ACS, MCS and RCS announce top students for the Class of 2008

Three area schools have announced the names of their valedictorians and salutatorians for the 2007-08 academic year. Andes Central School recognized Cheyenne Tait and Carrianne Fairbairn as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Roxbury Central School named Alisa Fersch and Michelle Massell, while Margaretville Central School named Nevin Perez and Aja Jenkins.

DEC considers statewide burn ban; some residents oppose measure

By Jay Braman Jr.
In an effort to reduce the impacts of pollutants such as dioxins, particulate matter and carbon monoxide and to limit the risks of wildfires, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation plans to extend a ban on open burning statewide beyond the current ban for any municipality with a population of 20,000, a law in effect since 1972.

WAC publishes new directory of wood products

Hamden — The Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC) recently published a new wood products directory titled Pure Catskills Wood Products: A Directory of Manufacturers & Craftspeople in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. The 30-page booklet features over 200 local companies involved in various aspects of wood processing within the Catskill and Hudson Valley regions.

Arts funding announced

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mount Hope) announced last week that five Delaware County arts organizations will receive state aid totaling $145,500.
Bonacic said that the grants range from $7,400 to $63,100 for a variety of programs and their design, creation and advancement in Delaware County.

Cannonsville fishing day scheduled for June 21

A family fishing day has been scheduled for Saturday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cannonsville Reservoir, hosted by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC).
The Take Your Kid Fishing Day gathering point will be at the parking area with the reservoir information kiosk near the Cannonsville Bridge on Route 10, seven miles north of Deposit.

Higher court voids water harvesting permit, back to local planning board for developer

By Jay Braman Jr.
A New York State Supreme Court decision allowing a controversial water-harvesting project to proceed has been overturned in the Appellate Division, leaving the fate of the project uncertain. Backers of the project must now go back before local zoners and planners.

Baby buffalo still roaming the area

Animal rights activists work to rescue calf

By Julia Green
The great Margaretville area buffalo hunt continued this week as local animal rights representatives and law enforcement officials attempt to corral an orphaned buffalo calf that has been roaming alone since its mother was shot last Monday in the Bull Run Valley area.
The calf is reportedly one of a number of the animals that escaped from a farm in the Bloomville area in late April.

Community Chorale plans two performances

The Community Chorale of the Catskills will be presenting their annual Spring Concert this weekend. The Chorale, under the direction of Richard Tucker, will be performing Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Roxbury Central School. The concert will be repeated Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Purcell Center in Margaretville. The program will present a variety of light fare including a selection of familiar pop and swing tunes.

Auxiliary, MCS host successful blood drive

The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center teamed with Margaretville Central School for a successful blood drive at the school on May 29. Students, school personnel and community members were invited to donate blood. In total, 37 donors participating in the blood drive, which was held in the school auditorium.

Sheep and goat info offered to farmers

Farm owners thinking of adding sheep and goats to their livestock base are encouraged to attend a farmer education day on June 20 in East Meredith.
Sponsored by the Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC) and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County, this full-day event will inform new and experienced sheep and goat owners of the nuances and benefits of co-grazing these pastured browsers successfully.

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