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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.

County set to OK budget; fearful of Albany fallout

By Matthew J. Perry
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on its proposed 2009 budget on November 25 at noon. Presently, the county has proposed a spending plan totaling $99,706,075 and a 4.97 percent increase in the tax levy, a substantial increase over last year’s increase of one percent.


CHA asks Governor to take away Belleayre funds

By Jay Braman Jr.
An organization that opposes the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park has asked Governor David Paterson, who is this week seeking $2 billion worth of cuts to the state’s budget, to reconsider the $60 million expenditure currently earmarked for a proposed public/private partnership project at Belleayre Mountain, saying that now is not the time for this type of public spending.
But the developers of the project quickly countered with an announcement that they feel the region needs this type of public spending now more than ever.


DEP land acquisition plans focus of community meetings

By Matthew J. Perry
Delaware County has scheduled four public meetings on New York City’s land acquisition program for the week of Nov. 17 to 21. Watershed commissioner Dean Frazier and representatives from Downeast Development Group, a consulting firm from Nova Scotia, will officiate at each meeting.


Public receives update on Arkville pool project

By Matthew J. Perry
At a Nov. 13 public hearing on the proposed Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville, local residents viewed preliminary drawings, asked questions and politely voiced their concerns.
In turn, they were informed politely that the project’s financing, scope and lifetime are nowhere near finalization, and that it will be months before they even know if the pool will function only in warm weather or year-round.


Bovina adopts budget; sets cell tower hearing

By Matthew J. Perry
The Town of Bovina adopted a 2009 budget after a public hearing on October 30. Residents can expect a 4.07 percent rise in the tax levy over this year.
At its regular meeting last Tuesday, the town board expressed satisfaction with the increase, which is considered modest considering the difficult economic climate. The tax levy increase was offset by the application of $56,000 in highway funds that were left over from 2008 provisions.


Arkville Water District upgrade to be focus of Dec. 1 public meeting

Staff report
A second public informational meeting to review changes to a proposed upgrade plan for the Arkville Water District is set for Monday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Middletown Town Hall.
Based on input received at the initial public meeting on October 16, the loan portion of the project has been reduced by $128,000. This amount was originally projected to be $875,175 and is now estimated to be $747,175.


Prospects are strong for Big Game season

By Brian Sweeney
The 2008 Big Game Hunting Season in the Southern Zone, which opens Saturday, Nov. 15, is shaping up to be another strong one, according to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Following several years of low harvests, the 2007 deer take numbers were up sharply across most of the state. DEC officials expect the higher deer take trend to continue this year, but at a slower growth rate.


"Historic" Dry Brook bridge question keeps family without access to home

By Julia Green
Historic or not historic – that’s the question blocking reconstruction of a bridge that spans the Dry Brook stream on George Road near Arkville.
The bridge, which provides access to a residence owned by Joe and Cathy Milnikiewicz, has been deemed an unsafe structure and as such has been closed for the past three years.
Until the mid-1960s, the bridge at the current location was a covered bridge. In 1964 or 1965, the covered bridge was removed and the current bridge was put in its place. The current bridge was relocated from another site, having been constructed in 1907.


Shandaken leader admits error in awarding a no-bid contract

By Jay Braman Jr.
He’s done it before, but some expect that he won’t do it again.


Andes supervisor paints bleak picture of cost of NYC's acquisition program

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By Matthew J. Perry
Andes Supervisor Marty Donnelly used a quiet town board meeting on Tuesday to raise community awareness of an Environmental Impact Study that has been commissioned by the county to assess the affects of New York City’s land acquisition program.
A final draft of the study, which is being conducted by the Downeast Group, a consulting firm based in Nova Scotia, is expected in February 2009. This month, Downeast representatives are conducting informational meetings in Delhi, Walton, Middletown and Stamford. Preliminary study findings will be presented, and county residents will have the opportunity to comment and voice their concerns.


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