MCS bus purchase wins by three votes

By Joe Moskowitz
By a scant three-vote margin, residents of the Margaretville Central School District approved the purchase of a new school bus last week Tuesday.
Usually, a school bus vote passes easily but this time the vote was shrouded in controversy.

Auxiliary hosts blood drive March 28

The Auxiliary of Margaret­ville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will sponsor a Blood Drive on Friday, March 28 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Mountainside’s Club Med Room.
Support your hospital and community by donating blood. Walk-ins are welcome.
Please call 1-800-RedCross or visit to schedule an appointment. For additional information please call Eleanor Aulino at 845 586-4029.
Mountainside is located at 42158 State Highway 28, Margaretville.

Meet Catskill authors at April 6 Book Festival


Roxbury — Writers in the Mountains (WIM) will hold its First Annual Meet the Authors – Catskills Book Festival on Sunday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mountain Road.
Participating authors include award-winning writers: Mermer Blakeslee, author of “When You Live by a River,” Ginnah Howard, author of “Night Navigation” and “Doing Time Outside,” Breena Clarke, author of “River,” “Cross My Heart” and “Stand the Storm” and Laurie Boris, author of “The Joke’s on Me,” “Don’t Tell Anyone” and “Sliding Past Vertical.”

Middletown historical society hosts geology talk with Tituses


Margaretville — The first of two spring programs on the theme “Reading the Land” will be held Saturday, March 29 at 1 p.m., when Bob and Johanna Titus will present an illustrated talk, “Middletown: An Ice Age Origin” at the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM), 778 Cemetery Road.
Admission is $2 for HSM members, $4 for non-members.

Business "Boast & Toast" planned for April 7 in Delhi

Delhi — The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce (DCCC) has announced the introduction of quarterly “Boast & Toast” meet-ups for tourism businesses in Delaware County. As the Tourism Promotion Agency (TPA) for the county, DCCC has developed the meet-ups to provide networking and activity sharing for those business owners that fuel the local tourism economy.

Plattekill named top "Secret Skiing" spot

By Jay Braman Jr.
Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury has been listed as one of the “Top Eight Secret Ski Spots in North America” according to a March 10 article in by Diana Gerstacker.
Claiming that nothing ruins a perfect day of skiing quicker than a crowd, the online magazine set out to find places where the skier/slope ratio provides more space for enjoyment.
They found eight.

All Stars named for basketball and skiing

The Delaware League has announced boys’ and girls’ all-star teams in basketball and skiing for the 2013-14 sports season.
Those boys earning first-team recognition in basketball are Matt Finne of Davenport, Zach Perry, and Christian Cooper of Gilboa-Conesville, Kyle Short of Margaretville, Griff Metzko of South Kortright and Gregg Mattice of Stamford.
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Hackers target local card holders

By Joe Moskowitz
Dozens of area people and several local banks are struggling with a wave of stolen credit and debit card account numbers.
Arkville resident Terry Johnson told the News Monday that within minutes after using his bankcard locally, someone in Florida made a purchase using his account number. His bank’s security system spotted the transaction right away and there have been no more unauthorized charges on his account.

Budget, building and high-tech on the horizon for Roxbury Central School

By Trish Adams
It’s the season of school budget votes, and Roxbury Central School finds itself in a perfect trifecta of opportunity, challenge and necessity. 
At its next budget meeting on March 26, Superintendent Thomas O’Brien and the board will be demonstrating the ins and outs of the 2014-15 budget, which must not exceed a 0.9 percent increase in the tax levy. Due to arcane formulas and exceptions, the increase allowed is not even the “two percent” number you hear in the news.

Customers shocked by high electricity bills


By Joe Moskowitz
If you’ve looked at your electric bill lately, it’s probably been a shocking experience. In the past several months, the cost of keeping your lights on has probably doubled, or tripled, and in some cases it’s even more.
Uta Gundelach owns the Arkville Laundromat. She told the News this week that her normal monthly electric bill is about $250, but within the past two months, it has ballooned to nearly $900 a month.

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