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SPECIAL NIGHT — The Rev. Richard Dykstra of Roxbury, right, is all smiles after receiving the Margaretville Hospital Keene A. Roadman Citizen of the Year Award on Saturday evening at the Harvest Moon Ball. The event was sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. Also pictured during the presentation are event Chair Karen Kolar and Hospital Board Member Tom O’Brien.— Photo by eOneMedia.com

Roxbury tire ire brings clean-up agreement

By Pauline Liu 
Just in time for Earth Day, the Town of Roxbury has some good news about its effort to clean up a tire junkyard on Fanny Brook Road.

“We’ve just received an agreement from the owner on the cleanup of that property and we’re optimistic that a cleanup will be achieved in the next 30 days,” said Roxbury Town Attorney Kevin Young.

He explained that the junkyard poses potential hazards.


Crossroads files DEIS on updated resort plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
Crossroads Ventures, the company proposing to build the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park, has filed its long-awaited Supplemental Draft Environ-mental Impact statement (SDEIS) with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

The document, three years in the making, represents the latest milestone for this project that was first announced over a decade ago.


Final assessment figure awaited on Margaretville treatment plant

By Pauline Liu
Now that the reassessment of 4,400 parcels of land in the Town of Middletown has been completed and property owners have been notified, taxpayers are waiting for the other shoe to drop.

What remains unclear is how much less Margaretville’s sewage treatment plant will be reassessed for and what it will mean in lost tax revenue to the school district, county, village and town. The plant is owned and operated by New York City.


School boards set budgets for MCS and RCS

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By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School’s proposed budget for 2011-2012 shows an estimated tax levy increase of less than one percent.

The budget presented at a public meeting last Wednesday, totals $10,352,986. The estimated tax levy is $6,675,343, an increase of $65,378 or .99 percent.
The recommended budget keeps in place all programs, athletics, arts-in-education, music, band and support services to students.


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.

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