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State land tax freeze dropped from budget

By Jay Braman Jr.
New York will continue to pay its fair share of local taxes on forest preserve, and other state-owned lands, under a budget deal worked out over the weekend, but the deal won’t be final until the budget is approved.
That’s according to officials with the Adirondack Mountain Club, who have been fighting a tax-cap proposal since it was announced by Governor Paterson earlier this year.


NBDC earns five-star rating for 79th consecutive quarter

Walton – BauerFinancial, a national bank rating firm, notified National Bank of Delaware County President Patrick Galloway that NBDC has again been granted five-star status.
Bauer President Karen L. Dorway said that in these challenging financial times, the number of five-star banks has diminished.


Day Camp open houses scheduled at Frost Valley

Claryville — Frost Valley YMCA will host Day Camp Open Houses on Sundays, April 5, May 3 and May 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Children and parents will receive tours and information about Frost Valley’s renowned day camp. Lunch is included.


Asbestos discovered in OCS auditorium

By Jay Braman Jr.
After a stall earlier this month, the $1.2 million auditorium renovation project at the Onteora High School is back on track following bid awards made by the school board last Wednesday.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that asbestos has been discovered in the auditorium.


Uncertainty clouds school budgets; tax hikes projected as minimal

By Julia Green
Area school superintendents are wrestling with declining state aid as they attempt to prepare their 2009-2010 annual budgets.
In spite of waning funds, however, superintendents at Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury central schools have prepared budget drafts that have only minor tax levy increases and will therefore have minimal impacts on local taxpayers.


Tedisco, Murphy face off for Congressional vacancy

By Brian Sweeney
Assembly Republican Minority Leader James Tedisco and Democrat Scott Murphy will face off on Tuesday, March 31 as voters in New York’s 20th Congressional District elect a representative to replace Kirsten Gillibrand.
Gillibrand, who was elected to her second term last fall, was recently named to replace U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, after the latter was appointed Secretary of State. Tedisco and Murphy emerged a their parties’ top candidates to succeed Rep. Gillibrand.


Delaware County's population shrinks

By Jay Braman Jr.
There are 239 fewer people calling Delaware County home.
That’s according to estimates released last week by the Census Bureau, which say that in July 2007 there were 46,324 residents. One year later that number dropped to 46,085.


College information offered at Onteora

The Onteora High School Guidance Department is hosting a College Admissions Information Session on Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school chorus room (#121A).
Important information about post-secondary education and the college admissions process will be presented.


State title dream ends for South Kortright girls

By John Bernhardt
Their roster read like a league all-star team. All five starters of Section IV’s Sherman Wildcats girls’ basketball team were seniors. Four of the starters have played varsity basketball every year of their high school careers. The fifth began her varsity career as a sophomore. Guard/forward Beth Gribble and six-foot forward Rachel Ottaway are both 1,000 point scorers averaging 13.5 points per game. The Wildcats are tournament tested winning three Section VI Class D titles in the last four years. And the Sherman team is guided by one of New York State’s most accomplished coaches, Mel Swanson.


Local author to discuss work at Art in Common on Saturday

Margaretville — Enjoy a local cheese and wine tasting as author Joanne Michaels discusses her work and avenues to publishing for aspiring authors on Saturday, March 28 at 4 p.m. in Margaretville’s Commons building, as part of the popular multi-art event series “Art in Common.”


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