Delaware County supervisors take next steps to establish two percent bed tax


By Cheryl Petersen
Echoing an event that occurred 217 years ago, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors met at the Delaware County Historical Association’s (DCHA), Frisbee House, outside Delhi for their May 28 regular meeting.
DCHA Director Tim Duerden welcomed the supervisors back. The board handled matters of a bed tax and landfill actions.

Mountainside celebrates 20 years of service

20-YEAR-CELEBRATION — Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville celebrated its 20th anniversary on May 17. A large crowd turned out to mark the occasion. Refreshments, live music and review of Mountainside’s success were all part of the festivities. Above, Administrator Philip Mehl addresses the audience. — Contributed photos.

RCS and ACS name their top graduates

Top graduates for the Class of 2014 have been announed at Andes and Roxbury central Schools.

Andes Central School
Andes Central School has announced that Josephine DeSanto is this year’s Valedictorian and Jonathan Andrews is the Salutatorian.
Josephine DeSantoJosephine DeSanto

Stephen Hodge named Delaware County Democrat of the Year


By Cheryl Petersen
With a special appearance by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, the Dela­ware County Democratic Din­ner afforded a lively evening for the party faithful from around the county Saturday evening. The line-up of speakers included Stephen Hodge, Democrat of the Year, and keynote speaker, Democratic Congressional candidate, Sean Eldridge.
Stephen and Lois Hodge at the Democratic Dinner. — Photo by Cheryl PetersenStephen and Lois Hodge at the Democratic Dinner. — Photo by Cheryl Petersen

Communities honor veterans and hold street fairs over the busy holiday weekend

Numerous parades and salutes to veterans at war memorials throughout our villages made for a festive holiday weekend. Here are some highlights:

World War II veteran Willis Marks of Margaretville was among the Legionnaires who took part in the Memorial Day Parade in Fleischmanns and Margaret­ville on Monday morning. Don Bramley served as driver. — Photos by Dick Sanford except where noted.

Shandaken ZBA sides with County planners against Hanover Farms

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals upheld the recommendations of the Ulster Coun­ty Planning on Wednesday, voting to suspend progress on granting variances to Hanover Farms in Mount Tremper until the owners get approval from the State Department of Transportation (DOT).

Local school budgets pass with RCS building plan approved and Warner elected to MCS board

By Joe Moskowitz
Voters in three area school districts overwhelmingly approved 2014-15 school-year budgets last Tuesday.
One of the schools is also buying a bus, another is going to repair a 75-year-old building, and a third continues to turn over members of its board of education.

Onteora school budget passes easily; Phoenicia elementary wood boiler approved

By Jay Braman Jr.
Voters in the Onteora School District easily ushered in a nearly $52-million spending plan for the 2014-15 school year, elected two newcomers and one incumbent to the school board and approved a plan to install a wood-fired heat system for the Phoenicia School.

Central Catskills Chamber honors top businesses and entrepreneurs


The Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Dinner on May 21 at Hanah Resort and bestowed honors on the top businesses this year. Here's a lineup of the winners:

Susan and Jim Kelly, proprietors of Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm in Halcottsville, were honored with the Tourism Property of the Year. From left are: Carol O’Beirne, Chamber executive director; Susan and Jim, and Glen Pedersen of WIOX Radio in Roxbury, president of the chamber’s board of directors. — Photos by Dick Sanford

Fleischmanns bridge resolution delayed

By Jay Braman Jr.
It was during Hurricane Irene when the Bridge Street bridge in Fleischmanns was lost, and ever since there’s been much debate as to what to do next.
Some have said replace the span. Others say to leave well enough alone and not rebuild because there are two other ways to cross the creek. There’s also a compromise plan to build a pedestrian-only span to give easy access to the Wagner Avenue area near the village park.

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