David France will keynote Catskills Film Festival

Organizers of the Catskill Mountains Film Festival (CMFF) have announced that Academy Award nominated director/producer and journalist, David France will deliver the keynote address at the festival. The festival is being held on May 2, 3, and 4 in Delhi.

Many DEC license fees lowered

Sportsmen recently received good news when the price of many licenses issued by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation dropped as of February 1.
A breakdown of the pricing for the most popular types of licenses shows the following changes.

Annual Fishing License:
Resident $25, (previously $29). Nonresident $50, (previously $70).

7-Day Fishing License:
Resident $13, (previously $15). Nonresident $31, (previously $35).

1-Day Fishing License:
Resident $5, (previously $5, unchanged). Nonresident $10, (previously $15).

Rockettes' show ticket sales benefit Christmas project

The Margaretville Community Christmas Project is sponsoring a trip to New York City to see the new production “Heart & Lights,” featuring the Rockettes, on Saturday, May 3.
The charter bus outing will include tickets to the show at Radio City Music Hall and then allow participants approximately four hours of shopping and dining.

Blood Drive Scheduled for 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.

RCS will reveal proposed capital project on March 13

By Trish Adams
Superintendent Tom O’Brien and architect William Taylor will be “top of the bill” at a Thursday, March 13 Roxbury Central School Board meeting, where they will make a presentation about a proposed capital project that will be on the ballot at the RCS budget vote and election on May 20. The meeting was rescheduled from its regular Wednesday date.
There will also be a presentation on the proposed 2014-15 school budget at that meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

Hrazanek facing 11 charges for environmental violations

By Joe Moskowitz
The embattled owner of a local auto-salvage business now has a legal fight on his hands. William Hrazanek, 68, of Fleischmanns is facing criminal charges, which could result in jail time and fines.
Hrazanek was arraigned in Town of Middletown Justice Court last week on a total of 11 charges, eight of which are misdemeanors. 
Tiring Troubles: Storing more than 1000 tires is but one of almost a dozen environmentally-related charges leveled at the Fleischmanns businessman.Tiring Troubles: Storing more than 1000 tires is but one of almost a dozen environmentally-related charges leveled at the Fleischmanns businessman.

Mt.Tremper man arrested in Boiceville bank robbery


By Jay Braman Jr.
A Mount Tremper man who served a 22-year term at Attica Correctional Facility finds himself back in jail after he allegedly robbed a bank down the street from his residence last week.
Nicholas Liakis Jr, 54, of 5455 Route 212, allegedly entered the Community Bank on Route 28 in Boiceville shortly before noon on Wednesday, Feb. 26 with a handgun and demanded money. Police say he quickly fled the scene and drove to his home, which is about two miles west of the bank, and left the car out in front of his residence.

MARK Project obtains $250,000 for small business development

By Brian Sweeney
The MARK Project has announced the addition of $250,000 for its Small Business Development Fund.
The fund, which offers a combination of mini-grants and low-interest loans was established after Hurricane Irene to assist businesses in the Town of Middletown, will now extend the program to the towns of Roxbury and Andes. Projects in Bovina and Pine Hill will also be considered, according to MARK Executive Director Peg Ellsworth.

Shandaken considers moving town offices to Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
A new idea has pushed to the front of the line in the ongoing effort to decide how to spend $3 million that Shandaken has been given under the state’s NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program.
The money is supposed to be used to make towns more resilient to future flood events and provide economic benefits as well.
With that in mind, Town Supervisor Rob Stanley started to take a hard look at the decaying town hall, located in Allaben, that holds his office and the town’s highway garage next door. While neither got wet during the infamous flooding that came with Hurricane Irene in 2011, the government hub is actually located right in the floodway of the Esopus Creek and Stanley thinks the best way to spend the $3 million is to relocate everything.

MTC strikes Kelly Corners land deal with the County

By Cheryl Petersen
A mutually beneficial deal was struck between Delaware County Public Works and Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) at the county board of supervisor’s meeting last Wednesday.
“MTC needed to expand their service and backup,” said Glen Faulkner, general manager of MTC. “Kelly Corners is a central location to add electrical equipment and a generator.”
MTC approached Wayne Reynolds, county public works commissioner, and asked if there was a place to install a generator and build a 12-foot by 12-foot building on county property at Kelly Corners.

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