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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.


Top scholars named at local schools

By Julia Green
The top honors graduates have been named at local high schools.


"Face of Farming" tribute opens at RAG

Roxbury — “The Face of Farming,” a multimedia tribute to five of the last operating dairy farms in our area, is on exhibit at The Hilt Kelly Hall of The Roxbury Arts Center. There will be a reception on Saturday, June 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. The installation contains portraits, watercolors, photographs and audio interviews by Ellen Wong and video imagery by Anthony Manzo and Kent Garrett.


Priest investigation is moving forward

By Brian Sweeney
Delaware County Sheriff’s Department officials are continuing their investigation of a Margaretville priest who is suspected of endangering the welfare of children.
The Very Rev. James McDevitt is being investigated in connection with alleged inappropriate behavior toward children after several complaints were made against him in recent weeks.


BOCES, Margaretville Hospital team for health care

Margaretville —The Northern Catskills Occu-pational Center in Grand Gorge and staff at Margaretville Hospital are again teaming up for an innovative program that gives students a firsthand glimpse into the health care world.


Women's health talk

Dr. Jennifer Constable, a chiropractic doctor with a practice in Hamden, will give a presentation on women’s health at the Andes Public Library, 242 Main Street (Route 28) on Thursday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. The talk will cover myths and truths about women’s health, review how the body works, and explain the technique of nutrition response testing.


Andes garden tour planned for July 11

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A self-guided tour of Andes Gardens sponsored by the Andes Public Library will take place on Saturday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can pick up a map that day at the library from 10 a.m. on. The fee is $10 per person, children free.


Spring Sporting Weekend at YMCA

Claryville — A Spring Sporting Weekend at Frost Valley YMCA on June 20 and 21 will include a two-day Hunter Safety Course, along with a Women in the Outdoors event on Saturday.


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