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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.


Concert celebrating the environment benefits local group

Highmount — More than 100 invited guests gathered at the legendary Galli-Curci Mansion in Highmount to hear the house’s current resident, Idith Meshulam Korman, play a piano recital celebrating the environment in nature-themed works by Schumann, Ravel, Messiaen and Cage.
The recital, held late in the afternoon on May 23, was a benefit for the local environmental community group, the Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA), a member of the Save The Mountain coalition of groups opposing the private commercial resort proposed for Belleayre Mountain.


Dance Party set in Margaretville

Studio Director Gloria McLean invites the public to celebrate summer at the Dance Studio in the Commons Building Margaretville with artists based in the Catskills on Saturday, June 27 at 8 p.m.
Dance and filmmaker Pooh Kaye, percussionist Michael Suchorsky, choreographer Gloria McLean and mystery guests will join forces to present an evening of live dance and music performance along with new short film and video screenings at the studio.


Janice Burdick honored as Democrat of the Year

Delhi — Janice Burdick was honored as Democrat of the Year at last Saturday’s Delaware County Democratic Committee (DCDC) dinner.
Tom Coddington, the 2008 honoree, presented Janice with a plaque from the committee, and a certificate and letter of congratulations from Rep. Scott Murphy. Tom thanked Janice for her years of exemplary service as deputy commissioner and her excellent work meeting the challenges of the recent special election.


Carnival kicks off Tuesday

The Margaretville Fire Department’s annual Field Days, featuring two nights of fireworks, will return to the village starting Tuesday, June 30 and will run through Sunday, July 5.
The midway by Gillette Shows will open at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with Wednesday, July 1 a pay one price day from 6 – 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday the midway will open at 1 p.m.


New sewer technology offered to Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
The cost of building and operating a sewer system in Phoenicia, along with related technological issues, has kept the project at a controversial standstill for years, but new technology has now appeared that may convince voters in this hamlet that installing a system is the right thing to do.
Three years ago voters in the district turned down plans for a conventional system that would have cost $17 million.


Chamber golf tourney a big hit

The 10th annual Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament was another great success, stated Mary Beth Silano, executive director.
Eighty participants turned out to play in the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce 10th annual Golf Outing, held at Delhi College Golf Course. The Mang Insurance Agency was the corporate sponsor for the chamber’s outing.


Fleischmanns beefing up parking law enforcement

By Jay Braman Jr.
Be careful where you park in Fleischmanns.
While violators of the no parking zones in the village may have in the past gotten off with a warning, it appears those days are gone following a special meeting of the village’s board of trustees Monday evening that had the board and audience members standing on Main Street and arguing over where parking zones end.


Animal hospital to open after yearlong hiatus

By Julia Green
The three-and-a-half thousand pet owners who used to take their furry family members to Crossroads Animal Hospital along Route 28 in Arkville will be thrilled to learn that the practice is reopening its doors after a yearlong hiatus.
“We are officially open and the hospital is doing 100 percent of its posted hours,” said Dr. Kevin Oppenheimer.


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.


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