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Fire Damages Historic Main St. Buildings In Stamford

Written By The Mountain Eagle on 12/10/23 | 12/10/23

Photo by Darin Hinman

By Liz Page

STAMFORD - Officials are still investigating the cause of a fire that heavily damaged two historic Main Street buildings in the village of Stamford last Friday night. The fire has displaced nearly 30 people from 11 apartments and two businesses located at 60 and 64 Main St.. The buildings are a total loss and will be razed at some point, according to officials.

Fortunately, firefighters were able to keep the fire from extending to any other buildings, some just feet away from the inferno as an audience of hundreds stood along Main Street. People watched in awe as the fire raged. Social media blew up with photos and comments as the battle went on for the next 10 hours.

There has been an outpouring from Stamford and surrounding communities, from offers of  places to stay, to donations of household goods and clothing. The most critical need is permanent housing.

The village of Stamford has been attempting to help people.  They are at capacity with household donations, keeping the village hall open over the weekend for people to drop off donations. Village Treasurer Sandra Collins said people have been asking for non-perishable foods. She said gift cards and monetary donations also help a great deal. She said they have also been contacted for the bigger household items, such as chairs, couches and beds. They are taking names and phone numbers for those items, to help those displaced once they find another apartment. Anyone who has accommodations, apartments or household items is asked to contact the Stamford Village Hall (607) 652-6671 or email clerk with  a list of what you wish to donate along with your contact information. "There is a shortage of apartments in the area currently," said Collins. "If anyone has an apartment to rent, they could call us with that information as well." 

There were no serious injuries resulting from the fire. All of the occupants were able to get out. Two tenants and two firefighters received non-life-threatening injuries. One firefighter received a minor concussion from falling debris and another twisted his ankle, according to VanEtten. Firefighters rescued two cats, a pair of birds, a lizard and a dog. 

Firefighters worked into the wee hours of Saturday morning, attempting to douse all of the remaining hot spots. However, they would be called back twice for rekindles. 

The original call went out at 5:48 p.m. Friday and Stamford firefighters arrived within two minutes of the call, the first ones on the scene confirming the two five-story buildings were fully involved. Chief Don VanEtten said he began the process of calling in mutual aid from all neighboring departments and beyond.

"We had heavy fire in both buildings. I began to call for mutual aid and internal attack personnel, plus engines and aerials, fast teams, tankers and engines.

Water supplies, in addition to the village hydrants, were established at Rexmere pond and at a dry hydrant on Blackberry Street.

"We got water on it quickly and we initially did an exterior attack. Once we had the manpower, we attempted an interior attack, but the  flames and floor failure on the second floor pushed us back out of the buildings," said VanEtten.

Aerial apparatus responded from Oneonta, Margaretville, Delhi, Cobleskill and Stamford.

"We couldn't sustain enough water to keep all five aerial trucks supplied," said VanEtten

He said it was the most difficult fire he has fought in his 26 years with the department. Not only from a logistical point, but also because he is a part owner of the 64 Main Street building. He was concerned about the tenants getting out safely;  there  were power lines and exposure to several other buildings. He said he had to put his emotions aside to tend to the job at hand, keeping the fire contained. The fire threatened the entire block. Eventually at least 100 firefighters would arrive to do battle. It involved 21 departments in four counties, either responding or on stand-by.

Route 23 was closed down for several hours and traffic detoured around several blocks of Main Street. Businesses and people got to work quickly to set up for rehab and aid first responders. Everyone pitched in to help. Stamford Cafe opened and served as a rehab station, and John's Tavern put out beverages and food. TP's Cafe, MacAdoodles, Stewarts, Tops Market and Don's Dairy all provided food to the scene along with the fire department and many individuals.

Also helping at the scene were New York State Police, the state Department of Transportation, Schoharie County Fire Coordinators Office, the Delaware County Sheriff's Office and Delaware County Department of Emergency Services.

Firefighters were called for a rekindle at around 9 a.m. Saturday morning and remained on the scene again until around 4 p.m.. Some residents returned to the scene on Saturday and firefighters were able to remove any belongings that were salvageable from their apartments, once they doused several hot spots in both buildings. That's when Moses the lizard was found underneath some rubble in one of the apartments. Two birds also survived the night in one of the apartments. It provided a bit of a bright spot from the devastation and loss, according to one of the firefighters working at the scene.

