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A tractor owned by Carl Beers Jr. of Andes was the winner in the annual Tractor Parade at the Margaretville Cauliflower Festival. Lauren Davis judged the event. The Catskill Mountain News sponsored the event and awarded the trophy. From left are, News Publisher Dick Sanford, John Beers (Carl’s nephew and tractor driver) and Carl. Click on the picture to see more images from the festival (lots of tractors!) — Photo by Laurie Sanford

Recount confirms VanBenscoten as Margaretville mayor

By Julia Green
It was even closer the second time around, as the Margaretville mayoral race was the subject of a recount Tuesday morning. Two representatives from the Delaware County Board of Elections, Republican Commissioner William Campbell and Democratic Commissioner Janice Burdick, were on hand to conduct the re-canvas, in which John VanBenschoten remained the winner – this time by a two-vote margin.


Tedisco, Murphy face off for Congressional vacancy

By Brian Sweeney
Assembly Republican Minority Leader James Tedisco and Democrat Scott Murphy will face off on Tuesday, March 31 as voters in New York’s 20th Congressional District elect a representative to replace Kirsten Gillibrand.
Gillibrand, who was elected to her second term last fall, was recently named to replace U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, after the latter was appointed Secretary of State. Tedisco and Murphy emerged a their parties’ top candidates to succeed Rep. Gillibrand.


Uncertainty clouds school budgets; tax hikes projected as minimal

By Julia Green
Area school superintendents are wrestling with declining state aid as they attempt to prepare their 2009-2010 annual budgets.
In spite of waning funds, however, superintendents at Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury central schools have prepared budget drafts that have only minor tax levy increases and will therefore have minimal impacts on local taxpayers.


Morell wins easily in Fleischmanns mayoral race

By Jay Braman Jr.
Dave Morell defeated incumbent Malcolm Becker last Wednesday in the race for mayor in the Village of Fleishmanns. Morell received 70 votes. Becker, who was a write-in candidate, got 13 votes. Morell said this week that even though he would not be officially sworn in until April 6 there’s no time like the present.


Retiring Margaretville Mayor Bill Stanton looks back fondly on public service years

By Julia Green
On April 1, the winner of last Wednesday’s mayoral election in the Village of Margaretville will move into the mayor’s office on Main Street. Vacating that space will be current Margaretville Mayor Bill Stanton who, after six years in office, opted not to seek a fourth term.
“It’s time to have some fun,” Stanton said in an interview last Tuesday. “I’m going to enjoy my grandsons.”


Recount ordered in Margaretville mayoral election

At the request of Carol O'Beirne, who initial vote tallies showed losing to John VanBenschoten in the Margaretville mayoral election by three votes, there will be a recount conducted of the votes cast in last Wednesday's election.


SK Boys are State Champs!

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The South Kortright Rams defeated Greenport 47-43 to claim the NYS basketball championship. This was the SK Rams' first trip to the championship tournament. The Rams finish with an undefeated season, 26-0. Details in Wednesday's Catskill Mountain News.


South Kortright girls defeated

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The South Kortright girls' basketball team was defeated in the semi-finals of the state championship on Saturday. The Lady Rams fell to Sherman's Lady Wildcats 55-30. Further details in Wednesday's Catskill Mountain News.


South Kortright boys defeat defending champs: 48-38

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South Kortright's boys basketball team defeated defending champions Chateaugay by a score of 48 to 38 in the state championship semifinals. South Kortright will meet Greenport in Saturday's championship game in Glens Falls. The game tips off at 5:30 pm.


The college golf course at Delhi opens

DELHI - The College Golf Course at Delhi will open for play Saturday, March 21. Preseason conditions are in effect and the course will initially be open only to walkers. As an added incentive, the course is offering a special greens fee rate during March of $10 for nine holes and $15 for unlimited daily play.


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