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WHIRLING AND TWIRLING — Rides are always a big part of the excitment at the Delaware County Fair in Walton. These brave souls were among the 78,000 visitors who enjoyed the festivities at this year’s fair. Enjoy more photos from the fair in our Features section. — Photo by Dick Sanford

County to maintain sales tax rate; freeze spending

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By Matthew J. Perry
Bracing for the effects of a deepening financial crisis, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors voted last Wednesday in favor of an expenditure freeze for the 2009 budget and to continue collecting an additional one percent sales tax for the next two years.


Malcolm Becker joins mayoral race

By Jay Braman Jr.
Acting Fleischmanns Mayor Malcolm Becker, missing the deadline to appear on the ballot in this year’s village elections on March 18, has announced his candidacy for the position of mayor as a write in candidate.


CMN Web site is now online

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By Julia Green
It’s been present in the Catskill Mountains since 1864. It’s changed formats, changed looks, and changed hands. It’s grown with the times, and on Wednesday, it grew on a world-wide scale.

The World Wide Web, that is. The Catskill Mountain News is now online. The Web site, which was officially launched Wednesday, can be found at:
www.catskillmountainnews.com


Roxbury planners await input on Moresville

By Julia Green
All’s quiet on the windy front as the Roxbury Planning Board awaits a response from Invenergy. Visible progress on the proposed Moresville Wind Project hums in idle as the review process continues moving through the required State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) review, and the ball is still decisively in the developer’s court.


Water harvesting plans are cloudy

By Jay Braman Jr.
After months of mulling over some very tricky legal language and hearing several opinions from lawyers, judges and residents, the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals reached a verdict this month on whether water harvesting is an activity covered in the town’s zoning code.


‘Snow White’ plays at ACS

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Andes — Andes Central School will present “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in the school auditorium on March 6 and 7 at 7 p.m.

This family musical contains a zany, wisecracking Mirror who will only answer if spoken to in rhyme, as well as a whole court full of funny and bubbling characters. It hums with 14 lively songs.


Hospital squad has 3 new paramedics

Margaretville — Three ambulance squad members at Margaretville Hospital have recently earned certification as paramedics. Completing the bridge program from registered nurse to paramedic were Nora Todd, Sharon Gavette and Mike Sarubbi.


New area restaurants are on the menu for Andes

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By Matthew J. Perry
The sign remains, but the Cantina Mexican restaurant, ideally located at the intersection of Main Street and Route 28, in Andes, has closed its doors.
Its owners, Tom Joyce and Deborah Schneider, had been looking to sell the building and retire. After they reportedly received an offer this winter, they surprised the community with the restaurant’s sudden demise.
“It’s a shame,” says one Andes resident. “We did better with two nighttime destinations.”


Coalition to Save Belleyare wants stimulus money

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Coalition to Save Belleayre wants federal economic stimulus funds to be used at the state-owned Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is expected to provide $24.6 billion in additional funding for Medicaid, education, infrastructure and “shovel-ready” projects throughout New York State. Joe Kelly, chairman of the Coalition to Save Belleayre, says the ski center’s expansion fits the bill.


Fleischmanns candidate has big ideas for village

By Matthew J. Perry
Dave Morell, the single Fleischmanns resident to declare his candidacy for mayor before the February 13 deadline, is quick to state that he would serve at the pleasure of his constituents and will embrace their views.
“I’m willing to talk to anyone and I’m ready to do what the people of Fleischmanns want me to do,” he says.


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