The apartment dwellers and building owners are attempting to conclude investigation into the cause of the fire and to make arrangements to have the buildings razed.

Water and sewer have now been shut off to the two buildings.

A third building at 66 Main Street, although just feet from 64 Main Street, did not suffer any damage and residents were able to return to that building once power was restored, according to VanEtten. Several buildings were without power Friday night, related to the fire. There were buildings in the rear of 60 and 64 Main St. that were within feet of the two buildings on fire. Fortunately, firefighters were able to prevent them from burning.

Windstar Realty was located at 64 Main Street where six families were displaced. 

Lost at 60 Main Street is the Half Acres Catskill restaurant where five families were displaced. 

The building at 60 Main St. was once known as The Ritz Restaurant and was constructed in 1888 to house George H. Hager's Drugs and Groceries. It was designed and built by George Gibbs, one of  Stamford's most industrious residents. He was a judge, politician, entrepreneur, builder and supervising architect for the Rexmere Hotel and Churchill Cottages, among others. There was a fire in the Ritz building in the 1980's, but the building was repaired and the restaurant reopened. It has seen various owners since.

"The loss of these two buildings involving both residential  and commercial spaces is a severe blow to the village. In addition to their historic significance, it's a terrible loss for our village's Main Street," said Mayor Robert Schneider.

"The outpouring of generosity from our village and greater Catskills region has been truly amazing. The Stamford Village Hall has become a repository for thousands of items including clothing, toiletries, non perishable foods, household goods and many more items that cannot be listed here. These items have been distributed to the victims of the fire and will continue to be made available during village hall hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday and any time by appointment. As of now  we do not have room for any more donations but will take an accounting of anything offered and do our best to match those things with those in need. T

"The village clerk and treasurer together with volunteers from the village have overseen this effort and have organized all of the donated items in such a way that they are easily identified. The village has received offers of aid from Delaware County, Stamford Central School and our Congressional District office as well as private businesses and individuals. We are blessed to live in a community that is so willing to reach out and help their neighbors in need. All persons displaced by the fire have places to stay. Some of these lodgings are temporary, so there is work to be done to find permanent situations for many individuals. The Delaware County Department of Social Services is helping on this front but rental housing is challenging to find as we all know. The incredible strength of our community has been demonstrated at this moment of loss, I have every confidence that we will make it through this challenging time."

In the days that have followed the fire, benefits have been organized to help the fire victims. Stamford Fire Loss is a Facebook page where many have been posting, including individual Go Fund Me pages established by family members. People are offering help with clothing and household items. There were offers from the Hidden Inn, Hannah Mountain Resort and Country Club and the Andes Hotel for  rooms at no cost.

TP's Cafe has been collecting donations for the 11 families affected by the fire. They are still collecting and information is available at T.P.'s Cafe´ Facebook page. They also offered free meals to those affected by the fire. The Hidden Inn is collecting cash donations to the victims and The Belvedere held a fundraiser to benefit the fire victims on Thursday. There will be benefit chicken barbecue in front of Freshtown in Margaretville at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Dec. 9 and a Holiday Open Mic at The Gallery at 128 Main Street in Stamford. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., snacks at 6 p.m. and concert at 7 p.m. You are asked to bring a dish or snack to pass and a monetary donation to benefit the Stamford Fire Victims. It will feature a holiday sing along with Miss Pam.

Delaware County has also been involved in the effort. "Many offers to donate clothing, household products or supplies have been pouring in. In an effort to coordinate these donations the Delaware County Office Building at 111 Main Street in Delhi will accept donations at the Security desk. Delaware County staff will coordinate with the Village of Stamford to deliver the donations and distribute them," states a release.

