Candidate for Middletown Supervisor faced off in debate

By Jennifer Kabat
A hundred and twenty-five people squeezed into the Arkville Firehouse on Monday evening to listen to the four Middletown supervisor candidates debate the issues.

The place was standing room only, with people sitting on the floor and Boy Scouts lined up near the kitchen. In the audience were two mayors, a deputy mayor, town and village board members and the Town of Hardenburgh supervisor.

Candidates in Andes square off


By Pauline Liu
Andes voters got their chance to question some candidates for town government about key issues including budget cuts, fracking, communication and economic development at the Andes Candidates Forum on Sunday Afternoon.

The two-hour long event at The Andes Hotel drew a standing room only crowd of approximately 80.
Though nine candidates were invited, only five attended.

Missing candidates

Permitting process stalls renovations at Freshtown

By Brian Sweeney
Work on repairing Margaretville’s Freshtown Supermarket has stalled while the owners await permitting approvals for the renovations to the flood-damaged store.

Vice President of PSK Supermarkets Noah Katz told the News this week that all work must receive approvals from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) because the building is in a flood plain.

Mr. Katz said his company has hired an architect who is drawing up new plans for renovating Freshtown and rebuilding the adjacent CVS Pharmacy.

Hospital, MRCC workers honored with service awards

By Brian Sweeney
More than 30 staff received awards at the 39th annual Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center Employee Recognition Dinner on October 22.

Barbara Dabritz, who is a Certified Nurse Assistant, had the most longevity of the staff honored, as she was marking her 40th anniversary working at the hospital.

Stanley, Nolan running for Shandaken Super post

By Jay Braman Jr.
Two candidates are vying for the top job in Shandaken.

Incumbent Town Supervisor Rob Stanley, a Republican, is seeking his second two-year term and is being challenged by Democrat Kathy Nolan.

Stanley, who has three children, is divorced and lives in Pine Hill. He has lived in town for most of his life and attended college at SUNY New Paltz, where he received a BA in Playwriting/ American Literature.

NYC exhibit features work by artist battling cancer

By Pauline Liu
Members of the art communities of Andes and Bovina have joined forces to arrange a special exhibition and celebration of a young artist, whose most recent work depicts her battle with ovarian cancer.

It’s been a little more than a year, since 21-year-old Michelle MacNaught of Delhi was diagnosed

Project Hope comes to the Catskills

By Pauline Liu
Thanks to a federally funded program called Project Hope, free crisis counseling services have come to this region. According to mental health experts, feelings of anxiety, anger and helplessness are emotions commonly experienced immediately after people endure a catastrophic event. Many also suffer from nightmares, sleeplessness and loss of appetite. While these experiences are normal, mental health experts say it’s not normal for them to continue for months.

Middletown plans no tax increas

The Town of Middletown Preliminary Budget for 2012 reflects a zero percent increase in the tax levy.
The Tentative Budget presented to the town board by Supervisor Len Utter showed an 8.9 percent increase in the amount to be raised by taxes. The board agreed to make cutbacks of 13.5 percent in contractual spending across every department and applied approximately $35,000 in unexpended balances to reduce the tax increase to zero.

The Preliminary Budget, not including Special Districts, totals $2,956,178. The amount to be raised by taxes is $2,410,055.

Halloween curfew in Margaretville

The Village of Margaretville will impose a 9 p.m. curfew on Halloween night, Monday, Oct. 31.
No person 16 years-old or younger may be on village streets after that hour. This directive was made by order of the village board, William Stanton, mayor.

Emergency stabilization underway on Main Street

By Pauline Liu
Some emergency stabilization work has begun to rescue a row of four buildings on Main Street in Margaretville, which were ravaged by the floodwaters of Tropical Storm Irene on August 28.

For the property owners, there is newfound hope that their businesses may be back before winter.

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