'House History Hunting' program is set at HSM

Margaretville — Ever wonder what stories your old house could tell if its walls could talk?
The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) will host a program Saturday, April 20 by two local homeowners who will recount the history of their homes and will try to give voice to some of the people who lived there.

“House History Hunting,” the first HSM program of 2013, will begin at10 a.m. at the Society’s Hall, 778 Cemetery Road, Margaretville. Admission is $2 for members, $4 for all others.

Unearthing tales

24 Middletown properties in flood buyout program

By Geoff Samuels
“We want to get everybody on the same page” said Marjorie Miller, chair of the East Branch Flood Commission as she opened last Monday’s monthly meeting.

Topics of discussion at the meeting ranged from FEMA land buy-outs, to this summer’s Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) projects, to the possibility of swapping parcels of land with New York City.

Kent Manual from the Delaware County Planning Department gave an update on the FEMA land buy-out program.

Building activity dips slightly in Middletown

Staff Report
Building activity in the Town of Middletown showed a slight decline in 2012, according to Code Enforcement Officer Patrick Davis.

The CEO presented a report from the Building and Zoning Department to the town board at its February meeting.
The total number of building permits for the township, outside the villages of Margaretville and
Fleischmanns, totaled 117, down two from the previous year.

Middletown Flood Commission is seeking insurance subsidies

By Geoff Samuels
Comments on a resolution in support of the continuation of insurance subsidies from the National Flood Insurance Programs’ (NFIP) were aired at Mondays’ Flood Commission Meeting in Middletown.

Commission grapples with tough flood issues

By Geoff Samuels
Big ideas for solving big problems emerged at Monday mornings’ Flood Commission meeting, but along with them came the stark reality of today’s severe funding limitations. With two major hurricanes having hit the Northeast within a little more than a year’s span, a new sense of urgency could be felt.

Middletown set for vote on budget that is within cap

By Geoff Samuels
While Delaware County grapples with a roughly five percent surge in its upcoming budget, the Town of Middletown is striving to pare its own expenditures in an effort to stay at or below the state mandated two percent limit on property tax increases.

Middletown Board makes budget cuts

By Geoff Samuels
A special meeting of the Town of Middletown Board was held on Friday, October 19 to discuss the current achievements in budget reductions and to prepare for the upcoming public hearing on November 7, and the actual budget vote on November 13.

The first order of the meeting was to announce a plan to switch health insurance providers by moving from Mohawk Valley Physicians (MVP) to the Capitol District Physicians Health Plan (CDPHP).

If enacted, this would result in a total savings of $53,450, a major reduction.

Middletown Board weighs in on Fleischmanns Bridge

By Geoff Samuels
At last Tuesday’s Middletown Board meeting, Supervisor Marge Miller called attention to a resolution requiring that any bridge built to replace a flood damaged one must be constructed to new and higher standards.

'Living History' screening dedicated to actor George Hendricks

Margaretville — The popular “Living History Tour of Margaretville Cemetery” was so well attended on June 30 that the Historical Society of Middletown (HSM), which created the event, had it videotaped for future screenings, the first of which was held this Saturday, Oct. 6. Ironically those who gathered were also mourning one of the actors featured in the tour, George Hendricks, Jr., who portrayed his great-grandfather, George Hendricks. George Jr. died last week and was buried on Saturday, the day the video was screened.

Flood Remembrance unites community

By John Bernhardt
It just might become a save-the-date event. If the turnout and good feel of Thursday’s Community Picnic and Remembrance are indicators, the Community Picnic could become a staple of the local summer calendar.

You could find all the gentle, wholesome, personal touches that come with small town life at the picnic. Hot dogs on the grill, homemade ice cream sundaes, and the laughter and neighborly conversation that comes with the same texture of two neighbors chatting while leaning over the sides of a white picket fence were a big part of the night.

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