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Roxbury teacher charged in arson case

By Brian Sweeney
A Roxbury Central School teacher was arrested on Dec. 1 and charged with arson stemming from his alleged involvement in setting fire to a camping trailer that he co-owned with another RCS teacher. Mike McAfee, 44, was charged with one count of fifth-degree arson, a Class A misdemeanor.


Ulster loans made easier

Kingston — The owners of small businesses in Ulster County could find it easier to get credit to keep their doors open.
Ulster County Executive Michael Hein unveiled a “Credit for Success” program designed to provide loans of between $25,000 and $150,000 to qualified small business owners.


Catamount returns to local culinary style

By Jay Braman Jr.
Emily Fisher was all smiles Sunday afternoon.
Seated at the bar of her Catamount Restaurant, Fisher was brimming with pride, feeling that she and the Catamount team have struck a chord with their new concept for the eatery.


Spring trial set for local woman in theft incidents

By Brian Sweeney
A Margaretville woman who is accused of stealing more than $21,000 from two people pled not guilty to the charges in a November 23 appearance in Delaware County Court.
Barbara B. Ackerley, 58, was arrested last June. She was charged with two counts of third-degree grand larceny. Ackerley is accused of taking the money from two elderly victims who had been in her care. Both of the theft victims reside in the Town of Middletown.


OCS ratifies teachers' deal after 17 months

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Onteora School District Board of Education unanimously ratified a new four-year teachers’ contract last week, officially ending a 17-month stretch during which the teachers went without one.


Primitive Biathlon set for Jan. 17

Shandaken —After 13 previous years of highly successful competition, the Shandaken Primitive Biathlon will be held again on January 17 in Oliverea.


Hometown "Top Chef" gets cooking Saturday

Roxbury — The kitchens are heating up and so is the rivalry between the two “Top Chef” culinary teams who will dazzle their discerning guests (you!) with their most irresistible tapas in elegant surroundings this Saturday night. Be sure to reserve your plate at this creative and tasty fund-raiser on Dec. 5, hosted in two of Roxbury’s most lovingly restored Main Street “grand dames.”


Shandaken mulls larger ambulance fleet

By Jay Braman Jr.
It’s large a rural town with a large elderly population, far from any hospital, and home to a ski center that brings thousands of visitors across its borders on winter weekends. Such is Shandaken, a town said to already possess a cracker jack ambulance department, but one that would serve the community better if it had another ambulance.


Holiday hometown fun planned for Saturday in Andes

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Andes — The historic little community of Andes is going all out on Saturday, Dec. 5 with special activities for those who live here and visitors alike to enjoy. The United Methodist Church on Lower Main will put on their annual Holiday Bazaar and Luncheon from 11a.m. to 3 p.m.


Transfer station cutback trims Middletown budget

Staff report
The Middletown Town Board has adopted a 2010 budget that reflects a tax levy increase of 3.3 percent. Following its November budget hearing, the town board made additional cuts to the Preliminary Budget. The key budget reduction was the decision to trim hours from daily operation to six days a week at the solid waste transfer station in Kelly Corners. The savings in payroll and related expenditures totaled more than $14,000.


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