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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. Look for more images from the festival (lots of tractors!) and local high school soccer games in our image galleries later this week. — Photo by Laurie Sanford

Delaware leads gains in big game success

By Brian Sweeney
Delaware County hunters led the way in a statewide surge in deer take during the 2008 season. The deer take in Delaware increased nearly 24 percent overall and the buck take was up about 19 percent, according to figures released last week by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). These figures were much higher than the overall state increase in the deer harvest that went from 219,141 to 222,979.


Shandaken man tapped for OCS Board

By Jay Braman Jr.
Dan Spencer, one of four candidates seeking a spot on the Onteora School Board, was chosen by the board at a meeting last week. Spencer lives in the Shandaken hamlet of Mount Tremper. With his appointment there are now three of seven trustees hailing from Shandaken.


Police search for gunman after Roxbury store robbery

By Brian Sweeney
Police are searching for an armed robber who stole cash from the Roxbury Country Store on Monday night.


County to maintain sales tax rate; freeze spending

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By Matthew J. Perry
Bracing for the effects of a deepening financial crisis, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors voted last Wednesday in favor of an expenditure freeze for the 2009 budget and to continue collecting an additional one percent sales tax for the next two years.


Malcolm Becker joins mayoral race

By Jay Braman Jr.
Acting Fleischmanns Mayor Malcolm Becker, missing the deadline to appear on the ballot in this year’s village elections on March 18, has announced his candidacy for the position of mayor as a write in candidate.


CMN Web site is now online

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By Julia Green
It’s been present in the Catskill Mountains since 1864. It’s changed formats, changed looks, and changed hands. It’s grown with the times, and on Wednesday, it grew on a world-wide scale.

The World Wide Web, that is. The Catskill Mountain News is now online. The Web site, which was officially launched Wednesday, can be found at:
www.catskillmountainnews.com


Roxbury planners await input on Moresville

By Julia Green
All’s quiet on the windy front as the Roxbury Planning Board awaits a response from Invenergy. Visible progress on the proposed Moresville Wind Project hums in idle as the review process continues moving through the required State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) review, and the ball is still decisively in the developer’s court.


Water harvesting plans are cloudy

By Jay Braman Jr.
After months of mulling over some very tricky legal language and hearing several opinions from lawyers, judges and residents, the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals reached a verdict this month on whether water harvesting is an activity covered in the town’s zoning code.


‘Snow White’ plays at ACS

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Andes — Andes Central School will present “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in the school auditorium on March 6 and 7 at 7 p.m.

This family musical contains a zany, wisecracking Mirror who will only answer if spoken to in rhyme, as well as a whole court full of funny and bubbling characters. It hums with 14 lively songs.


Hospital squad has 3 new paramedics

Margaretville — Three ambulance squad members at Margaretville Hospital have recently earned certification as paramedics. Completing the bridge program from registered nurse to paramedic were Nora Todd, Sharon Gavette and Mike Sarubbi.


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