Tom Turkey goes a'courting

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The spring romance season is in full swing for turkeys and these Toms offered a brilliant display as they tried to impress the females. — Photo by Brian Sweeney

Family Dollar store not changing plans

By Julia Green
You can bet your bottom dollar on it. There is a signed agreement and it’s coming.
That was the assurance of Lawrence Tillick of Canandaigua, the developer of the Family Dollar store that has been proposed to be built next to the post office in Margaretville. Tillick, who also developed the Family Dollar store in Stamford, added that the initial lease has a term of 10 years.


Margaretville woman killed as explosion destroys home

By Brian Sweeney
An 80-year-old Margaretville resident was killed Thursday when a huge explosion and subsequent fire destroyed her home on West Hubbell Hill Road.
Florence Mathis, well-known in the community for her many years of volunteerism, was killed instantly in the explosion that erupted about 6 p.m. and was reportedly heard for miles.


Who is Marcellus Shale?

Region getting education about natural gas drilling

By Matthew J. Perry
The Central New York Landowners Association will bring a lawyer, a geologist and 55,000 acres of land to a forum at 7 p.m. tomorrow night at Delaware Academy in Delhi to spread awareness of the gas-bearing formation called the Marcellus Shale, which is locked thousands of feet under the Catskills, and the complicated means of getting it out.


Greene Co. resorts feeling blue over "unfair" Belleayre competition

By Jay Braman Jr.
Greene County interests remain relentless in their efforts to put Belleayre Mountain’s finances under a microscope. Last week that county’s legislature adopted a resolution urging Gov. David Paterson to sign a bill establishing an independent commission to examine competition in the state’s outdoor recreation industry.


Anticipating cellular towers, Bovina may overhaul town regs

By Matthew J. Perry
The Bovina Planning Board is reviewing laws from other municipalities in Delaware County to prepare for the possibility of cell tower construction inside its borders. With input from Delaware County Planning Board consultant Justin Shaw, the board reviewed its own existing zoning regulations on Monday night, in addition to poring over details from laws that have been passed or drafted in the towns of Kortright and Meredith.


Sen. John Bonacic officiates over dedication of Andes Hall

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By Matthew J. Perry
The Town of Andes dedicated its new town hall on Saturday in a ceremony made especially official by the attendance of the man whose name has been lent to the building.
At noon sharp, State Senator John Bonacic was on hand to cut a purple ribbon at the doors of the new facility, which is located on Delaware Avenue next to Andes Central School. Officials of Andes unveiled a plaque, now placed in the building’s lobby, honoring the senator for his work with the town and the district at large.


Water Discovery Center model unveiled; organizers hope to start building in three years

Charter members and friends and the public gathered at the Town of Middletown’s Town Hall to view a scale model of the proposed Water Discovery Center (WDC) to be built in Arkville. The model, created by Ryerson Studios in Kingston, was accompanied by briefings from the architect, Joseph Hurwitz of West Hurley, and the exhibit designer, Leonard Levitan of Shandaken and New York City.


WCPA pleased with comments on wind project

By Julia Green
The majority of comments submitted to the Roxbury Planning Board in response to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Moresville Wind Project support the Western Catskill Preservation Alliance’s (WCPA) assertion that the project is impossible as it is currently outlined, according to Ron Karam, president of the WCPA.


Landowners organizing to prepare for natural gas lease solicitations

By Matthew J. Perry
The pie-in-the-sky stories promise money beyond comprehension. In Texas, the savviest received $20,000 an acre. Royalties on productive wells can bring in thousands more to the luckiest. Land, once too expensive to farm or keep in the family, suddenly becomes the source of salvation.


American Broadband to buy Margaretville Telephone Co.

By Brian Sweeney
The Margaretville Tele-phone Co. Inc. (MTC), a corporate and civic leader throughout the region since 1916, will be purchased by American Broadband Communications LLC, it was announced last week. The new owner is based in Charlotte, N.C. and specializes in acquiring telecommunications firms with fewer than 5,000 lines.


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