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New Fleischmanns village hall seen as inadequate for meetings

By Jay Braman Jr.
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Four years ago the Fleischmanns Village Board saw what appeared to be an opportunity. It had just used the power of condemnation to take a piece of private property on the corner of Main and Depot streets to build some waste-treatment infrastructure as part of the sewer system provided by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. On the property sat an old, vacant building that looks as if it were some sort retail shop in years gone by.


Chakar to step in as ACS super

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By Matthew J. Perry
A new era of administrative stewardship begins at Andes Central School today, when Superintendent Robert Chakar, Ed.D, comes to work for the first time.
He will be replacing John Bernhardt, who officially retired last year but served through the 2008-2009 academic year at a reduced salary while the ACS Board searched for his replacement.


Boating Safety Certification Course offered July 11 at NYPA

North Blenheim — A New York State safe boating certification course will be held Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project visitors’ center.
Dennis Downs, a certified instructor with the Northeastern New York Safety & Health Council, Inc., will conduct the free eight-hour course.


Signs and kiosks topic at meeting

Arkville —The Central Catskills Collaborative welcomes Diane Galusha to its meeting at The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development in Arkville on Thursday, June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Galusha is the communications director and education coordinator at the Catskill Watershed Corporation. She was the leader of the CWC’s Watershed Commemorative Project, which created interpretive kiosks and signage at each of New York City’s six West-of-Hudson reservoirs.


Tunes on tap in Phoenicia

Phoenicia Phirst Phriday features Mark Brown, the Sunburst Brothers and The Shoe String Band on Friday, July 3.
The door opens at 7 p.m. with music beginning at 7:30 p.m.


Artisans' Guild plans farmers' market demos

Halcottsville — The Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild will offer a series of artist demonstrations at the “Pakatakan Farmers’ Market” at the Round Barn in Halcottsville on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon., beginning June 27.


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.


Railroads will be program focus

Delhi — Two Delaware County historical organizations are teaming together in July to promote a presentation on the Ontario and Western Railway. The Delhi Historical Society and the Delaware County Historical Association will welcome Professor Doug Barberio, noted aficionado and historian of the O&W, on Saturday afternoon, July 11 at 1p.m. Professor Barberio will deliver an informative presentation concerning that portion of the O&W which once traversed Delaware County.


Margaretville eCenter facelift underway

By Brian Sweeney
Exterior renovations got underway this week on a project to turn the Margaretville Masonic Building into an eCenter business incubator.
The building was purchased last year from the Masonic Lodge by the Delaware County Industrial Devel-opment Agency. The IDA previously has established an eCenter in Delhi.


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.


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