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Animal hospital to open after yearlong hiatus

By Julia Green
The three-and-a-half thousand pet owners who used to take their furry family members to Crossroads Animal Hospital along Route 28 in Arkville will be thrilled to learn that the practice is reopening its doors after a yearlong hiatus.
“We are officially open and the hospital is doing 100 percent of its posted hours,” said Dr. Kevin Oppenheimer.


Area high school graduations are Friday and Saturday

Leslie Roselli will serve as the keynote speaker at the 2009 Andes Central School graduation ceremony on Friday, June 26. The celebration will be held at 7 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. Seven graduates will receive their diplomas.
ACS seniors Hattie Brown and Melody Grapes, who possess averages less than one percent apart, will serve as co-valedictorians of the Class of 2009.


Lucky Dog Farm hard hit by hail

By Matthew J. Perry
An especially wet, cool June turned violent last Monday when hailstorms swept through Delaware County, making what has been a difficult growing season even harder.
The hail fell across a wide area and several towns. The stones were largest, perhaps, in Hamden, where Richard Giles and Holley White-Giles have operated Lucky Dog farm for the last nine years.
“It was ferocious,” says Richard Giles. “It blew and raged for 30 minutes and pretty much sawed everything down.” He doesn’t recall his 55 acres receiving quite so much punishment before—from the sky, at least.


Spring Sporting Weekend at YMCA

Claryville — A Spring Sporting Weekend at Frost Valley YMCA on June 20 and 21 will include a two-day Hunter Safety Course, along with a Women in the Outdoors event on Saturday.


Legion teams get into swing of a new season

By Julia Green
Local baseball players didn’t get much of a break when the school baseball season came to a close recently, as the Legion baseball season is already in full swing.
“It’s an easy continuation of the high school season,” said Rick Funck, who coaches the Margaretville Legion team. Funck’s squad features 10 players from his MCS varsity squad, as well as five players from the school’s modified program. Two players from Onteora and one first-time player round out the roster to its maximum of 18 players.


BOCES, Margaretville Hospital team for health care

Margaretville —The Northern Catskills Occu-pational Center in Grand Gorge and staff at Margaretville Hospital are again teaming up for an innovative program that gives students a firsthand glimpse into the health care world.


Top scholars named at local schools

By Julia Green
The top honors graduates have been named at local high schools.


Priest investigation is moving forward

By Brian Sweeney
Delaware County Sheriff’s Department officials are continuing their investigation of a Margaretville priest who is suspected of endangering the welfare of children.
The Very Rev. James McDevitt is being investigated in connection with alleged inappropriate behavior toward children after several complaints were made against him in recent weeks.


New day camp director named

Claryville — Longtime staffer Dale Whittaker has returned to Frost Valley YMCA in the role of Day Camp Director, it was announced this week.
Dale has worked at Frost Valley in various capacities for nearly a decade. He initially served as a cabin counselor for children with developmental disabilities in an inclusion program. In subsequent summers, he attained the positions of Village Chief, Outdoor Educator and Mainstreaming Program Director.


Pigeon Hole Hike set for Saturday

Claryville — A hike along the beautiful Pigeon Hole Trail is planned at Frost Valley YMCA on Saturday, June 20 starting at 1 p.m. This hike will follow Pigeon Brook upstream for a mile before climbing to the Sequoia Loop trail and returning to Frost Valley. 


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