James McGrath receives Spirit of the Catskills Award

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LONG SERVICE — James “Jimmy” McGrath, right, was honored with the Spirit of the Catskills Award on Saturday evening at the Belleayre Conservatory’s annual Snowball held Saturday evening at The Emerson in Mt. Tremper. The award is presented annually to someone who has performed extraordinary service to benefit the region. Jimmy was instrumental in growing the Shandaken Police Department and recently retired as police chief. Making the presentation is Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. A packed house enjoyed the dinner-dance. Proceeds benefit the Belleayre Music Festival. — Photo by Franz Edlinger, eOneMedia.com

Arkville community hit hard

By Brian Sweeney
Approximately 30 families in Arkville likely lost their homes during Sunday’s devastating flooding.
The entire Pavilion Road was wiped out, with many mobile homes along this stretch being swept away or heavily damaged as a torrent of water from the nearby Dry Brook stream raged throughout low-lying portions of the hamlet.

Severe impact


Helping hands welcome to assist with clean-up

By Pauline Liu
Officials in the region are looking for the public’s help in cleaning up after the flood.

They’ve heard enough about rubbernecking motorists and gawking pedestrians who are hampering clean up and recovery efforts. To try and speed the clean up, officials have set up a number of road closures and detours along heavy traveled roadways in the region, which could change daily, 


Now & Then Video has seen enough flooding

By Brian Sweeney
The August 2011 Flood is certain to go down in history as one of the worst natural disasters to ever strike the area.

For at least one Margaretville merchant, the flood almost certainly marks the final straw in operating in a flood-prone location. Charlene Roberts and Art DeBari operate Now-and-Then Video on Bridge Street. Ironically, their experience with floods over the past 15 years has resulted in some strong preparedness skills.

Taking no chances


Hospital kept service running throughout emergency

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Hospital temporarily lost water during Sunday’s flood, but was able to continue serving the community with minimal disruption of services.

Sylvia Murphy, director of marketing for HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, said that even though sections of Route 28 are still closed, provisions have been made for medical personnel from Kingston to travel to Margaretville Hospital.


Flooding in local communities is devastating

In what may be the worst flooding ever in area, Margaretville, Arkville and Fleischmanns were devastated by Sunday’s heavy rainfall, remnants of Hurricane Irene. Emergency personnel have been working relentlessly in rescue efforts as rapidly rising waters caught many by surprise, even though evacuations of low-lying areas had been encouraged as early as Saturday.


'Building the Foundation' campaign underway at health campus

Margaretville — The Margaretville Health Foundation is undergoing a new initiative called “Building the Foundation” to raise funds for Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.

The campaign will pay for various renovations and upgrades in the two facilities, including equipment needed for radiology and nursing, as well as new pavement for driveways and parking lots.


Andes fracking foes seek town ban

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By Pauline Liu
When Town of Andes officials held a forum on hydrofracking last Friday, they anticipated that it might run late and draw a large, emotionally charged crowd. However, the event wound up exceeding even their wildest expectations.

The marathon meeting lasted a mind-boggling four-and-a-half hours. It was held in the auditorium of Andes Central School and drew a crowd of 156 people, which is sizable for the town with a population of about 1,300. 


Afghanistan war casualty has family in Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
When Pfc. Douglas Cordo, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska, died in Afghanistan Friday of injuries sustained in the roadside detonation of an improvised explosive device, the shock was felt locally. Then it was felt statewide.

Cordo, who was 20, has roots in Phoenicia, where his grandmother, Helen Cordo, still resides.


Binnekill could be full by this weekend

By Pauline  Liu
Work to restore the flow of water in the Binnekill could begin as early as this weekend.

After consulting with village attorney John Fairbairn III, the Margaretville Village Board voted to spend up to $1,500 to excavate the gravel that has collected downstream from the bulkhead, blocking the flow of water from it.

The property owner, Lauren Davis, attended the regularly scheduled village board meeting last Thursday.


Updated budget approved for Arkville water project

Staff report
An updated spending plan for the Arkville Water District upgrade project was approved by the Middletown Town Board last Monday.

The board passed a resolution authorizing the issuance of an additional $556,625 in serial bonds to help fund the project.

The total price tag for the water system upgrade is $2,344,000. The town has secured $1,492,000 in grant funding to offset project costs. Water district residents will repay the anticipated balance of $852,000 through loan-interest loans over a 38-year period.


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