Hanover Farms is headed back to the planning board

By Jay Braman Jr.
Hanover Farms representatives are expected to return before the Shandaken Planning Board this Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m.
The farm-stand business, which is currently in violation of town zoning law at its Route 28 location in Mount Tremper, has submitted a site plan and application to the planning board.
The application has been submitted in order for “the farm stand to comply to zoning regulations and fix any standing violations,” according to planning board records.

Flood insurance hikes delayed by Congress


By Joe Moskowitz
These are confusing times for people who own homes in areas that are prone to flooding.
However, there is some good news coming out of Washington. Last week the House of Representatives passed a bill that would remove some of the “sticker shock” associated with implementation of Biggert-Waters, an act Congress passed in an attempt to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) out of the debt.

MCS seeks to close projected budget gap

By Joe Moskowitz
The State of New York is working on a new budget, and for the first time in years, the state may have a budget surplus. Margaretville Central School Superintendent Tony Albanese is also working on a new budget.
He needs to find a way to close a $174,000 gap and is hoping to do it by getting the state to stop making schools pay for the state’s fiscal troubles from previous years.
Since the 2009-10 school year, the state has taken back $2.4 million in state aid that was promised the school. The process is known as Gap Elimination.

James Warner, newest Eagle Scout

Flying like an EagleFlying like an Eagle
Margaretville Boy Scout James Warner has been awarded his Eagle Certificate, the highest award in scouting. Above, Troop 180 Committee Chair Jim Gauntt makes the presentation to James last Thursday. James is a senior at Margaretville Central School and is the son of Jeff and Doris Warner.  He has been a boy scout since the first grade and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. His Eagle project involved rebuilding a back porch at Fairview Public Library. James is also a member of National Honor Society, the varsity golf, soccer, basketball, and tennis teams at MCS and is an active participant at Sacred Heart Church in Margaretville. —Contributed photo

Rescued dog in need of medical aid

By Jay Braman Jr.
Riley, a young Staffordshire terrier, needs help.
He needs a couple of things actually, one being a permanent home, since he’s in the care of the Shandaken Animal Volunteer Effort (SAVE), a town sponsored organization that houses strays out behind town hall, next to the recycling center along the shore of the Esopus.
DOGGY SOS: Shandaken Animal Control Officer Nancy Hudler comforts Riley outside the chain link hotel he calls home. Riley needs surgery, but the town can’t afford to have it done.DOGGY SOS: Shandaken Animal Control Officer Nancy Hudler comforts Riley outside the chain link hotel he calls home. Riley needs surgery, but the town can’t afford to have it done.

Quick Save by multiple fire departments


A quick and large response by firefighters kept damage to a minimum at a house on Olga Road on Hubbell Hill. Late Sunday afternoon, smoke was reported pouring out of the basement. Firefighters from Middleown-Hardenburgh, Halcottsville, Arkville and Roxbury responded to the mutual aid call. There were no injuries.
— Photo by Joe Moskowitz

Potholes: Parting Gift of Winter


OPENING UP — The long, cold winter has made some area roads into obstacle courses. These craters were formed on Main Street in Fleischmanns near Brush Ridge Rd. Monday morning Village workers were out patching the potholes. It isn’t the first time they had to do it. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz

Common Core explained to MCS PTA


By Joe Moskowitz
Many parents, politicians, teachers, and students appear to have one thing in common. They dislike Common Core. But a Monday evening PTA Forum at Margaretville Central School featured faculty and administrators who were there explaining and supporting what they feel is a grossly misunderstood series of educational guidelines.
The purpose of the Common Core series is to explain the con­troversial program to parents.

Shandaken Councilman wants hourly wages for staff

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Shandaken Town Councilman objected to the way the town pays some employees and has found himself at odds with the town supervisor over the matter.
At the March town board meeting in Shandaken, Councilman Vince Bernstein raised the issue of payment because, while some employees are clearly paid by the hour, others, he said, are given a salary with no requirement to document how often they actually work.

Middletown building permits dip slightly in 2013

Building activity in the Town of Middletown dipped slightly during 2013, according to the Annual Report by the town’s code enforcement officer.
Patrick Davis, who serves as code enforcement officer for Middletown and the villages of Margaretville and Fleischmanns, reported that 105 building permits were issued in the township last year. This number is down from 117 the previous year and 119 in 2011.
One area of increase was under the heading of new homes, with five permits issued. In the past two years, a total of three new home permits had been issued.

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