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Margaretville zoning issues are focus of May 19 meeting

By Julia Green
There will be an open meeting of the Margaretville Village Board at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 19 in the village clerk’s office to discuss changes in the village’s zoning laws.
Nicole Franzese of the Delaware County Planning Board will be on hand to explain and discuss what has been a contested, and at times, confusing issue for village residents. Also on hand will be the village’s attorney, David Merzig.


Shandaken considering new sidewalks for its portion of Smart Growth funding

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board is looking for ideas on how to use their share of $88,000 in state grants. The details surrounding a $500,000 pot of gold are sketchy, said Supervisor Peter DiSclafani Monday night, but right now it looks like the state has earmarked that amount to fund projects along the Route 28 corridor between Olive and Andes. The fund could be divided up between all the communities along that substantial stretch of highway, with each guaranteed a minimum of $42,000 and up to $88,000.


Suspects freed in murder case

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By Julia Green
The four men who were arrested and charged in the assault of SUNY Delhi student Tyshawn Bierria are to be released due to a lack of evidence.
Olanrewaju Ogunwuyi, 21, Raymond Brightman, 21, William Dorsey Jr., 22, and Jack Daniel Boampong, 19, all of New York City, were arrested and charged with one count each of first-degree gang assault and one count each of second-degree attempted murder, both class B felonies. There was speculation that charges could be upgraded to murder following the death of Bierria on Thursday.


Brunch, auction to kick off TMTP's season May 25

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The Todd Mountain Theater Project (TMTP) is celebrating its 10th season of bringing fully-staged professional productions of new plays to the Catskill Community.  
To kick off this landmark season, the theatre company will hold a Memorial Day weekend brunch and live auction benefit at Cantina Restaurant in Andes on Sunday May 25 from noon to 2:30 p.m.


"The Light Between" show opening at Chace-Randall

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Chace-Randall Gallery in Andes presents “The Light Between,” new paintings by Jenny Nelson. The show will be on display from May 9 through June 22 with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, May 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.


MMH members will be honored to mark Auxilian Day

The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will be honored with a brunch at the regular monthly meeting Thursday, May 8 at 10 a.m. at Mountainside.


MCS students earn prizes in Mia Steiner competition

By Julia Green
Margaretville Central School held its annual Mia Steiner awards ceremony on Friday at school. The Mia Steiner Prize Program was established in 1987 through a bequest in the will of Abe Savetman of Halcott Center.


Andes Planning Board seeks smart growth ideas

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Train depot rehab among considerations for development funds By Matthew J. Perry The Andes Planning Board has taken lead agency role in the town‚  application for a share of the state‚ Smart Growth funding plan, which will spread $500,000 among six townships in the Central Catskills. Before the June 20 deadline, the town must drum up a project that suits the details of the grant. Several complications, not least of which is a tight time constraint, will have to be faced down.


Governor's office looking at watershed tax debate

By Jay Braman Jr.
It was a feel-good evening Tuesday in Margaretville at the headquarters of the Catskill Watershed Corporation.
Many local mover and shakers joined with New York City counterparts, both current and former, to congratulate the CWC’s longstanding president, Perry Shelton, who was retiring that night from the position and from his tenure as founding father of the movement to protect the watershed region when the trouble began back in the early 1990s.


Margaretville school budget shows 4.8% tax levy increase

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School District voters will be asked to approve a new budget on May 20 that shows a 4.8 percent tax levy increase.
The proposed 2008-2009 budget totals $10,673,038, up from $9,983,603, an increase of 6.9 percent. The district expects an increase in state aid which will help reduce the increase in the tax levy.


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