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False alarm prompts major search for tuber

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By Jay Braman Jr.
A 911 call about a missing tuber brought dozens of rescuers and all their equipment to Phoenicia Sunday afternoon, but all the while the supposed victim had been high and dry and safe.
According to Town Tinker Tube rental owner Harry Jameson, the problem appears to have been that the 911 call was made almost an hour after a mishap in the Esopus Creek that caused one Town Tinker customer to lose his tube and hurt his hip, but otherwise he was okay.

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Phoenicia explores opening water source

By Jay Braman Jr.
Due to a booming business cycle during a summer that has brought throngs of thirsty visitors, the Phoenicia Water District has started a project to reclaim precious spring water for the hamlet to make sure there’s enough to go around.
Water Commissioner Rick Ricciardella said Monday that work will soon begin on carving a road up the mountain across the street from the district’s filtration plant to grant access to a half-dozen natural springs that have supplied the hamlet for the past 100 years.

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Albanese resigns as superintendent of Margaretville Central School

Anthony Albanese has announced his retirement as Superintendent of Margaretville Central School, effective November 4.
While Mr. Albanese still has two years left on his contract with Margaretville, he has found a professional opportunity has presented itself that will bring him closer to his home and family in Scotia.
During his six-year tenure at Margaretville, Mr. Albanese cited the following accomplishments: overcoming decreased state aid, Gap Elimination and overcoming flooding from Hurricane Irene.

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Catskill Heritage Assn. claims resort dollar figures are wrong

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By Jay Braman Jr.
According to the Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA), the proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park is doomed to failure unless made much smaller, a conclusion based on the results of a study commissioned by the anti-resort group and released to the public Tuesday.
Undaunted, a spokesman for the resort scoffed at the findings, suggesting that the study reached conclusions that are exactly what those who paid for it wanted to see, and that if the public knew who those benefactors are, it would dilute the claims made.


Cutting Post Office hours meets with approval in Shandaken meeting

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By Jay Braman
According to surveys conducted by the United States Postal Service in Highmount, Pine Hill and Big Indian, most of the residents in those hamlets see reducing the number of hours the post offices are open as the least painful change.
That’s according to Neil Fitz­patrick, a representative from the Post Office that came to Shandaken Town Hall Monday night to discuss plans for changing things in those communities.

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Vacant Arkville building faces wrecking ball

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By Joe Moskowitz
An Arkville building that has been the target of complaints, scorn and legal action for many years is about to be demolished.
John and Carol Sanford, who own the dilapidated structure at the corner of Dry Brook Road and Route 28 told the News Monday that, “We have put a lot of work into it, but the town (Middletown) is coming down hard.”


Merwin receives ORDA Employee Recognition Award

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NUMBER ONE — For the first time since Belleayre become part of the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), a Belleayre employee has been awarded the quarterly employee appreciation award. This quarter’s award recipient is Joanie Merwin, information technology, and technical administrator at Belleayre Mountain.  From left are: Tim Maxwell–operations; Tom Tar, general manager, Joanie Merwin, IT, and Ted Blazer – CEO, ORDA. — Contributed photoNUMBER ONE — For the first time since Belleayre become part of the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), a Belleayre employee has been awarded the quarterly employee appreciation award. This quarter’s award recipient is Joanie Merwin, information technology, and technical administrator at Belleayre Mountain. From left are: Tim Maxwell–operations; Tom Tar, general manager, Joanie Merwin, IT, and Ted Blazer – CEO, ORDA. — Contributed photo


Andes health center re-opening soon

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By Cheryl Petersen
The Andes Health Center closed its doors temporarily on July 21 because of mold contamination in the building. A water leak, which caused the problem, has been fixed and the center is expected to reopen the week of August 4.


President getting involved in village bridge rebuilding

By Joe Moskowitz
When something needs to get done right, it’s sometimes best to avoid the middleman.
Margaretville resident Marc Osterweil thought that the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) was moving too slowly on replacing the village’s Swart Street bridge, so he went all the way to the President of the United States. And, his appeal to the Commander in Chief may have worked.
A detailed response to Osterweil from a high ranking FEMA official explained the problem and said that the Swart Street bridge replacement is now a FEMA priority item.


Supers urged to save Medicare costs

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By Cheryl Petersen
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors convened in Delhi on July 23 to authorize the sale of 74 tax acquired properties including three in Andes; 11 in Middletown, eight in Roxbury, and four in the Town of Stamford.
Other business included an update on the construction of the new county recycling plant in Walton. “The primary steel is going up. Two of the three floor slabs have been placed, and we are aiming to be operational early October,” said Sue McIntyre, director of Delaware County Solid Waste Department.


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