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August 27, 2008: Agenda question regarding cop

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To The Editor:
There was no doubt in my mind that on Wednesday, August 20 our Margaretville Village Constable Harry Fox had an agenda to accomplish on his first day back. He immediately drove the village patrol car approximately100 yards to park it in front of the Village Pub at noon when we opened. He promptly left it there unattended until 4 p.m.


August 20, 2008: Bridge is needed in Halcottsville

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To The Editor:
I would like to thank Richard and Jenny Liddle for their very truthful, informative letter in last week’s CMN paper concerning the Grist Mill in Halcottsville. My husband and I lived in Halcottsville for 40 years. Back in the early 1960s Everett Herrick owned the mill and surrounding properties. He basically gutted the mill and made a restaurant downstairs and bedrooms upstairs.


August 20, 2008: Save the inn from eminent domain

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To The Editor:
It has come to my attention that the lovely historic and completely unique Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm Inn may be destroyed in the name of “progress.”  I am shocked to learn of this. I have spent many long and peaceful weekends there with my young children who learned about the pleasures of the Catskill Mountains from the gracious hosts, Susan and Jim Kelly.
It will be a real travesty if the inn is destroyed and its historical significance to the region is lost.


August 20, 2008: History repeats if we don't learn

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To The Editor:
I thought that Margaret Inge’s “At Your Service” column in last week’s paper was about the best thing I have ever read in the Catskill Mountain News. Thank you Margaret, for writing about the beautiful commitment vows in marriage. We need more of this kind of writing in today’s world.


August 20, 2008: They want to blow up the mountain

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To The Editor:
I will give Ms. Bauer’s letter a very brief answer because, if she persists in regurgitating “partners-for-profit’s” propaganda and obfuscation, that is all that it deserves. Instead of persisting in misleading people by referring to “average” salaries, they should publish (as I said in my original letter) median salaries to show where the money is really going.


August 20, 2008: Selfless act should be applauded

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To The Editor:
What a wonderful surprise to wander into Cassie’s Café in Roxbury a few days ago and find Lisa Palazollo waiting tables. Lisa is not the regular waitress there. She took it upon herself to approach the restaurant owners with a novel idea: if they would let her wait tables, she would donate all of her tip money to charity. They agreed, and for a week or so, Lisa put in the hours for the sake of the Smile Train which provides surgery for under-privileged children.


August 13, 2008: Earning tips for a good cause

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To The Editor:
A heart-felt thank you to Cassie, Bob, Dottie, Heather, McKenzie, and all of the patrons at Cassie’s Café in Roxbury for their gracious participation in last week’s fundraiser for The Smile Train. I had pledged a donation to the organization, which provides cleft-palate surgery to under privileged children around the world, and when Cassie’s Café hired me as a relief waitress I decided I would donate my tips to charity. It was a very pleasant surprise that, within five days, thanks to Bob’s tireless promotion and the generosity of their patrons, I raised $1,250, a contribution sufficient to provide surgery for five children.


August 13, 2008: Claims bridge topic has inaccuracies

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To The Editor:
We are writing this letter to address the current discussion concerning the bridge replacement project in Halcottsville. Week after week letters have appeared in this newspaper by people whose names we do not recognize or who are not residents of the Halcottsville community.
For the most part these letters sound like they were adapted from a common template; one that is filled with factual inaccuracies. It astounds us that people are willing to compromise their integrity by not fact checking before they sign their names.
We will attempt to clear up some of these inaccuracies.


August 13, 2008: Preserve and protect a local treasure

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To The Editor:
I am among many in Halcottsville who is concerned about the hamlet’s bridge reconstruction. This bridge crossing is the means of entrance and egress for the majority of our (Bragg Hollow) residents. A long-term bridge closing would oblige us to use tertiary roads to access Margaretville, Roxbury and beyond, a not insignificant issue considering the additional response time of emergency vehicles this would cause.


August 13, 2008: Personal anchors should be protected

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To The Editor:
“You can’t know who you are until you know where you are.” — Wendell Berry
Five years ago, my husband and I came to the area looking for property for our retirement, and spent the night at the historic Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm Bed and Breakfast. We’d been captivated by the beauty of the area, its quaint villages and friendly people. Susan and Jim Kelly, proprietors of the B&B, suggested we take a ride up Bragg Hollow and check out the properties available.


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