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

Conservatory to honor O'Connor Foundation

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Hobart-based A. Lindsey and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, which has a long history of supporting the region, will be honored this Saturday at the 24th Annual Snowball at Belleayre Ski Center.
The foundation’s contribution to the region is one that is long and broad.


Harriet Grossman appointed to Fleischmanns Board post

By Jay Braman Jr.
Village resident Harriet Grossman has been appointed by the Fleischmanns Village Board to fill a vacancy created last October by the death of Trustee Malcolm Becker. Grossman had been a trustee for four years prior to an unsuccessful re-election bid in March when incumbent Martin Moralis was re-elected and voters ushered in newcomer Todd Pascarella to a trustee’s seat. That election also saw David Morell win the mayor’s job.


Faulty test tube blamed for OHS science class blast

By Jay Braman Jr.
The blast that occurred at the Onteora High School last Tuesday came as a surprise to everyone, but apparently to no one more than Donald Bucher. Bucher, a Phoenicia resident, is the veteran science teacher who was conducting an experiment with the chemical potassium chlorate when the accident occurred. Although he has safely done the same experiment dozens of times before, on Tuesday something went wrong, causing an explosion that broke a window in the classroom and injured Bucher and six students.


Hospital and MRCC change disposal practices following report from attorney general's office

Margaretville – Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center have made immediate adjustments to pharmaceutical and medical waste disposal in response to a report from the state attorney general’s office.


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.”


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