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Andes supervisor paints bleak picture of cost of NYC's acquisition program

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By Matthew J. Perry
Andes Supervisor Marty Donnelly used a quiet town board meeting on Tuesday to raise community awareness of an Environmental Impact Study that has been commissioned by the county to assess the affects of New York City’s land acquisition program.
A final draft of the study, which is being conducted by the Downeast Group, a consulting firm based in Nova Scotia, is expected in February 2009. This month, Downeast representatives are conducting informational meetings in Delhi, Walton, Middletown and Stamford. Preliminary study findings will be presented, and county residents will have the opportunity to comment and voice their concerns.


Phoenicia, Boiceville sewer projects moving along slowly

By Jay Braman Jr.
A pair of sewer projects in the region is having difficulty moving forward, but supporters of both projects continue to make slow headway. Both projects benefit from funds supplied by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which has committed millions to build such systems in the watershed after local officials demanded the funds back in the 1990s.


Grant project will benefit county youths

Hobart — The A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, Inc. of Hobart has announced a grant program for 2009 focused on impacting youth in Delaware County.
Proposals should demonstrate a specific impact on youth, leveraging as many other available resources as possible. The level of funding proposed for 2009 should be less than $1,000. All projects should be designed to be completed by Dec. 31, 2009.


Pine Hill Community Center hosting family-friendly events

The Pine Hill Community Center will be hosting a series of holiday events to help raise funds for the center’s various programming, including helping them make their building more energy efficient.
The events are the Third Annual Chili Fest on November 15 from 1 to 5 p.m., a Local Arts and Crafts Fair featuring the work of local artists and crafters on November 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Songs of the Earth pasta dinner and concert featuring James Krueger, Evan Pritchard and the Princes of Serendip on December 6 from 5 to 8 p.m., and Catskill Community Radio’s Catskill Cabaradio on December 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.


"Guys and Dolls" plays at RCS this weekend

Roxbury — The hustle and bustle of 1940s New York descends on the quiet Village of Roxbury this weekend as the RCS Drama club presents their fall production of “Guys and Dolls” this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. in the school’s cafetorium.


The Holiday Treasure Express returns with a parade and more

Margaretville — The Holiday Treasure Express returns after a successful campaign last year and now it includes a Main Street parade, business showcase and shopping adventures for all. The spirit of cooperation led to the creation of a campaign that serves local merchants while creating a diverse set of entertainments for visitors and residents alike.


Collaborative work rolls at bowling alley

Arkville — The Central Catskills Collaborative is getting down to business at its upcoming meeting on Thursday, Nov. 13 being held at 3 p.m. at the Middletown Town Hall.  This hands-on session, facilitated by The Catskill Center for Conservation and Devel-opment, will combine the serious business of community revitalization with serious fun: bowling. 
“Integrating a little recreation with our planning work fosters camaraderie and promotes a local business.  People living along the 50-mile project area will have an opportunity to see one of many businesses that makes Margaretville a success story,” said Lisa Rainwater, The Catskill Center’s executive director.


MCS Scitamard Society to present "The Women"

Margaretville — The MCS Scitamard Society will present “The Women” by Clare Booth Luce this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14 and 15, in the newly refurbished school auditorium at Margaretville Central School.
The comedy, written in 1936, will be presented at 7 p.m. both evenings. The show, which first opened on Broadway and ran for 657 performances, was a feature film in 1939 starring Rosalind Russell, Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer. It was also seen in a more recent remake this fall with Meg Ryan, Annette Benning and Debra Messing.


Phoenicia has a new art gallery

By Jay Braman Jr.
This weekend a new fine art gallery joins the fabric of similar venues that blanket the Phoenicia area. Phoenicia Resident Andrea Cabane, an artist and photographer, said this week that she has always wanted to have her own gallery, and when she saw space available on Main Street she knew it would be the perfect location to fulfill that dream.


MFD honors four members for 50+ years of service

Four members were honored for more than a half-century of service when the Margaretville Fire Department held its Annual Dinner on Nov. 1 at the Hanah Country Resort. MFD members honored for their long years of service were: Gordy McMurray, who was honored for 50 Years of Active Service; Dick Miller, who received honors for 52 years of service to MFD; Tom Phillips, who was recognized for 56 years of active membership in fire service; and Tom Wagner, who was absent from awards dinner but also was honored for 52 years of service.


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