First Day of School

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MIXED FEELINGS — Peyton Cortese gives a reassuring hug to her little sister, Jenna, as she gets set for the first day of school at Roxbury last Thursday. Click on the photo to see more images of Roxbury's first day of school in our image galleries. — Photo by Dick Sanford

OCS Superintendent nixes future shot glass handouts

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Onteora Junior Prom shot glass matter has been resolved.
Sort of.
After hearing the opinions of a couple of seniors, some parents and administrators, the Onteora School Board put to rest the subject of seniors being given shot glasses as a gift at the prom last month.


Two Onteora trustees resign from school board

By Jay Braman Jr.
Two trustees on the seven-member Onteora School District Board of Education resigned unexpectedly this week.
The news came at a special meeting of the board Monday when Michelle Friedel and Richard Wolff, both Town of Olive residents who are two years into three-year terms, sent word through written notice.


Political season kickoff set at Shandaken caucus July 16

By Jay Braman Jr.
Several town-level positions will be contested in Shandaken elections this fall. While there has been much speculation about who will be running, or not running, all interested candidates are expected to make their intentions known at the political caucuses this summer.


NYC land acquisition study will be the subject of meetings

Delhi — Delaware County will present the findings of the New York City Watershed Economic Impact Assessment Report conducted by Downeast Development Consulting Group.


Millions of miles later, "Bud" retires from mail delivery route

By Julia Green
When Highway Contract Mail Carrier Bud Searles arrived at the Arkville Post Office Tuesday morning, postmaster Brenda Finch-Hasay was waiting to bid him farewell.
When he arrived at the Margaretville Post Office, a group of five postal employees was waiting with a card and offers of freshly-brewed coffee. In Halcottsville, postmaster Lori Camillone leaned over the railing to give him a hug and a parting gift. In Roxbury, a local resident stopped by the post office to wish him luck, and the owner of Fane’s Family Deli gives him a cup of coffee on the house.
Tuesday marked Searles’ last day as a mail carrier after driving the Kingston to Roxbury mail route for 46 years – and the responses from the postal employees in Arkville, Margaretville, Halcottsville and Roxbury left no doubt that he’s leaving behind some pretty big shoes to fill.


Local students celebrate with high school graduation ceremonies

Students at area high schools celebrated this weekend as Andes, Margaretville, Roxbury and Onteora central schools conferred diplomas on the graduating classes of 2009.


New Fleischmanns village hall seen as inadequate for meetings

By Jay Braman Jr.
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Four years ago the Fleischmanns Village Board saw what appeared to be an opportunity. It had just used the power of condemnation to take a piece of private property on the corner of Main and Depot streets to build some waste-treatment infrastructure as part of the sewer system provided by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. On the property sat an old, vacant building that looks as if it were some sort retail shop in years gone by.


$24 million radio plan pitched to Delaware County

By Matthew J. Perry
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors received a sobering report last Wednesday on the radio system used by emergency services and police.
While there are no immediate, glaring problems that suggest lives may be at stake, county officials are facing the daunting challenge of necessary, expensive work, with initial estimates of as much as $24 million, upgrades and, worse, a looming deadline.


Janice Burdick honored as Democrat of the Year

Delhi — Janice Burdick was honored as Democrat of the Year at last Saturday’s Delaware County Democratic Committee (DCDC) dinner.
Tom Coddington, the 2008 honoree, presented Janice with a plaque from the committee, and a certificate and letter of congratulations from Rep. Scott Murphy. Tom thanked Janice for her years of exemplary service as deputy commissioner and her excellent work meeting the challenges of the recent special election.


Area high school graduations are Friday and Saturday

Leslie Roselli will serve as the keynote speaker at the 2009 Andes Central School graduation ceremony on Friday, June 26. The celebration will be held at 7 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. Seven graduates will receive their diplomas.
ACS seniors Hattie Brown and Melody Grapes, who possess averages less than one percent apart, will serve as co-valedictorians of the Class of 2009.


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