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Andes looks forward to facility upgrades

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By Matthew J. Perry
In the course of a routine, one-hour meeting, the Andes Town Board announced substantial infrastructure improvement plans at its monthly meeting last Tuesday evening. The board touched on projects slated for three different facilities; its wastewater treatment plant, swimming pool and highway garage, the latter of which is still to be built. It was also reported that despite a recent threat from the county board of elections, both the town’s polling sites will remain open.


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.”


Roxbury planning Sidewalk Festival for July 4

Roxbury — The annual Roxbury Sidewalk Festival, on Saturday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a daylong block party, with vendors and tag sales lining the shady Main Street and vintage baseball afoot in Kirkside Park, along with children’s fun, food galore and new this year: your chance to win big prizes aboard the Stimulus Surrey.


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.


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.


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.


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