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New Fleischmanns village hall seen as inadequate for meetings

By Jay Braman Jr.
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Four years ago the Fleischmanns Village Board saw what appeared to be an opportunity. It had just used the power of condemnation to take a piece of private property on the corner of Main and Depot streets to build some waste-treatment infrastructure as part of the sewer system provided by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. On the property sat an old, vacant building that looks as if it were some sort retail shop in years gone by.


Chakar to step in as ACS super

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By Matthew J. Perry
A new era of administrative stewardship begins at Andes Central School today, when Superintendent Robert Chakar, Ed.D, comes to work for the first time.
He will be replacing John Bernhardt, who officially retired last year but served through the 2008-2009 academic year at a reduced salary while the ACS Board searched for his replacement.


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.


$24 million radio plan pitched to Delaware County

By Matthew J. Perry
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors received a sobering report last Wednesday on the radio system used by emergency services and police.
While there are no immediate, glaring problems that suggest lives may be at stake, county officials are facing the daunting challenge of necessary, expensive work, with initial estimates of as much as $24 million, upgrades and, worse, a looming deadline.


Market Basket gets boost from Delaware County program

Arkville — Hometown, homemade and homegrown have been the hallmarks of Edmund Millar’s Market Basket enterprise since it opened in Arkville in 2004.
Winner of the Catskill Mountain News’ best service award for best grocery, The Market Basket is also a down-home choice for freshly made breakfasts, lunches and prepared meals.


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.


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