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Grand Gorge FD hosts banquet

The Grand Gorge Hose Company No. 1 hosted its annual banquet at the firehouse on March 14. Over 60 people attended the event including members and guests from Stamford, Roxbury, Conesville and Prattsville.


Recount confirms VanBenscoten as Margaretville mayor

By Julia Green
It was even closer the second time around, as the Margaretville mayoral race was the subject of a recount Tuesday morning. Two representatives from the Delaware County Board of Elections, Republican Commissioner William Campbell and Democratic Commissioner Janice Burdick, were on hand to conduct the re-canvas, in which John VanBenschoten remained the winner – this time by a two-vote margin.


Uncertainty clouds school budgets; tax hikes projected as minimal

By Julia Green
Area school superintendents are wrestling with declining state aid as they attempt to prepare their 2009-2010 annual budgets.
In spite of waning funds, however, superintendents at Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury central schools have prepared budget drafts that have only minor tax levy increases and will therefore have minimal impacts on local taxpayers.


Tedisco, Murphy face off for Congressional vacancy

By Brian Sweeney
Assembly Republican Minority Leader James Tedisco and Democrat Scott Murphy will face off on Tuesday, March 31 as voters in New York’s 20th Congressional District elect a representative to replace Kirsten Gillibrand.
Gillibrand, who was elected to her second term last fall, was recently named to replace U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, after the latter was appointed Secretary of State. Tedisco and Murphy emerged a their parties’ top candidates to succeed Rep. Gillibrand.


Morell wins easily in Fleischmanns mayoral race

By Jay Braman Jr.
Dave Morell defeated incumbent Malcolm Becker last Wednesday in the race for mayor in the Village of Fleishmanns. Morell received 70 votes. Becker, who was a write-in candidate, got 13 votes. Morell said this week that even though he would not be officially sworn in until April 6 there’s no time like the present.


Former resident brings circus act to Oneonta center

The Bindlestiff Late Night Cabaret will perform at Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta on Saturday, March 28. The evening of “Vaudevillainous Variety” will feature sword swallowers with attitude, jugglers with angst, chicks with whips, audience members on stage, bawdy humor, twisted physical comedy, moments of surreal beauty, and live music, as well as phenomenal juggler and prop manipulator Sean Blue and mind-bending contortionist Miss Ekaterina, performing physical near-impossibilities.


Roxbury Olympiad Team advances to state finals

Roxbury — The Roxbury Rockets brought home the second-place team trophy out of 11 teams at the Capitol Area Junior High Regional Tournament held on Saturday at Ravena. The finish qualifies the team to attend the State Finals on April 17 and 18, at the State University at New Paltz.


New CEO, GM named at Emerson Resort & Spa

Mt. Tremper — Emily Fisher and Dean Gitter, owners of Emerson Resort & Spa, have announced the appointment of Naomi Umhey as chief operating officer and Tracy Lynch as general manager. Between them, the two long-time executive team members share nearly 27 years experience working for the property.


Spring fair set for April 4 by auxiliary

Margaretville — The Auxiliary of Margaretville Memorial Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will host its 15th annual Spring Fair on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mountainside. Among the featured events will be: the popular Easter Egg Treasure Hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts, candy, baked goods, and products by Avon. Door prizes will also be plentiful.


Delaware County's population shrinks

By Jay Braman Jr.
There are 239 fewer people calling Delaware County home.
That’s according to estimates released last week by the Census Bureau, which say that in July 2007 there were 46,324 residents. One year later that number dropped to 46,085.


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