Official flood recovery website

Margaretville — Efforts by three municipalities to recover from the August 28 flood are detailed on a new website: middletownfloodrecovery.wordpress.com.

The Town of Middletown and its two incorporated villages, Margaretville and Fleischmanns, are collaborating to bring the most current, accurate information possible to their constituents as the emergency evolves into one of recovery, repair and restoration.

Local officials announce curfew and flood debris sites

By Pauline Liu
A dusk-to-dawn curfew is now in place in flood stricken Middletown. County officials, who made the announcement Tuesday afternoon, said the curfew will be enforced by law enforcement officers and military police. A convoy of National Guard arrived in town this afternoon.

Curfew enforcement

Electronic, tire disposal bins planned at Middletown station

Staff report
Bins to handle electronics and tires are being planned as additions at the Town of Middletown Transfer Station.

Manager Roger Davis told the town board at its August 2 workshop that a small bin for disposal of electronics should be on site within a month. Because of handling requirements, the electronics items must be left in a designated area and placed into the bin by transfer station personnel, he said.

Miller, Moskowitz in Middletown Supervisor race

Staff report
A new candidate has entered the Town of Middletown supervisor’s race and another potential entrant said he is not running.

Arkville resident Marjorie Miller issued a statement that she will be an Independent candidate for the Middletown supervisor’s position this fall.

Margaretville Mayor Bill Stanton, who told the News last week that he had been contemplating running for Middletown supervisor, said he has reconsidered and will not enter the race.

“I’ve thought a lot about running, but I’ve decided to stay where I am,” said Mayor Stanton.

Names of Civil War dead to be read for Memorial Day

Annual Memorial Day observances at Fleischmanns and Margaretville on May 30 will include a reading of the names of 35 men from the Town of Middletown who died during the Civil War.

Lisa Tait recognized at Democrat of the Year

By Brian Sweeney
Lisa Tait was honored as the Delaware County Democrat of the Year at the organization’s annual dinner held Saturday at the Hanah Country Resort in Margaretville.

A resident of New Kingston, Lisa was cited as a tireless worker on behalf of the Delaware County Democratic Committee and the Town of Middletown Democratic Committee. She was also praised for her dedication working on campaigns for Kirsten Gillibrand, Scott Murphy and David Sager.
Lisa is a partner in Silvertop Graphics, a firm specializing in print and website creation, and has also donated a considerable amount of design work to many of these campaigns.

Fraternal organization memorabilia on display at town hall

Margaretville — An exhibit of memorabilia, records, even costumes from fraternal organizations in the Town of Middletown is now on view at the town hall on Route 28 between Margaretville and Arkville.

The exhibit may be seen during business hours Monday through Friday.

Chamber to honor businesses on May 18

Margaretville — The Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual awards dinner on Wednesday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. at Hanah Country Inn.

The chamber’s membership has recommended the following three businesses to receive awards: The Roxbury Arts Group as cultural business of the year, Gerry Murphy owner of M. Gerard Country Home as entrepreneur of the year and Alan and Lauren Quarltere and Quarltere’s Garden Center as business of the year.

Local use of heroin and painkillers on the rise

By Pauline Liu
The headlines reflect a trend that law enforcement officials in Delaware County have known for years. Opiate abuse, including heroin and prescription drugs, is on the rise in this region.

Local leaders react to PA fracking spill

By Pauline Liu
The hydrofracking crisis in Pennsylvania last week was closely watched by the entire nation and here in Delaware County town supervisors have been carefully weighing in on the situation.

The incident, which led to the spill of thousands of gallons of hydraulic fracturing fluid into streams and farm fields in Bradford County, PA, has added new fuel to the already heated nationwide debate over the safety of gas drilling.

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