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We all miss you, Berna

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To The Editor:
I was sad to read in the News that Berna Van Benschoten passed away on October 25 at Mountainside Care Center.  
Berna was a frequent attendee at our monthly Tea Party meetings and we all enjoyed her conversations and good humor. She always had a smile and a friendly attitude and when she was no longer able to sit with our group, we prayed for her.  I guess that 28 years at the post office enabled Berna to have a wonderful caring personality. We offer our condolences to her family, we all miss you.
Jon Adams, Margaretville Area Tea Party


Big shoes to fill

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To The Editor:
When Phil Lenihan first show­ed up in my restaurant, Nicky and I rolled our eyes.
This guy is opening an Eight-Track Museum? Are you kidding me? That will last about five minutes in Roxbury.


Questions supervisor's raise

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To The Editor:
Well, Election Day has come and gone. I am sure it is safe to assume some voters are happy, others are disappointed with the election results. Hope you all took an active part in this process.
Now is the time for America to become united. We have challenges and obstacles that we need to overcome.  This will only happen if we all work together and put our political differences aside and go with the best possible solution for our country - the America people. 


Offer Pat a pat on the back

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To The Editor:
A pat on the back and public thank-you to local Code Enforcement Officer Patrick Davis for his tireless three-year effort to improve our community flood-mitigation rating, lowering the local cost of flood insurance.
We got the rating! Due to Patrick’s single-minded dogged­ness, residents and business-people will gain significant sav­ings on insurance premiums for properties in the Town of Middletown, and in the villages of Fleischmanns and Margaret­ville.


Volunteers and donors needed for Thanksgiving Day meal

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To the Editor:
The fifth annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is being organized and we are looking for people who are willing to help make it happen. We need people who are willing to bake desserts, serve, clean up or help in whatever capacity they can to offer a free Thanksgiving meal to people of the greater Margaretville area.


Remember our veterans

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To The Editor:
As we awake each day and give thanks, as we remember those that have gone before us, that they are not forgotten, what we look for in our daily lives is not a given.
We all come from different places and backgrounds, the symbols we look up to and the freedoms of many generations. The respect so received over the years before many of us were born. They made it through dirt, cold, hardships that so many will never know that stayed behind.


Essay subject of 1979 — a swimming pool — has finally come to pass

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To The Editor:
Since July 8, 2014 at 6 a.m. on most weekday mornings, my husband and I take a swim at the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville.
The other day, I came across the following essay, written by our daughter in 1979 as the winning entry to a community essay contest sponsored by Dalrymple’s Store and printed in the News, and can attest to everything positive it says.
The goals, stated in the essay, have been accomplished. Our community is now blessed with a fabulous facility. It needs more participation. Come on down!

June Meinstein, Margaretville


Who is speaking for us?

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To the Editor:
Who is speaking for Christians and other minorities being massacred in the Middle East and Africa?


Schools need to consolidate

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To The Editor:
In a recent letter to Roxbury School District voters published in the Catskill Mountain News, Tom O’Brien laid out the proposed “much-needed five-million dollar building project” for the Roxbury School. No doubt, Tom, a very capable superintendent, has identified deferred maintenance and improvements needed to sustain the physical well being of the Roxbury School facility.


Be an informed voter

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To The Editor:
In response to Janelle’s comments concerning Rob Astorino. Yes, we all need to be informed voters; however, getting your information from “Cuomo’s Attack Ads” is not an informed voter.  Get the true facts.
Are you better off today than you were four years ago? Unfortunately, New York State is the highest taxed, most regulated, least business friendly state in America - thanks to Governor Cuomo. It is time for a change.


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