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Students from Margaretville and Roxbury enjoyed a 12-day worldwind tour of Europe this month, including this stop at the ruins in Pompeii. Read more about their most excellent adventures in our Features or News sections! — Contributed Photo.

Roxbury’s Turn of the Century Day is Saturday

Turn of the Century DayTurn of the Century DayAll the old-time mountain fun of 1898 comes but once a year in Roxbury’s celebrated Turn of the Century Day festivities. This Saturday, Sept. 4 the entire family can enjoy vintage baseball, children’s crafts and games, a parade of fashion, vaudeville acrobats, spectacular fireworks at dusk, and as always, plenty of vintage victuals, including grilled sausage sandwiches, chicken barbecue, fruit pies and beer and wine for the grownups. 


OCS readies for new year; enrollment drop projected

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Onteora Central School District will start the 2010-2011 school year next short one school board member and with an interim superintendent. And, with fewer students than last year.
The Phoenicia Elementary School, which has traditionally had two kindergarten sections, will have only one this year due to a current enrollment of only 18 kids.


Catskill Interpretive Center kiosk dedicated in Mt. Tremper

Mount Tremper — Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannies, and other local officials today formally unveiled and dedicated the new Catskill Interpretive Kiosk site.


Anti-gas drilling rally September 8 in Delhi

Delhi — A group of Delaware County residents will hold an anti-gas drilling rally and march in Delhi on Wednesday, September 8 from 5-6 p.m. in front of the Delaware County Office Building on Courthouse Square before and during the county board of supervisors’ monthly meeting there. 


Area school districts prepping for new year

By Brian Sweeney
Final preparations are underway at area schools as they prepare for the opening of a new academic year.

Margaretville
The first day of classes at Margaretville Central School is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 7 with a full class schedule.

MCS teachers will report on September 1 for Superintendent's Conference Day One, where they will be trained on a new Student Management System called PowerSchool. On September 2, Superintendent’s Conference Day 2 will be held for all teachers and staff to review final preparations for the first day of school.


Re-Store

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The design team of artist Grant Collier, above at left, student assistant Jacob Liberatore, at rear, and architect and project developer Andrew Williams chose a barber shop as the theme of their re-store design project. Featured in their design is a barber chair, in which Williams is sitting, that was used by longtime Roxbury barber Bob Cole.


Grand jury dismisses one abuse charge stemming from Phoenicia sexual assault

By Jay Braman Jr.
An Ulster County Grand Jury has dismissed charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment and third-degree sexual abuse against a Phoenicia man but indicted another man in the same incident.
The charges against John Oakley, 45, of Phoenicia were dismissed, according to a grand jury report from District Attorney Holley Carnright’s office.


Fire damage limited at New Kingston home

By Brian Sweeney
A New Kingston home sustained only minor damage in a fire Sunday evening. The fire on the property of Richard and Pat Connell reportedly started in a woodpile adjacent to the house, according to Margaretville Fire Chief Gene Rosa.


Scenic Byway project is back on track

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The monthly meeting of the Central Catskills Collaborative (CCC) will not take place this coming Thursday, but instead will be convened in September.

Group advisor Peter Manning said that he is in the process of reviewing a compilation of “local assets” collected by representatives from the seven communities participating in the project. The assets, a collection of attractions ranging from geological features to nice shops, are said to be the gems threaded together by 50 miles of Route 28 between The towns of Olive and Andes.


NBDC names photo exposition winners

Amanda Gifford in silhouetteAmanda Gifford in silhouetteWalton —The winning entrants in National Bank of Delaware County’s “Faces of Delaware County” contest were picked in a lively session of judging on August 11.

All winning entries and most, if not all other entries will be on display at the bank’s booth in the commercial tent at the Delaware County Fair, and then start making the rounds of the NBDC offices in Walton, Andes, Franklin, Hamden, Stamford and Roxbury.


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