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At the monthly Middletown town board meeting on Jan. 13, the council heard from its Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) about some of the difficulties involved in handling the workload. Under discussion …

After positive cases of staff at the Charlotte Valley and Roxbury Central School Districts, students were taught remotely this week. According to CVCS Superintendent James Harter, “We were …
DELHI - The Delaware County Police Reform & Reinvention Committee, led by Board of Supervisors Chair person and Bovina Supervisor Tina Molé, met on Jan. 18 to further its goal in improving …
DOWNSVILLE - The number of people shopping on opening day at Downsville’s Dollar General on Wednesday, Jan. 13 surpassed the number of opening day shoppers at two neighboring chain store …
Two Delaware County recipients, the Rock Rift Fire Tower in Tompkins and Franklin Stage Company in Franklin, will share in a $193,390 grant from the Preservation League of New York. Nineteen …
News
The Delaware County Tourism Advisory Board is accepting applications for funding under the 2021 Tourism Promotion & Development Grant program. This program will provide funding assistance to …
DELHI - After prolonged discussion, the Delhi Town Council declined to open its ice skating rink adjacent to Delaware Academy on Sheldon Drive at a meeting of board held on Jan. 11. Council member …
As entrepreneurs we are often encouraged to “work smarter, not harder.” Yet, we also know that we need to do both. We need to make wise decisions, and we must perform many tasks before …
The Delaware Opportunities Big Buddy program is seeking adult volunteers for at-risk youth in Delaware and Otsego counties.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Little Buddies are …
The Flood of 1996 was 25 years ago this week. The flood began Jan. 19, 1996 after a quickly melting snow, rain and wind laid waste to many areas in Delaware County. Flooding took six lives, two …
Sports

Look Into the Life Of the Great Gray Owl Feb. 19

Of all the birds and wildlife that call the forests and mountains of Montana home, one species in particular leaves an impression on its observer unlike anything else. This species is the Great Gray …

Coronavirus Outbreak
Area Sees Post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 Spike

Local health departments are attributing the recent spike in COVID-19 cases to “living room spread” around the  Thanksgiving holiday.  According to the New York State …

COVID Cases Increase, First Flu Cases Reported In Area

People Urged to Stay Home For Thanksgiving As COVID-19 Cases Continue To Increase

DelCo COVID-19 Cases More Than Double In One Week

Arts & Entertainment

The Walton Historical Society (WHS) board of directors re-elected Jason Schwartz as president at the Jan. 7 meeting. Officers are Gale Neale - vice president, Donna Thomson - secretary, Rich …

Music on the Delaware’s second Spring 2021 Virtual Coffeehouse Concert will take place on Sunday, Feb. 7 from 7-8 p.m. and will feature clarinetist Robin Seletsky and guitarist Michael Leopold. …
Due to COVID-19, the Colchester Chamber of Commerce was unable to host the finale of its annual fundraising event at the Old Schoolhouse Restaurant in Downsville where the drawings have historically …
Academics

Walton Central School has announced that the following students were named to the third marking period honor roll at O’Neill High School: Twelfth Grade: Superintendent’s List …

Delaware Opportunities Inc. has opening for three and four year-olds in its free, comprehensive preschool program called Head Start. The program is includes full day and part day programs. Head …
DCMO BOCES announced Jan. 15 the Career Destinations Micro-Credentials program that grants students digital badges upon completion of training criteria. The implementation process began this fall …
SUNY Delhi has announced 47 new members of their chapter of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. The induction ceremony was cancelled due to COVID-19, but membership certificates were sent to …
Our Community Columns

Walton

The ARC of Delaware County hosted its annual “Stuff the Bus” food collection event on Monday, Jan 18, Martin Luther King Jr. and National Day of Service Day at Margaretville, Stamford, …

Old Bovina

Between March 31 and April 11, 1889, three sisters, all born in Bovina, passed away. These were not little children living together but adults with their own homes. The Scott sisters were the …

Masonville

Harper Lee: “Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”     Good luck to students taking the …

Delhi

Last week’s trivia question: On Jan. 6 of what year did the American House Hotel burn? The hotel burned in 1907. I wish I could go back in time for a day to see what Delhi looked like back …

