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Students from Margaretville and Roxbury enjoyed a 12-day worldwind tour of Europe this month, including this stop at the ruins in Pompeii. Read more about their most excellent adventures in our Features or News sections! — Contributed Photo.

Bovina family of six left homeless by fire

By Brian Sweeney
A Bovina Center woman and her five children escaped serious injury in a September 24 fire, but lost their home and all possessions in the blaze. Shana McIntosh Eaglefeathers and her children were able to escape from their home after discovering the blaze. Eldest son, Sol, is being credited with helping rescue his siblings.


Fund-raisers planned to aid Bovina family

Community response has been swift and generous to assist Bovina Center residents Shana McIntosh-Eaglefeathers and her five children who were left homeless by a fire that destroyed their home last Thursday.

Monetary donations may be mailed to the “Fund for Shana’s Children” at the Delaware National Bank of Delhi, P.O. Box 508, Delhi, NY 13753.


Court upholds sentence in DWI death

By Jay Braman Jr.
The conviction of a Phoenicia woman, who plead guilty in March 2008 to charges related to a head-on crash on Route 28 that left a 78-year-old Roxbury man dead, has been upheld by a state appellate court, according to the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office.


Middletown seeking board candidates

Margaretville — The town board of the Town of Middletown is seeking persons interested in serving on the town’s various appointed boards. The boards involved are the planning board, zoning board of appeals and board of assessment review.


Annual Cauliflower Festival Saturday in Margaretville

Margaretville — The seventh annual Margaretville Cauliflower Festival this Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Village Park is a celebration of food, history and rural living. The free festival, which runs rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., pays tribute to an era when cauliflower production played an important role in the region’s social and economic life.


OCS teacher picket for new contract

By Jay Braman Jr.
After two years of negotiations there is still no new contract between the Onteora School District and the teachers that work there, prompting an estimated 175 staffers to form a picket line outside a school during the September board meeting.
Corey Cavallaro, president of the Onteora Teachers Association, said Monday the picket was an attempt to convince the board of education to pay more attention to the issue.


$865,000 awarded for Delaware work

Stamford — State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope), announced that $865,512 in state aid will be made available to the Town of Stamford under the state’s RESTORE NY program.
The funding will be used for the rehabilitation of two vacant properties on main streets in the villages of Hobart and Stamford.


Voting practice Oct. 9 in Andes

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Andes — A voting machine demonstration will be held on Friday, Oct. 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Andes Town Hall located at 115 Delaware Ave., Andes. The purpose of the demo is to familiarize voters with the new system they will be using this fall. Voters are encouraged to attend and cast a ballot for hands-on experience.


Right number: Verizon returns pay phone after outcry

By Jay Braman Jr.
Following a page one story in the Catskill Mountain News, Verizon has done an about face on the removal of area payphones.
It was reported last week that Verizon Technicians removed the payphone from out in front of the Big Indian Service Center, a phone used frequently in this noncellular area. Verizon planned to remove the other eight phones in the Town of Shandaken by Sept. 18 and the company hoped to eliminate 90 percent of all pay phones in Ulster County by Sept. 25.


Former county worker gets jail time on theft charges

By Brian Sweeney
A former Delaware County employee was sentenced to jail last week after she allegedly used her official position to steal more than $53,000 from child-support payment funds. Karen Faulkner, 50, of Trout Creek was sentenced to three months in jail and five years’ probation. She was also ordered to pay restitution of more than $53,000.


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