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Feb. 18, 2009: Student project has valuable lessons

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To The Editor:
I teach the Participation in Government course at Margaretville Central School. Last semester a class of high school seniors began a new curriculum: Planning and Local Government in the Watershed.


Feb. 18, 2009: Republicans are bereft of ideas

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To The Editor:
Republicans in Congress, especially those in the House, have again shown that they are bereft of ideas to turn this country’s economy around. The recovery plan that would bring much needed money to New York State, allowing it to maintain services, like those at Belleayre Mountain, was derided by Republicans as “generational theft.” Yet they offered no alternatives excepting further tax cuts for the financial elite, like the Bush tax breaks they doled out to billionaires in the past, which helped get us into this mess.


Feb. 11, 2009: Sign is up and makes a difference

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To The Editor:
Hats off in praise to the highway department or road workers. Fleischmanns Heights, off Todd Mountain Rd., now has a permanent “Seasonal Road Closed” sign. The old “Road Closed” sign was on wood stilts and would often fall. The new sign is cemented in.


Feb. 11, 2009: Lack of a deal is dumbfounding

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To The Editor:
I was dumbfounded to hear at last week’s Shandaken Town Board meeting that I, on behalf of SHARP, was handing over the reigns to Frank Nazzaro to continue with the flower program. I feel this issue needs to be cleared up immediately.


Feb. 11, 2009: Rare book has priceless information

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To The Editor:
Bill Birns again struck a cord in Catskill Mountain history that registered with me. He continues to bring to the attention of local residents important aspects of local history. In the Feb. 4 issue of the Catskill Mountain News he quotes from an Elbert Hubbard book about John Burroughs, called “Old John Burroughs.”


Feb. 4, 2009: Get real with tax assessments

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To The Editor:
It comes as no surprise that our economy is in bad shape, with Delaware County perhaps hurting more than most. We lack any significant commercial tax base and that base continues to deteriorate.


Feb. 4, 2009: Deep sadness from leaving friends

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To The Editor:
I am writing this letter with very deep felt sadness. To my former co-workers, I miss each and every one of you. The past year has been very difficult for all of us at the A&P. We were coming, going, leaving, staying, never really knowing anything till the end. It was a very sad day for a lot of us.


Feb. 4, 2009: Pleasant boost from new market

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To The Editor:
What a pleasant surprise! Last Wednesday I shopped at the new Freshtown store in Margaretville. It was clean, attractive, well stocked and competitively priced.
While shopping with my mother, we were warmly greeted by Noah Katz—his family owns Freshtown. Noah Katz walked the aisles and welcomed all shoppers to the new market. Although crowded, all checkouts were at work—no long waiting lines. I’m impressed!


Feb. 4, 2009: Offering a farewell to "Mr. C"

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To The Editor;
If you knew him, you lost a friend last week. Nat Ciccone, longtime jr. high math teacher at MCS, passed away, Monday, Jan. 26, after a courageous battle with cancer. Nat was a loving, caring husband and father to his wife Amy and daughters Cara and Lisa. Watching his daughters grow up, while supporting them and coaching them in their sports endeavors was the light of his life.


Jan. 28, 2009: Lost opportunity for Phoenicia residents

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To The Editor:
I was dismayed to discover that at its January meeting, the Shandaken Town Board has apparently failed to make any progress whatsoever toward obtaining a workable wastewater treatment system for the hamlet of Phoenicia. This worries me in part due to anxiety that my own aging septic system may fail. But I’m also concerned about the consequences for the community as a whole.


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