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State land tax freeze dropped from budget

By Jay Braman Jr.
New York will continue to pay its fair share of local taxes on forest preserve, and other state-owned lands, under a budget deal worked out over the weekend, but the deal won’t be final until the budget is approved.
That’s according to officials with the Adirondack Mountain Club, who have been fighting a tax-cap proposal since it was announced by Governor Paterson earlier this year.


Camp Shankitunk gearing up for summer season

Delhi — The camping season at 4-H Camp Shankitunk near Delhi is fast approaching. This year the first weeklong session begins July 5.
All children age eight to 16 are eligible to attend.


Day Camp open houses scheduled at Frost Valley

Claryville — Frost Valley YMCA will host Day Camp Open Houses on Sundays, April 5, May 3 and May 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Children and parents will receive tours and information about Frost Valley’s renowned day camp. Lunch is included.


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.


Local author to discuss work at Art in Common on Saturday

Margaretville — Enjoy a local cheese and wine tasting as author Joanne Michaels discusses her work and avenues to publishing for aspiring authors on Saturday, March 28 at 4 p.m. in Margaretville’s Commons building, as part of the popular multi-art event series “Art in Common.”


Free rabies clinics planned

The Delaware County Public Health service will hold free rabies vaccination clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets in the villages of Fleischmanns and Andes on April 24 and May 8, respectively. The Fleischmanns clinic will take place Friday, April 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Fleischmanns Firehall. The Andes clinic will take place Friday, May 8 at the Andes Firehall Pavilion from 5 to 7 p.m.


Local chef cooked at Macy's demo

Devin Mills, co-owner of the Peekamoose Restaurant in Shandaken, was one of thousands of chefs selected as a representative of farm-to-table cuisine at the Macy’s Culinary Center in midtown Manhattan on March 7. Mills was selected by the Ulster County Tourism Board and the “I Love NY” campaign to showcase Catskills cuisine. Adding to the challenge: Mills was operating with just one hand, having broken his right hand a week beforehand.


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