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Interest high in Gillibrand's post; Hamden man tosses hat into ring

By Matthew J. Perry
Kirsten Gillibrand was sworn in to the United States Senate as Hillary Clinton’s replacement yesterday. Back in the 20th Congressional District of New York, which includes most of Delaware County, the major political parties are hustling to find a candidate with the best chance of winning Gillibrand’s old seat in a special election.
The election will occur between 30 and 40 days after Governor Paterson calls for it.


Liyana, Afro-fusion musical group, performs Saturday in Roxbury

By Julia Green
It is a country that spent its fair share of time in the national news spotlight in recent months for many of the wrong reasons, including a disputed presidential election, a major outbreak of cholera, and an inquiry into the country’s diamond-mining process following claims that the industry was plagued by violence and other transgressions.
But the Zimbabwean “diamonds in the rough” that are coming to the Catskills at the end of January have little to do with the mining of precious stones.


Catskill authors discuss and sign books on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Commons

The Catskills – their history, science, lore and never-ending appeal – will be the topic when three regional authors visit The Commons on Main Street, Margaretville Saturday, Jan. 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. to discuss and sign their books, which will be available for purchase.


Artists-in-Residence Program applications are being sought

 Arkville — The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development and the Erpf Gallery have kicked off the 12th-year of their Platte Clove Artists-in-Residence Program with a call for applications.


Art in Common warms up February with music, art, fine crafts, readings

Margaretville — The multi-arts series “Art in Common” brings you fun, art and enrichment every Saturday in February at the Commons building in Margaretville — performances by Patricia Dell and Kent Brown, a group show opening at Longyear Gallery, fine craft artisans demonstrating their creative work, and Catskill authors from Purple Mountain Press regaling you with discussions about our region’s landscape, history and settlement.


ACS students' farming film not a chore

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By Matthew J. Perry


Unique band from Zimbabwe plays at RAG Jan. 31

In one of the most exciting events ever presented at The Roxbury Arts Group, the first-ever U.S. tour of an afro-fusion group from Zimbabwe called Liyana, made up of eight band members ranging in age from 17-23, will perform at RAG on Saturday, Jan. 31.


Kidney is perfect Christmas gift for local boy

By Julia Green
The number one item on nine-year-old Margaretville resident Cameron Passarelli’s Christmas list this year was a kidney. A close second was a Nintendo Wii.


Governor's budget plan would sock local towns

By Jay Braman Jr.
There’s a little known part of Governor Paterson’s budget plan that, if adopted by the legislature, would raise property taxes for private landowners in the Catskills.
The proposed 2009-2010 budget includes a change to the tax law, which would cap town, county and school taxes paid on state-owned land at their current dollar levels. The change is intended to save the state $9 million in increases over last year’s $183 million property tax bill.


Middletown seeks more planning funds to assist with town's development outline

By Julia Green
Peg Ellsworth, executive director of the MARK Group, was on hand at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Middletown Town Board to discuss an application for a comprehensive plan grant that is being sought through the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) as a supplement to a grant obtained by Margaretville resident Carolyn Konheim.


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