Thrift store has temporary shift in hours

A temporary change in store hours has been announced for the Thrift Shop operated by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.
The Thrift Shop on Main Street, Margaretville will be closed on Mondays from February 3 through March 3. Open hours are: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Festival of the Voice hosts Masquerade Gala on February 15

The administration and artistic principals of the Phoenicia Int’l Festival of the Voice will host a masked, black-tie fund-raiser, “Venetian Valentine’s Masquerade Gala,” on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at Spillian.
Spillian: A Place to Revel, is an inn and retreat center in the Belle Epoque estate built by the Fleischmann Yeast and spirits family. Black tie and masks are requested. Admission is $250 per person. Call 586-3588 for information and reservations.

Catskill Mountain Club schedules winter outings

Members of the Catskill Mountain Club love winter events. The open views, hushed woods and contrast-sharpening snow make winter in the Catskills unlike all other seasons.
To help celebrate winter, the club has scheduled a number of winter activities. Among them are:

Friday, Feb. 7 8:30 a.m. — Windham High Peak

Snowmobile racing gets motors running

By Cheryl Petersen
Encased in the fog of snowmobile exhaust and the roar of revving engines, a large crowd was hyped. Cabin fever relieved. Outdoors, at the Walton Fair grounds, Curtis Roberts and his grandfather, Sandy Scudder ,came from Margaretville to race in the Hamden Hill Ridge Riders Club snowmobile races.
“I entered in two classes,” said Curtis. “The 500 stock class and the vintage class.” Roberts operates a Polaris TX 440, purchased in the 1980s. Last year the snowmobile took two second places in the state of New Hampshire at the Northeastern races.

Delancey teen faces numerous charges after high-speed chase through several counties

Ed. note: This story augments a report which was posted earlier this week as breaking news prior to our print edition.
Staff report
A 16-year-old Delancey youth faces a daunting number of charges after he allegedly used a stolen car to lead authorities on a high-speed chase late in afternoon on Janaury 22 that began in Andes and ended 40 miles later in the Town of Olive when state troopers placed “stinger sticks” across Route 28 and shredded the vehicle’s tires.

County supervisors approve cell phone fees and $2 million change order for recycling equipment

By Cheryl Petersen
At their monthly meeting last Wednesday, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors approved a 30 cents-per-month surcharge on wireless cell phones in Delaware County.
“All the funds will go to the 911 account to continue upgrading services,” said Tom Axtell, public safety chair and Deposit Supervisor.
The supervisors also approved a maximum expenditure of $154,000 for engineering evaluations of the Public Works operations and maintenance to determine the design of a new building.

Denning residents battle Hirsch over proposed turbine

By Joe Moskowitz
A battle that has drawn publicity to one of the region’s smallest and quietest towns may be drawing to a head. The Ulster County Town of Denning, with a full-time population of approximately 560 residents, has been getting national attention because of one of its part-time residents, actor Judd Hirsch.
Hirsch who starred in TVs “Taxi”, and Hollywood’s “Independence Day” has been at center stage in a battle with some local residents over his plan to construct a 176-foot-tall wind turbine on his property.

FEMA will hold flood mapping meeting Feb. 5 in Woodstock

By Jay Braman Jr.
By now most everyone knows that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in the process of making new flood maps for the region.
In short, areas that previously were not in flood zones may be in those zones once the maps and finalized.
For property owners, that may mean being required to purchase flood insurance, which can be an expensive proposition.

NYPA hosts Snowfest this Saturday, Feb. 1

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is partnering with Mine Kill State Park and Mother Nature to celebrate the season with free winter activities for the whole family at the annual Snowfest on Saturday, Feb. 1.
The event will be held at the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center complex from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and, weather-permitting, will include a snow sculpture contest, snow bowling, scavenger hunts and much more. Visitors can also sample fare from the Grand Gorge United Methodist Church’s Chili Contest or take a hayride pulled by a team of local oxen.

Donnie Liddle's Andes farm is home to a dozen donkeys

By Joe Moskowitz
If you happen to be driving on Dingle Hill road in Andes, and you hear something that doesn’t sound native to those parts, the noise just may be coming from one of Donnie Liddle’s donkeys.
Donnie started raising donkeys more than a decade ago. He originally bought two, one jack and one jennie, and before too long he had six.
Liddle, who retired from MTC in 2007, now has an even dozen, including two newborn foals. Over the years people have given him donkeys because they know he will take good care of them.

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