.3 percent. Following its November budget hearing, the town board made additional cuts to the Preliminary Budget. The key budget reduction was the decision to trim hours from daily operation to six days a week at the solid waste transfer station in Kelly Corners. The savings in payroll and related expenditures totaled more than $14,000.


Ulster Savings Bank makes $150,000 gift

Kingston — Ulster Savings Bank has announced a charitable gift in the amount of $150,000 as an additional endowment to the Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation. The Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation was created in 2001 in recognition of Ulster Savings Bank’s 150th anniversary to provide funding to organizations and communities in Ulster, Dutchess, and Greene counties in the areas of education, housing, and health and human services.


Reading program is "for the dogs" at Fairview Library

Young readers are invited to a reading program featuring giant Leonberger dogs at the Fairview Public Library on Walnut Street, Margaretville on Saturday, Dec. 5. All are invited to meet the dogs, get to know them and read to them.


Physician's Assistant joins Margaretville Hospital staff

Margaretville – Katherine J. Uphoff, RPA-C, has joined the staff of Margaretville Hospital as a physician’s assistant.


Youth basketball signups at MCS

Margaretville Central School will hold signups for its youth basketball program on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at MCS. The first practice will immediately follow registration, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., and the season schedule will also be distributed.


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