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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

Emerson Spa again awarded Four-Star rating from Mobil

Mt. Tremper – For the fifth year in a row, The Spa at Emerson Resort & Spa has been awarded the elite accolade of a four-star rating from the Mobil Travel Guide. The Emerson Resort & Spa is one of only five spas in New York State to receive the honor.


Delaware County residents win case against Vioxx drug-maker Merck & Co.

A 70-year-old Harpersfield woman and an 80-year-old Bloomville woman, both of who sued Merck and Company as the maker of the arthritis drug Vioxx, recently received notices of settlement agreements. The Harpersfield woman will receive $288,000 and the Bloomville woman will receive $89,000.


Belleayre group seeing red over Greene business tactics

By Jay Braman Jr.
Coalition to Save Belleayre Chairman Joe Kelly has called for an investigation of existing and proposed building projects on and near Windham and Hunter Mountain ski centers, claiming that the two facilities are continuing attacks on the state-owned Belleayre Mt. Ski Center.


Community turnout tops 300 for Andes farm documentary

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By Matthew J. Perry
More than 300 people filled the gymnasium at Andes Central School last Saturday night to view “The Dairy Farms of Andes,” a student produced, 50-minute film which first took shape in an elective cinema class two years ago.


MTC Cable plans Downsville expansion

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville-based MTC Cable has begun the process of an expansion into the hamlet of Downsville. General Manager Glen Faulkner said that if all approvals are granted, MTC Cable will enter into a franchise agreement with the Town of Colchester and replace the current Downsville Community Antenna System.


Interest high in Gillibrand's post; Hamden man tosses hat into ring

By Matthew J. Perry
Kirsten Gillibrand was sworn in to the United States Senate as Hillary Clinton’s replacement yesterday. Back in the 20th Congressional District of New York, which includes most of Delaware County, the major political parties are hustling to find a candidate with the best chance of winning Gillibrand’s old seat in a special election.
The election will occur between 30 and 40 days after Governor Paterson calls for it.


Governor's budget plan would sock local towns

By Jay Braman Jr.
There’s a little known part of Governor Paterson’s budget plan that, if adopted by the legislature, would raise property taxes for private landowners in the Catskills.
The proposed 2009-2010 budget includes a change to the tax law, which would cap town, county and school taxes paid on state-owned land at their current dollar levels. The change is intended to save the state $9 million in increases over last year’s $183 million property tax bill.


Middletown seeks more planning funds to assist with town's development outline

By Julia Green
Peg Ellsworth, executive director of the MARK Group, was on hand at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Middletown Town Board to discuss an application for a comprehensive plan grant that is being sought through the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) as a supplement to a grant obtained by Margaretville resident Carolyn Konheim.


Bald eagles endangered again by high Catskill mercury levels

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Catskills region has some of the worst mercury contamination in the nation, in large part due to smokestack industries located in the Midwest. The naturally occurring element is transformed into the highly toxic methylmercury by a number of environmental factors prevalent in the region.


Bovina studying garage options

By Matthew J. Perry
The Bovina Town Board held its 2009 organizational meeting on January 13 and approved reappointments to most town posts and a new appointment to the town’s assessment review board.


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