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John Burroughs lecture on April 12 will focus on wild places in the Catskills

The Spring 2014 Roxbury Burroughs Lecture, sponsored by John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge, will be held Sat., April 12 at 2 p.m. at the Historic Masonic Hall on Bridge Street (2335 Co. Highway 41).
Dr. Daniel Payne, professor of English at SUNY Oneonta, author and noted Burroughs scholar, will offer a look at “John Burroughs’ Wild Places: The Catskills and Adirondacks.”
There is no admission charge; donations towards the continued upkeep and restoration of Woodchuck Lodge will be gratefully accepted.


Easter Bunny at NYPA Sunday

The Easter Bunny will make his annual visit to the admission-free visitors center at the New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project on Sunday, April 13, from noon to 2 p.m.
The Bunny will pose for free photos with children and parents may bring their cameras.
Free face painting by Karina Marvelina will be available in the visitors center theater. There will also be a free raffle for several baskets filled with Easter goodies and various outdoor children’s activities, weather-permitting.


Seussical plays well at MCS

The Margaretville Central School Scitamard Society completed a very successful engagement of “SEUSSICAL” ™ on April 4-5.

Cassandra Olin directed the play, with musical direction by Richard Tucker and assistance from William Powers. The musical is based upon the works of DR. SEUSS.


Stream cleaning supplies available from CWC

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Looking for a meaningful way to observe Earth Day this month? Consider getting to know your local stream a little better with a stream cleanup project.
The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) will again this year support groups and individuals who clean litter and other debris from stream banks in their neighborhoods.
Individuals, youth, and school groups, church organizations, civic and business associations, neighborhood groups and teams of friends are encouraged to scour stream banks and riversides for trash and to dispose of it properly.


Health and Wellness Festival in Oliverea Valley April 26

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East meets west in health and wellness when Sage Assist and Cold Spring Lodge stage the Sage Health and Wellness Festival in Oliverea this month. 


Vendors sought for Arkville Fair Day

Arkville – The Arkville Fire Department is currently organizing the second annual Arkville Fair Day and Parade. Vendors are being sought to sell goods and services during the event.
The Fair will be Saturday, July 12 from 10 am until 3pm at the Arkville Fire Hall on Rt. 28 in Arkville. A parade will be held through the hamlet beginning at 11 am. There will also be a band and activities for kids throughout the day.


Maple Bake-Off winners share the sweet smell of success!

Fleischmanns First held its annual Maple Bake Off Café fund-raiser on March 22. Winners in the three categories are pictured here.

Lori Robin, above, won first-place in the Gluten Free Category.

Ada Perez took first-place in the Traditional Category.

Chris Buckholz (representing herself and Laurie Merwin) for their win in the Intergenerational Category. — Contributed photos


Freshtown takes steps to deter card hacking

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By Joe Moskowitz
Margaretville’s Freshtown Supermarket has taken steps aimed at ending the credit- and debit- card hacking that has plagued the area in recent weeks.
Freshtown store manager Robert Griffiths has confirmed that the store has installed new card swiping, or Point of Sale (POS) machines. According to federal investigators, card security breaches often begin at that point.
Because of the number of card swipe machines it operates, and volume of business it does, Fresh­town has been considered one of the possible targets of the hacker or hackers.


Bridges and consolidation of mental health services on the table at County Supervisors' meeting

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By Cheryl Petersen
Bovina Supervisor Tina Molé chaired the March 26 Delaware County Board of Supervisors meeting in Delhi as Chairman Jim Eisel was out ill. Social Services Commissioner Bill Moon presented an award to Bloomville resident Karen Laing, Safety and Security Aide, for her versatility and dependability.
It was resolved that the coun­ty will take over the Bovina Bridge on Bovina Road. Wayne Reynolds, commissioner of Public Works, summarized, “The takeover is in line with the 21st Century Bridge Program initiated in 1994.”

Steady improvements


Denning ZBA denies Judd Hirsch's turbine application

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By Joe Moskowitz
Veteran actor Judd Hirsch battled New York City traffic in the TV series “Taxi” and aliens bent on killing earthlings in “Independence Day,” but he proved to be no match for the independent minds of the Ulster County Town of Denning’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).
Last Tuesday the ZBA ruled that since the town codes do not specifically allow the construction of wind turbines, Hirsch cannot build a 177-feet-tall wind tower and generator on 91 acres he owns near Clary­ville, the only community in the Town of Denning.
Opponents of the project complained to the ZBA, say­ing it would be unsightly and noisy.
Hirsch insisted that no one would see it or hear it.


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