Shandaken budget tops $5 million

By Jay Braman Jr.
“These figures are not set in stone,” Supervisor/Budget Officer Robert Stanley told a very small audience at the October Shandaken Board Town meeting last week. That evening Stanley released his preliminary budget plan. For the first time in history it will now cost over $5 million a year to run Shandaken; $5,032,447 to be exact. Taxes are set to go up, but by only 5.96 percent.

Belleayre free skiing for seniors may be cut

By Jay Braman Jr.
State Senator John J. Bonacic, who represents much of Delaware and Ulster counties, has joined with the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce to ask the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) not to end free skiing for seniors over the age of 70 at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. 

Phoenicia Times, Olive Press newspapers out of business


By Jay Braman Jr.
Two western Ulster County newspapers have joined a growing list of print publications that have closed due to tough economic times.

Participants sought for Relay for Life


Delhi — The American Cancer Society invites anyone interested in forming a team to the Relay For Life Kick-Off Ceremony Oct. 27, 6 p.m. at SUNY Delhi’s Alumni Hall.

Hospital program for Mammography Day

Margaretville — Mar-garetville Hospital will offer walk-in Digital Mammography exams on Friday, October 15 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and a free presentation on “Integrated Approach to Breast Health and Wellness for Men and Women” at 6 p.m. at neighboring Mountainside.

Frost Valley hosts Fall Family Farm Day


Claryville — Fall Family Farm Day, a free event at Frost Valley’s working farm, is set for on Sunday, Oct. 17 from 1-4 p.m.The fun at Fall Family Farm Day includes hayrides, a hay bale maze, scarecrow-making, live music, candle-making and petting the farm’s resident animals.

Bestiary and Flora debuts at Longyear

Opening this week at Margaretville’s Longyear Gallery is “Bestiary and Flora” featuring the paintings and ceramic sculptures of Gerda van Leeuwen of Roxbury. The Artist’s Reception will take place Saturday, Oct. 16 from 3-6 p.m.

Sager holding Town Hall meeting


Delhi — David Sager, the Democratic candidate for State Senate in the 42nd District, will hold a “Town Hall” meeting on Monday, Oct. 18 from 6-8 p.m. in Room 211 of the newly renovated Farrell Hall Center on the SUNY Delhi campus.

Area residents are invited to “come meet the candidate and voice your concerns,” commented Sager’s campaign chair, Cindy Lockrow.

DCHA award of merit nominations sought


Delhi — The Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) is accepting nominations for its annual Awards of Merit. Individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the preservation and presentation of local history, traditions and culture will be presented with Awards of Merit at DCHA’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, Nov. 7.

Campaigns of the past are focus of program

Fleischmanns — The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) will offer a musical journey through spirited election campaigns of the past when it gathers for its Annual Meeting Saturday, Oct. 23 at LaCabana Restaurant in Fleischmanns.

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