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DRESSING FOR A CAUSE — Margaretville residents Lissa Harris, right, (a jellyfish — winner of the most creative costume) is pictured with Julia Reischel (sailor) at the annual Harvest Moon Ball on Saturday at The Andes Hotel. Proceeds from the fund-raiser benefit the ACS Dollars for Scholars program. In our print edition this week, be sure to take a peek at our full page of Hallowe'en safety tips, sponsored by local businesses.— Photo by Joe Damone

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.


Onteora Teachers' Association, district reach agreement for new contract

By Jay Braman Jr.
After working into the early hours of Tuesday morning, the negotiating teams for the Onteora School District and the Onteora Teachers’ Association reached agreement over details for a new contract.
“We have a settlement and a contract with the teachers,” said District Superintendent Dr. Leslie Ford.
The agreement was reached against the backdrop of a strike threat issued by the union, which planned to take a strike vote Tuesday.


Shandaken farm stand controversy grows over proposed zoning change

By Jay Braman Jr.
It appears the ongoing farm-stand flap in Shandaken is at a stalemate. A proposed farm-stand law remains in limbo, and in the meantime the man that stands to be most affected by the law made a last ditch effort recently to get the town board to scrap it altogether and start fresh.
Al Higley, the operator of the Hanover Farms produce stand on Route 28 in Mount Tremper, made an appeal to the board at the town council’s October meeting, saying that it would be a bad idea for the board to pass the law as proposed.


Fleischmanns Comprehensive Plan is focus of Oct. 22 meeting

Fleischmanns — The Village of Fleischmanns Comprehensive Plan Committee is seeking public input on Fleischmanns’ draft Comprehensive Plan. The public hearing on Oct. 22 will include a brief presentation on what a Comprehensive Plan is and highlight some of the key recommendations contained within the draft Comprehensive Plan.


Holiday parade returns to Margaretville; participants sought

Margaretville — Whether you are involved with a community organization, a merchant in the region, a tourism related facility, scout troop, or a skilled crafter, there is no better place to showcase your commodities than on a float at the second annual Holiday Parade as it returns to Margaretville’s Main Street with an unparalled pageantry of holiday and community spirit. This fanfare of floats and marchers begins at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28.


Local Government Day registration near

Margaretville – There is still space available at the Ninth Annual Catskills Local Government Day, “Climate Change Made Local,” to be held Thursday, Oct. 15 at Belleayre Mountain.
Registrations are due Friday, Oct. 9. To see the agenda and register electronically, go to www.cwconline.org.


Delarc innovative programs gaining national attention

By Brian Sweeney
For more than three decades, the ARC of Delaware County (Delarc) has been utilizing a common sense, compassionate approach to dealing with individuals who are exhibiting behavior problems. In recent years, the Delarc philosophy has been gaining attention with organizations across the country.


Shandaken budget up 2%; some seeking more cuts

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Supervisor/Budget officer has proposed a spending plan for 2010 that would jump taxes only two percent over this year, but opponents of the administration say that during these tough times the plan doesn’t cut it.


DEC releases draft for gas drilling regs

By Matthew J. Perry
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released last Wednesday a long-awaited draft of its Supplemental General Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) regarding natural gas drilling. While the report’s release does not signal the imminent arrival of drilling pads and water trucks in the Catskills, it is a decisive step towards a new industrial future for the region.


Belleayre boosters blast state’s cost saving rhetoric

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By Jay Braman Jr.
In the immortal words of tennis great John McEnroe, says Joe Kelly of the Coalition to Save Belleayre, “you’ve got to be kidding me.”


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