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Part of the VW Parts Inc. complex at the intersection of Wagner Avenue and Main Street, Fleischmanns went up in flames late Tuesday afternoon. More photos in our front page story.— Photo by Brian Sweeney

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.


ACS, MCS and RCS announce top students for the Class of 2008

Three area schools have announced the names of their valedictorians and salutatorians for the 2007-08 academic year. Andes Central School recognized Cheyenne Tait and Carrianne Fairbairn as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Roxbury Central School named Alisa Fersch and Michelle Massell, while Margaretville Central School named Nevin Perez and Aja Jenkins.


Parsons exhibit to go on display; concert scheduled at Park Pavilion

An ongoing research initiative at Parsons The New School for Design has involved students in multiple disciplines who, since 2006, have undertaken design projects with Margaretville’s revitalization in mind. A selection of their ideas, called “The Margaretville Projects” will be unveiled on Saturday, June 21 at 4 p.m. at The Commons Building’s second floor.


DEC considers statewide burn ban; some residents oppose measure

By Jay Braman Jr.
In an effort to reduce the impacts of pollutants such as dioxins, particulate matter and carbon monoxide and to limit the risks of wildfires, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation plans to extend a ban on open burning statewide beyond the current ban for any municipality with a population of 20,000, a law in effect since 1972.


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