Tom Turkey goes a'courting

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The spring romance season is in full swing for turkeys and these Toms offered a brilliant display as they tried to impress the females. — Photo by Brian Sweeney

Gitter denies Post claim of blocked land purchase

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Big Indian businessman Dean Gitter, the man behind the proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park, refuted recent claims by Albany media star Fred Dicker who said State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has blocked the sale of 1,200 acres of land by Gitter to New York State.


Arkville Water District loan to be repaid early

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A long-term loan for the Arkville Water District will be paid off seven years early through utilization of a fund balance.

The Middletown Town Board, which oversees the district, voted last week to apply district funds to pay $55,000 remaining on a long-term loan.


Park cleanup will be Sunday in Margaretville

Margaretville — The Conference of Methodist Churches has been asked to participate in a community service project in their local parish.  Members of the Margaretville United Methodist Church will do a village park cleanup on Sunday, April 25. 


NYC comedienne offers workshop and show at RAG

Roxbury — Adrianne Tolsch, a New York City comedienne with a stiletto wit, will perform at The Roxbury Arts Group on Saturday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. She will also offer a comedy workshop on the basic principles of improvisation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Heart of the Catskills planning spring dance, auction April 24

Highmount — Tickets are available now for the 11th Annual Heart of the Catskills Spring Dance and Auction on Saturday, April 24 starting at 6 p.m. at Belleayre’s Overlook Lodge. A major fund-raiser for the area’s largest animal shelter, the Humane Society’s Spring Dance and Auction blends music and goodies-for-bid on top of Belleayre Mountain to benefit the homeless dogs and cats of Delaware County.


Andes students explored new world with trip to Guatemala

By John Bernhardt
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel see only a page.” If you pay heed to St. Augustine, eight Andes students completed a fascinating chapter on a six-day school travel club excursion to Guatemala in March. In Guatemala, the Andes contingent saw life from a new perspective and experienced a world they had never realized before.


Lost boy found in Andes woods

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By Brian Sweeney
An 11-year-old was found unharmed early Sunday after he became lost the previous afternoon in the Town of Andes. The boy, who police did not wish to identify, reportedly left a seasonal residence on Perch Lake Road about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. When the youngster failed to return for dinner around 6 o’clock, his father began an hour-long search.


Halcott Center man dies after fire call

By Brian Sweeney
A 52-year-old Halcott Center resident died April 2 of an apparent heart attack shortly after firefighters extinguished a brush fire on his property. John D. Bammel was pronounced dead at Margaretville Hospital after he was transported there by emergency personnel.


Former Sacred Heart priest in court; justice calls for selection of trial date

By Julia Green
Rev. James J. McDevitt, the former priest at the Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville, appeared briefly in the Town of Middletown Justice Court Thursday morning. McDevitt is currently facing charges of sexual misconduct for incidents that allegedly occurred during his time at the parish. McDevitt appeared with his newly appointed attorney, Paul L. Gruner, who requested a 30-day adjournment to familiarize himself with the case.


Spending cuts made in Margaretville Central School budget

By Julia Green
The Margaretville Central School (MCS) Board of Education met last Wednesday for the third workshop in its budget process, which was primarily focused on looking at a budget work-up, as presented by MCS Superintendent Tony Albanese.
The board is currently considering a 2010-11 school-year budget of $10,734,078 as compared to $10,588,958 for the 2009-10 school year. The board will vote on the proposed budget at its monthly meeting on April 26.


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