ACS Board votes support for future of ONC BOCES

By Matthew J. Perry
The Andes Central School (ACS) Board of Education passed a resolution last Wednesday voicing support for the continuation of the Otsego Northern Catskills (ONC) Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), which serves Andes as well as the schools in Roxbury, Margaretville and South Kortright.

Auxiliary planning Holiday Fair at Mountainside Nov. 8

The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will hold its annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Mountainside.
There will be photos with Mr. and Mrs. Santa and many vendors offering crafts, candy, jewelry, etc.

Officials meet for Local Government Day

Claryville – New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Com-missioner Pete Grannis addressed attendees of the Eighth Annual Catskills Local Government Day October 22, held this year at Frost Valley YMCA.
The theme of the daylong conference, sponsored each year by the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) and New York State Department of State (DOS), was the importance of collaboration and partnerships to the improvement of recreational opportunities in the Catskill region.

Rally for Obama Saturday, Nov. 1 in Delhi

Delhi — The Delaware County Democratic Committee, spearheaded by members of the Town of Delhi committee, will host a rally for presidential candidate Barack Obama on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Courthouse Square in Delhi. The event will begin at noon.

Hospital, Mountainside staff honored at annual dinner

Thirty-nine employees of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center were honored at the 36th Annual Employee Dinner held on Oct. 25 at Belleayre Ski Center.

Wilber Bank's profits fall as expansion expenses rise

Oneonta – The Wilber Corporation, parent company of Wilber National Bank, announced Monday net income of $1.383 million and earnings per share of $0.13 for the three-month period ended September 30. By comparison, the company’s net income and earnings per share for the three-month period ended September 30, 2007 were $1.991 million and $0.19, respectively. This represents a 30.5 percent decrease in net income and a 31.6 percent decrease in earnings per share.

Six experts in the field lead quilting weekend

Woodstock resident Bob Silverman will be the featured presenter when Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville hosts its 12th annual Fall Quilting Weekend from Friday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 23. Joining Bob will be five returning instructors, Kris Driessen, Ann Foland, Sherry Sega, Katharina Litchman and Kathleen Davies.

Andes merchants gather to mark closing of a hub


By Matthew J. Perry
The core of the Andes business community turned out for a Sunday brunch at the Andes Hotel to celebrate and bid farewell to Brooke Alderson, who is closing her Main Street store after 12 years.
Brooke’s Variety has been the place to “find things you didn’t even know you needed until you stopped in,” according to Gary Simmons, an old friend of Alderson’s who now runs the Mountainbrook Inn in Bovina. With its well-stocked candy counter, eclectic inventory and its owner’s engaging, entrepreneurial spirit, the store has been essential to the hamlet’s commercial growth in the past decade. Its closing brings some in Andes to imagine the end of an era.

CWC funds grass pellet study; awards grants, loan to businesses

Margaretville – The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) will fund a study by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) to explore the feasibility of producing and utilizing grass pellets as a bio-energy source for heating.
At its September 25 meeting, the CWC Board of Directors authorized the expenditure of up to $195,500 from the Catskill Fund for the Future for a three-year pilot project to examine regional production and pelletization capacity and to demonstrate the feasibility of using grass pellets for residential and commercial heating applications.

International scientists join WDC enter team

Arkville — Three scientists, known around the world for their work on global water issues, have agreed to serve on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Water Discovery Center (WDC.)
Dr. David Seckler, an economist specializing in water resources with Winrock Water will chair the committee, according to WDC President, Gary Gailes. Dr. Jack Keller, a leading engineer in the field of irrigated agricultural development at Keller Bliesner Engineering and Dr. Roberto Lenton, a senior advisor at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, will join the committee and begin work immediately.

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