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ANOTHER FAMILY LEFT HOMELESS — Four residents, including three children, were left without a place to live after their mobile home was destroyed by fire on Thursday in the Town of Shandaken. All of the family’s belongings were lost, too.

Copper bandit hits Arkville

By Pauline Liu
High prices for scrap metal, especially copper, in this floundering economy have resulted in a major nationwide theft problem. Telecommunications firms, power companies and railroads have all fallen victim to copper thieves. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the costs of repairs and replacement total over $1 billion per year.  One of the most daring copper heists took place in Picher, OK, where thieves used chainsaws to cut down utility poles and then caused a blackout as they somehow managed to make off with 3,000 feet of copper wire without being electrocuted.

Walk to end Alzheimer's in Andes


By Pauline Liu
Alzheimer’s disease affects about one in every 60 Americans so it’s bound to touch many lives. It is a disease so prevalent, that the Alzheimer’s Association now calls it an epidemic.  Alzheimer’s causes loss of memory and reasoning skills. It is the most common form of dementia. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association has been raising awareness and money for research through its annual Walk to End Alzheimer.  Last year’s walk raised more than $300 million nationwide and was held in nearly 600 communities.  

Local leaders react to PA fracking spill

By Pauline Liu
The hydrofracking crisis in Pennsylvania last week was closely watched by the entire nation and here in Delaware County town supervisors have been carefully weighing in on the situation.

The incident, which led to the spill of thousands of gallons of hydraulic fracturing fluid into streams and farm fields in Bradford County, PA, has added new fuel to the already heated nationwide debate over the safety of gas drilling.

Locally filmed 'Stake Land' hits theatres

By Brian Sweeney
“Stake Land,” a movie filmed extensively in local communities and featuring a number of area residents as extras, opened in limited release on Friday.

Angelique Biasutto of Arkville is among those with a small role in the movie. In a key sequence, the young actress (she was four when filming took place here in the fall of 2009) dances with Nick Damici, one of the movie’s primary vampire slayers.

Stone Tavern plans more music events

By Pauline Liu
The owners of the Stone Tavern Farm in Roxbury say negotiations are currently underway for the return of the Desiderata Festival this summer.

“We are negotiating right now,” said John Burrows, who’s been talking with several organizers of the festival. “They would prefer a smaller place that’s not so spread out. They were scheduled to have a meeting with me last Thursday, but one of them had bronchitis, so we’re supposed to meet next week.”

No tax hikes in Fleischmanns budget

By Jay Braman Jr.
For the second year in a row, the Fleischmanns Village Budget will not bring any tax increaes for property owners.

“No tax increases…..again” was all Mayor David Morell said proudly at Monday night’s meeting of the village board of trustees.

The budget however, is not yet etched in stone. It will be the subject at a public hearing next Monday, May 2, beginning at 5:10 p.m. The hearing, to be held in the Skene Memorial Library, follows a 4pm workshop where trustees will discuss the spending plan and possibly make some changes to it.

Free rabies clinics in May

Delhi— The Delaware County Public Health Nursing Service will hold free rabies vaccination clinics in the area on two dates in May.

The first clinic will be held at the Arkville Firehall on May 13 from 5 -7 p.m.
The second will be held at the Fleischmanns Firehall on May 27, also from 5-7 p.m.

CHA sponsors prize for high school seniors

How has growing up in the Catskills influenced you?
Graduating seniors at Andes, Margaretville, Onteora and Roxbury central schools who answer that question in written form will compete for a $300 award, sponsored by the Catskill Heritage Alliance. Matthew Frisch will return for a second year as Catskill Heritage Alliance point person for the award.

“This year, we decided to modify the competition. Graduating seniors from all four area schools will be competing for a single $300 prize.”

Roxbury tire ire brings clean-up agreement

By Pauline Liu 
Just in time for Earth Day, the Town of Roxbury has some good news about its effort to clean up a tire junkyard on Fanny Brook Road.

“We’ve just received an agreement from the owner on the cleanup of that property and we’re optimistic that a cleanup will be achieved in the next 30 days,” said Roxbury Town Attorney Kevin Young.

He explained that the junkyard poses potential hazards.

Crossroads files DEIS on updated resort plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
Crossroads Ventures, the company proposing to build the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park, has filed its long-awaited Supplemental Draft Environ-mental Impact statement (SDEIS) with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

The document, three years in the making, represents the latest milestone for this project that was first announced over a decade ago.

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