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Shandaken farm stand controversy grows over proposed zoning change

By Jay Braman Jr.
It appears the ongoing farm-stand flap in Shandaken is at a stalemate. A proposed farm-stand law remains in limbo, and in the meantime the man that stands to be most affected by the law made a last ditch effort recently to get the town board to scrap it altogether and start fresh.
Al Higley, the operator of the Hanover Farms produce stand on Route 28 in Mount Tremper, made an appeal to the board at the town council’s October meeting, saying that it would be a bad idea for the board to pass the law as proposed.


Holiday parade returns to Margaretville; participants sought

Margaretville — Whether you are involved with a community organization, a merchant in the region, a tourism related facility, scout troop, or a skilled crafter, there is no better place to showcase your commodities than on a float at the second annual Holiday Parade as it returns to Margaretville’s Main Street with an unparalled pageantry of holiday and community spirit. This fanfare of floats and marchers begins at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28.


Lennox Forest "Talks and Walks" offered Fridays

Delhi — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County and the Watershed Agricultural Council Forestry Program will be offering five programs this fall, designed to help families enjoy and sustain their forests and woodlands.


"Life in Brief: A Series of One-Act Plays" presented by WIM

Margaretville — "Life in Brief: A Series of One-Act Plays" offered by Writers in the Mountains will be presented at The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville on Friday and Saturday evenings, Oct. 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m.  The plays are the result of the Ten Minute Play Writing workshop that was offered to the public by Writers In The Mountains and instructed by Frank Canavan.


Onteora Teachers' Association, district reach agreement for new contract

By Jay Braman Jr.
After working into the early hours of Tuesday morning, the negotiating teams for the Onteora School District and the Onteora Teachers’ Association reached agreement over details for a new contract.
“We have a settlement and a contract with the teachers,” said District Superintendent Dr. Leslie Ford.
The agreement was reached against the backdrop of a strike threat issued by the union, which planned to take a strike vote Tuesday.


Fall Foliage Hike set for Oct. 11 at Frost Valley YMCA

Claryville — A Fall Foliage Hike to Biscuit Brook will be held on Sunday, Oct. 11 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Frost Valley YMCA. This hike is part of a monthly series of free excursions led by Frost Valley’s staff. The Biscuit Brook hike is a beautiful ramble of about two miles, on mostly level terrain.


30th annual Fall Festival: Two days of fun at Belleayre

Highmount — The fall foliage will almost be an afterthought. Belleayre Mountain is anxious to open its venue doors when the 30th Annual Fall Festival will introduce its new pulse of energy in the form of the newly expanded Entertainment Village.


Three artists offer Pakatakan demos

Halcottsville — Three area craftspeople will demonstrate their skills at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market at the Round Barn in Halcottsville on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes will use a tabletop loom to demonstrate the multiple designs available with one or two favorite four-harness weave patterns. She will also give demonstrations of tapestry weaving on a frame loom.


Oktoberfest will be annual fund-raiser

The German-American Club of the Northern Catskills presents its 10th annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center’s Discovery Lodge.
Featuring authentic German refreshments, music by the Schwarzenegger Connection, plus Bavarian folk dancers, wood carvings, jewelry, imported gifts and CDs, portraits by a sketch artist and prize drawings.


Open House at hospital Oct. 12

Margaretville — Seasonal flu shots will be offered as part of a Fall Health Fair at Margaretville Hospital on Monday, Oct. 12 in the hospital lobby. The flu shots, which are offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be completely covered by Medicare or Medicaid insurance. The cash price for flu shots is $31.


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