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.

Town of Middletown named chamber 'Business of the Year'

Delhi — The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, celebrating their own “50th Anniversary,” will recognize several businesses and individuals for their service to the county’s business community at its 2012 Annual Awards Dinner.

The business community of the Town of Middletown will be the recipient of “Business of the Year. In 2011, the Middletown business community was ravaged by hurricanes Irene and Lee, bringing the Town of Middletown to a complete standstill.

'Time' exhibit opens at Middletown Hall

Margaretville — A reception on Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Middletown Town Hall will open a new permanent exhibit of 12 photo collages created by Michael Musante to show the passage of time and the continuity of history.

The public is most welcome to the reception, which precedes a meeting of the Middletown Town Board at the town hall, 42339 Route 28, between Margaretville and Arkville.

Middletown mulling template for reservoir lands assessment

By Abigail Sanford
The Town of Middletown Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, August 14.

The main topic of the meeting was a presentation by Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) attorney Timothy Cox who discussed the Tax Legislation Avoidance Program that the CWC wants to implement in order to save the Town of Middletown, and other municipalities, from expensive litigation with the City of New York over the assessment of the city’s reservoir properties.

Postcard show at HSM this weekend

Margaretville — The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) will host a vintage post card and ephemera show and sale this Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the HSM hall, 778 Cemetery Road, Margaretville. Admission is $3; HSM members get in free.

Several vendors will offer old post cards, documents, maps, advertisements, flyers and other paper items. A special exhibit of antique post cards, “Wish You Here,” on loan from the Delaware County Historical Association, will be also on view.

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