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Father-and-daughter team Bob and Jenny Sobas from East Branch caught this five-pound brown from shore on a Krocodile Spoon last weekend. — Photo by Al Carpenter, Al’s Sport Store

CROP funding restored for local school districts

The New York State Education Department (SED) has announced grant awards for their 21st-Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Programs funded through the federal No Child Left Behind legislation.


Andes sets move to new town hall; board puts brakes on Rally NY plan

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By Matthew J. Perry
The Andes Town Board held what should be its last meeting in the Main Street town hall last week Tuesday. On June 6 and 7, moving trucks will arrive to ship office supplies and furniture to the new facility in the pool building on Delaware Avenue.


Bovina budget hit hard by rocketing fuel costs

Highway funds are 84% expended in less than 5 months
By Matthew J. Perry
The Bovina Town Board received an update on the town’s finances on May 13 that included mostly positive budgetary news. Accountant Joe Hanley’s assessment of the first four months of 2008 revealed that overall, the budget was sound and tax levies were meeting projections.


Halcottsville bridge repairs on schedule for this summer

By Julia Green
A larger-than-usual crowd was present at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Middletown Town Board, where the main topic of discussion was once again the bridge replacement project in Halcottsville.
Among those in attendance were Jim and Sue Kelly, whose property has been a major point of contention in the replacement of the bridge, and Wayne Reynolds, commissioner of public works for Delaware County. A number of Halcottsville residents were also present to voice their displeasure at the obstacles that have delayed the project thus far.


Phoenicia students win state contest for "green" project

By Jay Braman Jr.
Students from the Phoenicia Elementary School in the Onteora School District have won first place in their division in the state senate’s 17th annual I*MA*GREEN*NATION contest.
Phoenicia music teacher David Laks in collaboration with fourth-grade teacher Sharon McInerney and her talented class showed its true colors – green – this week when it won the award, a statewide competition sponsored by Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), that focuses on environmental problems and solutions.


Margaretville second-graders suspended after assault plot is unveiled

By Brian Sweeney
Seven second-graders at Margaretville Central School were suspended last week after they were accused of developing a plot to assault a classmate. The students were issued appearance tickets from the Delaware County Probation Department. The youths have also been suspended from school for five days. The children range in age from seven to nine.


Opinions are heavily negative at public hearings about wind project

By Julia Green

They had lots to say and what they said was overwhelmingly negative.

The majority of comments made by area residents at two public hearings held by the Roxbury Planning Board regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Moresville Wind Project last week were given by those opposed to the project.


Middletown Planning Board mulling over Comprehensive Plan

By Matthew J. Perry
After more than a decade in limbo, the vision of a comprehensive plan for the Town of Middletown is taking shape in extensive discussions on the planning board, although it remains an open question what the final result will look like.


Andes planners near major subdivision OK

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By Matthew J. Perry
The Andes Planning Board held a public hearing Monday on an 88-acre, eight-lot subdivision on land owned by Harold Cole above the Andel Inn on Route 28. Several neighboring landowners attended the hearing to review site maps and ask questions of Cole and Doug Wooden, acting surveyor, but no objections to the project were raised.


Humane Society gift store has year-round home

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Like lost and abandoned pets, some of the best gifts just need to find their right “forever” homes. Thanks to the ambitious vision of its board, the tireless muscle of many volunteers and the generosity of landlord, Andy Wos, the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society (HCHS) now has a more permanent home for its own gift store at 119 Main Street in Andes, next to Hogan’s General Store. 


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