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


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.

Nolan to face Stanley in Shandaken Supervisor race

By Jay Braman Jr.
It’s official. Election season has begun in Shandaken.
The Republicans have chosen the following candidates.

Supervisor Rob Stanley, now in the last few months of his first term, was not challenged in his bid to seek a second term.

Another incumbent, Conservative Vince Bernstein, was granted the Republican endorsement.
And now there is a new face on the political front. Al Higley, who owns the controversial farm stand in Mount Tremper, has thrown his hat into the ring and will run for a council seat on the Republican ticket.

Tremors from VA earthquake felt throughout region

By Pauline Liu
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 centered in Virginia sent tremors across the northeast and was felt locally on Tuesday.

It’s not clear how far the quake spread, but reports of tremors came from as far away as Ontario, Canada. Buildings in the nation’s capital, including the White House and the Pentagon, were evacuated.

25th Annual Street Fair this Saturday

Margaretville — Celebrate 25 years of late summer fun at the annual Margaretville Main Street Fair that will be held on Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

There will be live music at Summerfields Restaurant, wine tastings at the Margaretville Liquor Store on Main and loads of vendors selling lawn ornaments to designer jewelry filling Main Street with lots of choices. Don’t stop there. Visit the “Marvelous Margaretville Merchants” shops and enjoy a day of shopping and eating “local” in the time-honored tradition of Margaretville’ s Street Fair.

Fracking forum set for Friday in Andes


By Pauline Liu
In response to requests from several residents, the Town of Andes will hold what Supervisor Marty Donnelly calls “a natural gas drilling forum” on Friday, August 19 at 7 p.m. at Andes Central School.
For those who wish to be heard, there will be a sign-up sheet at the school. Each speaker will be given up to three minutes to either express their views or ask questions.

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