Delaware County also released a list of contacts for those who are in need of help, including the Delaware County Supervisor's office at (607) 832-5110 where they will direct you to the appropriate agency for your needs. You can also go to the Delaware County Webpage to seek out services provided. All contact information is listed there for any agency or department you may need at 

Delaware County Social Services(607) 832-5300; Delaware County Office for the Aging(607) 832-5750; Delaware County Veterans Services Agency(607) 832-5345; Delaware County Mental Health  (607) 832-5888; Delaware County Public Health (607) 832-5200 Delaware County Economic Development (607) 832-5123 and Delaware Opportunities  (607) 746-1600. 

"Again we are extremely grateful for all first responders that aided during the fire. It is truly miraculous that no lives were lost and damages were reduced as best as could be hoped for. It is a testament to the volunteers and emergency service agencies in Delaware and our neighboring rural counties," concluded the release.

It is a comment that has been reflected over and over again. As people looked on in horror as the fire threatened to get out of hand, they marveled at the fact that firefighters were able to stop the blaze from damaging other buildings and that there was no loss of life.

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Heart of the Catskills Humane Society Tree Raffle Success

By Mary A. Crisafulli

DELHI - The Heart of the Catskills Humane Society hosted its 17th annual Holiday for the Heart tree fundraiser event on Dec. 2. The event starts in November where individuals or organizations donate decorated trees that are then displayed at the Delaware County Historical Association in Delhi. Individuals can view the trees prior to the event and purchase raffle tickets to attempt to win a tree to take home for the holidays.

Trees were donated by Mary Torma-Kelly and Kathy Brown, Central Delaware Clovers 4-H Club, Worn & Weathered Motorcycle Club, May Falknor, Kelly Haas, Dale Trethaway, Jackie Purdy, Christel and Jamie and Landon Vogler, Fabulous 4-Hers, Franklin Metlicke and Family. This year the society had 20 small trees and 15 large trees donated for raffle which topped last year's 30 total trees. Tree themes this year included Grandma's Gingerbread, a Home Farm Christmas, angels and Cardinals, movie night, constellation Christmas, A Teapot Poet's Holiday, Twilight, when Pigs Fly, mental health awareness, a rustic Merry Christ'moose', woodland, and What's under Santa's hat?

"We had 320 visitors the day of the event and 80 visitors the week prior," said Director of Shelter Operations Deb Crute, "We sold a lot of raffle tickets." The fundraiser raised $7,910 which will be used for the care of homeless cats and dogs to purchase items including - pet food, vaccinations, medications, and spay and neuter surgeries.

Visitors at the event could also purchase baked goods, soup, holiday gifts, jewelry, and wreaths. The soup and wreaths completely sold out, said Crute. There is also live music to dance to while enjoying the event happenings. "We had an adorable kitten named Dolly at the event who we cannot believe did not get adopted," said Crute, "But she was a star all day long in her cute Christmas tree costume."

The tree raffle is the society's largest fundraising event next to the annual Spring Dinner Dance and Auction.

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Film Night at Bushel

DELHI — On Friday, December 15th, Bushel is hosting an evening of films selected by Angela Dufresne, curator of Bushel’s current exhibition, “Fiery Fodder.” Doors at 6:45 pm; screening begins at 7 pm. This program is free and open to the public. Bushel is located at 106 Main Street, Delhi.

The program begins with three short films by artists in the exhibition: It depends on what you mean (Kerry Downey, 2023); Johnny Seagull, Johnny Clyde (Wells Chandler, 2009); and My Mother: Artist and Teacher (Linda Mary Montano, 2016).

The program continues with a screening of Call Her Applebroog, a feature-length documentary film by director Beth B. Released in 2016, this film is Beth B’s intimate and complex portrait of her mother, acclaimed New York–based artist Ida Applebroog. Raised Orthodox in the Bronx, Applebroog is unsentimentally and adoringly captured here by her daughter Beth B. The film is at times mischievous, but reverent throughout. The film delves into many of the themes that loom in the exhibition “Fiery Fodder,” on view at Bushel through January 14, 2024.

