Andes budget plan shows 4.6% hike


By Cheryl Petersen
The proposed Andes town budget calls for an approximate 4.6 percent increase, it was revealed at the board’s October 14 meeting.
A public hearing will be held on the Preliminary Budget will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:45 p.m. at town hall. The regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m.
In other action at its October meeting, the board addressed the deteriorating condition of the access ramp at the public library at its October 14 meeting.

Local schools to focus on shared services


By Joe Moskowitz
The Boards of Education of Andes Central, Hunter-Tannersville Central, Margaretville Central, and Roxbury Central Schools will hold a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at MCS.
All four boards are meeting in a combined session to discuss the possibility of sharing services. According to the letter MCS Board President Terry Johnson sent that started the talks, the sharing could include the position of Superintendent of schools.

Albanese leaving
MCS will have a vacancy starting November 1 when Tony Albanese leaves.

Llobets make life-changing journet to Tibet to provide free medical care

Margaretville — Margaretville physicians Paul Llobet, MD and Holly Llobet, MD recently accompanied Charles Kutler, MD of Kingston on a trip to Tibet to provide free medical services to thousands of local residents.
ON THE JOB — Dr. Paul Llobet treats a patient during a recent mission to provide free medical services in Tibet. — Contributed photosON THE JOB — Dr. Paul Llobet treats a patient during a recent mission to provide free medical services in Tibet. — Contributed photos

Local school boards to consider shared services


By Joe Moskowitz
The boards of education of four area school districts will meet in an unprecedented joint special session next Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Margaretville Central School (MCS) to discuss the possibility of sharing services.
Roxbury Central School Board President Ed Fersch said, “There has been a flurry of conversations between the presidents of the Andes, Margaret­ville, Roxbury, and Hunter-­ Tannersville boards, and BOCES Superintendent Nick Sabin.”

Delaware supervisors on board with 2-1-1 service


By Cheryl Petersen
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors convened at the county building in Delhi on October 8 to learn plans for expansion into Delaware and Otsego counties of the Susquehanna River Regions 2-1-1 System, to hear an update on Ebola, and approve the sale of tax-acquired property.

RCS project re-vote is planned

By Joe Moskowitz
Voters in the Roxbury Central School District are being asked to do something they had already done before, but the good news is that doing it again won’t cost any extra money.
In March 2014, Roxbury taxpayers approved a measure to spend $1 million in unused bond money, and issue another $4 million in bonds to pay for repairs and improvements, mostly to the older portion of the school building.
But on December 9, the voters will be asked to do it again, approve a total of $5 million for the capital project.

CWC approves funding for new distillery in Arkville


By Joe Moskowitz
Union Grove is coming back! The hamlet, one of the communities taken by the City of New York for the Pepacton Reservoir, has been gone for more 60 years, but it may will live again in name and “spirits” in Arkville.

Pine Hill zoning change on tap for Main Street

By Jay Braman Jr.
In a move that is expected to give landowners on Pine Hill’s Main Street more options for what they can do with their properties, the Town of Shandaken is taking steps to change the zoning there from residential to commercial.
Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley said he expects the switch to take place by the end of the year, but that the change will not be officially in effect until the State of New York signs off on it.
“We’ve been discussing this for two months now,” Stanley said when explaining the details.

Mt. Tremper and Phoenicia residents urged to weigh in on flood planning

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken Town Supervisor Rob Stanley has put out the word to Phoenicia and Mount Tremper property owners that it is critical they attend the meetings set up to discuss flood issues.
At press time, a meeting for Phoenicia residents was expected to be held on Oct. 14, while a meeting for Mt. Tremper residents will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20, at the Emerson Resort and Spa on Route 28.

WIOX employee fired after politically charged emails to Rep. Gibson's office


By Brian Sweeney
The office manager of Roxbury’s WIOX radio station has been dismissed after he sent e-mails via his company account criticizing Congressman Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook).
The office manager, who is also a program host, was reliev­ed of his duties shortly after complaints arose following his e-mail to Congressman Gibson’s office.
The e-mail was reportedly directed to the congressman’s office in response to a campaign press release sent to the Roxbury-based community radio station, which is a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate.

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