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Students from Margaretville and Roxbury enjoyed a 12-day worldwind tour of Europe this month, including this stop at the ruins in Pompeii. Read more about their most excellent adventures in our Features or News sections! — Contributed Photo.

Bike race could "rival Tour de France"

By Julia Green
“What has 1,000 legs, rolls, and is green from start to finish? It’s the Catskills Aqueduct Tour: the proposed bike race that will launch a five-year plan to turn New York State – and, more specifically, the Catskills Watershed Area – into the cycling capital of our nation.”
That was the lead-in at a meeting held last Tuesday about the prospect of starting a bike race in the Catskill watershed area that could, “rival the Tour de France.”


Brinkerhoff memorial dedication Sunday

A memorial dedication ceremony in honor of the late New York State Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Town of Middletown Town Hall at 42339 State Highway in Margaretville. Trooper Brinkerhoff was killed in the line of duty on April 25, 2007 in a gun battle with fugitive Travis Trim during which Trim and Trooper Brinkerhoff both lost their lives and another trooper, David Mattson, was seriously wounded.


Hotel owner waits on sewer plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
Demolition of the Phoenicia Hotel resumed briefly this month, when crews and equipment chopped away more of the burned and rotted remains that were left behind from a suspicious fire that destroyed the old building almost one year ago. This phase, which has now halted, follows an initial effort to remove the debris earlier this spring.


State lawmakers OK unfair competition commission

By Jay Braman Jr.
The New York State Legislature on Thursday authorized the creation of a commission that will evaluate whether state-owned recreational facilities constitute unfair competition to privately run golf courses, ski centers and camping sites.


County Democrats hold annual dinner

The Delaware County Democratic Committee (DCDC) welcomed more than 140 guests to its annual dinner on Saturday at the SUNY Delhi Alumni Hall Hospitality Center. DCDC Chair Cynthia Lockrow acted as emcee for the evening, marking her first turn as hostess of the long-standing party tradition since she was elected late last year.


Turbine debate on hold as board waits for guidance

By Julia Green
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) submitted by Invenergy in regard to the proposed wind-turbine farm along the Moresville Ridge between Stamford and Grand Gorge was the subject of scrutiny at public hearings held in May; the comments received by the Roxbury Planning Board in response to the DEIS are still being scrutinized in preparation to drafting a Final Environmental Impact Statement.


Buffalo calf startles resort guests; yet another rescue attempt fails

By Matthew J. Perry
The orphaned buffalo calf that has toured eastern Delaware County for the better part of a month showed up Monday evening at the Blue Deer Center on county Route 6 near Margaretville. After an extended attempt at capture, it moved on and remains at large.


State audit of Margaretville Central School finds financial controls lacking

By Julia Green
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced Wednesday the results of audits of a number of school districts, including Margaretville Central School.
“My office’s audits of school districts, charter schools and BOCES help schools improve their financial management practices,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “These audits are tools for schools to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars and provide students with the best possible education.”


Bovina garage plans back to drawing board after meeting

By Matthew J. Perry
On the verge of committing its resources and energy to a new highway garage, the Town of Bovina has pulled the plug on its existing plans.
At a meeting of the town council on June 10, the board voted to rescind an earlier resolution that allowed the town to raise funds for a new garage through municipal bonding. Existing plans for the garage have been shelved, and the future of the project remains uncertain.


Officials "fear the worst" for buffalo calf

By Julia Green
In week three of the buffalo hunt taking place in and around Delaware County, the calf that had been making semi-regular appearances in the Bull Run Valley appears to be laying low, though there are unconfirmed rumors that she has been spotted in the New Kingston area.


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