Andes Community Day marches on!

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LEADING THE WAY — The Andes Central School led the musical selections during Saturday’s Andes Community Day Parade. The daylong event is always a fun outing, but also has a serious purpose. The Michele MacNaught Art Auction raised nearly $32,000 to be utilized for local scholarships. — Photo by Dick Sanford

Two Shandaken men charged in kidnapping/sex assault

By Jay Braman Jr.
Following a 911 call, New York State Police in Kingston along with the Town of Shandaken Police responded to a domestic dispute at Silver Hollow Cabins on Route 214 in Phoenicia Monday morning.

Police say they were responding to a report that a 20-year-old female was reportedly assaulted in one of the cabins and forcefully dragged off into the woods. A search was conducted with K-9 units and a state police helicopter.


Former area man gets 12-year prison term

By Brian Sweeney
A former Fleischmanns man was sentenced to 12 years in prison last week for selling morphine pills that had allegedly been stolen from the Margaretville CVS Pharmacy.


OCS buys out superintendent’s contract

By Jay Braman Jr.
Onteora School District Superintendent Dr. Leslie Ford abruptly left that position last Friday following a less than glowing endorsement from the district’s board of education, which one week prior decided against renewing Dr. Ford’s contract.Dr. Leslie FordDr. Leslie Ford

Ford’s contract was effective through June 2011. At press time the details of the arrangements made between the district and Ford are unclear, but under such circumstances a school district is required to “buy out” a superintendent’s contract. Ford’s annual salary, including benefits, is just over $200,000.


Non-resident tuition eliminated at MCS

By Brian Sweeney
Randy MooreRandy MooreThe Margaretville Central School Board of Education voted last week to eliminate tuition fees for out-of-district students.

Until last year, MCS had followed the NYS Education Department’s “Seneca Falls Formula” which established a tuition rate for non-resident students. The Seneca Falls Formula ranged from $11,000 to $24,000 per non-resident student.


Roxbury building to get new look at part of Re-Store Design program

By Trish Adams
Re-Store ChallengeRe-Store Challenge If you’ve ever visited any gallery in the Central Catskills, there are so many names you will know: people who work with pottery, fabrics, paint… This summer they have a new challenge: create a store starting with only an empty storefront in two days on a $1,000 budget, and generous serving of creative juices.


Hospital exploring options for Family Health Centers

By Julia Green
Speculation has been rife in recent weeks regarding the fate of the two family health centers located in Roxbury and Margaretville that fall under the purview of Margaretville Hospital.
While Margaretville Hospital Executive Director Edmond Morache said that the hospital is considering a number of different options concerning the forward direction of the clinics, nothing has been decided quite yet.


Broadway superstar Patti LuPone brings soaring talents to Belleayre

Highmount - Patti LuPone, one of the brightest stars in Broadway history, will display her soaring vocal talents in the intimate setting of the Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, July 10 at 8 p.m.
Patti made a triumphant solo concert debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall in “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda,” resulting in a sold-out encore performance and she will perform this show at Belleayre.


Store owners face challenge of cigarette sales fees

By Jay Braman Jr.
Albany probably didn’t see this coming.
When lawmakers started cooking up a plan to add a huge tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products they knew it was going to pinch smokers, but what about small-business owners?


Andes teenager gets jail in child pornography case

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An Andes man has been sentenced to six months in jail and was put on probation for 10 years after he was found guilty of charges involving sexual abuse of a child. Clint Peterson, who is now 19, was sentenced June 28 in Delaware County Court. He was arrested in October 2008 after he allegedly e-mailed an image of an underage girl to someone he thought was another girl. The recipient was a member of the Los Angeles County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.


Margaretville Hospital puts 4WD ambulance into service

Margaretville — Margaretville Hospital has put its first four-wheel-drive ambulance into service.
The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center raised $120,000 to purchase the 2010 Ford ambulance. The vehicle was delivered on June 18 and personnel then began the process of equipping the vehicle for duty.


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