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Pavilion dedication is June 21 at Village Park in Margaretville

Margaretville residents, friends, neighbors and visitors are invited to a concert and reception to benefit the new Margaretville Park Pavilion on Saturday, June 21.
The reception will begin at the Pavilion at 5 p.m. and the concert will follow at 6 p.m. and will feature Julian Fleischer and his Band as well as Eve Silber and others. Tickets are $35 and can be reserved by calling 845 586-1171. Same-day tickets will also be available at the Pavilion.


Mt. Tremper farm stand flap heats up with lawsuit flap

By Jay Braman Jr.
The owner of a controversial farm stand, which is said to be in violation of the local zoning code, has taken his case out in the open this week, claiming that in the court of public opinion he has been found innocent and should be left alone.
Al Higley, representing his son’s Mount Tremper-based produce stand called Hanford Farms, appeared before the Shandaken Town Board Monday with an attorney and several supporters. The visit comes as Hanford Farms faces a court appearance for allegedly being in violation of the town’s laws.


Shandaken supervisor: "Potholes make Rte. 28 unsafe"

By Jay Braman Jr.
Following the lead of several town residents, the Shandaken Town Supervisor has lodged an official complaint with the Region 8 office of the New York State Department of Transportation, saying that Route 28, the main artery which travels through the entire town, has become so pothole- and crater-ridden that it is unsafe for motorists. In a letter written on May 16, Supervisor Peter DiSclafani notified Region 8 Director Joan DuPont that something needs to be done to the state-owned highway.


School district voters easily OK budgets

Staff report
Margaretville, Andes and Roxbury voters easily approved school budgets for 2008-2009 during voting last Tuesday.
The Margaretville budget was up 6.9 percent overall and totaled $10,673,038. The tax levy increase will be 4.8 percent.
District voters approved the measure by a margin of 103-36. Randall Moore of Margaretville was elected to fill a vacancy on the school board and received 125 votes.


OCS budget passes, new trustees enjoy landslide

Foes of changing district configuration score with bd. voters

By Jay Braman Jr.
In a record-setting turnout, Onteora School District voters came out in force to elect a new slate of trustees to the board of education and adopt the district’s proposed budget and three other spending propositions. Voters swarmed four polling places throughout the district Tuesday, with the vast majority sending the message that they do not want to see Onteora reconfigured in the way the incumbents envisioned.


Board seeking answers for ACS building issues

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By Matthew J. Perry
Voting on May 20 saw the 2008-2009 budget for Andes Central School approved and its two nominees for the educational board, Michael Tuch and Gerald Murphy, elected with 99 and 97 votes, respectively.
But some financial issues remained unsettled when the board convened on May 22. The school finds itself in a bind created by two proposed upgrades to the school building.


CROP funding restored for local school districts

The New York State Education Department (SED) has announced grant awards for their 21st-Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Programs funded through the federal No Child Left Behind legislation.


Dry Brook Ridge hike June 7

Join The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development in a celebration of National Trails Day on a hike up the Dry Brook Ridge Trail on Saturday, June 7.
The fabled Dry Brook Ridge overlooks Arkville and runs from Margaretville and the East Branch of the Delaware River south over Balsam Lake Mountain to the Beaver Kill. This difficult 15-mile hike will be split into two sections, allowing participants the opportunity to join one or both legs of the journey.


Reps. Hinchey, Israel among Democratic Dinner guests

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Representatives Maurice Hinchey and Steve Israel will be among the special guests at the Delaware County Democratic Committee dinner on Saturday, June 21 at 5 p.m. in the SUNY Delhi Alumni Hall Hospitality Center.


Margaretville zoning will stand; new retail buildings permitted

By Julia Green
The first item on the agenda following the call to order at Monday’s Margaretville board meeting was a discussion regarding the zoning law and previously proposed changes that would make possible the construction of new retail space in the village.


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