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Wood heat boosts local facilities

By Jay Braman Jr.
A long time ago, heating schoolhouses was a big chore. The small buildings, many of which still exist, all had a wood stove and, every day in the colder months, one lucky student was assigned the job of keeping the fire going. The burning wood kept everyone warm enough, just barely, to concentrate on the three Rs.


Roxbury Catholic Church closed by Diocese

By Julia Green
Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Roxbury, a mission of the Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville, will be closing immediately as the result of a decision by the Albany Catholic Diocese to close 33 churches by 2011. In addition to the closings, a number of sites will be merged with others.


Middletown Comprehensive Plan heading to second phase

By Matthew J. Perry
The Town of Middletown Planning Board, working in concert with a consulting planner, is heading towards the second phase of overhauling the town’s comprehensive plan.


Priest's generous donation funds hospital renovations

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Hospital’s goal of renovating its Emergency Department will begin soon due in great part to the generosity of a longtime local priest.


USDA funding will help build Town of Andes highway facility

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By Matthew J. Perry
The Town of Andes kicked off 2009 with a preliminary announcement of a new source of funding for its proposed highway garage at its organizational meeting Monday.


O'Beirne, VanBenschoten running for Margaretville mayor's position

By Brian Sweeney
Carol O’Beirne and John VanBenschoten have announc-ed that they will be running as Margaretville mayoral candidates on March 18.
William Stanton, mayor for the past six years, recently announced that he will not be seeking another term.


Catskill Rec Center plans slowed by artifact discovery

By Matthew J. Perry
An archeological survey conducted last November on the proposed site of the Catskill Recreation Center, on county Route 38 in Arkville, may have unearthed native American Indian artifacts and has put those plans on temporary hold.


Delaware officials make 2009 appointments

By Matthew J. Perry
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors announced the reappointment of its chief officers at its organizational meeting on Jan. 7. Chairman Jim Eisel, Vice Chairman Tina Mole, Budget Director John Meredith and Clerk of the Board Christa Schaeffer will continue to serve in those positions for 2009.


Shandaken shakeup brings new officials

By Jay Braman Jr.
In a bold move, and one that did not happen without a fight, the Shandaken Town Board has dismissed the leaders of two critical elements of local government.


Margaretville Mayor Stanton stepping down after six years

After serving as mayor of Margaretville for six years, Bill Stanton has announced that he will not be seeking a fourth term.
The position of mayor will be on the ballot in the village’s March election, as will two seats on the Village of Margaretville Board of Trustees. Trustees Iris Mead and John VanBenschoten will be up for re-election in the March 18 election.


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