Curator of the exhibition and the film program Angela Dufresne is a painter originally from Connecticut, raised however in the town in Kansas (Olathe-Suburbs) that Dick and Perry stopped in before they killed the Clutters (In Cold Blood), and now based in Brooklyn. Through painting, drawing, printmaking, performative works, and community building she wields heterotopic narratives that are both non-hierarchical and unapologetically perverse, conjuring the rage, piss and vinegar and passion of being female in America today. She is a founding member of The Fragile Institute, a nomadic platform for exhibitions, publications, and social actions including the exhibitions Density’s Glitch at the Fine Arts Work Center, Augurhythms at Hesse Flatow, NY in 2022, and Density Betrays Us at the Hole, NY in 2021. She is a founder of ADVICE VOTE, an active civic engagement platform for teachers and art students across America.

This screening is part of Bushel’s Community Film Picks, a once-a-month film night at Bushel taking place on third Fridays at 7 pm. BUSHEL is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, volunteer-led, mixed-use space dedicated to art, agriculture, ecology, and action. It is located at 106 Main Street in Delhi. For more information, go to

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Annual Tree Lighting Dec. 17

STAMFORD — The Board of Musication/Summer Concert Series in Stamford NY will be helping support T.P.'s Cafe and the Stamford Volunteer Fire Department for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday, Dec. 17,  beginning at 4:00 pm. Here's what typically happens during this event held in Stamford Veterans Memorial Park, 97 Main St, Stamford, NY:

While waiting for the tree lighting at dusk, holiday songs will be sung in the gazebo by members of "The Too Old to Plow Boys." The community gathers around the bonfire with hot chocolate provided by T.P.'s Cafe. Santa arrives on the Stamford Volunteer Fire Department Fire Truck around 4:30 pm where you can take a photo with him and tell him your Christmas wishes.

 Grab your jingle bells and join your neighbors to celebrate the holiday season and the good fortune of living in this area. Follow or like this page to keep up with more details as they are added.

Special shout out to the Stamford DPW and the Stamford Village Improvement Association for the holiday decorations that have been put up around the village and in the park.

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Rapid Growth of Bovina Center Montessori School

By Robert Brune
BOVINA — The story of the current location of the Bovina Center Montessori School (BCMS) reaches as far back as the mid-1800’s when it was a dairy farm owned by the Miller Family for more than seventy years. After the farm passed through several owners continuing as a dairy farm, it became a summer camp for another sixty years up until 2005. After many years of the property that once could accommodate three hundred guests at the ‘Suits Us Farm’ summer camp, it fell into disrepair until Danish couple, Sophie Wallas Rasmussen and David Madie, decided to begin the process of renovating the property and transforming it into a Montessori school in 2020. 
Since BCMS opened their doors September 2021, they continued to renovate and bring on more staff, increase the number of children to currently forty-five students and eight teachers, and are very ambitious by adding new programs and services to the community. This past weekend BCMS held a fundraising gala event in the new banquet room at the Andes Hotel.  Katie Henry, one of the English instructors at BCMS, was the primary organizer of this event explains, “The KidSkill Fund is a 501(c)3 that provides funds for choice schools, after-care, and summer care programs in the greater Catskill region. The Winter Gala at Andes Hotel last night had 62 guests in attendance, and included a silent auction, student presentations, and a delicious dinner. The event’s goal was to ask for monthly supporters to build out the fund in a sustainable way, though we raised roughly $5,500 in the evening from ticket sales and silent auction items. Last year, all of the funds raised through KidSkill Fund went to providing financial aid to qualifying families who wanted their children to attend Bovina Center Montessori School. In 2024 the fund is expanding its reach by using 20% of its funds outside of the school and is using an open application on its website for organizations and families to apply for financial aid to qualifying programs.”
According to co-founder David Madie, the school recently met with former marketing executive and local Bovina Center artist Neil Powell, who we at the Mountain Eagle did a feature artist profile not too long ago, will be contributing to the arts program at BCMS. Powell describes his coming participation at BCMS, “Delaware County Art + Design Studio, a new non-profit art learning organization located in Bovina Center opening March '24, is pleased to be piloting their signature programs, CowBell Kids Workshop, Make Stuff for teens, and But I Can't Draw for adults at Bovina Montessori for a 7 week period starting in January. CowBell Kids Workshop is a free program for any kid 8-12 residing in the Delaware County area. They offer a wide range of free classes that provide an innovative and interactive learning experience for children. The classes are carefully designed to intertwine aspects of science, math, and nature, taking a holistic approach to arts education. Their other programs, Make Stuff and But I Can't Draw are paid classes, and they help fund a CowBell Kid to take a class. Taking inspiration from The Bauhaus movement, Make Stuff, developed for teens 13-18, combines many processes of art and design. The class projects are engaging and foster experimentation. These are strong portfolio projects for young adults looking to gain entry into art school.” With the bond measure to renovate the Andes Central School that failed to pass this past summer, the diversity of schooling options are a viable consideration for parents when talented folks like Powell are stepping up to contribute their skills, not only as a very successful business person and artist, but also as a history of being a  guest lecturer on the subject of design around the world.  Powell is also a former senior portfolio instructor at the School Of Visual Arts in Manhattan.
Another initiative of BCMS is that they hope to help the community with the availability problem of childcare programs, as Madie describes the area as a childcare desert, “We are working on starting this in September 2024 with space for 8 children from the age of 8 weeks to 18 months. One key challenge is to find the staff which we are working on. When the program opens current families at the school will have priority, but we expect to also have space for new first-time parents.” The childcare program is the only program that may draw from public funds at BCMS. In the coming year, they will be pushing towards including high school classes but, again, staffing is the hurdle, according to Madie. 
As far as any criticism from folks or institutions that support the many other learning styles available to students, Madie responds, “I think it's good for any community to have many options for school choice as this helps attract families to the county and gives any family the option of choosing the kind of school they believe is best for their children, in our case a farm-based school. Our school only has three school-aged children from Andes School District, as our students are coming in from all over the county.” Madie provides insight to the teaching structure, “The Montessori environment is focused on giving students motivation for learning. This is done by giving the maximum amount of choice to students and making sure that what students learn is related to practice. This is especially possible in a farm school where working with chickens includes biology, chemistry, math, geometry, entrepreneurship and more. Importantly any Montessori School in NYS must have "academic equivalence" with public schools and the local school district is making recurring evaluations of this. In other words, you learn the same in a Montessori School as in a traditional school, but the curriculum is taught in a different way and in a different environment.”
For more information on BCMS See:

