DEC talks drilling to Delaware County supervisors

By Matthew J. Perry
Two members of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) appeared in Delhi on August 20 before the Delaware County Board of Supervisors to provide an overview of natural gas drilling and persuade those present that the DEC is ready to deal with a rush of speculation.
State Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, also in attendance, was active in the discussion that followed the DEC presentation, explaining positions of state lawmakers and fielding questions from supervisors who expressed both curiosity and skepticism concerning Albany’s oversight of local issues.

Buck stops here: Family Dollar not coming to village quite yet

By Julia Green
Don’t pull out your dollars just yet: the Family Dollar chain store initially planned for the property adjacent to the Margaretville Post Office isn’t setting up shop in Margaretville quite yet.
“We as a company just elected not to build there,” said Tom Nash, senior vice president for real estate, in an interview. “We re-evaluated the market area and felt that that particular location did not meet our criteria.” Nash said that he doesn’t know if the company will be exploring options to build a retail location anywhere in the Delaware County area.

Drilling opposition group shows film to spark debate

By Matthew J. Perry
Despite the fact that drilling for natural gas is months away, if not years, debate is now concentrating on whether New Yorkers can get their gas—assuming the Marcellus Shale is indeed filled with it—at a cost the land can sustain. Meanwhile, disturbing reports from the west, where shale plays have been underway for several years, have stoked fears of wells on tightly-spaced units and the creation of an industrial zone in the Catskills.

Roxbury Planning Board awaiting turbine reviews

By Julia Green
Roxbury Planning Board Chairman Joe Farleigh said Wednesday he believes that things are “in pretty good shape at this point” in terms of the wind turbine application process during the town’s monthly planning board meeting, adding that he believes the public comments submitted during the SEQR process were “quite inclusive” and doesn’t suppose anything has been left out.
The comments received during the public hearing phase of the process in response to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) are still in the hands of LaBella Associates, the primary technical consultant being solicited by the planning board, as the planning board awaits feedback in order to proceed with the drafting of the Final Environmental Impact State-ment.

Bnai Israel celebrates anniversary Sunday

Congregation Bnai Israel in Fleischmanns will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. with a program of song, videos, inspirational messages and special refreshments. “Positively Israel” is the title of a presentation by Ronnie Gold, a former national officer of Na’amat, Pioneer Women, who lived in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem with her husband from 1980 to the mid-90s. Mrs. Gold, a member of the congregation, is a Woodstock artist.

Tennis auction raised funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research

The 34th annual Fleischmanns Tennis Tournament’s rescheduled benefit auction took place on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. in the Garden Room at Belleayre Mountain. At the helm for the ninth year, auctioneer Bob Novak’s wry humor and playful prodding elicited generous bids from a gathering of more than 40 friends and supporters. Following the auction, guests enjoyed a midafternoon buffet and a social hour in the sun on the Bluestone Patio.

Whet Paint returns to RAG August 30

Whet Paint, an annual event that has become one of the most popular days in The Roxbury Arts Group’s busy calendar, returns on Saturday, Aug. 30. Over 40 artists have signed up to receive canvases at RAG in the morning. From there they will go out into the streets and fields of the surrounding area and create fresh and inspired works of art. They will return to RAG with these paintings at 4 p.m., and the paintings will be hung on the walls of the Hilt Kelly Hall and sold at a silent auction during one of RAG’s most lavish gallery receptions.

Zimbabwe comes to the Commons with Labor Day weekend fund-raiser

Who would have imagined any connection between a southern African country, where life expectancy is just 34 years, and the lush mountains of New York? But over the past three years, Hobart resident Dennis Gaboury has been building links between our community and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city. He has accomplished this by founding ZimKids, a project that helps feed, clothe and educate Bulawayo’s orphans, encourages their creativity and teaches them about the dignity of work.

NYPA will again allow bow hunting

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will again allow bow hunting for deer on limited areas of the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project. One hundred permits, issued in a random lottery drawing, will be provided for use during the bow hunting season: October 18 through December 16.

Kirkside Island service Sunday

Kirkside Island will be the site of a 10 a.m. outdoor worship service on Sunday, Aug. 31. The Roxbury United Methodist Church and the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church are sponsoring the service as a kickoff for Roxbury’s Turn of the Century events. Music will be supplied by the Roxbury Brass and the choir will share a special anthem.

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