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Delay in flood insurance hikes passes the Senate

By Joe Moskowitz
The United States Senate passed a bill last week that would roll back scheduled massive increases in flood insurance premiums and delay some hikes for up to four years. 
It was a lopsided bipartisan 67-32 vote, but because of politics and financial realities, the insurance industry is not advising property owners to start counting their savings right away.
Two years ago, both houses of Congress agreed to increases flood insurance premiums in flood-prone areas because the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) was broke.


County records on display at DCHA

A new exhibit at the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) highlighting the museum’s archives will open on February 14 at 4 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception.
Items from DCHA’s archives on display will include materials pertaining to the War of 1812 and the Civil War, milk strikes, nineteenth-century land records, maps, genealogical information, women’s suffrage, personal diaries, and numerous posters, photos and ephemera. The Power of Archives exhibit will remain on display in the Elijah Thomas Gallery until May 27.
Admission to the opening reception and to the exhibit is free. For more information call DCHA at 607 746-3849, e-mail dcha@delhi.net, or on the web at: www.dcha-ny.org. DCHA is located two and-a-half miles north of the Village of Delhi on state Route 10.


WIM invites writers to join the Catskills Book Festival

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) invites authors in the Catskills/Hudson Valley area to its Meet the Authors – The First Annual Catskills Book Festival, which will take place Sunday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roxbury Arts Group.
Authors are invited to sell their books, give readings, and promote their work for a $35 participation fee. The fee includes light refreshments, coffee and tea. Participating authors will receive additional exposure through all the marketing materials and media promotions associated with this event.


NYPA offers free family programs for the winter break

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will host a series of programs for children and parents from Tuesday, Feb. 18, through Thursday, Feb. 20, at its admission-free visitors center at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Plant.
The free programs, all from 10 a.m. to approximately noon, will enable participants to display their creative talents. The programs will be presented by representatives from the Studio for Arts and Crafts and Minekill State Park.
The schedule is as follows:


Thrift store has temporary shift in hours

A temporary change in store hours has been announced for the Thrift Shop operated by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.
The Thrift Shop on Main Street, Margaretville will be closed on Mondays from February 3 through March 3. Open hours are: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Festival of the Voice hosts Masquerade Gala on February 15

The administration and artistic principals of the Phoenicia Int’l Festival of the Voice will host a masked, black-tie fund-raiser, “Venetian Valentine’s Masquerade Gala,” on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at Spillian.
Spillian: A Place to Revel, is an inn and retreat center in the Belle Epoque estate built by the Fleischmann Yeast and spirits family. Black tie and masks are requested. Admission is $250 per person. Call 586-3588 for information and reservations.


Catskill Mountain Club schedules winter outings

Members of the Catskill Mountain Club love winter events. The open views, hushed woods and contrast-sharpening snow make winter in the Catskills unlike all other seasons.
To help celebrate winter, the club has scheduled a number of winter activities. Among them are:

Friday, Feb. 7 8:30 a.m. — Windham High Peak


Katie Horn left an indelible mark on MCS community

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School lost a part of its family on January 20 when one of the district’s most dedicated and popular teachers, Katie Horn, passed away following a brave struggle against cancer.
Katie, 37, had been a reading teacher at MCS since 2010 and quickly became a favorite among co-workers and students, displaying an infectious enthusiasm for her profession.
Katie’s passing was felt throughout the school community. Staff and students agreed that everyone with whom she came into contact admired Katie.


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Frozen in 'Rime': Brutally cold weather over the past several weeks is taking its toll on area streams and waterfalls. Above, a falls just off Dingle Hill Road near the Pepacton Reservoir, has frozen solid as the result of sub-zero temperatures that are also freezing local streams right to the bottom. No relief is in sight from the “polar vortex” that has gripped much of the nation and sent fuel prices, and home heating costs, skyrocketing. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzFrozen in 'Rime': Brutally cold weather over the past several weeks is taking its toll on area streams and waterfalls. Above, a falls just off Dingle Hill Road near the Pepacton Reservoir, has frozen solid as the result of sub-zero temperatures that are also freezing local streams right to the bottom. No relief is in sight from the “polar vortex” that has gripped much of the nation and sent fuel prices, and home heating costs, skyrocketing. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz


Delancey teen faces numerous charges after high-speed chase through several counties

Ed. note: This story augments a report which was posted earlier this week as breaking news prior to our print edition.
Staff report
A 16-year-old Delancey youth faces a daunting number of charges after he allegedly used a stolen car to lead authorities on a high-speed chase late in afternoon on Janaury 22 that began in Andes and ended 40 miles later in the Town of Olive when state troopers placed “stinger sticks” across Route 28 and shredded the vehicle’s tires.


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