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Supervisors review social services data

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By Cheryl Petersen
At the Delaware County Office Building in Delhi, the Board of Supervisors convened late afternoon August 27. Wil­liam Moon, Department of Social Services Commissioner, explained to the board a comparative analysis based on a town-by-town comparison using per capita data.
Within the county’s population of 47,980, the July data shows 502 individuals on public assistance, 8,685 persons on the Medicaid program, 6,537 on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and 4,598 on the Home Energy Assistance Program.


Additional NYS Rising grant $$ for Margaretville is not a done deal

By Joe Moskowitz
The Village of Margaretville is expecting millions of dollars from the State of New York in the form of New York Rising grants to fund projects to help alleviate future flood damage. But Margaretville Mayor Diana Cope said this week that the state needs to answer some questions, including whether the village can afford to accept the money.


Onteora gears up for a new school year

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By Jay Braman Jr.
No fewer than 80 new kindergartners will begin school in the Onteora School District this Thursday when classes start.
Enrollment continues to decline in this multi-town district with a budget of almost $52 million, which had 1,412 students last year and will see only 1,364 come through the doors this week.
Of those, 431 will attend high school in Boiceville, 141 at the Phoenicia School, 318 at Bennet School in Boiceville and 238 in the Woodstock School.


Arkville Head Start now accepting Shandaken children

By Jay Braman Jr.
After the Shandaken area was left without its Head Start program last year, the organizers of the Head Start in Arkville decided they had to help out.
So this year, the Arkville-based preschool program will accept children from Shandaken even though the town is located across county borders in Ulster County.
According to John Eberhardt, executive director of Delaware Opportunities Incorporated, the non-profit agency that administers the Head Start program in Delaware County, there are still openings.


DEC resort decision expected any day

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By Jay Braman Jr.
With the unofficial end of summer fast approaching, many in the region are waiting with baited breath for the promised announcement by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on the fate of the Belleayre Resort and the expansion of that department’s own Belleayre Ski Center.


MCS invites Andes and Roxbury school boards to explore shared services

By Joe Moskowitz
Acting quickly, the Margaretville Central School (MCS) Board of Education took steps last Wednesday to stabilize its administrative and teaching staffs in a way that could conceivably change the way schools in this area are managed.
In just one meeting, the board hired a new principal, filled several other positions, and agreed to make overtures to neighboring districts about sharing, possibly even the position of district’s superintendent.


Schools open this week

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Area schools are gearing up for opening day of the 2014-15 academic year next week.
Margaretville
The first day of classes at Margaretville Central School will be Wednesday, Sept. 3 with classes beginning at 8:19 a.m. The school day ends at 2:52 p.m.
The price of breakfast is $1.25 and lunches will cost $1.85.
Roxbury
Roxbury students will open the school year on Thursday, Sept. 4 with a full day of classes.
RCS teachers will attend a Superintendent’s Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 2 and 3.
Andes
The 2014-15 school year at Andes Central School gets underway on Thursday, Sept. 4 and students must be in Period 1 by 8 a.m.
The student lunch price will be $2.00. Student breakfast will remain at $1.00 with reduced price for breakfast and lunch remaining at $.25 each.


Rep. Chris Gibson makes Roxbury campaign stop

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By Joe Moskowitz
Congressman Chris Gibson was back in the area on Sunday. Gibson, who is in the midst of an expensive and closely watched campaign against political newcomer Sean Eldridge, attended a “Meet and Greet” rally at Roxbury’s Kirkside Park Sunday afternoon.
WELCOME — Roxbury Republican Committee Chairman Ed Dalski, left, introduces Congressman Chris Gibson during his Sunday campaign stop in Roxbury. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzWELCOME — Roxbury Republican Committee Chairman Ed Dalski, left, introduces Congressman Chris Gibson during his Sunday campaign stop in Roxbury. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz


Andes taxpayers save big $$ on fuel project

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By Dick Sanford
The concept of shared services among school districts in New York State is all the rage these days, but in the Town of Andes, a shared project between the school district and the town has already saved its taxpayers somewhere between $60,000 and $100,000.


Sean Eldridge makes campaign stop in Bovina

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Chestnut Hill Farm welcomed a gathering of more than 130 to an afternoon “Sean Eldridge Meet and Greet” event on Saturday, Aug. 16.
Sean Eldridge is the Democratic Candidate running against Republican Chris Gibson in New York’s 19th Congressional District.
MAKING THE ROUNDS — Sean Eldridge (blue shirt at right) chats with New Kingston resident Andy VanBenschoten (with beard) during last week’s “Meet and Greet” held in Bovina. Sean is challening Republican Chris Gibson in NY’s 19th Congressional District race this fall. — Contributed photoMAKING THE ROUNDS — Sean Eldridge (blue shirt at right) chats with New Kingston resident Andy VanBenschoten (with beard) during last week’s “Meet and Greet” held in Bovina. Sean is challening Republican Chris Gibson in NY’s 19th Congressional District race this fall. — Contributed photo


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