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Handful of key town posts up for election next Tuesday

By Julia Green
Area voters head to the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 3 to cast their ballots in a number of local races.
Contested races in the News’ coverage area include two seats on the Andes Town Council, the position of Bovina Superintendent of Highways, two seats on the Middletown Town Council, and the position of the Roxbury Tax Collector.
Profiles of each of the candidates on the ballot to fill these positions follow.


Historical Society reports achievements

Margaretville — Members of the Historical Society of the Town (HSM) of Middletown gathered at their annual meeting on Oct. 17 to mark another year of achievement and to hear a guest speaker describe a watershed period in agricultural history.


Tuesday Forum program listed at Roxbury Library

Roxbury — On Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. the Roxbury Library Association will host an RLA Tuesday Forum program focusing on speaker Olive Van Aken’s June 2008 trip to Russia. Van Aken will augment her program with a slide presentation.


Former Margaretville resident indicted in N.J. kidnapping case

A former Margaretville man was indicted last week by a state grand jury in Monmouth County, N.J., on charges stemming from his attempting kidnapping of a man he believed was the boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend. Thomas A. Filupeit, 53, was charged in the four-count indictment that included attempted kidnapping, attempted burglary, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.


Commons merchants to host Halloween party

The merchants of the Commons Building at 785 Main Street, Margaretville will host a Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. Wear your costume and come “trick or treat.” Hot cider and donuts will be served and there will be treats for the kids.


Manhattan Country School goes solar to supply electricity for Roxbury farm

Roxbury — Thirty-six Manhattan Country School students gathered on Sept. 30 with their teachers and representatives from collaborating organizations to dedicate the 14 very large solar panels that will produce 24,000 watts of electricity for the farm.


Huge bear killed after slamming into car

By Brian Sweeney
A black bear weighing nearly 600 pounds was killed Thursday night after it ran into a car on Route 30, just south of Grand Gorge. Tom Faraci, athletic director at Roxbury Central School, was heading home to Grand Gorge around 9 p.m. in a mix of rain and snow when the bear charged from the west side of the road and crashed into his car.


Farewell reception for Scudders at library

Roxbury — The Roxbury Library Association will host a farewell reception for Barbara and David Scudder, on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. The Scudders will be relocating from Roxbury to a retirement community in Goshen, Ind., on Nov. 5.


Middletown Dems host reception for board candidates on Sunday

The public is invited to a reception for Town of Middletown Democratic candidates for town board, Michael Finberg and John Bernhardt, on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Margaretville Bowl. Mr. Finberg has served 12 years on the board. He is a former schoolteacher and currently operates the Margaretville Bowl, Reliable Tent Rental and the Crossroads Building in Arkville.
Mr. Bernhardt, who retired this summer as superintendent of Andes Central School, is running for town office for the first time. He has more than 34 years experience as a teacher and school administrator.


Shandaken supervisor candidate warns foes against family attacks

By Jay Braman Jr.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone in the Town of Shandaken that the political atmosphere is hostile. Long known as the wild west of the Catskills, this community has a history of tumultuous election campaigns and volatile government sessions.


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