DeLancey

Worship services for the DeLancey, Hamden and West Delhi Churches during the month of January will be held in Hamden Church at 11 a.m. with Rev. Connie Stone. COVID-19 safety guidelines will be …
Letters to the editor
I just wanted to let you know how much my wife and son and I - and, to be fair, a bunch of folks on Instagram - enjoy the “Looking Back” section every issue. There must be hundreds of …
With all the hype and misinformation about election security, I cannot remain silent. I would be remiss if I did not try to provide some facts. I was the Democratic Election Commissioner in …
It was received with a twinge of sadness - your photo and article of the Pappas building’s demolition in Downsville. Helen Pappas sent it to me here in Arizona, form her Chicago home. (Her …
On this Christmas Eve I wanted to take a moment to reach out and wish all of you a very Happy Holiday season and offer a brief reflection on 2020. This year has proven to be the most challenging time …
Opinion
As another calendar year begins to wind down, and as I end my final term as your state Assemblyman, I’ve reflected on the progress and accomplishments our community has made, and thought of …
Here in upstate New York we pride ourselves on our ability to battle (and overcome) winter weather. After our first big Nor’easter of the year last week, I’m certain everyone rediscovered …
The 12/16/20 front page piece (Walton Electeds Slam County Public Health....) got my attention, since for months I, with some help from the Hamden Supervisor, have been trying to get town-by-town …
As the New Year approaches, there are a great number of challenges ahead for individuals and families, government at all levels, non-profit organizations, and our business community. The COVID-19 …
Legal Notices
Blue Horseshoe Buttermilk Farm LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 3/7/2019. Cty: Delaware. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail …
Binnekill Properties LLC. Filed3/12/18. Office: Delaware Co.SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 225 White Rd,Margaretville, NY 12455. Purpose:General. Binnekill Tavern LLC. …
39 Howell Street LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 8/13/2019. Cty: Delaware. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 3509 Dunk …
39 Howell Street LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 8/13/2019. Cty: Delaware. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 3509 Dunk …
Police

Property Checks, Agency Assists Top Walton Police Activity in 2020

WALTON - Walton Police responded to hundreds of calls and complaints in 2020, with fire department and other agency assists and property checks topping charts at 155 and 151 calls respectively. …

DelCo BOS Issue Press Release On Police Reform Committee Meeting

Amber Gray, Social Media Manager for the Delaware County Board of Supervisors, issued the following press release Tuesday morning, Jan. 19, regarding the Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative …

Delaware County Sheriff’s Office

• Benjamin A. Pankiewicz, 40, Walton, was arrested on Jan. 15 and charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, following a domestic dispute, accused of breaking a cellphone and preventing …

New Sidney Justice

The town of Sidney has a newly appointed town justice, the Honorable Gregory P. McCann Jr. Judge McCann is shown here taking the oath of office administered by Town of Sidney Supervisor Gene Pigford, …
Outdoor Life

Audubon Hosts Local & Regional Experts For Climate Action Panel Discussion

The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will host a special online panel discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. featuring local and regional experts about actions that can be taken to reduce carbon …

Season Date Changes for Beaver, Mink and Muskrat Trapping

On Nov. 25, DEC adopted new season date regulations for beaver, mink and muskrat trapping in portions of New York. The new season dates will expand trapper opportunities in central and western New …

‘Florida Reflections’ To Highlight Audubon Meeting

The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will host local naturalist and photographer Rick Bunting for ‘Florida Reflections’ Friday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m. This will be an online …

DEC Announces Availability Of Ashokan Reservoir Water Release Proposal For Public Review

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the release of two draft documents related to water releases from New York City’s Ashokan Reservoir for public …
Obituaries
William Hood
William (Bill) Hood, 76, of Hamden, passed away on Jan. 16, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his family and …
Virginia M. Bartkow
Virginia M. Bartkow, 93, of Huntington, W.V., died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in St. Mary’s Medical Center.  A celebration …
Robert C. Pickett
Robert C. Pickett, 82, of Bloomville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. Born on July …
Mable Adams
Mable Powell Adams returned to her Heavenly Father on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. Mable was born on Oct. 19, 1931 to Eva Tazell Powell and …
Donald Craft
Donald Cameron Craft, 73, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 in Tampa, Fla. Born on Aug. 9, 1947, Donald was the son of the …
David R. Edwards
David R. Edwards, 59, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at his home with his loving family by his side, following a …
Alma Rasmussen
Alma Mae Rasmussen, 86, of Delhi, passed away on Jan. 8, 2021 in Indianapolis, Ind. Born on Jan. 28, 1934 in Delhi, she was the …
Ralph Hoffman
On Dec. 30th, 2020, Ralph O. Hoffman “Rustie” passed away from pneumonia at Norwich Hospital. His life started out of …
Mark Cucciarre
Mark D. Cucciarre, 68, originally of Walton, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, surrounded by family at his home in Souderton, Pa., …
Mable Adams
Mable Powell Adams, 89, of Delhi, passed away at her daughter’s home in the Slingerlands on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 following a …