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Area high school graduations are Friday and Saturday

Leslie Roselli will serve as the keynote speaker at the 2009 Andes Central School graduation ceremony on Friday, June 26. The celebration will be held at 7 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. Seven graduates will receive their diplomas.
ACS seniors Hattie Brown and Melody Grapes, who possess averages less than one percent apart, will serve as co-valedictorians of the Class of 2009.


Railroads will be program focus

Delhi — Two Delaware County historical organizations are teaming together in July to promote a presentation on the Ontario and Western Railway. The Delhi Historical Society and the Delaware County Historical Association will welcome Professor Doug Barberio, noted aficionado and historian of the O&W, on Saturday afternoon, July 11 at 1p.m. Professor Barberio will deliver an informative presentation concerning that portion of the O&W which once traversed Delaware County.


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.


New sewer technology offered to Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
The cost of building and operating a sewer system in Phoenicia, along with related technological issues, has kept the project at a controversial standstill for years, but new technology has now appeared that may convince voters in this hamlet that installing a system is the right thing to do.
Three years ago voters in the district turned down plans for a conventional system that would have cost $17 million.


Chamber golf tourney a big hit

The 10th annual Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament was another great success, stated Mary Beth Silano, executive director.
Eighty participants turned out to play in the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce 10th annual Golf Outing, held at Delhi College Golf Course. The Mang Insurance Agency was the corporate sponsor for the chamber’s outing.


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