Margaretville Village working on a taxpayer-friendlier budget this year

By Joe Moskowitz
Village of Margaretville officials are working on a fiscal year 2014-15 budget that will be much friendlier to taxpayers than was last year’s package.
The tentative budget calls for a total tax hike of only $7,339, or 1.98 percent. Last year’s preliminary spending plan called for a whopping 25 percent tax increase. It was finally whittled down to a still-frightening 14.54 percent increase.

Mountainside earns another 5-star rating

HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley’s Mountainside Residential Care Center received a five-star rating in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Nursing Homes issue.
Mountainside is receiving a five-star rating for the fourth year in a row.
“HealthAlliance is proud that Mountainside has earned this achievement for a fourth straight year,” said David Scarpino, CEO of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley. “The community can be certain that we have high-quality, long-term care facilities right here in their backyard.”

Jack Grace Band returns to Andes March 8

One of the Andes Hotel’s all-time favorites, the Jack Grace Band, will keep you wanting more on Saturday, March 8. 
ROCK ON!: One of the Andes Hotel’s all-time favorites, the Jack Grace Band, will return to the venue on Saturday, March 8. ROCK ON!: One of the Andes Hotel’s all-time favorites, the Jack Grace Band, will return to the venue on Saturday, March 8. 

Michael Worden will read from his new mystery March 29 at DCHA

Visit the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) on Saturday, March 29 at 2 p.m. as the museum sponsors a reading and book signing by crime author and police detective Michael Worden.
Worden will read from his new book The Murder of Richard Jennings: The True Story of New York’s First Murder for Hire.

MCS PTA holds info session on Common Core March 10

The Margaretville Central School Parent Teachers Association (PTA) will host an informational Common Core Curriculum meeting on Monday, March 10 at 6 p.m. in the school library.
Parents of MCS students, and the general public, are invited to attend.
Attendees will learn how the Common Core Modules are being taught and parents will get the resources they need to help their child at home.

"Paws for a Cause" March 15 rummage and bake sale supports Humane society

The Heart of the Catskills Humane Society will hold its 14th annual “Paws for a Cause” rummage sale and bake sale on Saturday, March 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the United Ministry Church Hall on Court House Square in Delhi. 
Donations for the sale may be dropped off at the church hall, in the basement, Wednesday and Thursday, March 12 and 13, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Donations should be clean and in working order. Donations of clothing, TVs or computers will not be accepted this year.

MCS teacher raising funds to frame student artwork

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School teacher Michele Dietz is hoping that community members will assist with her efforts to raise funds to permanently frame student artwork.
Ms. Dietz, who teaches art in grades K-8, has launched an online campaign via to purchase quality frames to enhance the presentation of a permanent collection of student art creations. Some of the frames would also be utilized when student artwork is hung at various locations throughout the community.

Local tourism businesses invited to Legislative Roundtable March 20

Hunter — The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, along with the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association and Catskill Association for Tourism Services (CATS) invites local tourism business to attend the 2014 Legislative Roundtable on March 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Copper Tree at Hunter Mountain.

Two Old Tarts will relocate in Andes

By Cheryl Petersen
Two Old Tarts aficionados may be found trying to peek into the windows of the restaurant’s new location in Andes, behind the Tin Horn. But frost covers the windows now. And owners, Scott Finley and John Schulman, want to keep the interior a surprise. “Customers can see the inside when Two Old Tarts re-opens in late May,” said Schulman.

Campaign Season Preview

Sean Eldridge Hits the TrailSean Eldridge Hits the Trail
Sean Eldridge, right, chats with Burr Hubbell, left, and John Kincheloe during a campaign stop at the Hubbell Homestead in Kelly Corners on Friday. Eldridge, a Democrat, is running against Republican Chris Gibson for his seat in the 19th Congressional District in this fall’s mid-term elections. He was in the area listening to concerns from area residents. To learn more, visit: — Photo by Dan Flanagan

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