Weekend Highs

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LOOKING IT OVER — These young ladies were among the visitors at Belleayre Mountain’s Oktoberfest Fall Festival who enjoyed chair lift rides. A beautiful weekend and gorgeous foliage made for a nicely attended event. — Photo by Dick Sanford

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.


Court upholds sentence in DWI death

By Jay Braman Jr.
The conviction of a Phoenicia woman, who plead guilty in March 2008 to charges related to a head-on crash on Route 28 that left a 78-year-old Roxbury man dead, has been upheld by a state appellate court, according to the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office.


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.”


Local WWII veterans visit war memorial in D.C.

By Julia Green
It was two years ago that Margaretville resident Ronnie Wranovics was listening to CBS’ Albany affiliate, WRGB, and she learned about the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization that transports World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the WWII Memorial. Wranovics, whose fiancé, Marty Hartmann, is a WWII veteran, was immediately interested.


Bovina family of six left homeless by fire

By Brian Sweeney
A Bovina Center woman and her five children escaped serious injury in a September 24 fire, but lost their home and all possessions in the blaze. Shana McIntosh Eaglefeathers and her children were able to escape from their home after discovering the blaze. Eldest son, Sol, is being credited with helping rescue his siblings.


Fund-raisers planned to aid Bovina family

Community response has been swift and generous to assist Bovina Center residents Shana McIntosh-Eaglefeathers and her five children who were left homeless by a fire that destroyed their home last Thursday.

Monetary donations may be mailed to the “Fund for Shana’s Children” at the Delaware National Bank of Delhi, P.O. Box 508, Delhi, NY 13753.


Annual Cauliflower Festival Saturday in Margaretville

Margaretville — The seventh annual Margaretville Cauliflower Festival this Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Village Park is a celebration of food, history and rural living. The free festival, which runs rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., pays tribute to an era when cauliflower production played an important role in the region’s social and economic life.


OCS teacher picket for new contract

By Jay Braman Jr.
After two years of negotiations there is still no new contract between the Onteora School District and the teachers that work there, prompting an estimated 175 staffers to form a picket line outside a school during the September board meeting.
Corey Cavallaro, president of the Onteora Teachers Association, said Monday the picket was an attempt to convince the board of education to pay more attention to the issue.


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