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Ambulance funding takes jump in Shandaken preliminary budget

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Town of Shandaken’s preliminary budget has appeared on schedule this year, unlike last when the same document didn’t jump out of town hall until close to Halloween. But this year’s $5 million spending plan may still give taxpayers a fright. Filled with raises for all public officials and nonunion employees plus a whopping 18 percent increase for the town’s ambulance squad.


Fleischmanns will be busy over Columbus Day weekend

Fleischmanns — Homeowners in this historic village are opening some of its most interesting homes for tours and hosting an entire day of family fun and base ball on Sunday, Oct. 12 during “Fleischmanns First Floors Historic House & Garden Tour.” With the Belleayre Fall Festival located just a few minutes away in Arkville this year, you can easily spend some time at Fleischmanns’ all-day festival of fun without missing a thing.


FIDDLERS! 15 plays at RAG on Sunday

Fiddlers!, the annual festival of fiddle music at The Roxbury Arts Group this Sunday will have a different format in this its 15th year. An all-star concert featuring three talented women fiddlers; Liz Carroll, Andrea Beaton and Hope Grietzer, will begin at 5 p.m. while the usual Fiddlers! square dance will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. In between there will be food, baked goods, and all manner of drinks for sale.


DEC Commissioner Grannis is Government Day speaker

Alexander “Pete” Grannis, commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), will be the keynote speaker at Catskills Local Government Day Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Frost Valley YMCA and Conference Center, Claryville. Registration is open to the public. Deadline for registering is October 10. There is a $10 fee which includes lunch. Go to the CWC website for registration forms, or call Frieda at 586-1400.


Delaware County adopts plan to deal with hazard mitigation

The catastrophic impact of flooding in Delaware County has resulted in significant public and private property damage. Delaware County was declared a federal disaster area each year between 2004 and 2007. Each declared event has cost millions of dollars to both public and private infrastructure and has left many residents homeless.


Septic program changes benefit more homeowners

A change in eligibility requirements for the Catskill Watershed Corporation’s Septic Rehabilitation and Replacement Program means that nearly 900 additional homeowners may be eligible to participate. Letters have been mailed to some 880 people whose properties are within 200 feet of a watercourse in the latest extension of the program eligibility distance. The voluntary program has widened progressively, from 50 to 100 to 150 feet, and now to 200 feet from a watercourse. Properties within 500 feet of a reservoir stem are also targeted.


Field show opens Oct. 18 at Erpf Gallery

The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development and the Erpf Gallery invite the public to attend the opening reception of Carol Field, artist and educator, at The Catskill Center Erpf Gallery on Main Street in Arkville on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Carol’s new work, long scrolls on canvases, paintings, drawings, a screen depicting images of the Ashokan Reservoir and a table with a long drawing using pen and brush on rice paper are renderings of the essential characters of the riparian zone, the area where the land and the stream interface.


Car show at Mountainside will benefit Sunshine Fund

The third annual Car Show to benefit the Mountainside Residential Care Center’s Resident “Sunshine Fund”will be held on Sunday, Oct.12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Mountainside Parking Lot. The event will feature music by a DJ, refreshments, prize drawings and entertainment by Joe “Elvis” Borelli. There will awards presented to the owners of the Top 10 Cars, plus the Residents’ Choice Award.


D&URR in Arkville to host Fall Festival

The Delaware & Ulster Railroad in Arkville is hosting the 29th annual Belleayre Fall Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Attractions include over three dozen craft, art, and specialty vendors including Rusty Dorr Originals, Alta Log Homes, Sensational Sweets, Tea Thyme Herb and Fruit Farm, and Chicken Hill Farm Homemade Soaps.


Bronx Opera performs Saturday

The Bronx Opera Company will give its annual Fall Concert in the unique surroundings of Frost Valley YMCA’s Forstmann Castle on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. Both shows are open to the public. The cost for the local community is $10 per person, and it is recommended that visitors arrive early, as seating is limited. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m.


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