First Day of School

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MIXED FEELINGS — Peyton Cortese gives a reassuring hug to her little sister, Jenna, as she gets set for the first day of school at Roxbury last Thursday. Click on the photo to see more images of Roxbury's first day of school in our image galleries. — Photo by Dick Sanford

NBDC issues warning about phone call scam

Walton — The National Bank of Delaware County (NBDC) has become aware that some of its customers are receiving automatic phone calls, which claim to be from the bank. The message then goes on to say that the customer’s debit card has been deactivated, and the customer is then prompted to enter his or her card number and pin number to fix the problem.


Denver-Vega home claimed by fire

By Brian Sweeney
An unoccupied seasonal home on Denver-Vega Road in the Town of Roxbury was destroyed by fire early Thursday morning. The home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene, according to Roxbury Fire Chief Jim Bouton.


Shandaken building activity hits a lull

By Jay Braman Jr.
Every year around this time the sounds of hammers banging nails and power saws cutting wood begin to fill the air. Like pictures of Shamrocks and Easter egg hunts, these are signs that spring has arrived, and with it the building season.


Onteora District continues cuts; tax levy hike trimmed to 3.9 percent

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Onteora School Board of Education has directed the district’s administration to go back to the drawing board and prepare a new budget plan that carries a 3.9 percent tax levy hike, but maintains programming that would be in place under last week’s plan, which had called for a 4.5 percent tax increase.


Margaretville woman killed in Route 10 head-on collision

By Brian Sweeney
A 60-year-old Margaretville woman was killed Wednesday, March 24 when her vehicle was hit head-on by a car illegally passing on Route 10 in the Town of Hamden.
Sherry Bush was pronounced dead at the scene. She was killed instantly from the force of the collision, according to the investigators from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department. An autopsy indicated that Bush died from multiple blunt trauma injuries.


Margaretville woman killed in head-on crash

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A local woman was killed instantly early Wednesday morning in a head-on crash on Route 10 in the Town of Hamden that happened while she was driving to work in Walton.

Killed in the accident was Sherry Bush, 60, of Margaretville. Mrs. Bush, a registered nurse, worked for The Arc of Delaware County and was on her way to that organization’s Walton facility at the time of the accident.


Margaretville budget shows 5.5 percent tax increase

By Julia Green
The tentative budget proposed for the Village of Margaretville, which was filed with the village clerk this week and features a 5.5-percent tax levy increase from last year, will be the subject of a public hearing on Monday, April 5 at 6:45 p.m.


Maple syrup season shaping up to be a sour one

By Brian Sweeney
Unless things turn around quickly, the 2010 maple syrup season will go down in the books as a very sour one.
A record snowstorm in late February, followed by much higher than average temperatures in March, have made for an uneven season, at best.


Area residents mull impact of new health care reform

By Julia Green
To supporters, it’s the start of a sweeping overhaul, and the most promising legislation to come out of Washington in decades. To others, it’s a Band-Aid at best; a political strong-arm and an unaffordable expense at worst.
Major news networks broke into primetime programming Sunday night to make the announcement: that Congress had passed an historic vote, as the House of Representatives passed the original Senate reform bill, H.R. 3590, by a vote of 219-212.


Ulster lawmakers support Belleayre resort

By Jay Braman Jr.
Ulster County lawmakers voted last week to help advance a multimillion-dollar resort adjoining Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.
Legislators voted 27-3, with one abstention, in favor of a resolution supporting the proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park, promising to work with the developer and “offering any appropriate assistance to acquire permits, licenses and/or easements to assure the development” of a project that has generated controversy in the area for more than a decade.


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