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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.


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.


County conducting land survey

Delhi — Delaware County has contracted with Penn State University to conduct a random telephone survey of county residents during the month of June. The survey’s purpose is to objectively determine the level of awareness and views of county residents pertaining to the New York City Land Acquisition Program.


Red-hot Pistolera plays Saturday at RAG center

Roxbury — Pistolera, a New York City based band that draws from traditional styles of Mexican music while fusing it with a pop-rock sensibility, will take the stage at The Roxbury Arts Center on Saturday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m.
The electrifying quartet defines the Latin alt-folklorico genre, featuring the Spanish lyric songs of vocalist and guitarist Sandra Lilia Velásquez, the driving accordion melodies of Maria Elena, and the unbeatable rhythm section of bassist Inca B. Satz and drummer Ani Cordero.


Margaretville native Max Finberg named to Obama administration post

By Julia Green
In 1988, Max Finberg was walking the hallways of Margaretville Central School, preparing to graduate and head to Tufts University near Boston. Now, 21 years later, he’s walking the streets of Washington, D.C., as the newest appointee to a post within the Obama administration. Finberg, the son of Mike and Joanne Finberg of Margaretville, was recently named Director of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Construction delays expected from Mt. Tremper bridge work

By Jay Braman Jr.
New York State Route 28 corridor travelers should plan an extra few minutes to their commutes for several weeks. Work crews assembled a temporary traffic light early Monday morning in Mount Tremper on the state-owned highway.


Burroughs Community Day planned June 13 in Roxbury

Roxbury — Peter Forbes, a writer, photographer, farmer and conservationist will be the featured speaker at John Burroughs Community Day on Saturday, June 13 in Roxbury. The annual event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Roxbury Arts Group’s gallery and performance center on Vega Mountain Rd., one block off Roxbury’s Main Street. This free celebration of nature, heritage, and the spirit of community is held each year by Woodchuck Lodge Inc. to honor revered literary naturalist and Roxbury native John Burroughs.


Hinchey, Murphy, DiNapoli among Democratic Dinner guests

Delhi — Several invited guests will be in attendance at the Delaware County Democratic dinner on Saturday, June 20 at the SUNY Delhi Hospitality Center.
Those expected to speak to those gathered are state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli; Representatives in Congress Scott Murphy (D-20-Glens Falls) and Maurice Hinchey (D-22-Hurley); June O’Neil, the state Democratic committee chair; and Irene Stein, who chairs the state Rural Democrats.


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