Weekend Highs

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LOOKING IT OVER — These young ladies were among the visitors at Belleayre Mountain’s Oktoberfest Fall Festival who enjoyed chair lift rides. A beautiful weekend and gorgeous foliage made for a nicely attended event. — Photo by Dick Sanford

DEC commissioner fired for fighting staff cuts

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was unceremoniously fired last week due to his public disagreement with Governor David Paterson’s plan to drastically cut the DEC’s staff and budget.


Polls open Tuesday for mid-term election

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By Brian Sweeney
Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to decide a number of races for statewide office.
In local competition, a hard-fought battle is being waged in the 42nd Senate District where incumbent Republican/Cons-ervative John Bonacic of Mt. Hope is facing a challenge from Democrat David Sager of Jeffersonville.


Hospital, Mountainside employees honored

Margaretville — The 38th annual Employee Recognition Dinner for Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center was held October 23 at Belleayre.


Wilber Corporation sale announced

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Oneonta — Officials with Community Bank System, Inc., headquartered in DeWitt, and The Wilber Corporation, headquartered in Oneonta, announced Monday the signing of a merger agreement in which Community Bank System will acquire The Wilber Corporation, parent company of Wilber National Bank, for $101.8 million in Community Bank System stock and cash, or $9.50 per share.


Employee Recognition Dinner

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Arrests made in crash that killed Margaretville woman

By Brian Sweeney
Two people have been arrested on charges resulting from a March 24 crash that claimed the life of a Margaretville woman.

The investigation by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department revealed that the two people charged in the accident had been “texting” with cell phones when the accident occurred.


McDevitt removed from ministry by Diocese

By Brian Sweeney
The former pastor of the Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville who pled guilty to sexual abuse charges has been permanently removed from the ministry.

It was announced last week by the diocese that the Rev. James McDevitt is no longer permitted to celebrate mass or other sacraments or to engage in any other public activities as a priest.


Plattekill Mt. tops county tourism honors

By Margaret Inge
Eighteen years ago, Laszlo Vajtay bought Plattekill Ski Center at a bankruptcy sale. On Thursday, the efforts he and his wife Danielle have made to give life to that investment were honored with the Arnold Banker Tourism Award from the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce at the chamber’s Annual Membership Awards Dinner at Hanah Country Resort.Laszlo and Danielle VajtayLaszlo and Danielle Vajtay

The evening also included a Special Recognition Award for the Hot Food Culinary Team from the State University of New York at Delhi who recently took first place at a prestigious national competition. New England Wood Pellets of Deposit and Haggerty Ace Hardware in Delhi were respectively honored as New Business and Business of the Year.


State of the art CT scanner goes into service at hospital

A brand new CT scanner was delivered to Margaretville Hospital on October 15 and will be put into service by October 25. New CT ScannerNew CT Scanner

The GE 16-Slice BrightSpeed Elite Select Scanner includes upgraded software that provides images equivalent to those of a 50-slice scanner, among the most sophisticated available. The scanner was lowered into the hospital through a hole cut into the roof.

Roberta Scism, RT, (R) (M), chief radiology technician at Margaretville Hospital, said the new equipment replaces a CT scanner that utilized 1990s technology. She explained that the new scanner features a unique detective system that provides more detail, better quality images and timelier scans.


Seven percent enrollment drop in Onteora

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Onteora Central School District began the 2009-2010 school year with 1,655 students. The district began the current school year with an enrollment of 1,544, a decline of seven percent or 111 students. Like many districts in the region, Onteora’s student population is shrinking.


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