NY Rising projects stalled in Shandaken

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The year 2014 has come and gone without so much as a penny coming from the NY Rising fund to the Town of Shandaken, which, like most of the towns in the region, suffered greatly from the flooding that hit in 2011 when Hurricane Irene blew through.
On Monday, as he was pre­paring for the town’s transition to 2015, Shandaken Supervisor Robert Stanley lamented that after all of the highly publicized and well attending public meetings about how best to spend millions of state dollars to make the town better equipped to survive the next weather disaster, nothing has come to fruition.


Most local schools have graduation levels above state average

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch, and New York State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. released this month, the high school graduation rates for students who entered ninth grade in 2010.
Of the area school districts, all but one, Margaretville, scored above the state average.


Pine Hill "downtown" now all zoned commercial

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board has voted unanimously this month to change the zoning of Pine Hill’s business district to make it all commercial.
Officials expect the change, which takes effect following approval by the state’s Attorney General, will give property owners more flexibility when it comes to the use of their properties.
The idea came up months ago when the town’s planning board noticed inconsistencies in the zoning of Main Street.


Bovina highway garage crack keeps growing

By Cheryl Petersen
Calling a special meeting on December 18, Supervisor Tina Molé reported to the Bovina Town Board, “More cracks have been found in the highway garage.”
In its few years of existence, the highway garage has become a sinking problem. The large two-bay garage, with offices on one side, sits along Route 6 in the Hamlet of Bovina Center and began settling not long after its construction.
GETTING WORSE — Bovina Supervisor Tina Molé points to a new crack in the highway garage December 18. — Photo by Cheryl PetersenGETTING WORSE — Bovina Supervisor Tina Molé points to a new crack in the highway garage December 18. — Photo by Cheryl Petersen


Area politicians split on state's fracking ban

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By Joe Moskowitz
The prospect of drilling for natural gas by high volume hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” as it’s sometimes called, died in New York State last Wednesday when Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that state Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reviews of the controversial drilling practice indicated that the risks far out­weighed the benefits.


Rep. Chris Gibson visits Roxbury Central School

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By Joe Moskowitz
Roxbury Central School students are used to having elected officials show up for their Participation in Government class. But last Thursday, a member of the U.S. Congress was the guest lecturer so Building Principal Eric Windover said that virtually the entire high school attended.
ON THE JOB — Rep. Chris Gibson chats with RCS student Chris Clark during his school visit last week. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzON THE JOB — Rep. Chris Gibson chats with RCS student Chris Clark during his school visit last week. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz


Congregants of five local churches gather to perform Cantata

By Cheryl Petersen
A recurring theme, the ordinary becomes extraordinary, was heard on December 21 at the Andes Methodist Church. Members from five local churches performed the annual Cantata, interlaced with a narration of the nativity story and Christmas hymns.
JOINED IN SONG — The Andes Church Community Choir, under the direction of Diane Krick, performed on  December 21 at the Andes Methodist Church. Members from five local churches performed the annual Cantata, interlaced with a narration of the nativity story and Christmas hymns. — Photos by Joe DamoneJOINED IN SONG — The Andes Church Community Choir, under the direction of Diane Krick, performed on December 21 at the Andes Methodist Church. Members from five local churches performed the annual Cantata, interlaced with a narration of the nativity story and Christmas hymns. — Photos by Joe Damone


Collision on County Route 6 injures four people

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Two vehicles were destroyed in a head-on collision late Monday morning on county Route 6 at its intersection with Margaretville Mountain Road. Four people, three in one car, including a one-month old infant, and one person in the second car, were all transported to Margaretville Hospital by ambulances where they were treated for minor injuries and released.
CRASH SCENE — Four people were injured in this crash on Monday. — Photo by Dick SanfordCRASH SCENE — Four people were injured in this crash on Monday. — Photo by Dick Sanford


MTC the biggest winner in regional grant funding

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By Joe Moskowitz
Several area businesses and organizations were among the big winners last Thursday when New York State announced who would get grants from the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.
Delaware County, which for this purpose is considered to be in the Southern Tier, fared particularly well, receiving a total of $5,200,000.


MCS building project wins voter approval

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By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School’s $4,365,000 Building Maintenance Project was approved by a 61-23 margin in voting on December 9.
This project focuses on three primary areas: safety upgrades, building repairs and improvements to sports fields.


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