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Comptroller blocking purchase of 1,200 acres from Crossroads

By Jay Braman Jr.
Last month no one thought it was so.
The New York Post reported Friday that State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli was poised to torpedo the land sale of 1,200 acres of Crossroads Ventures land in Big Indian to New York State to be converted to forever-wild status. The New York Comptroller’s office has rejected the state’s planned purchase of 1,220 acres in the Ulster County Town of Shandaken, calling the price too high.


4th annual Team Trivia Challenge tested knowledge and raised funds

The fifth Team Trivia Challenge occurred at The Roxbury Arts Group’s Hilt Kelly Hall on Saturday, May 1. The fund-raiser is held annually to benefit the restoration of the historic Fleischmanns United Methodist Church, also known as the Fleischmanns Community Church.


Delaware County Committee will honor Cordes as Democrat of the Year

By Tom Coddington
The Delaware County Democratic Committee has selected C. Peter Cordes of Sidney Center as its 2010 “Democrat of the Year.” The award will be presented to him at the committee’s annual dinner on Saturday, June 19 in the dining hall at Hanah Mountain Resort, Margaretville.


Annual Wellness Fair Friday at MCS

Margaretville Central School will host its Fourth Annual Wellness Fair on Friday, May 14 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at MCS. A variety of organizations will be on hand to present demonstrations relating to all aspects of wellness to both students and members of the outside community. Door prizes will also be given out.


Fleischmanns Street Fair planned for Saturday, May 29

Fleischmanns — This Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday May 29, Fleischmanns will once again host a village-wide celebration worthy of its festive history as a gateway to summertime fun in the Catskills. On Saturday, May 29, the entire Main Street will be bustling with vendors and tag sales, vintage baseball in the Wagner Avenue ballpark, the season opening of the Museum of Memories, and Skene Library’s annual book sale.


New DEC guidelines proposed to govern Outdoor Wood Boilers

By Brian Sweeney
New rules governing Outdoor Wood Boilers (OWB) are under consideration by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, it was announced last week. The updates to the OWB guidelines would include emission limits and setback requirements for new units.


STOP-DWI mock crash program May 20 at Margaretville Central School

Lisa Barrows, coordinator of Delaware County STOP-DWI, will be presenting a mock crash program at Margaretville Central School for students in grades nine through 12 on Thursday, May 20, at 1 p.m.
In the demonstration, the audience observes the “pretend” crash from a safe distance, as a police officer comes upon a DWI wreck with injured victims, portrayed by student volunteers.


Catholic Diocese denies responsibility for overseeing priest charged with sex abuse

By Julia Green
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany has filed an affidavit in answer to a civil suit filed on behalf of alleged victims of sex abuse and their families, claiming the Diocese is not responsible for overseeing Father James J. McDevitt in his role as priest at the Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville.


Deanna Kirk sings Saturday at free program in Commons

Margaretville — Accomplished jazz singer and song writer, Deanna Kirk, will bring her unique vocal talent to the Portfolio Café on Saturday, May 15 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Commons Building, Main Street, Margaretville as the “Art in Common,” series of multi-art events comes to an end this spring in the Commons. There is no cover charge for this event.


Andes man found guilty on sex charges

A 20-year-old Andes man was found Friday of two felony charges stemming from his arrest for e-mailing a sexual image of an underage female. Clint Peterson was charged with promoting a sexual performance by a child under age 17 (a class D felony) and possessing a sexual performance by a child under age 16 (a class E felony). The guilty verdicts were rendered at a jury trial in Delaware County Court in Delhi last Friday.


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