"Trucking" with Santa

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FIREHOUSE CHRISTMAS FUN —Over 100 kids brought their parents to visit Santa at the Roxbury Firehouse on Saturday including Trevor, Derek, and Jordan Fronckowiak.  Photos were taken by Catskill Images and refreshments were abundant. Fire Chief Allen Hinkley was so impressed with the turnout that he decided to make it an annual event. Planning for next year is already in the works. — Photo by Jill Ribich, Catskill Images

Belleayre boosters blast state’s cost saving rhetoric

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By Jay Braman Jr.
In the immortal words of tennis great John McEnroe, says Joe Kelly of the Coalition to Save Belleayre, “you’ve got to be kidding me.”


Local WWII veterans visit war memorial in D.C.

By Julia Green
It was two years ago that Margaretville resident Ronnie Wranovics was listening to CBS’ Albany affiliate, WRGB, and she learned about the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization that transports World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the WWII Memorial. Wranovics, whose fiancé, Marty Hartmann, is a WWII veteran, was immediately interested.


Bovina family of six left homeless by fire

By Brian Sweeney
A Bovina Center woman and her five children escaped serious injury in a September 24 fire, but lost their home and all possessions in the blaze. Shana McIntosh Eaglefeathers and her children were able to escape from their home after discovering the blaze. Eldest son, Sol, is being credited with helping rescue his siblings.


Fund-raisers planned to aid Bovina family

Community response has been swift and generous to assist Bovina Center residents Shana McIntosh-Eaglefeathers and her five children who were left homeless by a fire that destroyed their home last Thursday.

Monetary donations may be mailed to the “Fund for Shana’s Children” at the Delaware National Bank of Delhi, P.O. Box 508, Delhi, NY 13753.


Middletown seeking board candidates

Margaretville — The town board of the Town of Middletown is seeking persons interested in serving on the town’s various appointed boards. The boards involved are the planning board, zoning board of appeals and board of assessment review.


Annual Cauliflower Festival Saturday in Margaretville

Margaretville — The seventh annual Margaretville Cauliflower Festival this Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Village Park is a celebration of food, history and rural living. The free festival, which runs rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., pays tribute to an era when cauliflower production played an important role in the region’s social and economic life.


OCS teacher picket for new contract

By Jay Braman Jr.
After two years of negotiations there is still no new contract between the Onteora School District and the teachers that work there, prompting an estimated 175 staffers to form a picket line outside a school during the September board meeting.
Corey Cavallaro, president of the Onteora Teachers Association, said Monday the picket was an attempt to convince the board of education to pay more attention to the issue.


$865,000 awarded for Delaware work

Stamford — State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope), announced that $865,512 in state aid will be made available to the Town of Stamford under the state’s RESTORE NY program.
The funding will be used for the rehabilitation of two vacant properties on main streets in the villages of Hobart and Stamford.


Voting practice Oct. 9 in Andes

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Andes — A voting machine demonstration will be held on Friday, Oct. 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Andes Town Hall located at 115 Delaware Ave., Andes. The purpose of the demo is to familiarize voters with the new system they will be using this fall. Voters are encouraged to attend and cast a ballot for hands-on experience.


Right number: Verizon returns pay phone after outcry

By Jay Braman Jr.
Following a page one story in the Catskill Mountain News, Verizon has done an about face on the removal of area payphones.
It was reported last week that Verizon Technicians removed the payphone from out in front of the Big Indian Service Center, a phone used frequently in this noncellular area. Verizon planned to remove the other eight phones in the Town of Shandaken by Sept. 18 and the company hoped to eliminate 90 percent of all pay phones in Ulster County by Sept. 25.


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