Andes School Board approves new budget


By Matthew J. Perry
The Andes Central School Board of Education has approved a proposed budget for the coming school year that will contain administrative cuts along with increases for the program and capital budgets. In aggregate, the school expects a modest increase over this year’s expenditures.

Grand Gorge meetings planned for intersection, C&D station law

By Trish Adams
Will a construction and demolition transfer facility be permitted in Grand Gorge? And will the busy intersection of Routes 23 and 30 in that hamlet ever be re-engineered? At its monthly meeting last Monday night, the Roxbury Town Board scheduled two public meetings to discuss those very issues.

Free maple sugaring weekend at Frost Valley March 29 and 30


A free Maple Sugaring Weekend Open House at Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville is set for Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Guests visiting Frost Valley’s Maple Sugar House will learn how to identify a good sugar maple tree, how trees are tapped and witness the sap boiling process that results in one of Mother Nature’s sweetest treats - maple syrup.

Free storytelling concert in Andes set for Friday


Bilingual‚ÄÇstoryteller Gregorio Pedroza delights audiences of all ages with his imaginative tales told in both English and Spanish. This free concert, hosted by the Community Storytelling Troupe,‚ÄÇwill be held at the Andes Library, Friday March 28 at 6 p.m.

Humane Society plans dance, auction


Tickets for the ninth annual Heart of the Catskills Spring Dance and Auction are available now for the event set for Saturday, April 12 starting at 6 p.m. at Belleayre Mountain.
A major fund-raiser for the area’s largest animal shelter, the Humane Society’s Spring Dance and Auction blends music and goodies-for-bid on top of Belleayre Mountain to benefit the homeless dogs and cats of the Delaware County region.

April workshop on berry growing set in Hamden

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County will host a morning workshop for beginner berry growers on Friday April 11, 9 a.m. to noon at the Delaware County Resource Center in Hamden.

Stamford supervisor weighs in on wind turbine issue

Thirty-four wind turbines 410 feet in height proposed between Stamford and Grand Gorge

By Julia Green
Mike Triolo’s first term as the Town of Stamford Supervisor comes at a time when a very public and hotly contested issue is on the minds of most, if not all, residents of his town. And yet Triolo says that, despite the controversy of the topic, the wind turbine debate wasn’t the deciding factor in his decision to run for public office.

Buses to state capital to boost Belleayre Mountain

Nearly 100 supporters of Belleayre Mt. Ski Center are expected to board two buses Thursday morning for a trip to Albany to meet with legislators on behalf of the beleaguered resort. The bus trip is the third in a series of activities designed to show legislators, media outlets, and others in the region the importance of Belleayre Mt. Ski Center to the Route 28 corridor between Ulster and Delaware counties.

Andes gets matching grant for library renovation work


By Matthew J. Perry
After receiving a matching-fund grant for historical preservation and improvement, the Town of Andes is ready to begin a renovation of the Bohlman Public Library. Since the town planning board reviewed plans for the renovation last year, the approval of that body was not required for work to begin on the interior of the existing building.

Middletown reassessment project is subject at rescheduled meeting

A public meeting to discuss the Town of Middletown property assessment update has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. at the town hall on Route 28, Margaretville.
The meeting was originally set for March 12, but had to be postponed due to the tragic fire at neighboring Brookside Hardware that left roads closed and many properties without electricity.

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