The old John Miller farm which is the current location of BCMS in Bovina

The BCMS Gala at the Andes Hotel

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New Clubs for Delaware Academy Proposed

International Culture Club Approved, Ski Club Proposed

By Mary A. Crisafulli

DELHI - The Delaware Academy Central School District Board of Education unanimously approved the creation of an International Culture Club at the regular meeting on Nov. 13. The proposal for the club was submitted by High School Principal Crystal Trask. 

High School students Erin and Sofia developed the club which will explore the cultures of countries outside the United States. "We hope to taste as many different foods, speak with people from around the world, and learn as much as we can about places unlike our own," the petition states. "This is a great way for us to explore more cultural understanding," said Erin. The goal is to bring culture and current international events to the rural town to encourage deep discussion. According to Erin, the students hope to take small trips if possible.

The club is self-funded by members and there will be no stipend for its advisor Phillip All. 

Meetings will be held biweekly with membership accepted for anyone in ninth grade until graduation. A constitution will be developed upon the first meeting and submitted to Trask. 

The club proposal states it is accepting of all race, creed, gender, nationality, and/or arbitrary criteria. 

"I think this is an amazing idea," said Board President Tammy Neumann.

In other business, Mr. Bethany asked the board to consider redevelopment of a ski club or program. Bethany participated in Ski Club when he was in primary school at Delaware Academy. Club members would meet every Thursday night and be bussed to a ski mountain where they would ski all night. "I have a six-year-old daughter," said Bethany, "When I asked about ski club and they said it doesn't exist anymore it was heartbreaking because it was something that was very very important to me and a lot of other students of my generation and the generations before that." Bethany said after starting a petition for the club to come back, promoting it on social media, and talking with parents, there is a lot of interest in it. Bethany secured over 80 signatures by the Nov. 13 meeting. "People want this to happen in the community," he said, "There is not much for children to do in the winter time, and providing those outlets that are away from television is very important these days."

