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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

CMN on-line poll reveals a far-flung readership

by Trish Adams

Despite having more than a dozen choices in our "Where Do You Call Home" on-line poll, a considerable 13 per cent of the Catskill Mountain News' readership eluded our demographic radar and had to respond "Other." With more than 300 votes, the results are in, and it appears CMN readers are all over the map.


Highlights of local graduation ceremonies

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Graduation services were held last Friday and Saturday in Andes, Margaretville, Roxbury and Onteora.
Here are some highlights:
Josephine DeSanto (valedictorian) and Jonathan Andrews (salutatorian) enjoy the moment at Friday night’s graduation at Andes Central School. — Photos by Dick SanfordJosephine DeSanto (valedictorian) and Jonathan Andrews (salutatorian) enjoy the moment at Friday night’s graduation at Andes Central School. — Photos by Dick Sanford

Valedictorian Michael Conroy accepts his diploma from Margaretville Building Principal Linda Taylor.Valedictorian Michael Conroy accepts his diploma from Margaretville Building Principal Linda Taylor.

Salutatorian Joshua Riley, left, and Valedictorian Joseph McAfee were happy graduates at Roxbury on Saturday.Salutatorian Joshua Riley, left, and Valedictorian Joseph McAfee were happy graduates at Roxbury on Saturday.


Delaware County will elect a second County Judge

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By Cheryl Petersen
Discussion on the costly and detrimental effects of invasive species in Delaware County didn’t thwart an upbeat mood at the Delaware County Board of Supervisors meeting in Delhi on June 25.
Optimism, or rather relief, was felt as Delaware County Judge Carl Becker spoke to board members and thanked them for advocating for another county judge. “The state legislature approved 25 new judges in the state, one of which will come to Delaware County. The judge will be dedicated to Family Court,” said Becker, the only presiding county judge to date.


Recent NY court ruling on fracking won't impact the Watershed

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By Jay Braman Jr.
News spread quickly across New York Monday of the state’s top court’s decision that New York’s towns are able to use zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracturing within their borders, but that news has little impact within the vast New York City Watershed.
In a precedent-setting ruling that could greatly affect the future of shale-gas drilling in New York, the state Court of Appeals ruled 5-2 in favor of the towns of Dryden and Middlefield, which both passed zoning ordinances in 2011 that expressly prohibited gas drilling and fracking within their town lines.


Fleischmanns Village Park repair work is finally underway

By Joe Moskowitz
Nearly three years after being devastated by Hurricane Irene, work has finally begun on one of Fleischmanns’ major assets, the village park.
The Wagner Avenue park sits next the Bushkill stream and was totally destroyed in the hurricane with the raging water tearing up not just the grass but making the tennis court and playground unusable.
This spring the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) finally approved the village’s project worksheet and rebuilding could begin.


Rev. Dykstra to receive Roadman Citizenship Award

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Rev. Richard Dykstra of Roxbury will receive Margaretville Hospital’s Keene Roadman Hospital Citizen of the Year Award at this fall’s Harvest Moon Ball on Saturday, Oct. 18.
Rev. Richard Dykstra, 2014 Roadman Citizen of the YearRev. Richard Dykstra, 2014 Roadman Citizen of the Year
Rev. Dykstra has served as the minister of the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church in Roxbury since 1981. During his 33 years as an area resident, Rev. Dykstra has been involved in numerous activities to help serve local communities.


Editorial: Governor, Make Resort Call

By Dick Sanford, Editor & Publisher
The year was 1998. A 40-year-old guy named Andrew Cuomo was making a name for himself as a tough prosecutor while serving as New York State’s Attorney General, Google was founded, Frank Sinatra died, Mark McGuire broke Roger Maris’ single-season homerun record, and President Bill Clinton was denying allegations about a relationship with “that woman.”


NYS DEC plans to complete resort review by end of summer

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By Jay Braman Jr.
When it comes to the massive review of the $400 million Belleayre Resort proposed by Crossroads Ventures LLC, many deadlines have come and gone over the past 14 years.
But this time, it appears the end may be near.
According to Crossroads, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will complete their review of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement at the end of summer.
That is several months later than the project's promoters had hoped for, but as they say, better late than never.


Shandaken planners fear NYC's new flood buyout plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Planning Board is expected to take a long-hard look at the details of a controversial plan to allow the City of New York to buy homes and businesses in local hamlets and villages.
At the June meeting of the planning board, rookie member Alan Shiner brought the matter up after reading about it in the Catskill Mountain News earlier that same day. “I think this is going to be very dangerous for our area,” Shiner warned.


Local Assembly district among the worst drawn in New York

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The recently redrawn 101st Assembly District is being used as an example by the New York Public Interest research Group (NYPERG) of one of the worst districts in the state.
Dubbed “The left over lightening bolt,” NYPERG says it stretches from Utica to Newburgh, cutting through local communities in Delhi, Andes, and Hardenburgh, just to name a few.
It takes several hours to drive from one end to the other, NYPERG says, but driving side to side only takes minutes.


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