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Boating Safety Certification Course offered July 11 at NYPA

North Blenheim — A New York State safe boating certification course will be held Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project visitors’ center.
Dennis Downs, a certified instructor with the Northeastern New York Safety & Health Council, Inc., will conduct the free eight-hour course.


CWC announces new round of watershed education grants

Margaretville — Twenty-eight education grants totaling nearly $150,000 were recently approved by the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors.
The awards will go to schools and non-profit organizations serving school-age students in the Catskills and in New York City. This is the 12th year that grants have been distributed for projects and programs to heighten awareness and understanding of the New York City water system and its vast Watershed West of the Hudson River.


Workshops set this summer by Writers in the Mountains

Roxbury — Writers in the Mountains has announced two writing workshops this summer.
Ev Ellsworth will lead two sessions of her longtime favorite journaling workshop.  
The classes will be held on Tuesdays from July 7 to August 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Walt Meade Gallery of The Roxbury Arts Center at 5025 Vega Mountain Road in Roxbury and on Thursdays from July 8 to August 12 from 10 a.m. to noon at The Fairview Library on Walnut Street in Margaretville.


Local students celebrate with high school graduation ceremonies

Students at area high schools celebrated this weekend as Andes, Margaretville, Roxbury and Onteora central schools conferred diplomas on the graduating classes of 2009.


Margaretville eCenter facelift underway

By Brian Sweeney
Exterior renovations got underway this week on a project to turn the Margaretville Masonic Building into an eCenter business incubator.
The building was purchased last year from the Masonic Lodge by the Delaware County Industrial Devel-opment Agency. The IDA previously has established an eCenter in Delhi.


Lucky Dog Farm hard hit by hail

By Matthew J. Perry
An especially wet, cool June turned violent last Monday when hailstorms swept through Delaware County, making what has been a difficult growing season even harder.
The hail fell across a wide area and several towns. The stones were largest, perhaps, in Hamden, where Richard Giles and Holley White-Giles have operated Lucky Dog farm for the last nine years.
“It was ferocious,” says Richard Giles. “It blew and raged for 30 minutes and pretty much sawed everything down.” He doesn’t recall his 55 acres receiving quite so much punishment before—from the sky, at least.


Concert celebrating the environment benefits local group

Highmount — More than 100 invited guests gathered at the legendary Galli-Curci Mansion in Highmount to hear the house’s current resident, Idith Meshulam Korman, play a piano recital celebrating the environment in nature-themed works by Schumann, Ravel, Messiaen and Cage.
The recital, held late in the afternoon on May 23, was a benefit for the local environmental community group, the Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA), a member of the Save The Mountain coalition of groups opposing the private commercial resort proposed for Belleayre Mountain.


Dance Party set in Margaretville

Studio Director Gloria McLean invites the public to celebrate summer at the Dance Studio in the Commons Building Margaretville with artists based in the Catskills on Saturday, June 27 at 8 p.m.
Dance and filmmaker Pooh Kaye, percussionist Michael Suchorsky, choreographer Gloria McLean and mystery guests will join forces to present an evening of live dance and music performance along with new short film and video screenings at the studio.


Janice Burdick honored as Democrat of the Year

Delhi — Janice Burdick was honored as Democrat of the Year at last Saturday’s Delaware County Democratic Committee (DCDC) dinner.
Tom Coddington, the 2008 honoree, presented Janice with a plaque from the committee, and a certificate and letter of congratulations from Rep. Scott Murphy. Tom thanked Janice for her years of exemplary service as deputy commissioner and her excellent work meeting the challenges of the recent special election.


Carnival kicks off Tuesday

The Margaretville Fire Department’s annual Field Days, featuring two nights of fireworks, will return to the village starting Tuesday, June 30 and will run through Sunday, July 5.
The midway by Gillette Shows will open at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with Wednesday, July 1 a pay one price day from 6 – 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday the midway will open at 1 p.m.


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