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Minerva tightens belt on youth program

There are currently around 65 Minerva youth enrolled in the program under the direction of nine counselors, officials said.

At present, as many as 10 Johnsburg youth have been added to a waiting list, in case openings become available.

"I don't think we can cut-out activities like field trips in order to facilitate non-residents," Councilman Doug McCall said. "Our responsibility is to the kids of Minerva."

The town's argument didn't sway Newman.

"If the issue was money, we came up with a way to fix it - if it was staffing, we found someone interested in the job," she said. "I think we called their bluff."

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