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The spring romance season is in full swing for turkeys and these Toms offered a brilliant display as they tried to impress the females. — Photo by Brian Sweeney

Belleayre phones down for more than two weeks

By Jay Braman Jr.
In case you are wondering, Belleayre Mountain Ski center has not disappeared.
Those who have called the state-run facility in the last two weeks may think otherwise. After dialing either the ski center’s toll free phone number or its regular phone number, the caller is informed that the number has been disconnected.
Why that is happening, and has been happening, remains a mystery. Unnamed sources say the central computer that runs the ski area’s phone system crashed and needs to be replaced.


Crossroads tax break plan tabled by Shandaken Board

By Jay Braman Jr.
They didn’t say yes and they didn’t say no, but by tabling a measure that would have implied that the Shandaken Town Board might support a plan to create some tax breaks for the yet to be approved Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park, the board said maybe.
Talk of creation of what is called an Empire Zone at the proposed site for the project dominated a four-hour board session Monday, and when all was said and done it was agreed that more information was needed and that there was no real rush for the board to make any decision.


Belleayre supporters take message to Albany; group protests budget cuts at state-run mountain

Local residents also respond to complaints from officials in Greene County

By Julia Green
Over 120 supporters of the proposed Belleayre expansion joined Partners for Progress on buses bound for the state capital Thursday to meet with legislators to protest budget cuts, changes in expansion plans, and what the group calls “recent attacks” by privately-owned Hunter and Windham ski centers on the state-run Belleayre.


Crossroads says Empire Zone is a good deal for Shandaken

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The developers of the proposed Belleayre Resort say that a tax break plan they are now pursuing is more lucrative for the Town of Shandaken than the plan they were previously considering.


Wounded troopers honored at Delaware County Shields event

By Brian Sweeney
Two New York State Troopers who were shot last April in Margaretville have been honored by the Delaware County Shields.
Troopers Matthew Gombosi and Richard Mattson received special recognition plaques last Tuesday in a ceremony at the Olde Caledonia Restaurant in Delhi. The honored troopers were cited for their work last spring during a tragic series of events that took place April 24 and 25 near Margaretville.


Delaware County 911 system easily passes review

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County considering takeover of system that would increase Delaware’s budget by nearly $300,000

By Matthew J. Perry
Delaware County’s 911 and Public Safety Operations recently underwent a five-month review, and were judged to be unbroken and no threat to public safety.
But the system’s command structure and internal communications were declared problem areas in the same report.


Dance, Dance Revolution sweeping Margaretville, bringing new moves to physical education classes

By Julia Green
The physical education department at Margaretville Central School has deviated from the beaten track in terms of its curriculum. The newest craze that has taken MCS students by storm and taken technology in physical education to the next level is: a video game.


Roxbury hoops story

By John Bernhardt
Everything has to fall in place perfectly to move forward in New York State basketball tournament play. From the onset, things just didn’t fall Roxbury’s way Saturday night at SUNY Cortland. The Rockets’ season came to a close as they dropped a hard fought, 51-39, decision to Section III champion Sackets Harbor.


Margaretville voters tap Budin, Miller

By Brian Sweeney
A last-minute write-in campaign has resulted in Fred Miller and David Budin winning trustee positions on the Margaretville Village Board. The results did not become official until March 25, a week after the village election, when the ballots were recanvassed by the Delaware County Board of Elections.


MMH officials provide overview of hospital services and expansion

Hospital’s CEO, board president address seniors

By Julia Green
Margaretville Memorial Hospital (MMH) Executive Director Ed Morache and Board President Carey Wagner were guests of the Roxbury Senior Citizens’ Club on Tuesday where they spoke and answered questions about the future of the hospital and its services.
Following lunch, Morache started the discussion by immediately addressing rumors that the hospital was closing altogether.


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