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Faulty test tube blamed for OHS science class blast

By Jay Braman Jr.
The blast that occurred at the Onteora High School last Tuesday came as a surprise to everyone, but apparently to no one more than Donald Bucher. Bucher, a Phoenicia resident, is the veteran science teacher who was conducting an experiment with the chemical potassium chlorate when the accident occurred. Although he has safely done the same experiment dozens of times before, on Tuesday something went wrong, causing an explosion that broke a window in the classroom and injured Bucher and six students.


2009 Catskill Mountain News Best Service Award winners announced

The Catskill Mountain News and Columnist Margaret S. Inge are pleased to announce the 12th annual Catskill Best Service Awards. Readers selected those businesses and individuals who consistently deliver extraordinary service via ballots submitted during the months of November and December.
The tally of the over 500 ballots received includes more than 450 different businesses and 520 individual service providers in 78 categories. They are located across the region, giving testimony to the fact that customers will travel far and wide for quality service.


Coaches vs. Cancer at MCS

This Friday and next, Margaretville Central School will take part in the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer awareness program. MCS will donate all of the admission proceeds from this Friday's boys' varsity game and next Friday's girls' varsity game to the American Cancer Society to benefit cancer research.


"Artists at Work" featured at Margaretville Commons

Margaretville — The Longyear Gallery joins the Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild to present its first “Artists at Work” event on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 3-6 p.m. at The Commons Building at 785 Main Street, Margaretville.


Six students, teacher injured in OCS laboratory explosion

By Jay Braman Jr.
An explosion occurred in a chemistry lab at Onteora High School at 11 a.m. on Tuesday that broke windows in the room and sent six students and their teacher to the hospital. District officials have refused to release the names of the injured students or their teacher.


Stream protection is topic of Trout Unlimited program

Boiceville — The Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited welcomes noted conservationist Wally John on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. for an evening exploring ways to protect streams in the Catskills and enhance their use.


DEP offers help to streamside landowners

By Jay Braman Jr.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has launched a $3.6 million program to help stop erosion along stream banks on private property in the vast New York City Watershed. Those interested in participating had better act quickly however, as applications are due no later than Feb. 1.


Islam focus of Jan. 31 Gould forum

Roxbury — Engaging the World Forum, where people of faith look at and share thoughts on challenging issues of contemporary life, will meet Sunday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of the Gould Church on Main Street in Roxbury.


Delaware County reunion planned in Florida Feb. 5

Haines City, Fla. — The 41st annual Delaware County Reunion will hold a potluck lunch for past and present residents of Delaware County on February 5 in Haines City, Florida at the First Presbyterian Church on 104 Scenic Hwy, Rt. 544, in Haines City.


Arkville family overwhelmed by support after losing everything to fire last Tuesday

Late last Wednesday afternoon, Arkville resident Jim Gauntt was on his way to Hunter-Tannersville to watch his son, Sean, play in Margaretville’s JV basketball game. Before tip-off, however, he was headed back home, having learned from his son’s coach that his house was on fire.


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