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SPA TREATMENT — After a 14-year review, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has ended its environmental review of the Belleayre Resort. Above, an artist’s rendition of the Highmount Spa Resort portion of the resort.

Early morning fire destroys Huckleberry Brook home

By Brian Sweeney
A new home on Huckleberry Brook, Margaretville was destroyed by fire early on Saturday morning.
The log home and adjacent garage owned by Tom Donovan were leveled by the blaze that was spotted shortly after midnight. When firefighters arrived at the house on Hill Road, the structure was completely engulfed in flames.

“It was totally involved,” commented Margaretville Fire Chief Gene Rosa. “There was nothing left to save.”

The fire was spotted by a resident of Ben Meeker Road, near Dunraven, who witnessed a huge glow in the sky.


New family business in Arkville

By Pauline Liu
About a year-and-a-half after the Market Basket on state Highway 28 in Arkville closed, the doors to the building reopened on Monday hosting a new venture.


OCS budget has 3.7% tax hike

By Jay Braman Jr.
When Onteora School District voters go to the polls on May 17, they will be asked to approve the district’s first-ever $50 million budget. If approved, the spending plan, which was adopted by the board of education last week, will carry a 3.7 percent school tax hike along with it. The proposed budget includes revenue of $2 million from the school’s reserve funds.


Amber Certain new library director in Pine Hill

Pine Hill — The Morton Memorial Library has announced the appointment of Amber Certain of Margaretville to the position of director effective April 1.


Producers report sweet maple season

By Jennifer Kabat
Steam was still billowing from Roxbury Mountain Maple’s sap house last weekend. Income tax day may have come and gone but up there on the mountain they were still boiling sap.
Inside the sap house, the earthy smell of late-season commercial grade maple syrup filled the air. After betting the proverbial farm on going into the maple syrup business, Dave Holscher is thrilled with the results.


Middle School expansion under consideration in Margaretville

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School officials are considering adding sixth-grade classes to the distict’s Middle School configuration.

Administrators and the board of education are exploring this change as a means of compensating for declining enrollments and to offset reductions in State Aid. The new Middle School concept was presented at a public meeting on March 30.

More than 40 community members and staff attended that meeting to learn more about the proposed Middle School revamping.

Changing roles


Local leaders debate hydrofracking

By Pauline Liu
Some Delaware County town supervisors are going on record on the issue of hydrofracking as the debate over gas-drilling safety heats up statewide.
Hundreds of environmentalists brought renewed attention to the issue Monday as they took to the steps of the state capitol in Albany to protest natural gas drilling.

“You’re either wholly for or it or body and soul against it,” said Middletown Supervisor Len Utter. Not only is Utter in favor of hydraulic fracturing, but he says he’s willing to give it serious consideration as a landowner.


Phoenicia library finds temporary home as they face $100,000 shortfall

By Jay Braman Jr.
Less than one month after a fire destroyed its longtime Main Street location, the Phoenicia Library has miraculously risen from the ashes, maintaining regular hours at a temporary location a couple blocks away.


Water, noise, traffic top Roxbury agenda

By Pauline Liu
The Roxbury Town Board dealt with a cornucopia of issues at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night held at the Grand Gorge Civic Center.

The Hubbell Corners sewer extension project has been completed and the process now begins to get sewer lines hooked up to area houses. Roxbury Town Supervisor Tom Hynes said that notices have already been sent out to families advising them to get connected to the system.


Lisa Tait named Democrat of the year

By Brian Sweeney
Lisa Tait of New Kingston has named “Democrat of the Year” by the Delaware County Democratic Committee.

Lisa will be honored at the organization’s annual dinner on Saturday, May 21 at Hanah Country Resort in Margaretville.


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