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ALL TOGETHER NOW — A group shot of the actors in the Margaretville Central School Scitamard Society’s presentation of “SEUSSICAL” ™ performed April 4 & 5. You'll find more information and photos about the play in our News or Features sections. — Photo by Doris Warner

Phoenicia students win state contest for "green" project

By Jay Braman Jr.
Students from the Phoenicia Elementary School in the Onteora School District have won first place in their division in the state senate’s 17th annual I*MA*GREEN*NATION contest.
Phoenicia music teacher David Laks in collaboration with fourth-grade teacher Sharon McInerney and her talented class showed its true colors – green – this week when it won the award, a statewide competition sponsored by Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), that focuses on environmental problems and solutions.


Margaretville second-graders suspended after assault plot is unveiled

By Brian Sweeney
Seven second-graders at Margaretville Central School were suspended last week after they were accused of developing a plot to assault a classmate. The students were issued appearance tickets from the Delaware County Probation Department. The youths have also been suspended from school for five days. The children range in age from seven to nine.


Opinions are heavily negative at public hearings about wind project

By Julia Green

They had lots to say and what they said was overwhelmingly negative.

The majority of comments made by area residents at two public hearings held by the Roxbury Planning Board regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Moresville Wind Project last week were given by those opposed to the project.


Middletown Planning Board mulling over Comprehensive Plan

By Matthew J. Perry
After more than a decade in limbo, the vision of a comprehensive plan for the Town of Middletown is taking shape in extensive discussions on the planning board, although it remains an open question what the final result will look like.


Andes planners near major subdivision OK

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By Matthew J. Perry
The Andes Planning Board held a public hearing Monday on an 88-acre, eight-lot subdivision on land owned by Harold Cole above the Andel Inn on Route 28. Several neighboring landowners attended the hearing to review site maps and ask questions of Cole and Doug Wooden, acting surveyor, but no objections to the project were raised.


Humane Society gift store has year-round home

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Like lost and abandoned pets, some of the best gifts just need to find their right “forever” homes. Thanks to the ambitious vision of its board, the tireless muscle of many volunteers and the generosity of landlord, Andy Wos, the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society (HCHS) now has a more permanent home for its own gift store at 119 Main Street in Andes, next to Hogan’s General Store. 


Area schools feel pinch of fuel increases

By Matthew J. Perry
As school administrators in the region prepare budgets for the coming year, unprecedented increases in fuel costs are pushing officials to concoct evermore creative solutions to meet projected expenses.
At present, schools in Roxbury, Margaretville and Andes appear to have absorbed roughly 50 percent increases in the price of heating oil and diesel fuel without accompanying cuts in scholastic programs. But, with prices continuing to climb, officials are concerned that projected costs might have to be revised upward later in the year.


Belleayre supporters call Greene charges "economic genocide"

Neighboring county says state funding gives advantage to Belleayre Mtn.

By Jay Braman Jr.
Outrage and frustration continue to mount in the Catskill Region following two major announcements impacting Belleayre Mt. Ski Center.
With Greene County officials issuing renewed calls for audits of Belleayre and with the announcement of a major public/private partnership to expand New York State owned and operated Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks, Belleayre supporters coined the phrase ‘economic genocide’ to describe what they see happening locally.


Margaretville zoning issues are focus of May 19 meeting

By Julia Green
There will be an open meeting of the Margaretville Village Board at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 19 in the village clerk’s office to discuss changes in the village’s zoning laws.
Nicole Franzese of the Delaware County Planning Board will be on hand to explain and discuss what has been a contested, and at times, confusing issue for village residents. Also on hand will be the village’s attorney, David Merzig.


Shandaken considering new sidewalks for its portion of Smart Growth funding

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board is looking for ideas on how to use their share of $88,000 in state grants. The details surrounding a $500,000 pot of gold are sketchy, said Supervisor Peter DiSclafani Monday night, but right now it looks like the state has earmarked that amount to fund projects along the Route 28 corridor between Olive and Andes. The fund could be divided up between all the communities along that substantial stretch of highway, with each guaranteed a minimum of $42,000 and up to $88,000.


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