ACS, MCS and RCS announce top students for the Class of 2008

Three area schools have announced the names of their valedictorians and salutatorians for the 2007-08 academic year. Andes Central School recognized Cheyenne Tait and Carrianne Fairbairn as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Roxbury Central School named Alisa Fersch and Michelle Massell, while Margaretville Central School named Nevin Perez and Aja Jenkins.

Parsons exhibit to go on display; concert scheduled at Park Pavilion

An ongoing research initiative at Parsons The New School for Design has involved students in multiple disciplines who, since 2006, have undertaken design projects with Margaretville’s revitalization in mind. A selection of their ideas, called “The Margaretville Projects” will be unveiled on Saturday, June 21 at 4 p.m. at The Commons Building’s second floor.

DEC considers statewide burn ban; some residents oppose measure

By Jay Braman Jr.
In an effort to reduce the impacts of pollutants such as dioxins, particulate matter and carbon monoxide and to limit the risks of wildfires, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation plans to extend a ban on open burning statewide beyond the current ban for any municipality with a population of 20,000, a law in effect since 1972.

WAC publishes new directory of wood products

Hamden — The Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC) recently published a new wood products directory titled Pure Catskills Wood Products: A Directory of Manufacturers & Craftspeople in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. The 30-page booklet features over 200 local companies involved in various aspects of wood processing within the Catskill and Hudson Valley regions.

Arts funding announced

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mount Hope) announced last week that five Delaware County arts organizations will receive state aid totaling $145,500.
Bonacic said that the grants range from $7,400 to $63,100 for a variety of programs and their design, creation and advancement in Delaware County.

Railride Into Yesteryear in Roxbury July 5

Saturday, July 5 will offer the best in Roxbury’s summer bounty and fun, when “Railride into Yesteryear” meets Roxbury’s annual community street fair, Sidewalk Fest. Come to Roxbury via the Delaware & Ulster Railroad or drive in for the day and enjoy all the agreeable pursuits of 1898, from food and vintage baseball to Roxbury Brass fanfares and damsels in bustles. Roxbury’s shady Main Street will also be bustling, with vendors, music, children’s activities, craftsmen, cloggers and food galore.

Andes committee seeks support for cemetery wreath project


By Julia Green
An Andes committee is participating in the national Wreaths Across America program, and is seeking community support. The Christmas Wreaths Committee in Andes, led by Carol Tubbs, has placed canisters at a number of area establishments to collect funds for the project, including Hogan’s General Store, Woodies Country Kitchen, The Slow Down Café, The Tremperskill Country Store, The Andes Hotel, and Cantina. An account will also be opened at the National Bank of Delaware County in Andes to accept donations.

Historic postmark offered by New Kingston Post Office

The Postal Service is offering a special pictorial National Historic New Kingston Station Postmark at the New Kingston Post Office starting on Saturday, July 5. The special postmark will be kicked off with a party at the post office on July 5 to honor local artist, Oneida Hammond, who created the picture used in the postmark.

Higher court voids water harvesting permit, back to local planning board for developer

By Jay Braman Jr.
A New York State Supreme Court decision allowing a controversial water-harvesting project to proceed has been overturned in the Appellate Division, leaving the fate of the project uncertain. Backers of the project must now go back before local zoners and planners.

Andes set to bond new garage project this month; project scheduled for completion by year's end


By Matthew J. Perry
The Town of Andes is on schedule to begin work on a new highway garage this summer, and is still expecting to occupy the new facility by the end of the year.
On Monday, during the first board meeting in the new town offices, officials received an encouraging update from Delaware Engineering, which has handled the project’s design.

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