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Margaretville Hospital urges women to schedule annual breast screenings

Margaretville – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the staff at Margaretville Hospital is encouraging all women to have breast cancer screenings. It is estimated that 182,460 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed each year in women and 1,990 new cases in men. The estimated number of deaths in women annually is 40,480 and 450 for men.


Supervisors vote "no" on watershed drill ban

By Matthew J. Perry
By a vote of 17 to 1, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday for a resolution that pushes against proposals to close the New York City watershed to natural gas drilling.
Supervisors were free-wheeling both in defense of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which regulates drilling, and with criticism for interests that have called recently for moratoriums on gas exploration within the watershed.
“Let the DEC do its job,” said Hamden Supervisor Wayne Marshfield. “We don’t need big bullies like the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) pushing us around. It’s just wrong for one municipality to try to control another. The DEC has been so diligent.”


Prescription drug discount cards pitched for Delaware Board approval

By Matthew J. Perry
ProAct, Inc., a subsidiary of Kinney Drugs, pitched the Delaware County Board of Supervisors Wednesday with a plan that could realize savings on prescription drugs for thousands of uninsured and underinsured residents. While the board expressed interest in the plan, no action will be taken until the county attorney has reviewed and approved a contract with ProAct.
The product, a discount card that would be sent out in mass mailings and made available at pharmacy counters, would cost the county nothing beyond an endorsement. David Warner, ProAct’s representative, described the discount card plan as “a way to introduce ourselves to the community.” Under questioning by the board, Warner acknowledged that in providing the service, ProAct would hope to contract with the county in its main business, which is managing prescription plans for county employees.


Junkyard owner gets probation in insurance case

A Fleischmanns junkyard owner has pleaded guilty to charges of fifth-degree insurance fraud and second-degree offering a false instrument for filing and was fined and given a conditional discharge. William Hrazanek, 61, was allowed to plea to the reduced charges in Delaware County Court stemming from his arrest in February. He was originally accused of fraudulently insuring and registering vehicles for illegal aliens.


New principal on board at Roxbury

By Julia Green
A puppy. That was one of the bargaining chips that sold new Roxbury Central School principal Eric Windover’s young family on moving to the area.
Windover started his new position at RCS yesterday.
“We’re excited to fill the position permanently and we welcome him to our school as well as his family,” said RCS Superintendent Tom O’Brien. “He’s enthused to be here and that’s the big thing.”
Prior to coming to Roxbury, Windover, who holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from SUNY Brockport, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Scranton, and a certificate of advanced studies in education administration from SUNY Brockport, worked in the Rochester City School District, where he had a leadership role even as a teacher.


Call for Shandaken budget oversight

By Jay Braman Jr.
With the Ulster County facing challenging economic times, Big Indian resident Gary Gailes has urged the Shandaken Town Board to proceed with caution when finalizing next year’s budget.
Along those lines, Gailes has called for a special committee to be formed to look at the possibility of a tighter budget and what that would mean to the town and its residents.
A preliminary budget prepared last week calls for spending of just over $5 million. Discussion of the plan will take place on October 27 during a special workshop meeting of the town board beginning at 6 pm. At that time all proposed spending would be reviewed. The public is invited to attend.


Religious thinking will be the focus of World Forum at Gould Church

Roxbury — Dr. Stephen Larsen, psychology professor emeritus from SUNY Ulster, will be the guest speaker at The Engaging the World Forum on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m., in the Carriage House at the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church on Main Street in Roxbury. His topic “Why Do We Get Stuck in Our Religious Thinking?” will focus on some of the ideas put forth in his latest book “The Fundamentalist Mind: How Polarized Thinking Imperils Us All.”


Victorian Ghost Coach rolls in Roxbury Oct. 25

Roxbury — Roxbury’s Victorian Ghost Coach will emerge from the shadows once again on Saturday, Oct. 25, and thanks to its chilling popularity, reservations are a must for this horse drawn journey to the great beyond. In fact, demand for space is increasing even among the “spirited” crowd.
Ghost Tour passengers will encounter some surprises this year, and will be regaled (and spooked!) with Catskills tall tales by master raconteur, Laurie McIntosh, before their departure. Expect some appearances by the most infamous Victorian ghouls, who are now eager to join the Roxbury Spectre Set in this historic hamlet, the perfect setting for the 19th-century’s notorious and not-so-dear departed.


Driscoll & Nurkse exhibit opens at RAG Oct. 18

Roxbury — Neil Driscoll and Lucille Nurkse, two artists with very different backgrounds and training but with a very similar approach to creating work that transcends the visual, that tells a story and evokes a collective sensibility, will be showcased in an exhibit at the Walt Meade Gallery of The Roxbury Arts Group from October 18 through November 17. There will be a reception for the artists on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.


Heart of the Catskills newest Steuding book

Fleischmanns — Purple Mountain Press has announced the publication of The Heart of the Catskills by Bob Steuding, author of the popular and highly acclaimed The Last of the Handmade Dams: The Story of the Ashokan Reservoir.
In this new book Steuding describes the early settlement of the area, its exploitation by the tanning industry, and the building of the Grand Hotel near Belleayre. He presents the stories of colorful personalities, such as Jim Dutcher, the mountain man; John Burroughs, the writer and naturalist; and others, who once peopled this wild and beautiful place.


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