First Day of School

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MIXED FEELINGS — Peyton Cortese gives a reassuring hug to her little sister, Jenna, as she gets set for the first day of school at Roxbury last Thursday. Click on the photo to see more images of Roxbury's first day of school in our image galleries. — Photo by Dick Sanford

Local use of heroin and painkillers on the rise

By Pauline Liu
The headlines reflect a trend that law enforcement officials in Delaware County have known for years. Opiate abuse, including heroin and prescription drugs, is on the rise in this region.


Ulster County to redistribute legislative districts

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Ulster County Legislature is about to change.
A commission has been charged under the Ulster County Charter with creating 23 single-member legislative districts to replace the current 12 districts, which are represented by a total of 33 legislators.

Each new district is to have 7,934 residents, plus or minus five percent, meaning districts can have between 7,537 and 8,330 residents. Among the goals of the commission is to keep legislative districts within town boundaries whenever possible.


Fleischmanns theater ownership still in limbo

By Jay Braman Jr.
The fate of the Fleischmanns Theater remains tangled up in the courts.

That is the word from Village Mayor Dave Morell, who with the village’s board of trustees took action two years ago to seize ownership of the long-vacant venue after the owners had not paid property taxes for several years.


Copper bandit hits Arkville

By Pauline Liu
High prices for scrap metal, especially copper, in this floundering economy have resulted in a major nationwide theft problem. Telecommunications firms, power companies and railroads have all fallen victim to copper thieves. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the costs of repairs and replacement total over $1 billion per year.  One of the most daring copper heists took place in Picher, OK, where thieves used chainsaws to cut down utility poles and then caused a blackout as they somehow managed to make off with 3,000 feet of copper wire without being electrocuted.


Walk to end Alzheimer's in Andes

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By Pauline Liu
Alzheimer’s disease affects about one in every 60 Americans so it’s bound to touch many lives. It is a disease so prevalent, that the Alzheimer’s Association now calls it an epidemic.  Alzheimer’s causes loss of memory and reasoning skills. It is the most common form of dementia. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association has been raising awareness and money for research through its annual Walk to End Alzheimer.  Last year’s walk raised more than $300 million nationwide and was held in nearly 600 communities.  


Local leaders react to PA fracking spill

By Pauline Liu
The hydrofracking crisis in Pennsylvania last week was closely watched by the entire nation and here in Delaware County town supervisors have been carefully weighing in on the situation.

The incident, which led to the spill of thousands of gallons of hydraulic fracturing fluid into streams and farm fields in Bradford County, PA, has added new fuel to the already heated nationwide debate over the safety of gas drilling.


Locally filmed 'Stake Land' hits theatres

By Brian Sweeney
“Stake Land,” a movie filmed extensively in local communities and featuring a number of area residents as extras, opened in limited release on Friday.

Angelique Biasutto of Arkville is among those with a small role in the movie. In a key sequence, the young actress (she was four when filming took place here in the fall of 2009) dances with Nick Damici, one of the movie’s primary vampire slayers.


Stone Tavern plans more music events

By Pauline Liu
The owners of the Stone Tavern Farm in Roxbury say negotiations are currently underway for the return of the Desiderata Festival this summer.

“We are negotiating right now,” said John Burrows, who’s been talking with several organizers of the festival. “They would prefer a smaller place that’s not so spread out. They were scheduled to have a meeting with me last Thursday, but one of them had bronchitis, so we’re supposed to meet next week.”


No tax hikes in Fleischmanns budget

By Jay Braman Jr.
For the second year in a row, the Fleischmanns Village Budget will not bring any tax increaes for property owners.

“No tax increases…..again” was all Mayor David Morell said proudly at Monday night’s meeting of the village board of trustees.

The budget however, is not yet etched in stone. It will be the subject at a public hearing next Monday, May 2, beginning at 5:10 p.m. The hearing, to be held in the Skene Memorial Library, follows a 4pm workshop where trustees will discuss the spending plan and possibly make some changes to it.


Free rabies clinics in May

Delhi— The Delaware County Public Health Nursing Service will hold free rabies vaccination clinics in the area on two dates in May.

The first clinic will be held at the Arkville Firehall on May 13 from 5 -7 p.m.
The second will be held at the Fleischmanns Firehall on May 27, also from 5-7 p.m.


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