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A tractor owned by Carl Beers Jr. of Andes was the winner in the annual Tractor Parade at the Margaretville Cauliflower Festival. Lauren Davis judged the event. The Catskill Mountain News sponsored the event and awarded the trophy. From left are, News Publisher Dick Sanford, John Beers (Carl’s nephew and tractor driver) and Carl. Look for more images from the festival (lots of tractors!) and local high school soccer games in our image galleries later this week. — Photo by Laurie Sanford

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.


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.


New winners crowned in Pine Hill Arms-Belleayre Triathlon

Pine Hill — More than 100 athletes entered the 18th Pine Hill Arms-Belleayre Triathlon this past Saturday representing five states. The ski portion of the race started at the top of Belleayre Mountain and finished at the lower lodge where the biking portion began with a climb to the top of Belleayre Village.


Registration set April 7 at Andes

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Pre-K and Kindergarten registration will be held at Andes Central School on Wednesday, April 7 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. If you have a child who is turning four or five by December 1, 2010 and have not yet received an informational packet, please call the school at 845 676-3166.


Family escapes from burning Arkville home

By Brian Sweeney
A house on Erpf Road, Arkville was damaged by fire on Wednesday night.
The 911 call alerted firefighters that a bed was on fire, but when volunteers arrived, they found flames coming from four windows on the first floor.


Incumbents re-elected in village balloting

By Julia Green
In the local elections held Tuesday night in the villages of Fleischmanns and Margaretville, four incumbent trustees retained their positions despite challenges.


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.


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