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SPECIAL NIGHT — The Rev. Richard Dykstra of Roxbury, right, is all smiles after receiving the Margaretville Hospital Keene A. Roadman Citizen of the Year Award on Saturday evening at the Harvest Moon Ball. The event was sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. Also pictured during the presentation are event Chair Karen Kolar and Hospital Board Member Tom O’Brien.— Photo by eOneMedia.com

Phoenicia business reportedly buying Boiceville property

By Jay Braman Jr.
A one-acre commercial property jewel in Boiceville is being sold, but not to the owners of Hanover Farms of Mount Tremper. That is according to Town of Olive Supervisor Bert Leifeld, which has had the property up for sale since last year.

On Monday Leifeld said that a Phoenicia businessman has placed a binder on the property and that the transaction is moving forward through the bureaucratic red tape that slows such deals.


Area contractors win Arkville water bids

Staff report
Two local companies were awarded bids for major portions of the Arkville Water District improvement project.

Hubbell Inc. of Kelly Corners submitted the winning bid for water main construction and Cowan Excavating of Roxbury was awarded the contract for water meter construction.
The bids were reviewed and selected by the Middletown Town Board at its July 12 meeting.


Roxbury starts work on Comp Plan

By Pauline Liu
About 30 people turned out on Saturday morning at The Roxbury Art Center’s Hilt Kelly Hall to talk candidly about their hopes for what the Town of Roxbury will be like in 10 to 15 years.


Eagle Scout project destroyed by apparent vandalism

By Pauline Liu
In order to become an Eagle Scout, 17-year-old Sage Beemer of Fleischmanns was required to complete a service project. He decided to build a wheelchair accessible outhouse or “pit privy” at the Kelly Hollow trailhead on Millbrook Road.


MCS students enjoy trip to China

By Pauline Liu
China. It seemed like an unlikely place for 14 high school students from Margaretville Central School to visit, but the teens, along with two teachers, returned from there on Thursday night.
After catching up on sleep, they are still excitedly talking about their experiences a world away. Asked to sum up the trip in one word, many of them said it was “awesome.”


Bikers roar through Catskills on benefit tour

By Pauline Liu
The roar through the region on Saturday of 166 motorcycles, startled motorists and pedestrians alike, causing all of them to stop and stare. Roads were temporarily closed in Roxbury, Arkville, Margaretville, and Andes to allow bikers in the Second Annual Thomas D. Avery Road Hawg Benefit Ride to complete their 95-mile long route.


Sewer costs skyrocketing in Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
Phoenicia heard sobering news Monday night about the costs of building a sewer system for the hamlet.

Under discussion since 1997, the costs have been going up and up and up.
Now, according to La-mont Engineering, which has been studying five different options for a system, it would cost between $25 and $30 million to build a system and between $550, 000 and $600,000 a year to run.

Now, those figures, while staggering if the 250 users in the tiny hamlet had to pay all of it, have not yet been broken down by La-mont.


NYC appealing tax assessment on wastewater plant

By Pauline Liu
The newly appraised value of Margaretville’s New York City-owned wastewater treatment plant didn’t even make it onto the Town of Middletown’s final reassessment roll before the city filed an appeal, asking that its assessed value be reduced by another $12 million.
The city’s action, which it calls a “precautionary measure,” caused confusion in the Middletown offices this week. Especially since the much-anticipated reassessed value of the plant, which is $36 million, was an amount that all sides in the dispute had agreed upon.


Tire cleanup underway in Grand Gorge

By Pauline Liu
On Fanny Brook Road in the hamlet of Grand Gorge, progress is being measured by the increasing amount of open space at the junkyard, now that thousands of old tires are being hauled away for recycling.

Back in April, town officials gave the property owner 30 days to clean up his land. Now that three months have passed and the deadline has been missed, officials are willing to give the project some extra time.


Gas lease extensions forced by XTO Energy

By Brian Sweeney
Gas leaseholders in portions of Delaware County were notified last week that their contracts are being forcibly extended because of the state’s drilling moratorium.
ExxonMobil (XTO Energy) sent letters to the 500-member Deposit Coalition stating that the coalition’s leases, signed in May 2008, are being extended by the company. The leases were originally written for five-years.


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