"Trucking" with Santa

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FIREHOUSE CHRISTMAS FUN —Over 100 kids brought their parents to visit Santa at the Roxbury Firehouse on Saturday including Trevor, Derek, and Jordan Fronckowiak.  Photos were taken by Catskill Images and refreshments were abundant. Fire Chief Allen Hinkley was so impressed with the turnout that he decided to make it an annual event. Planning for next year is already in the works. — Photo by Jill Ribich, Catskill Images

Handful of key town posts up for election next Tuesday

By Julia Green
Area voters head to the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 3 to cast their ballots in a number of local races.
Contested races in the News’ coverage area include two seats on the Andes Town Council, the position of Bovina Superintendent of Highways, two seats on the Middletown Town Council, and the position of the Roxbury Tax Collector.
Profiles of each of the candidates on the ballot to fill these positions follow.


DCHA planning annual meeting Nov. 1 in Delhi

Delhi — The annual meeting of the Delaware County Historical Association will be held on Sunday, Nov. 1. A luncheon buffet catered by the Cross Roads Cafe sets the scene for the gathering of members and guests in the Norris Gallery at DCHA.


Middletown has polling changes; new voting machines introduced

By Brian Sweeney
Some Town of Middletown residents will see their polling places consolidated in the Tuesday, Nov. 3 election because of a scarcity of the new voting machines.


Hardenburgh sets budget; one race for highway superintendent

By Brian Sweeney
The Town of Hardenburgh’s Tentative Budget shows a proposed tax levy increase of 4.2 percent.
The amount to be raised by taxes under the 2010 spending plan is $717,771, up $28,940.
Total appropriations under the general fund are $322,100 and highway appropriations are $558,300.


SUCO chemistry professor to address gas drilling issue

Delhi —The issue of gas drilling will be addressed at a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Harder Room of the Delhi United Ministry Church. The event is being sponsored by the Delaware County Democratic Committee (DCDC).


Middletown Dems host reception for board candidates on Sunday

The public is invited to a reception for Town of Middletown Democratic candidates for town board, Michael Finberg and John Bernhardt, on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Margaretville Bowl. Mr. Finberg has served 12 years on the board. He is a former schoolteacher and currently operates the Margaretville Bowl, Reliable Tent Rental and the Crossroads Building in Arkville.
Mr. Bernhardt, who retired this summer as superintendent of Andes Central School, is running for town office for the first time. He has more than 34 years experience as a teacher and school administrator.


Andes candidates meet public on Oct. 28

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The Andes PTSA and the Andes Roundtable Group are hosting a Meet the Candidates event on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Andes Firehall on Tremperskill Road, Andes. This event will give candidates a chance to talk to the public and the public a chance to talk to them.


Dollar General opens doors in Margaretville

By Julia Green
The much-anticipated Dollar General store officially opened its doors last Wednesday, though the official “Grand Opening” weekend will be held sometime in November. So far, however, despite a notably absent announcement of its opening, business at the new retail location, on lower Main Street next to the post office, has been steady.


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.


Belleayre wins top tourism business in voting by Ulster County agencies

By Jay Braman Jr.
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center has been named Ulster County Tourism Business of the Year by a committee representing the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce and the Ulster County Development Corp.
The awards recognize county entrepreneurs and businesses for leadership in their sectors, achievement of outstanding results and dedication and commitment to furthering business and the quality of life in Ulster County and the Hudson Valley.


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