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Andes tax official lauded for reassessment efforts

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By Matthew J. Perry
Two members of the state’s office of real property services traveled to Andes Tuesday to present an award to Tina Moshier, the town’s tax assessor, at the town board’s monthly meeting.
Arnold Jones and Jim Laponte, managers in the state’s real property Newburgh office, praised Moshier and Andes in general for their 2008 effort to reassess local property values and update information on land parcels that previously had been spotty.


Two Ulster County churches are up for sale by Archdiocese

By Jay Braman Jr.
In the latest chapter of local downsizing, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York has put two area churches up for sale in the Saint Francis De Sales Parish, which covers a vast area between Highmount and Woodstock.
In January 2007 the Archdiocese announced plans for a major realignment that called for the closure of some churches, parishes and schools. St. Francis De Sales was listed as a parish that would disappear once the plan was finalized. That would have meant the closure of the main church in Phoenicia and the two mission churches, one in Boiceville and one in Allaben.


CWC announces change to monthly meeting date, time

Margaretville — The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors has changed the regular date and time of its monthly meetings to the first Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m. Meetings are held at the CWC office, 905 Main Street, Margaretville and are open to the public.


Planners seek park memorabilia

The MARK Group in collaboration with the Village of Fleischmanns, is asking residents, historians and collectors to dig into their archives for photos of the Wagner Avenue Park in Fleischmanns and/or any additional information that may assist with efforts to research the history surrounding the park. With funding provided by the Pasternak Foundation and the O’Connor Foundation, the MARK Group has contracted with Landscape Architect Bob Toole to develop the Historic Analysis, Existing Conditions and Schematic Plans for the revitalization of this community gem.


Santa comes early to Andes this season

By Matthew J. Perry
Andes residents kicked into the holiday season Saturday with a town-wide effort that celebrated the past, the present, and of course, a certain gent from the North Pole.
In what is hoped will become a yearly extravaganza, local merchants teamed with the Andes Society for History and Culture to create an attraction that celebrated both the season and the town.


Shandaken Primitive Biathlon to be held Jan. 18

Shandaken — After 11 previous years of highly successful competition, the Shandaken Primitive Biathlon will again be held January 18 in New York State’s Catskill Mountains.
While the modern Olympic Biathlon combines cross-country skiing with target shooting using lightweight rifles, the primitive biathlon couples an 18th-century frontiersman’s skills in using wooden snowshoes and his marksmanship utilizing a muzzle-loading black powder rifle.


Shandaken to host Dec. 10 meeting of Central Catskills Collaborative

The public is invited to attend a meeting of the Central Catskills Collaborative at the Pine Hill Community Center on December 10 at 6 p.m. The Collaborative is a group of seven communities working to protect and promote the resources of the Route 28 Corridor.


Riparian zones will be focus of CCCD forum

Arkville — The overwhelming majority of Catskill Mountain residents live or work near one of the dozens of streams that flow through the region. And yet very little attention is paid to the dynamic life of the areas adjacent to streams, known as riparian zones.
On Saturday, Dec. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m., The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development is hosting a workshop led by Jenn Grieser of the NYC DEP entitled “Living in the Riparian Zone.”


Freshtown Supermarket to bring fresh village look

By Brian Sweeney
A public hearing on renovation plans for the A&P plaza will be held by the Margaretville Village Planning Board on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in the village offices. The Mount Vernon-based PSK Supermarkets purchased the A&P plaza last year. The company plans to take over the space occupied by the A&P and convert the store to a Freshtown Supermarket.


Arkville district residents mull revised water project

By Julia Green
The Middletown Town Board held a second public meeting Monday night to discuss the proposed Arkville Water District upgrade. The majority of concerns raised by those in attendance revolved around the ultimate cost to taxpayers living in the water district, while there were virtually no arguments raised as to the necessity of the upgrades to the system.


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