Tom Turkey goes a'courting

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The spring romance season is in full swing for turkeys and these Toms offered a brilliant display as they tried to impress the females. — Photo by Brian Sweeney

Margaretville A&P Supermarket part of historic chain

By Julia Green
The A&P store in Margaretville is closing its doors this month, on the threshold of the company’s 150th year of operations.


Drilling questions abound as gas companies' stock falls

By Matthew J. Perry
A year that looked like the first in a boom time is ending on a sour note.


Phoenicia water rate plan stirs debate

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board has delayed the adoption of new bylaws for the Phoenicia Water District following a public hearing Monday night that ran well into overtime.


Philip Mehl named Mountainside director

Edmond Morache, CEO of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center has appointed Philip Mehl as administrator of Mountainside, effective Jan. 1.
Mr. Mehl has served as Mountainside’s assistant administrator for nearly two years. He completed the requirements to become a certified administrator this fall.


ACS begins search for new superintendent

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By Matthew J. Perry
Andes Central School will begin 2009 with a search for a permanent replacement for acting superintendent John Bernhardt, who will step down at the end of the school year.


Reps optimistic, cautious over gas leasing in region

By Matthew J. Perry
Three members of the state’s attorney general’s office came to Delhi on Dec. 16 to discuss landowners’ rights and remind local residents that while natural gas speculation is experiencing a lull, the subject is still of vital importance to local communities.


ACS budget figures add up, despite state aid projections

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By Matthew J. Perry
When Governor Paterson unveiled an austerity budget last week that would include $9 billion in budget cuts, there was plenty of pain to go around. Education administrators, noting a proposed $700 million reduction in state aid to schools, could be forgiven if they felt singled out for abuse.


Preholiday snowstorms welcomed by ski areas

By Jay Braman Jr.
The economy might be down, but this year’s unexpected bounty of natural snow is doing lots to offset the problems local ski areas face.
At Belleayre, faces were long in the fall when it was announced that New York State, which owns and operates the facility, was tightening its belt and cutting back on Belleayre’s operating budget.


Regional visioning process starts with $90,000 for corridor towns

By Jay Braman Jr.
A $90,000 state grant is being used to help communities along the Route 28 corridor from Andes to Olive get an idea of what they would like the corridor to become.


DEC prods supervisors for additional resort info

By Jay Braman Jr.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials have begun contacting the leaders in towns and organizations that have a stake in the outcome of the Belleayre Resort review.
The description of those exchanges differ between the supervisors of the two towns most affected by the project, but it appears that both were contacted and interviewed by DEC personnel about the project and how it might affect their respective communities.


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