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SPA TREATMENT — After a 14-year review, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has ended its environmental review of the Belleayre Resort. Above, an artist’s rendition of the Highmount Spa Resort portion of the resort.

Gas leases purchased

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By Brian Sweeney
An Oklahoma-based energy company last month purchased eight gas leases in the towns of Andes, Bovina and Hamden.

All of the leases were originally signed in early 2008 between the property owners and Penn Virginia Oil and Gas Company. Filings with the Delaware County Clerk’s Office show that eight leases in these local townships were conveyed to Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C. effective April 1, 2011.


Towns agree to limit NYC land purchases

By Pauline Liu 
With one week to go before the June 22 deadline for watershed towns to decide on the hamlet extension issue, the Andes Town Board voted 3-to-1 last Tuesday in favor of a resolution that would continue to ban New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from buying parcels or easements within its designated hamlet areas.

That same evening, the Town of Middletown Board voted unanimously to slightly expand hamlet boundaries in Halcottsville and New Kingston and to add a Kelly Corners hamlet designation.


ACS names top grads

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Andes Central School has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2011.
Gina Tait, the daughter of Dale and Judith Tait of Andes has been named the valedictorian. Gina has been very active in all aspects of student life at ACS. She is a tri-sport athlete, playing soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter and softball in the spring.


Ark Animal Clinic now open; Woodstock vet expands

By Pauline Liu
The Ark Animal Clinic at 42838 state Highway 28 in Arkville is now officially open for business. This week, a permanent roadside sign was installed outside the facility, which is located next to the Bottini Fuel office.

Last week, the clinic was granted a variance from the Middletown Zoning Board of Appeals. However, the process of getting the clinic officially up and running in Arkville  turned out to be a bit round about, since the business first opened its doors on May 9.


Local table tennis enthusiast takes silver at Empire State Games

By Pauline Liu
The complete results of the Empire State Senior Games are to be released any day now. For the record, 78-year-old Ray Sprague of Margaretville is a winner, no matter who’s keeping score.

Last weekend, the table tennis champ competed in the games for the 23rd straight year. He placed second in singles, doubles and mixed doubles competitions in the 75-79 age category and took home three silver medals. Over the years, he’s won gold in the singles category 12 times. 


Shandaken in Bloom garden tour on June 26

Shandaken — Visit six glorious gardens during the “Shandaken in Bloom” garden tour on Sunday, June 26 from 10 a .m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets for the tour are $20 and benefit the Shandaken Democratic Committee. Advanced tickets are on sale at the Tenderland Home, Main Street in Phoenicia.

The tour starts with map/purchase ticket pick up  at the Gazebo, Main Street and Route 214 in Phoenicia and features shady woodland gardens, intensive organic vegetables, classic cottage gardens, reflecting pool, and field cutting garden.


Village merchants unite to protest dry stream

By Pauline Liu
The signs began popping up in several storefronts along Main Street in Margaretville last week. They’ve got people talking about how the once picturesque stream that ran through the village has gone dry again.


Downstate anglers on the hook for violations

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Roscoe — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced Tuesday that four Bronx men pleaded guilty to various trout fishing violations that took place on June 4 at the famous Junction Pool, where the Beaver kill and Willowemoc Rivers meet in Roscoe.

The Environmental Conservation Officers (ECO) nearest to the scene, Region 4 ECOs Vernon Bauer and Nathan Doig, responded to a complaint from an angler who noticed several anglers taking more than the five-fish limit for trout and ignoring the nine-inch minimum size limit.


Hamlet expansion on table in Roxbury and Middletown

By Pauline Liu
With the June 22 deadline looming for towns to decide on the issue of hamlet extension, town board members in Roxbury and Middletown took up the matter this week.

The Roxbury board voted on Monday night. The five-member board voted 4-1 to extend the hamlet area by 440 acres, thereby increasing the amount of land within the hamlet that cannot be sold to New York City under the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Land Acquisition Program.


Doug Hinkley inducted into Hall of Fame

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Telephone Company President Doug Hinkley was inducted into the NYS Telephone Association (NYSTA) on June 7.

Doug, a Margaretville resident, was honored at the association’s 90th Annual Conference held at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown. The hall of fame membership is the highest tribute that can be achieved by professionals in New York State’s telephone industry.

“It’s quite an honor,” Doug told the News.


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