The Passing of a Legend

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From providing entertainment at his teenage friends' birthday parties decades ago, to leading square dances well into his 80s, Hilton Kelly (center) — with his wife Stella and his "Sidekicks" — was a Catskills institution who helped generations appreciate and enjoy the music and dance of our culture. Hilt headed for the Tower of Song on Tuesday, March 3. He will be missed, but the legacy of his music, his wit and his commitment to mountain culture will endure. — Contributed photo

Congregants of five local churches gather to perform Cantata

By Cheryl Petersen
A recurring theme, the ordinary becomes extraordinary, was heard on December 21 at the Andes Methodist Church. Members from five local churches performed the annual Cantata, interlaced with a narration of the nativity story and Christmas hymns.
JOINED IN SONG — The Andes Church Community Choir, under the direction of Diane Krick, performed on  December 21 at the Andes Methodist Church. Members from five local churches performed the annual Cantata, interlaced with a narration of the nativity story and Christmas hymns. — Photos by Joe DamoneJOINED IN SONG — The Andes Church Community Choir, under the direction of Diane Krick, performed on December 21 at the Andes Methodist Church. Members from five local churches performed the annual Cantata, interlaced with a narration of the nativity story and Christmas hymns. — Photos by Joe Damone


Collision on County Route 6 injures four people

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Two vehicles were destroyed in a head-on collision late Monday morning on county Route 6 at its intersection with Margaretville Mountain Road. Four people, three in one car, including a one-month old infant, and one person in the second car, were all transported to Margaretville Hospital by ambulances where they were treated for minor injuries and released.
CRASH SCENE — Four people were injured in this crash on Monday. — Photo by Dick SanfordCRASH SCENE — Four people were injured in this crash on Monday. — Photo by Dick Sanford


MTC the biggest winner in regional grant funding

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By Joe Moskowitz
Several area businesses and organizations were among the big winners last Thursday when New York State announced who would get grants from the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.
Delaware County, which for this purpose is considered to be in the Southern Tier, fared particularly well, receiving a total of $5,200,000.


MCS building project wins voter approval

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By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School’s $4,365,000 Building Maintenance Project was approved by a 61-23 margin in voting on December 9.
This project focuses on three primary areas: safety upgrades, building repairs and improvements to sports fields.


State halts "double bunking" at Delaware Co. jail

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By Joe Moskowitz
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department has been ordered to stop “double bunking” at the county correctional facility in Delhi until the New York State Department of Corrections reviews the county’s policy.
Sheriff Thomas Mills told the News on Monday that state approval could come at any time, but for now it is back to one man or one woman per cell.


John Boecke and Bill Moon honored as they retire from long-held county posts

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By Cheryl Petersen
Plaques of appreciation were given to two county retirees at the year-end Delaware County Board of Supervisors meeting in Delhi on December 10.
John Boecke, outgoing director of veterans’ affairs, was recognized for his passion and dedication to veterans and their families.
Bovina Supervisor Tina Molé and Andes Supervisor Marty Donnelly acknowledged Boecke’s positive impact on the county, showing special appreciation for his ability to include Vietnam Veterans.


Margaretville graduate Hyatt confirmed as US Ambassador

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Former Margaretville resident Amy J. Hyatt was confirmed last week as the U.S. Ambassador to Palau.
The new ambassador to the West Pacific Island nation of Palau is a career Foreign Service Officer who has served mostly in Asia. The United States Ambassador to Palau is the official representative of the President of the United States to the head of state of Palau.
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RCS sets January 6 as date for Capital Project revote

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The date for the rescheduled Roxbury Central School Capital Project vote has been set by the school’s board of education for Tuesday, Jan. 6 from 3 to 9 p.m. in the school’s cafetorium. The original vote, set for Tuesday, Dec. 9, was postponed because of bad weather.


DEC: Let local planning boards take over resort review

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The attorney representing the staff at the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in the ongoing debate over whether or not the Belleayre Resort review should go back to court has issued a rebuttal to opponent’s claims that court proceedings are necessary.
The rebuttal, released to the public on Monday, makes DEC’s position very clear: No.


Andes bans the use of "frack brine" in township

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By Cheryl Petersen
The Andes Town Board unanimously voted Tuesday afternoon to ban the use of hydrodracking waste fluids in the township.
Anti-fracking activists in Andes started digging through the garbage a couple of months ago, “fracking garbage that is,” said Bob Lidsky. “And it deals with the frack brine or flow-back after wells are fracked. We discovered the flow-back is a radioactive, chemical laden, heavy metal laced brew of unlisted, unregulated, hazardous chemicals.”


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