MCS, RCS targeted for improvement

By Pauline Liu
The Margaretville Central School District needs to improve its graduation rate and Roxbury Central School needs to improve its English Language Arts (ELA) performance scores for grades 3-8.
Those were some of the findings in a report by the State Education Department under the federal government’s No Child left Behind Act. The MCS District is included on a new list of 89 school districts “in need of improvement,” while RCS joins a new list of 847 schools which received similar designations.

New non-profit seeks big money to market region

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken based businessman Dean Gitter announced last week the creation of a non-profit organization devoted to marketing the Catskill Region.

While he believes the mission of this entity will cost $5 million, it currently has $40,100 in its coffers thanks to contributions from Gitter himself and others associated with his proposed Belleayre Resort project.

To help reach his financial goal for the organization, Gitter has asked the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) to pony up $1,250,000.

Miller wins in Middetown; Hynes coasts in Roxbury

Staff Report
Marge Miller won a four-way race for Middletown supervisor with a big victory margin in November 8 balloting.

Ms. Miller, who was running as an Independent candidate, received 567 votes.
Jake Rosa, who entered the race after the deadline to file petitions ran as a write-in candidate, finished second. The county Board of Elections reported that 230 write-in ballots were cast in the race. Joe Moskowitz was third with 82 votes and Wayd Jaquish finished fourth with 35.
Final tallies, including write-ins and absentee votes, were expected to be complete by November 15.

Andes overrides 2% cap; OKs fracking ban


By Pauline Liu
On the heels of Election Day, the Andes Town Board unanimously passed a tax-cap override, its 2012 budget, and a moratorium on heavy industry, following a series of often-contentious public hearings at town hall last Thursday.

As a result of the board’s vote to override the state mandated two-percent tax cap, property owners in the Town of Andes can expect to dig deeper. Town officials estimate that taxes on a $100,000 home will increase by $20 a year. “You’re going to price me out of my home,” grumbled Andes resident Fred Cubero.

Stanley is an easy winner; GOP takes over in Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
Republican incumbent Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley won another two-year term in voting last Tuesday, and Republican Councilman Vinnie Bernstein was also re-elected.

Both are joined by Republican newcomer Alfie Higley, giving the GOP a sweep and maintaining the current state of affairs in Shandaken politics.

Permits issued to Freshtown; CVS to be rebuilt

By Brian Sweeney
Work is progressing toward the reopening of the Freshtown Supermarket in Margaretville.
Dan Katz, vice president of PSK Supermarkets which operates Freshtown, said the permits have been granted for repairs to the flood-ravaged building on Bridge Street. To date, the roof and floor have been repaired and the parking has been repaved.

“We are working on this every day,” Mr. Katz commented. He did not provide a timetable for the store’s reopening.

Margaretville gearing up for holiday celebration

By Pauline Liu
It’s going to look a lot like Christmas in Margaretville, during Thanksgiving weekend. Instead of decking the halls, local organizations are teaming up with village business owners to deck out Main Street with all of the trappings of holiday cheer.

A tree lighting ceremony, a visit from Santa Claus and a gift making fair for children are among the activities on tap.

Hardenburgh supervisor's race outcome unknown

By Jay Braman Jr.
Folks in the tiny Town of Hardenburgh way up in the far western portion of Ulster County aren’t sure yet who will be their town supervisor come January.

Several weeks ago longtime Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn announced he would not run again after the town board voted to require that the supervisor and town clerk each begin paying a portion of their respective health insurance costs.

Online learning focus of event at area schools

By Pauline Liu
The region’s schools are trying something new. At Andes and Margaretville central schools, a new online learning program has debuted. Meanwhile, Roxbury Central School recently held a Career Fair. It was an event so successful, that organizers plan to make it an annual event.

CWC distributes more than $1 million to businesses

Margaretville — The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) has distributed more than $1 million in grants to businesses damaged in late summer flooding.

As of November 1, grants to 47 businesses totaled $1,024,614. Many more applications are pending and another batch of checks will be processed next week, according to CWC Economic Development Director Michael Triolo.

The aid, drawn from the $5 million Flood Recovery Grant Program, which was approved by the CWC Board of Directors on September 13, is helping owners of for-profit enterprises repair structural damage to their buildings.

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