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WHIRLING AND TWIRLING — Rides are always a big part of the excitment at the Delaware County Fair in Walton. These brave souls were among the 78,000 visitors who enjoyed the festivities at this year’s fair. Enjoy more photos from the fair in our Features section. — Photo by Dick Sanford

Bonacic calls on city to buy "mineral rights"

By Matthew J. Perry
State Senator John J. Bonacic on Monday called for New York City to “purchase” the mineral rights of landowners in the city’s watershed who may be forbidden to lease their land to natural gas companies. In the same press release he accused downstate powers of employing “back door” methods: achieving strict watershed regulations by putting pressure on state agencies.


Supervisors fear NYC controls in watershed gas drilling future

By Matthew J. Perry
There has been little public comment at local town meetings. Unless a Delaware County resident has a taste for the hurly-burly of state politics, it is hardly a pressing issue, especially when compared to the pain caused by the local dreary economic climate.


Six students, teacher injured in OCS laboratory explosion

By Jay Braman Jr.
An explosion occurred in a chemistry lab at Onteora High School at 11 a.m. on Tuesday that broke windows in the room and sent six students and their teacher to the hospital. District officials have refused to release the names of the injured students or their teacher.


Fleischmanns residents win big in Lottery game for second time

By Brian Sweeney
For the second time in a little more than two years, a Fleischmanns family has struck it rich playing the New York State Lottery. Philip and Tracy Auchmoody took home a $45,000 prize in the Dec. 27 Win Four drawing. It was a great feeling for the couple, but the prize was dwarfed by the $1 million winning ticket that the Auchmoodys held in the Lottery’s Extravaganza game in November 2007.


Congressman Scott Murphy makes local stops; offers updates on regional issues

By Julia Green
It was only fitting that a stop along the way for Congressman Scott Murphy’s whistle-stop tour of sorts last Thursday was the Delaware & Ulster Railroad in Arkville, where he presented the railroad with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for Historic Preservation. In addition to the presentation, the congressman also fielded questions from local citizens on a number of pressing issues, including gas drilling, health care, and agricultural issues.


Fleischmanns Board appeals theater foreclosure ruling

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Fleischmanns Village Board has filed an appeal of last month’s court ruling which said that the owner of the Main Street Fleischmanns Theater building, or the bank that holds the mortgage on the building, has a right to pay past due village taxes and maintain ownership of the property.
At a village board meeting Monday evening, Fleischmanns Mayor Dave Morell said, “We have filed an appeal.”


Wind turbine setback rules challenged in Moresville project

By Julia Green
The Western Catskill Preservation Alliance (WCPA) released a statement last week challenging the wind turbine setback requirements in the towns of Roxbury and Stamford, taking official steps to increase setbacks to adequately reflect the 1,300-foot guideline advised by the turbine manufacturer.


Shandaken weighing Ulster proposal for town to start plowing county roads

By Jay Braman Jr.
There are changes coming in Shandaken.
Monday night was the first night for incoming Supervisor Robert Stanley, the Republican Councilman who defeated former Supervisor Peter DiSclafani at the polls last November. And while the new administration is already shaking things up a bit with a plan to cut back on one town employee’s salary and also make significant changes to the town planning board, it was Stanley’s announcement about the town’s highway department possibly taking over some of the snowplowing chores for Ulster County that seemed to be the biggest change for 2010.


Man escapes fire that destroyed Roxbury home

By Brian Sweeney
A Roxbury man was left homeless after his house was destroyed in a fire on Saturday night.
Firefighters were called to the Ridge Road home of Harry Sparks shortly after 9 p.m. when a neighbor spotted flames coming from the residence.


Longstanding RCS roof problems lead board to propose replacement

By Brian Sweeney
Ongoing problems with the roof installed as part of the Roxbury Central School’s 1996 expansion project have led school officials to propose a new roof for the addition. RCS District residents will vote on the expenditure of nearly $600,000 for a roof replacement project on Tuesday, Feb. 2.


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