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DEC resort decision expected any day

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By Jay Braman Jr.
With the unofficial end of summer fast approaching, many in the region are waiting with baited breath for the promised announcement by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on the fate of the Belleayre Resort and the expansion of that department’s own Belleayre Ski Center.


MCS invites Andes and Roxbury school boards to explore shared services

By Joe Moskowitz
Acting quickly, the Margaretville Central School (MCS) Board of Education took steps last Wednesday to stabilize its administrative and teaching staffs in a way that could conceivably change the way schools in this area are managed.
In just one meeting, the board hired a new principal, filled several other positions, and agreed to make overtures to neighboring districts about sharing, possibly even the position of district’s superintendent.


Schools open this week

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Area schools are gearing up for opening day of the 2014-15 academic year next week.
Margaretville
The first day of classes at Margaretville Central School will be Wednesday, Sept. 3 with classes beginning at 8:19 a.m. The school day ends at 2:52 p.m.
The price of breakfast is $1.25 and lunches will cost $1.85.
Roxbury
Roxbury students will open the school year on Thursday, Sept. 4 with a full day of classes.
RCS teachers will attend a Superintendent’s Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 2 and 3.
Andes
The 2014-15 school year at Andes Central School gets underway on Thursday, Sept. 4 and students must be in Period 1 by 8 a.m.
The student lunch price will be $2.00. Student breakfast will remain at $1.00 with reduced price for breakfast and lunch remaining at $.25 each.


Rep. Chris Gibson makes Roxbury campaign stop

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By Joe Moskowitz
Congressman Chris Gibson was back in the area on Sunday. Gibson, who is in the midst of an expensive and closely watched campaign against political newcomer Sean Eldridge, attended a “Meet and Greet” rally at Roxbury’s Kirkside Park Sunday afternoon.
WELCOME — Roxbury Republican Committee Chairman Ed Dalski, left, introduces Congressman Chris Gibson during his Sunday campaign stop in Roxbury. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzWELCOME — Roxbury Republican Committee Chairman Ed Dalski, left, introduces Congressman Chris Gibson during his Sunday campaign stop in Roxbury. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz


Andes taxpayers save big $$ on fuel project

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By Dick Sanford
The concept of shared services among school districts in New York State is all the rage these days, but in the Town of Andes, a shared project between the school district and the town has already saved its taxpayers somewhere between $60,000 and $100,000.


Sean Eldridge makes campaign stop in Bovina

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Chestnut Hill Farm welcomed a gathering of more than 130 to an afternoon “Sean Eldridge Meet and Greet” event on Saturday, Aug. 16.
Sean Eldridge is the Democratic Candidate running against Republican Chris Gibson in New York’s 19th Congressional District.
MAKING THE ROUNDS — Sean Eldridge (blue shirt at right) chats with New Kingston resident Andy VanBenschoten (with beard) during last week’s “Meet and Greet” held in Bovina. Sean is challening Republican Chris Gibson in NY’s 19th Congressional District race this fall. — Contributed photoMAKING THE ROUNDS — Sean Eldridge (blue shirt at right) chats with New Kingston resident Andy VanBenschoten (with beard) during last week’s “Meet and Greet” held in Bovina. Sean is challening Republican Chris Gibson in NY’s 19th Congressional District race this fall. — Contributed photo


Drunk driver flips pickup on Route 28

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By Jay Braman Jr.
A Greene County man was airlifted to St. Francis Hospital in Dutchess County Saturday after he crashed his truck on Route 28 in Shokan.
OLIVE CRASH — A Greene County man was airlifted to St. Francis Hospital in Dutchess County Saturday after he crashed his truck on Route 28 in Shokan. James T. Joyce, 29, of Cairo, was the only person involved in the accident.  Photos by Alan TannenbaumOLIVE CRASH — A Greene County man was airlifted to St. Francis Hospital in Dutchess County Saturday after he crashed his truck on Route 28 in Shokan. James T. Joyce, 29, of Cairo, was the only person involved in the accident. Photos by Alan Tannenbaum


Delaware County Chamber launches new website

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Delhi — The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce (DCCC) has announced the launch of Delaware County’s new tourism website, greatwesterncatskills.com.
“The new Great Western Catskills’ website makes it fun to plan your next day trip or week-long vacation to Delaware County,” said Mary Beth Silano, executive director of the DCCC. “Whether you’re a visitor, resident, or local business, there is truly something for everyone!”


Taylor resigns as MCS principal, leaving two top spots open

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School Building Principal Linda Taylor announced last week that she is leaving her position to take a new job.
Ms. Taylor’s announcement came several days after Superintendent Tony Albanese informed the board of education that he is taking a new job and will be leaving the district in November.
The building principal has worked at MCS since 2005. In a statement to the board and staff, Ms. Taylor said she has taken a job that will be much closer to her Saratoga Springs home.


False alarm prompts major search for tuber

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By Jay Braman Jr.
A 911 call about a missing tuber brought dozens of rescuers and all their equipment to Phoenicia Sunday afternoon, but all the while the supposed victim had been high and dry and safe.
According to Town Tinker Tube rental owner Harry Jameson, the problem appears to have been that the 911 call was made almost an hour after a mishap in the Esopus Creek that caused one Town Tinker customer to lose his tube and hurt his hip, but otherwise he was okay.


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