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FALL BEAUTY — With spectacular weather predicted right through the end of September, leaf peepers might be well served to visit the Central Catskills this coming weekend. Leaves are changing quickly and the fall color could peak within the next several days. Margaretville’s annual Cauliflower Festival will be held Saturday in the village park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature lots of good food, music, local history, and the always-popular Tractor Parade at 11:30 a.m. —Photo by Dick Sanford

SUCO chemistry professor to address gas drilling issue

Delhi —The issue of gas drilling will be addressed at a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Harder Room of the Delhi United Ministry Church. The event is being sponsored by the Delaware County Democratic Committee (DCDC).


DiSclafani, Stanley battle for Shandaken super's post

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken voters will have several choices in the coming election, with races for supervisor, superintendent of highways, two town board seats, two town justices and two tax assessors.
Candidates include incumbent Democratic Supervisor Peter DiSclafani and Republican challenger Robert Stanley.


Budgets unveiled by local townships

By Julia Green
Local towns have submitted preliminary budgets for the coming year, and public hearings will be held next week in Andes, Middletown and Roxbury to discuss the budgets and hear feedback from members of the public.


Handful of key town posts up for election next Tuesday

By Julia Green
Area voters head to the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 3 to cast their ballots in a number of local races.
Contested races in the News’ coverage area include two seats on the Andes Town Council, the position of Bovina Superintendent of Highways, two seats on the Middletown Town Council, and the position of the Roxbury Tax Collector.
Profiles of each of the candidates on the ballot to fill these positions follow.


Middletown Dems host reception for board candidates on Sunday

The public is invited to a reception for Town of Middletown Democratic candidates for town board, Michael Finberg and John Bernhardt, on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Margaretville Bowl. Mr. Finberg has served 12 years on the board. He is a former schoolteacher and currently operates the Margaretville Bowl, Reliable Tent Rental and the Crossroads Building in Arkville.
Mr. Bernhardt, who retired this summer as superintendent of Andes Central School, is running for town office for the first time. He has more than 34 years experience as a teacher and school administrator.


Andes candidates meet public on Oct. 28

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The Andes PTSA and the Andes Roundtable Group are hosting a Meet the Candidates event on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Andes Firehall on Tremperskill Road, Andes. This event will give candidates a chance to talk to the public and the public a chance to talk to them.


Dollar General opens doors in Margaretville

By Julia Green
The much-anticipated Dollar General store officially opened its doors last Wednesday, though the official “Grand Opening” weekend will be held sometime in November. So far, however, despite a notably absent announcement of its opening, business at the new retail location, on lower Main Street next to the post office, has been steady.


Huge bear killed after slamming into car

By Brian Sweeney
A black bear weighing nearly 600 pounds was killed Thursday night after it ran into a car on Route 30, just south of Grand Gorge. Tom Faraci, athletic director at Roxbury Central School, was heading home to Grand Gorge around 9 p.m. in a mix of rain and snow when the bear charged from the west side of the road and crashed into his car.


Belleayre wins top tourism business in voting by Ulster County agencies

By Jay Braman Jr.
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center has been named Ulster County Tourism Business of the Year by a committee representing the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce and the Ulster County Development Corp.
The awards recognize county entrepreneurs and businesses for leadership in their sectors, achievement of outstanding results and dedication and commitment to furthering business and the quality of life in Ulster County and the Hudson Valley.


Shandaken supervisor candidate warns foes against family attacks

By Jay Braman Jr.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone in the Town of Shandaken that the political atmosphere is hostile. Long known as the wild west of the Catskills, this community has a history of tumultuous election campaigns and volatile government sessions.


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