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MFD honors four members for 50+ years of service

Four members were honored for more than a half-century of service when the Margaretville Fire Department held its Annual Dinner on Nov. 1 at the Hanah Country Resort. MFD members honored for their long years of service were: Gordy McMurray, who was honored for 50 Years of Active Service; Dick Miller, who received honors for 52 years of service to MFD; Tom Phillips, who was recognized for 56 years of active membership in fire service; and Tom Wagner, who was absent from awards dinner but also was honored for 52 years of service.


CWC authorizes study funds for three watershed projects, increases Boiceville grant

Margaretville — The Catskill Watershed Corporation Board of Directors on Nov. 4 approved contracts for the study phase of three proposed community wastewater management projects.
The hamlets of Trout Creek and South Kortright in Delaware County, and Lexington in Greene County, are in line for the projects because they are named in the 1997 New York City Watershed Memorandum of Agreement on a list of 22 communities needing wastewater solutions. Wastewater treatment plants, community septic systems and other solutions have already been provided or are in the planning stages for 14 of the 22 hamlets.


Court grants voter legitimacy to Bovina second homeowners

By Matthew J. Perry
Less than two weeks before Election Day 2008, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court confirmed that eight Bovina homeowners—all whom keep other residences downstate—are within their legal rights to cast their votes as Bovinians.
The “Bovina Eight,” whose right to vote was challenged in 2007 and denied by the county board of elections, sued to retain that right and now have the backing of two state courts.


Margaretville Masonic building sold; to become Delaware County eCenter

By Brian Sweeney
The Delaware County Industrial Development Agency has purchased the Margaretville Masonic Hall and will create a second eCenter in the building.
The new eCenter will be essentially a satellite of the original in Delhi. Operated by the county IDA, the Delaware County Office of Economic Development, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and SUNY Delhi, the eCenter is designed as an incubator to assist business growth.


Bovina residents still shocked by damage from October storm

By Matthew J. Perry
Last week’s snow couldn’t melt away soon enough for Bovina residents.
What might go down in history as the October Surprise Storm of 2008 was mostly cleaned up by Saturday when the last of Bovina households once again had power. The town was under a state of emergency for nearly two days, and the hardships of those who lived at higher altitudes lasted even longer.
“In 24 years with the department, I never saw anything like it,” said Bovina Highway Superintendent Bob Burgin.


Public hearing set on pool project

By Brian Sweeney
A public hearing on the proposed Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Middletown Town Hall on Route 28, Margaretville.
Arkville resident Kingdon Gould Jr. presented drawings for the Community Recreation Center to the planning board at its October meeting.


Village parcel takeover denied in ongoing Binnekill dispute

By Julia Green
An attempt by the Village of Margaretville to take ownership of a 1.738-acre parcel of property owned by village resident Lauren Davis, that includes the Binnekill stream bulkhead, was denied by the New York State Appellate Court on Oct. 23. Also denied was the village’s attempt to take an easement on the entire parcel.
In its decision, the court stated that it agreed with Davis’ assertion that “the taking of the parcel in fee is excessive” and that “the power of eminent domain cannot be used to take land in excess of that needed for the particular public purpose involved.”


Middletown Comprehensive Plan in first stage of production

By Matthew J. Perry
The Town of Middletown kicked off its effort on Nov. 1 to draft a new comprehensive plan with an interactive meeting at which residents and town officials discussed the needs, goals and character of the community. It was the first of what will likely be several workshops and informational hearings that will be convened before the plan is worked into its final form, likely sometime next year.


RAG "Flowers" show blooming at hospital

Margaretville — An exhibit of photographs by Helane Levine-Keating entitled “The Flowers Within” is on display at Margaretville Hospital as part of a Roxbury Arts Group initiative to expand its gallery program and to make the work of local artists available to a broader public.


Brunch, music and auction featured at Open Eye event

Margaretville — The Open Eye Theater’s annual Harvest Brunch Buffet and Auction takes the spotlight on Sunday, Nov. 9 from noon to 3 p.m. at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville. Featured in the all-you-can-eat brunch buffet is a spectacular whole fresh baked salmon (courtesy of Mary’s Fish Market), a variety of homemade quiches, custom made pancakes with fresh butter and pure maple syrup, ham, bacon, sausage, breads, fresh fruit, salads, roast turkey, pies and much, much more.


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