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DEEP STUFF — Firefighters from Grand Gorge and Hobart traveled to the Buffalo area last week to assist local communities with efforts to cope with up to seven feet of snow that buried the area from several lake-effect storms. — Contributed photo

County gears up for flu threat

By Julia Green
Across the country, sniffles and low-grade fevers have led to increased vigilance and alarm in recent weeks, as national awareness of the H1N1 virus – known colloquially as “swine flu” – continues to grow.


Shandaken power shifts to Republicans

By Jay Braman Jr.
Republican challenger Rob Stanley bested Democratic incumbent Peter DiSclafani in last week’s election, and with the win secured by fellow Republican Jack Jordan, who will take a town council seat come January, there will no longer be a Democratic majority on the town board.


Margaretville defeats CV-S to claim Section IV title

The Margaretville Blue Devils defeated top-seeded Cherry Valley-Springfield 2-1 on Saturday to claim the 2009 Section IV Class D championship title.
The Blue Devils held a 1-0 lead at halftime off an early goal by Javier Martinez, who struck again in the second half to give Margaretville a two-goal lead.


Margaretville defeats Candor 5-0

The Margaretville boys soccer team defeated Candor in the Section 4 Class D semi-final game Wednesday at the Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta. Margaretville, seeded number 2 in their division, will face Cherry Valley-Springfield, the number 1 seed, in the championship game on Saturday. CV-S defeated Morris to advance. Go Blue Devils!


Local election results

One of the two seats up for grabs on the Middletown Town Council will be decided by the absentee voters. After votes were tallied from Tuesday's election, counts showed incumbent Michael Finberg had won one of the two seats available on the town council; Democratic candidate John Bernhardt and Republican Jacob Rosa were tied for the remaining seat.


"Blithe Spirit" on stage at MCS this weekend

Margaretville — The Margaretville Central School Scitamard Society will present Noel Coward’s 1941 comedy “Blithe Spirit” this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. in the old gym. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students grades 5-12 and senior citizens. Children may attend the performance free.


Harvest Brunch Buffet and Auction set for Sunday at Open Eye

Margaretville — The Open Eye Theater’s annual Harvest Brunch Buffet and Auction takes center stage on Sunday, Nov. 8 from 12 to 3 p.m. at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville. What’s become a local tradition — the homemade brunch — includes irresistible custom-made pancakes with fresh butter and pure maple syrup, along with breakfast meats, baked salmon, fresh fruit, salads, breads, a variety of luscious pies and many other locally baked sweets.


Habitat for Humanity to assist fire victims

Habitat for Humanity has announced a partnership with Margaretville Central School teacher Shana Eaglefeathers to build a home for her and her five children. The family lost all of its possessions when its Bovina mobile home was destroyed in a fire on Sept. 24. The children range in age from 14 to four.


DEC lists drilling requirements; Mountainkeeper wants more regs

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation recently released an 800-page report on gas drilling.


Local businesses praying for snow

By Jay Braman Jr.
Crisp temperatures are helping maintain optimism in the region about Belleayre Ski Center’s tentative opening date of Nov. 14. With a cold front predicted for midweek it is possible that the snow guns can be fired up to begin blanketing select trails with enough snow to give early birds a shot at the slopes a full two weeks before the typical Thanksgiving weekend opening.


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