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Village rejects cop's resignation; Fox will remain on the job

By Julia Green
The Village of Margaretville Board of Trustees opted Monday not to accept a letter of resignation submitted by Margaretville Police Officer Harold Fox on June 4. The decision was made following an executive session at the board’s monthly meeting.
“Mr. Fox came before the board requesting that the board reject and not accept his letter of resignation, and the board agreed to reject and not accept his letter of resignation,” said Margaretville Mayor John VanBenschoten. “Mr. Fox continues to be the police officer for the Village of Margaretville.”


Margaretville priest investigated for endangering welfare of children

By Brian Sweeney
A Margaretville priest is being investigated for possibly endangering the welfare of children.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant Monday on properties owned by the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Parish to gather potential evidence against the subject of the investigation, the Very Rev. James McDevitt, pastor of the church.
Sheriff’s deputies were seen removing numerous boxes and bags from the church’s rectory and adjacent garage on Monday morning.


Community Chorale to perform two shows

The Community Chorale of the Catskills will present performances of its spring concert this week. On Friday, June 12, the chorale will be at Roxbury Central School and on Saturday, June 13 they will perform at Margaretville Central School. Both concerts are at 7:30 p.m. and there is no admission charge for either concert.


Shandaken Board mulls mid-year spending requests

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board heard a plan last week from a group of Phoenicia parents asking for some town support to install a large piece of playground equipment in the Phoenicia Park behind the post office.
The $12,000 “Star Climber,” according to the group’s spokesperson, Heather Roberts, would be a great addition to what many consider an under equipped park.


Margaretville cop submits letter of resignation

By Julia Green
After only a year on the job, Harold Fox, the police officer hired by the Village of Margaretville, submitted a letter of resignation this week to the village board. The board has yet to accept his resignation.
“We received a letter of resignation on June 4, and since it’s a personnel issue it’s something that I’m going to bring before the board on Monday evening (June 15) in executive session to discuss,” said Margaretville Mayor John Van Benschoten.


Bovina General Store reopens, community gathers to discuss its future

By Matthew J. Perry
A two-month hiatus has ended and the ‘closed’ sign has been taken off Russell’s Store in Bovina.
Last Saturday, the general store at the intersection of county Routes 5 and 6 was once again open for business, looking at once like a modern showcase for all things Bovina and a call to the community’s past.


Volunteers sought for library reading program

The Roxbury Library Association needs volunteers to lead sessions for 2009 Summer Reading Program participants at the Roxbury Library.
Scheduled for the month of July 2009 on Mondays through Thursdays, the RLA will offer programming geared to individual age groups on successive days: Pre-K through grade one on Mondays; grades two and three on Tuesdays; grades four and five on Wednesdays and grades six and seven on Thursdays.


Halcottsville Grange work gets boost from bank bucks

By Julia Green
NBT Bank of Margaretville Vice President Caroljean Finch presented a $1,000 check to help fund the Halcottsville Grange Hall Restoration Project, an ongoing fund-raising effort to support renovations to the Wawaka Grange Hall in Halcottsville.
The hall, which has been a focal point of the Halcottsville hamlet for more than 100 years, was the first home of the Halcottsville Grange #350, established in 1875 as a local lodge of the National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry, an educational and political action society for farmers.


Burn ban proposal revised by DEC

By Jay Braman Jr.
After a one-year review, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released a revised plan for regulating open burning.
In an effort to reduce the impacts of pollutants such as dioxins, particulate matter and carbon monoxide and to limit the risks of wildfires, the DEC announced plans last June to extend a ban on open burning statewide beyond the current ban for any municipality with a population of 20,000, a law in effect since 1972.


Painting and Buddhism focus of lecture series

DAA Gallery will host the second Artist Lecture Series in Delhi, featuring local artist Valley Fox in “A Buddhist Point of View” on Saturday, June 13 at 2 p.m. Valley Fox, a Buddhist from Trout Creek, will discuss painting and its relation to Buddhism.


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