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WHIRLING AND TWIRLING — Rides are always a big part of the excitment at the Delaware County Fair in Walton. These brave souls were among the 78,000 visitors who enjoyed the festivities at this year’s fair. Enjoy more photos from the fair in our Features section. — Photo by Dick Sanford

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Sean Eldridge makes campaign stop in Bovina

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Chestnut Hill Farm welcomed a gathering of more than 130 to an afternoon “Sean Eldridge Meet and Greet” event on Saturday, Aug. 16.
Sean Eldridge is the Democratic Candidate running against Republican Chris Gibson in New York’s 19th Congressional District.
MAKING THE ROUNDS — Sean Eldridge (blue shirt at right) chats with New Kingston resident Andy VanBenschoten (with beard) during last week’s “Meet and Greet” held in Bovina. Sean is challening Republican Chris Gibson in NY’s 19th Congressional District race this fall. — Contributed photoMAKING THE ROUNDS — Sean Eldridge (blue shirt at right) chats with New Kingston resident Andy VanBenschoten (with beard) during last week’s “Meet and Greet” held in Bovina. Sean is challening Republican Chris Gibson in NY’s 19th Congressional District race this fall. — Contributed photo

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Drunk driver flips pickup on Route 28

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By Jay Braman Jr.
A Greene County man was airlifted to St. Francis Hospital in Dutchess County Saturday after he crashed his truck on Route 28 in Shokan.
OLIVE CRASH — A Greene County man was airlifted to St. Francis Hospital in Dutchess County Saturday after he crashed his truck on Route 28 in Shokan. James T. Joyce, 29, of Cairo, was the only person involved in the accident.  Photos by Alan TannenbaumOLIVE CRASH — A Greene County man was airlifted to St. Francis Hospital in Dutchess County Saturday after he crashed his truck on Route 28 in Shokan. James T. Joyce, 29, of Cairo, was the only person involved in the accident. Photos by Alan Tannenbaum

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Delaware County Chamber launches new website

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Delhi — The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce (DCCC) has announced the launch of Delaware County’s new tourism website, greatwesterncatskills.com.
“The new Great Western Catskills’ website makes it fun to plan your next day trip or week-long vacation to Delaware County,” said Mary Beth Silano, executive director of the DCCC. “Whether you’re a visitor, resident, or local business, there is truly something for everyone!”

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Taylor resigns as MCS principal, leaving two top spots open

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School Building Principal Linda Taylor announced last week that she is leaving her position to take a new job.
Ms. Taylor’s announcement came several days after Superintendent Tony Albanese informed the board of education that he is taking a new job and will be leaving the district in November.
The building principal has worked at MCS since 2005. In a statement to the board and staff, Ms. Taylor said she has taken a job that will be much closer to her Saratoga Springs home.

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False alarm prompts major search for tuber

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By Jay Braman Jr.
A 911 call about a missing tuber brought dozens of rescuers and all their equipment to Phoenicia Sunday afternoon, but all the while the supposed victim had been high and dry and safe.
According to Town Tinker Tube rental owner Harry Jameson, the problem appears to have been that the 911 call was made almost an hour after a mishap in the Esopus Creek that caused one Town Tinker customer to lose his tube and hurt his hip, but otherwise he was okay.

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Phoenicia explores opening water source

By Jay Braman Jr.
Due to a booming business cycle during a summer that has brought throngs of thirsty visitors, the Phoenicia Water District has started a project to reclaim precious spring water for the hamlet to make sure there’s enough to go around.
Water Commissioner Rick Ricciardella said Monday that work will soon begin on carving a road up the mountain across the street from the district’s filtration plant to grant access to a half-dozen natural springs that have supplied the hamlet for the past 100 years.

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Albanese resigns as superintendent of Margaretville Central School

Anthony Albanese has announced his retirement as Superintendent of Margaretville Central School, effective November 4.
While Mr. Albanese still has two years left on his contract with Margaretville, he has found a professional opportunity has presented itself that will bring him closer to his home and family in Scotia.
During his six-year tenure at Margaretville, Mr. Albanese cited the following accomplishments: overcoming decreased state aid, Gap Elimination and overcoming flooding from Hurricane Irene.

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Catskill Heritage Assn. claims resort dollar figures are wrong

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By Jay Braman Jr.
According to the Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA), the proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park is doomed to failure unless made much smaller, a conclusion based on the results of a study commissioned by the anti-resort group and released to the public Tuesday.
Undaunted, a spokesman for the resort scoffed at the findings, suggesting that the study reached conclusions that are exactly what those who paid for it wanted to see, and that if the public knew who those benefactors are, it would dilute the claims made.

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Cutting Post Office hours meets with approval in Shandaken meeting

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By Jay Braman
According to surveys conducted by the United States Postal Service in Highmount, Pine Hill and Big Indian, most of the residents in those hamlets see reducing the number of hours the post offices are open as the least painful change.
That’s according to Neil Fitz­patrick, a representative from the Post Office that came to Shandaken Town Hall Monday night to discuss plans for changing things in those communities.
The “Post Plan”

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Vacant Arkville building faces wrecking ball

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By Joe Moskowitz
An Arkville building that has been the target of complaints, scorn and legal action for many years is about to be demolished.
John and Carol Sanford, who own the dilapidated structure at the corner of Dry Brook Road and Route 28 told the News Monday that, “We have put a lot of work into it, but the town (Middletown) is coming down hard.”

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