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WHIRLING AND TWIRLING — Rides are always a big part of the excitment at the Delaware County Fair in Walton. These brave souls were among the 78,000 visitors who enjoyed the festivities at this year’s fair. Enjoy more photos from the fair in our Features section. — Photo by Dick Sanford

Officials "fear the worst" for buffalo calf

By Julia Green
In week three of the buffalo hunt taking place in and around Delaware County, the calf that had been making semi-regular appearances in the Bull Run Valley appears to be laying low, though there are unconfirmed rumors that she has been spotted in the New Kingston area.


ACS, MCS and RCS announce top students for the Class of 2008

Three area schools have announced the names of their valedictorians and salutatorians for the 2007-08 academic year. Andes Central School recognized Cheyenne Tait and Carrianne Fairbairn as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Roxbury Central School named Alisa Fersch and Michelle Massell, while Margaretville Central School named Nevin Perez and Aja Jenkins.


Parsons exhibit to go on display; concert scheduled at Park Pavilion

An ongoing research initiative at Parsons The New School for Design has involved students in multiple disciplines who, since 2006, have undertaken design projects with Margaretville’s revitalization in mind. A selection of their ideas, called “The Margaretville Projects” will be unveiled on Saturday, June 21 at 4 p.m. at The Commons Building’s second floor.


DEC considers statewide burn ban; some residents oppose measure

By Jay Braman Jr.
In an effort to reduce the impacts of pollutants such as dioxins, particulate matter and carbon monoxide and to limit the risks of wildfires, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation plans to extend a ban on open burning statewide beyond the current ban for any municipality with a population of 20,000, a law in effect since 1972.


Andes students host Manhattan pen pals

By John Bernhardt
It was the classic tale of City Mouse/Country Mouse last week at Andes Central School. Andes played host to guests from New York City, students attending the School of Law and Social Justice located in Washington Heights. The visit was sponsored by the Catskill Center as part of their “Green Connection,” a collaborative grant program funded by Catskill Watershed Corporation bringing together students from urban and rural settings in an effort to develop a deeper understanding of the Watershed and the importance of man’s greatest resource.


Higher court voids water harvesting permit, back to local planning board for developer

By Jay Braman Jr.
A New York State Supreme Court decision allowing a controversial water-harvesting project to proceed has been overturned in the Appellate Division, leaving the fate of the project uncertain. Backers of the project must now go back before local zoners and planners.


Freshtown Supermarket plans unveiled; renovation work to begin in September

New owners will convert A&P store

By Brian Sweeney
The changeover from the Margaretville A&P to a Freshtown Supermarket is set to begin in September, it was revealed at public meeting last Tuesday. Noah Katz, a partner in PSK Supermarkets, gave a presentation about what customers can expect when the transformation to the new store is complete. He indicated that the supermarket will remain open during renovations, with most of the work taking place at night. The changeover into a state-of-the-art supermarket is expected to be complete by Christmas.


Baby buffalo still roaming the area

Animal rights activists work to rescue calf

By Julia Green
The great Margaretville area buffalo hunt continued this week as local animal rights representatives and law enforcement officials attempt to corral an orphaned buffalo calf that has been roaming alone since its mother was shot last Monday in the Bull Run Valley area.
The calf is reportedly one of a number of the animals that escaped from a farm in the Bloomville area in late April.


MCS seeks calm after assault plot

Aide is hired to assist girl who was target

By Matthew J. Perry
The administration at Margaretville Central School has brought in a conflict resolution specialist and an extra aide to help restore calm in the second-grade classroom after a plot allegedly hatched by several students against a girl in the class. For the remainder of the school year, the aide will assist in the class and provide “an extra set of eyes,” said Superintendent John Riedl.


Margaretville Hospital earns police recognition

Margaretville Hospital received a Special Recognition Award from the New York State Police on May 28 in honor of the facility’s work during the April 2007 shootings involving three police officers. Chief Executive Officer Ed Morache accepted the award on behalf of the hospital in a ceremony in Albany. The certificate was presented “In recognition and acknowledgement of outstanding service to the division of state police.”


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