He asked the board to review Franklin and Downsville central school districts' ski programs to gain a general idea of the organization. He said the budget will likely include faculty and chaperone stipends, bus driver costs, and fuel. 

Bethany has reached out to the Livestock Foundation in Bovina and the O'Connor Foundation in Delhi for possible grant opportunities. The grants would help support students who could not afford ski passes or gear. 

The Ski club Bethany participated in was dissolved in the early 2000s due to a need for budget cuts and a lack of membership. A program was reinstated shortly after as an out-of-school club for a few years. According to Superintendent Kelly Zimmerman, the program is still written into the transportation contract. Zimmerman has already spoken with the transportation director and reached out to other local school districts that have ski programs to discuss. Zimmerman said the previous out-of-school program cost $12,000 annually for transportation for an eight-week program with four advisors. 

Zimmerman also reached out to Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury. Plattekill continues to offer discounted season passes, rental gear, and lessons to Delaware Academy students even though the ski program ended. Zimmerman hopes to gain an understanding of what participation would be if the district started a program by how many families utilize the Platkill discount.

"I would love to support this again, I think opportunities for our students are a great thing. Coming out of COVID we had resurrected many of our prior activities and created new ones where there is an interest," said Zimmerman. She added that the district would be unable to start it for this ski season as the budget has already passed. It would need to be proposed to voters in the spring for the 2024-2025 budget.

One resident asked the board to consider partnering with Belleayre Mountain rather than Plattekill. She claimed the mountains are the same distance and a season pass at Belleayre offers more than Plattekill which opens a month after Belleayre and only on the weekends. She also said the season pass at Belleayre is cheaper than Plattekill.

Zimmerman explained that these are all details that the board will need to review before or if a program is initiated. 

Neumann said it will be important to secure data on potential participation. She explained that she once helped develop a before and after-school care program. The program only lasted two years due to a lack of participation.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled Dec. 18 at 5 p.m.

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Downsville Resident Arrested After Driving with Revoked License

Colchester – Today, Sheriff Craig S. DuMond announced the arrest of a Downsville resident for driving with a revoked New York State Driver’s license.

On Sunday night, November 19th, 2023, Sheriff’s Deputies observed a vehicle traveling on State Highway 206, fail to use their turn signal while turning into the Dollar General Parking lot in the Town of Colchester. Upon conducting a traffic stop on the vehicle, Deputies identified the driver of the vehicle as 48 year-old Luis Febo-Deltoro of Downsville, NY. A check of Febo-Deltoro’s driver’s license revealed that his driving privileges were revoked in the State of New York.   

Deputies subsequently arrested Febo-Deltoro and issued him traffic tickets for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle with Knowledge of having a revoked Driver’s License, both unclassified misdemeanors, Unlicensed Operator and No/Improper Signal, both violations of the New York State vehicle and traffic law. Febo-Deltoro released on the uniformed traffic tickets and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Colchester Court at a later date to answer the charges.

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Two Facing Charges in Endangerment of Welfare

Walton – Sheriff Craig S. DuMond announces two individuals are facing the charge of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person in the second degree, following an investigation which had occurred in the Town of Walton. 

On Wednesday, November 8th, 2023, Delaware County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call, whereby it was alleged that a fully disabled and incompetent individual had been left on a bus for a prolonged period of time.  During the course of investigation, Deputies discovered that the victim had been picked up by a bus and then left inside the bus after it was parked for the evening. After noticing that the victim had not returned home after some time, a residential facility aid had discovered the victim’s location and promptly brought her to the hospital where she received treatment.

Deputies identified the bus driver as 74 year-old Lyndon Doig and the bus driver aid as 63 year-old Norma Castro both of Walton, New York. 

Upon conclusion of the investigation Sheriff's Deputies submitted for a criminal summons to the Walton Town court. 

On Friday November 24th, 2023, Delaware County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Doig and Castro on the criminal summonses for endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person in the second degree that had been issued by the Walton Town Court. 

Doig and Castro, are scheduled to appear in front of the Walton Town Court at a later date. 

