Community anxious for Phoenicia bridge repair

By Jay Braman Jr.
It has been just over two months since the region was hit by back-to-back flood events that crippled many local businesses. Even though one of those communities has recovered physically, its economy still has a long way to go to return to normal.

Making matters worse, there is no date in sight for the repair of the main access to the business district, leaving merchants nervous about catching the winter trade.
Phoenicia was hit pretty hard by flooding at the end of August, but it’s real estate fared remarkably well.


Trailer fire leaves Arkville family homeless

By Pauline Liu
Four members of an extended family are receiving help from the community, relatives and the Red Cross, after being left homeless by a smoky clothes dryer fire that destroyed their Margaretville trailer home on October 30.

The four, including the homeowner, lived at 47 Fred Circle in Glen Acres. Dana Baker explained she bought her trailer six years ago and it was uninsured.


Beloved MCS teacher passes away

By Pauline Liu
Students, staff and parents gathered for an assembly in the Margaretville Central School gymnasium on Wednesday morning to mourn the death of beloved fifth grade teacher Dan Cohen. According to his co-workers, Cohen worked as an elementary school teacher at MCS for about 37 years. He was also a winning girls’ varsity soccer coach, leading the Blue Devils to the state championship in 2002. The work he did touched hundreds of young lives. Cohen could have retired a few years ago taking early retirement as some of his colleagues did, he decided to stay on because he loved teaching so much. Dan CohenDan Cohen


Candidates for Middletown supervisor offer variety of opinions on the election

By Jennifer Kabat
This year there will be what amounts to an historic election in the Town of Middletown, not simply because of the recent flood, but also because of a wholesale shift in town government, with both the long-serving incumbent town clerk and supervisor retiring. For the first time in years there are four candidates, and none is running with a party affiliation.


Fracking moratorium drawn up in Andes

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By Pauline Liu
The Town of Andes appears to be at the forefront of an anti-fracking movement in the New York City Watershed, especially now that Town Attorney David Merzig has drafted a proposed law that would impose a six-month moratorium on heavy industry, including hydrofracking.

Some may question these efforts, since the state is continuing to ban fracking in the watershed, which is where the city gets its water. Many Andes residents want to ensure that there will be no natural gas drilling in the town in the event that the ban is someday lifted.


Tax issues are key focus in Roxbury's super race

By Pauline Liu
Do Town of Roxbury residents pay the highest real estate taxes in Delaware County?

That interesting subject was discussed by both candidates running for town supervisor at a meet-the-candidates event, which was held at Roxbury radio station WIOX last Wednesday at 7 p.m. The event, which the radio station billed as a “conversation,” ended weeks of speculation as to whether incumbent Democratic Town Supervisor Tom Hynes and his Republican-Independent challenger Bill Walcutt would agree to debate.


Longstanding battle for Shandaken Highway Superintendent continues

By Jay Braman Jr.
Keith Johnson hopes that the third time is the charm.
Counting this upcoming election, that is how many times he will have faced current Highway Superintendent Eric Hofmeister at the polls, trying to either keep or regain the job as Shandaken’s road boss.

“I would like the job. I can do a better job. I’m better qualified,” said Johnson, who held the position for one term in 2006-2007. Johnson was unseated by Hofmeister in the 2007 election. Johnson tried again in the 2009 election but Hofmeister held the position.


Margaretville's Main Street Bridge streets scheduled to open on Friday

By Pauline Liu
For the second time in as many weeks, the Village of Margaretville and the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) will try to reopen Bridge and Main streets in Margaretville.
The goal is to return traffic flow almost back to normal. There is one condition in reopening the streets. They will remain closed to truck traffic. At press time on Tuesday, Middletown Code Enforcement Officer Pat Davis was in the midst of making arrangements to reopen Main Street on
Thursday, Nov. 3 and Bridge Street on Friday, Nov. 4.


Chris Stanton challenges Middletown Highway Supervisor Biruk

By Pauline Liu
Even before the nor’easter struck the Catskills last Saturday, the subjects of snow removal and budget cuts have been heating up the Middletown highway superintendent’s race. The incumbent, John Biruk, is Democrat-Independent who will be facing off against Republican challenger Chris Stanton next Tuesday.


Hardenburgh Supervisor Fairbairn not seeking re-election

By Pauline Liu
When the 164 registered voters in Ulster County’s smallest town head to the polls next Tuesday to elect a new town supervisor, there will be no candidate on the ballot.


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