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Wilber Corp. reports strong earnings increase

Oneonta – The Wilber Corporation, parent company of Wilber National Bank, last Friday reported net income of $2.001 million and earnings per share of $0.19 for the three-month period ended December 31. By comparison, the company’s net income and earnings per share for the three-month period ended December 31, 2008 were $1.588 million and $0.15, respectively.


Cha Cha Hut BBQ now open in Roxbury

By Julia Green
Summer’s not here quite yet, but taste buds in Roxbury have nearly been fooled in recent weeks, thanks to a new take-out barbeque establishment: Cha Cha Hut BBQ.
“We wanted to open something in Roxbury because this is where we live and this is the community we want to support,” said co-owner Cherie Davis, who runs the business with her husband, Frank. “We opened a barbeque establishment because we love it, and it’s something that everybody seems to like, and we wanted to share that.”


Verna D'Alto exhibit at hospital

Margaretville — The acrylic paintings of Halcottsville abstract artist Verna D’Alto glow with color that vibrates with intense energy, drawing the viewer to the work. Seven of her pieces, painted on canvas or paper are currently on display in the lobby of the Margaretville Hospital.


Coalition of Watershed Towns mulls more NYC land purchases

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Coalition of Watershed Towns, a regional advocacy group that is charged with protecting the rights of those who live in the region that provides the drinking water for nine million New Yorkers, is taking a close look at the City of New York’s plan to acquire more land in the area.


Charitable foundation accepting applications for scholarship program

Kingston — The Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation is currently accepting applications for their annual scholarship program. There will be 15 $2,000 scholarships awarded for the 2010-2011 year, 12 general scholarships and three scholarships for those students pursuing business/finance careers.


Arkville and Fleischmanns input sought

The MARK Project is seeking input from business people and owners of mixed use buildings in Arkville and Fleischmanns for applications to the NY Main Street Program. An informational meeting is planned for Arkville business people and owners of mixed use and civic buildings on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. at Casey Joe’s Coffeehouse on Route 28.


Watershed drug case leaves unanswered questions

By Jay Braman Jr.
How to safely dispose of pharmaceutical waste from hospitals and nursing homes in the New York City Watershed is not a new issue. As of today there is no approved plan for how to do it that satisfies all of the regulatory masters who rule the watershed. But once a policy is formulated and becomes law, all of the healthcare facilities in the watershed will be forced to comply.


Grand Gorge bank robbery suspect ordered held for grand jury action

By Julia Green
One of the two defendants being held in connection with the Jan. 19 robbery of the NBT Bank in Grand Gorge was present at a felony hearing in Roxbury Justice Court last Tuesday evening.
Following testimony, Town Justice Wayne Pebler ruled that there was sufficient reasonable cause to hold the man for grand jury action.


Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary announces thrift shop changes

Margaretville — The Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center Auxiliary has announced changes in the operation of their Thrift Shop. Effective immediately, the Shop is closed one day a week, New York State Sales Tax will be added to all purchases except clothing, and security cameras will be installed at both entrances to the store.


MCS gets grant for 1,000 Books program

By Julia Green
Margaretville Central School announced last week that it received a $4,000 matching grant from The A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation to implement an early childhood literacy program called The 1,000 Books Program in cooperation with Fairview Public Library in Margaretville and Skene Memorial Library in Fleischmanns. According to MCS Head Librarian Pat Moore, the hope is to have the program up and running this spring.


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