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Fleischmanns water tower moved to public property

By Matthew J. Perry
A months-long legal battle between the Village of Fleischmanns and two property owners, which focused on the placement of a proposed water-storage tower, was settled quietly last week when the village agreed to move the tower to another site.
In 2008, the village planned to place a 30-foot, 325,000-gallon water tower on land owned by residents Arnold and Roslyn Bernstein.


DEP gets big tax break in Pine Hill

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken residents are eager to hear the details of a settlement between the town and the City of New York over the tax valuation of a multi-million dollar piece of city property in Pine Hill, a settlement that could cost Shandaken taxpayers plenty. The settlement also carries ramifications for Town of Middletown and Village of Margaretville taxpayers.


Middletown has bumper crop of planning board applicants

By Matthew J. Perry
The Middletown Town Board is reviewing an unusually large number of applicants who will be considered for four positions: one regular member of the planning board, two alternates, and one alternate to the zoning board of appeals.


Middletown building report reflects economic slowdown

By Julia Green
The Building and Zoning Department of the Town of Middletown recently published its annual report, which stated that there were fewer building permits issued in nearly all categories. A total of 146 building permits were issued in the Town of Middletown in 2008, a noticeable decrease from the 164 issued in 2007.


Mountainside had zero deficiencies in survey by state Health Department

Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville was pronounced deficiency-free in an unannounced survey conducted by the state Department of Health between January 26 and 29. A survey that renders findings of zero deficiencies is extremely rare, explained Mountainside Administrator Philip Mehl. He said New York State nursing homes are cited for an average of 6 and 9 violations during these Department of Health (DOH) reviews.


Andes states opposition to proposed state tax freeze

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By Matthew J. Perry
The Andes Town Board passed a resolution Tuesday that explicitly opposes and criticizes a proposed, across-the-board freeze on the taxes levied on state-owned lands.


New Auxiliary Thrift Shop grand opening is Saturday

The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will hold a grand opening of its new Thrift Shop at 850 Main Street, Margaretville on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Book discussion group to meet at Roxbury Library

Roxbury — The Roxbury Library Association welcomes the public to attend an adult book discussion group at the Roxbury Library, from January through July, with most meetings on the last Monday of every month. All adult book discussion group meetings start at noon and end at 2 p.m.


MCS students get front-row seats to presidential inauguration

By Julia Green
Mitchell Hull did something a little special for his birthday this year: he witnessed history. Hull, an eighth-grade student at Margaretville Central School, attended the Junior Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference in Washington, D.C., from Jan. 17-21, and was a spectator at the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.


2008 Best Service Awards

By Margaret Inge
In its 11th year, the Catskill Best Service Awards continues to serve as a testament to the value of excellent service. The volume of votes cast substantiates the fact that customers appreciate the difference and are anxious to express their appreciation. Quality of service is a primary factor in the success of every business. Join us in congratulating those businesses and service providers who have distinguished themselves to their customers by the consistent delivery of high quality service.


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