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Matching Donation to Bramley Mountain Fire Tower from the Livestock Foundation

BOVINA CENTER — The Bramley Mountain Fire Tower Project is working to return the historic fire tower to the summit of Bramley Mountain for the enjoyment of both local and visiting hikers. The Friends of Bramley Mountain Fire Tower have raised  90% of their $200,000 fundraising goal, with construction slated to begin in the spring of 2024.

To help raise the final 10% and to bring the project to the finish line, Livestock Foundation is proud to pledge a $5,000 matching donation to the effort.

We are overjoyed to play a small part in restoring the historic fire tower to the top of Bramley Mountain Trail, enhancing the natural beauty of our region, and returning a historical landmark and outdoor recreational resource to our community.

To join us in the effort to restore the Bramley Mountain Fire Tower, tax-deductible donations can be made to The Friends of Bramley Mountain Fire Tower at All donations made between now and February 15, 2024, will be eligible for matching funds.

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DELHI- Delaware County District Attorney Elect Shawn J. Smith announced that Caleb D. Lane, 31, of Franklin, New York, pleaded guilty to Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child in violation of Section 263.16 of the Penal Law of the State of New York, a Class E Felony.

On August 25, 2022, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a cyber tip that an individual account had downloaded a sexually explicit image of a child. Members of the United States Department of Homeland Security were alerted, and together with investigators from the New York State Police, records were seized from the Microsoft Corporation. 

As part of the investigation by the New York State Police, an Internet Protocol (IP) Address was recovered and able to be successfully tracked down to an address within Delaware County. As other individuals reside at this residence besides the Defendant, the address is not being disclosed.

Further investigation by Investigators Furman, Hicks, and Marshall of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, New York State Police, revealed an email address belonging to Caleb D. Lane. A search warrant was executed, and numerous electronic devices were seized. After forensic analysis by the New York State Police Crime Lab, numerous images and videos depicting minor children in sexual acts were recovered.

On September 29, 2023, Caleb Lane was arrested by Investigator Jeremy Hicks of the NYSP and charged with two counts; Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Minor in violation of Section 263.16 of the Penal Law of the State of New York and Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Minor in violation of Section 263.15 of the Penal Law of the State of New York. 

On December 4, 2023, Caleb Lane pled guilty to the charge of Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Minor, a Class E Felony. As part of his plea, Mr. Lane admitted to possessing an image of a child with an adult man’s penis pressed near the child’s face. The plea was entered pursuant to a negotiated disposition, and it is anticipated that Mr. Lane will be sentenced to a ten-year period of felony probation supervision and will be required to register as a sex offender.

District Attorney Elect Shawn Smith commended the work of the Investigators of the New York State Police. “Without the tireless work of Investigators Furman, Hicks, and Marshall, another consumer of Child Pornography would have continued to consume a truly awful product. The sad truth is that without users like Mr. Lane, there would be no demand for criminals to produce these disgusting images and videos. I hope this case illustrates just how much effort is placed into these investigations and that consumers and producers both will be brought to justice by my office.

I would also like to take this moment to refer the public to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). They, along with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are invaluable resources to us and to victims. If you are a victim, or suspect sexual abuse of a child, we encourage you to call their hotline at 1-800-656-4673.”

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Shawn J. Smith 

Acting District Attorney 

Delaware County 

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Lagrangeville Resident Arrested After Driving with Revoked License

Harpersfield – Today, Sheriff Craig S. DuMond announced the arrest of a Lagrangeville resident for driving with a suspended New York State Driver’s license.

On Sunday afternoon, November 19th, 2023, Sheriff’s Deputies stopped a vehicle at the Stewarts Gas Station in the Town of Harpersfield. Deputies identified the driver of the vehicle as 31 year-old Sarah Rosenfield of Lagrangeville, NY. A check of Rosenfield’s driver’s license revealed that her driving privileges were suspended in the State of New York.   

Deputies subsequently arrested Rosenfield and issued her traffic tickets for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree, an unclassified misdemeanor, Unlicensed Operator, Uninspected Motor Vehicle, Driver’s Field Obstructed, Unregistered Motor Vehicle, all violations of the New York State vehicle and traffic law. Rosenfield released on the uniformed traffic tickets and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Harpersfield Court at a later date to answer the charge.

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