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

Shandaken leader admits error in awarding a no-bid contract

By Jay Braman Jr.
He’s done it before, but some expect that he won’t do it again.


Andes supervisor paints bleak picture of cost of NYC's acquisition program

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By Matthew J. Perry
Andes Supervisor Marty Donnelly used a quiet town board meeting on Tuesday to raise community awareness of an Environmental Impact Study that has been commissioned by the county to assess the affects of New York City’s land acquisition program.
A final draft of the study, which is being conducted by the Downeast Group, a consulting firm based in Nova Scotia, is expected in February 2009. This month, Downeast representatives are conducting informational meetings in Delhi, Walton, Middletown and Stamford. Preliminary study findings will be presented, and county residents will have the opportunity to comment and voice their concerns.


Phoenicia, Boiceville sewer projects moving along slowly

By Jay Braman Jr.
A pair of sewer projects in the region is having difficulty moving forward, but supporters of both projects continue to make slow headway. Both projects benefit from funds supplied by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which has committed millions to build such systems in the watershed after local officials demanded the funds back in the 1990s.


Court grants voter legitimacy to Bovina second homeowners

By Matthew J. Perry
Less than two weeks before Election Day 2008, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court confirmed that eight Bovina homeowners—all whom keep other residences downstate—are within their legal rights to cast their votes as Bovinians.
The “Bovina Eight,” whose right to vote was challenged in 2007 and denied by the county board of elections, sued to retain that right and now have the backing of two state courts.


Margaretville Masonic building sold; to become Delaware County eCenter

By Brian Sweeney
The Delaware County Industrial Development Agency has purchased the Margaretville Masonic Hall and will create a second eCenter in the building.
The new eCenter will be essentially a satellite of the original in Delhi. Operated by the county IDA, the Delaware County Office of Economic Development, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and SUNY Delhi, the eCenter is designed as an incubator to assist business growth.


Bovina residents still shocked by damage from October storm

By Matthew J. Perry
Last week’s snow couldn’t melt away soon enough for Bovina residents.
What might go down in history as the October Surprise Storm of 2008 was mostly cleaned up by Saturday when the last of Bovina households once again had power. The town was under a state of emergency for nearly two days, and the hardships of those who lived at higher altitudes lasted even longer.
“In 24 years with the department, I never saw anything like it,” said Bovina Highway Superintendent Bob Burgin.


Public hearing set on pool project

By Brian Sweeney
A public hearing on the proposed Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Middletown Town Hall on Route 28, Margaretville.
Arkville resident Kingdon Gould Jr. presented drawings for the Community Recreation Center to the planning board at its October meeting.


Village parcel takeover denied in ongoing Binnekill dispute

By Julia Green
An attempt by the Village of Margaretville to take ownership of a 1.738-acre parcel of property owned by village resident Lauren Davis, that includes the Binnekill stream bulkhead, was denied by the New York State Appellate Court on Oct. 23. Also denied was the village’s attempt to take an easement on the entire parcel.
In its decision, the court stated that it agreed with Davis’ assertion that “the taking of the parcel in fee is excessive” and that “the power of eminent domain cannot be used to take land in excess of that needed for the particular public purpose involved.”


Middletown Comprehensive Plan in first stage of production

By Matthew J. Perry
The Town of Middletown kicked off its effort on Nov. 1 to draft a new comprehensive plan with an interactive meeting at which residents and town officials discussed the needs, goals and character of the community. It was the first of what will likely be several workshops and informational hearings that will be convened before the plan is worked into its final form, likely sometime next year.


Gillibrand race is highlight in local voting next Tuesday

By Julia Green
It would be virtually impossible not to know that Tuesday is Election Day. Anyone who has turned on a television, perused a newspaper, listened to a radio, or driven along area roads in recent weeks has undoubtedly been assaulted with news coverage on the upcoming presidential election and advertisements pushing a candidate. Bumper stickers adorn cars, yard signs grace residences and T-shirts bear political affirmations and allegiances.
Come Wednesday morning, it will all be over, save any “hanging chad” debacle reminiscent of the 2000 presidential election.
Voters will be headed to the polls on Tuesday, where the much-anticipated 2008 presidential race will be atop the ballot.


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