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International scientists join WDC enter team

Arkville — Three scientists, known around the world for their work on global water issues, have agreed to serve on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Water Discovery Center (WDC.)
Dr. David Seckler, an economist specializing in water resources with Winrock Water will chair the committee, according to WDC President, Gary Gailes. Dr. Jack Keller, a leading engineer in the field of irrigated agricultural development at Keller Bliesner Engineering and Dr. Roberto Lenton, a senior advisor at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, will join the committee and begin work immediately.


Roxbury wind project flapping in the breeze

By Julia Green
The wind game remains a waiting game.
When the Roxbury Planning Board convened for its monthly meeting on Wednesday night, their consulting firm LaBella’s representative John Collins began the discussion by reminding the board that the current stages of review do not constitute a formal step in the SEQR process.
He added that the possibility of further studies being conducted arose and that by communicating those possibilities to wind turbine developer Invenergy early would allow them to get started.


Middletown budget shows 6.9% tax hike

By Julia Green
Town of Middletown taxpayers will face a 6.9 percent property tax hike if the town’s preliminary budget is adopted following a public hearing on Nov. 5.
After an Oct. 7 meeting to discuss the tentative 2009 budget, the Middletown Town Board adopted the tentative budget as the preliminary budget at its monthly meeting on Oct. 14. The budget reflects a 6.9 percent tax levy increase, which translates to a $147,324 total tax increase, excluding special districts.
A total budget of $3,277,040 is estimated for Middletown’s general fund and water and lighting districts, with $2,305,216 to be raised by taxes.


Arkville Water District residents hear proposal for system upgrade

By Julia Green
Despite letters being sent to all property owners within the Arkville Water District inviting them to attend a special meeting of the Middletown Town Board regarding proposed upgrades to the water system, the turnout at Thursday’s meeting was less than spectacular.
Fewer than 15 property owners attended the meeting, at which representatives from the New York State Department of Health, Lamont Engineers and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) were on hand to discuss various aspects of the project.


Andes unveils $2.25 million budget

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By Matthew J. Perry
The Town of Andes presented a preliminary budget for 2009 at a public hearing last week Tuesday.
A figure of $2,253,814 is projected for town’s general fund, highway department, and water, sewer and lighting districts. The fire district budget was not included in the totals.
The town’s tax revenue is expected to increase by approximately five percent. There is one noticeable increase in residents’ fees: 128 customers of Andes Water District #1 will pay $425 in fees per dwelling unit in 2009, a $50 increase over the ’08 budget.


DEC Commissioner says agency is well prepared for a gas rush

By Matthew J. Perry
The New York Assembly Committee of Environmental Conservation held a public hearing in Albany on October 15 to investigate potential impacts of natural gas drilling. Twenty-four witnesses, including high-ranking representatives of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), gas company executives, independent scientists and environmental activists were invited to testify at what became a day-long event.


Halloween abounds in Phoenicia with scary activities this weekend

By Jay Braman Jr.
Witches and werewolves will be on the prowl all weekend long in Phoenicia, where special events will entice all souls to partake in the fun. On Friday at 7 p.m. in the STS Playhouse on Church Street will be a special showing of the humor/horror classic “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.”


Spaghetti dinner Friday to help former MCS teacher

A benefit Spaghetti Dinner to assist the family of former teacher Nat Ciccone will be held on Friday, Oct. 24 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Margaretville Firehall. Nat Ciccone, known to many as “Mr. C,” is battling cancer. Proceeds from the fund-raiser will be used to assist Mr. C, his wife and two daughters to defray expenses related to his illness.


Nature, environment, animals focus of play series at Andes

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Students in grades 2 through 6 from Andes Central School will perform scenes from five plays about nature, environment and animals on Monday, Oct. 27 at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The production is the culmination of five classroom projects in the Empire State Partnership between Andes Central School and The Open Eye Theater, a not-for-profit professional company based in Margaretville. Project Director is the Open Eye Theater’s producing artistic director Amie Brockway. The performance will be on stage in the Andes Central School gym.


Thomas opening Oct. 25 at the Longyear Gallery

Opening this week is a new collective show by the Longyear member artists, featuring In Close Harmony, a solo exhibition by Nat Thomas. The artist’s reception will take place at Longyear Gallery on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. When Nat Thomas moved to the Catskills 24 years ago, he planned on developing three new enthusiasms – fly fishing, cross-country skiing and landscape painting. While he never quite got around to the fishing and skiing, 18 years later he did indeed pick up a brush and began painting the familiar local landscapes that have become his trademark.


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