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A tractor owned by Carl Beers Jr. of Andes was the winner in the annual Tractor Parade at the Margaretville Cauliflower Festival. Lauren Davis judged the event. The Catskill Mountain News sponsored the event and awarded the trophy. From left are, News Publisher Dick Sanford, John Beers (Carl’s nephew and tractor driver) and Carl. Look for more images from the festival (lots of tractors!) and local high school soccer games in our image galleries later this week. — Photo by Laurie Sanford

MCS weighs cutbacks to balance proposed aid loss

By Brian Sweeney
The Margaretville Central School Board of Education is weighing spending cutbacks as officials await final aid numbers in the state budget.

Superintendent Tony Albanese said last week that the board of education had been working on its Administrative and Capital budgets and these portions of the budget will show no increase or will decline slightly.

The Program section of the budget remains unclear, the superintendent said, because of the uncertainty over how much State Aid districts will receive.


NY tax ruling on second homeowners angers local residents

By Pauline Liu
A controversial court ruling on taxing some second home owners in the Empire State is drawing plenty of fire from both local officials and realtors.

Last month, a tax appeals tribunal upheld a lower court decision that requires some out-of-state residents to pay New York State income taxes if they own vacation homes in New York. As a result, some second homeowners could find themselves paying income taxes in two different states.  Realtors in the region are blasting the ruling.


Area residents concerned about exchange students

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By Pauline Liu
In the wake of the crisis in Japan, some local families are rethinking the wisdom of sending their loved ones to exchange programs halfway around the world. Relatives here in Delaware County have been tracking the progress of 18-year-old Garret Norris of the Adirondacks, who is currently an exchange student on Hokkaido, the North Island of Japan.

He was actually a safe distance away when the earthquake and tsunami struck on March 11, nevertheless his many relatives here became worried when they didn’t hear from him at first.


Roxbury maple syrup making is family affair

By Jennifer Kabat
The new venture includes 4,700 taps, 90 miles of tubing – enough to get clear to Albany – and has produced 1,200 gallons of maple syrup as of Saturday, including 100 gallons in one night. Add to that nearly 10,000 gallons of sap a day coming into their holding tank and it’s been a bumper first year for Roxbury Mountain Maple. In fact their inaugural season has been so good they’ve had to boil in shifts, with all-nighters and help from neighbors just to keep up with the sap flow.


Japan disaster hits home for some area residents

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By Pauline Liu
Area residents with loved ones in Japan found it heart wrenching to follow the unfolding tragedy in the news.

“It’s hard to watch,” said Yukari Day of Halcott Center. Her maternal grandfather and five aunts and uncles live in Hamamatsu, an important industrial city southwest of Tokyo. 
The massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan on March 11 is a long way from where her family lives. Still, when she did not hear from them,  she grew concerned, until they e-mailed to say they’re OK. 


Fleischmanns mayor wins squeaker

Incumbent Fleischmanns Mayor Dave Morell has been elected to another term, edging challenger Fred Woller by four votes in Tuesday’s balloting. Mayor Morell received 37 votes to 33 ballots cast in favor of Mr. Woller, who serves as a village trustee. The mayor is just completing his first term in office.

Two incumbents were seeking re-election at trustees. Todd Pascarella received 45 votes and Ben Fenton earned 44 votes.

In the Village of Margaretville, Bill Stanton was elected mayor with 71 votes. Carol O’Beirne received eight write-in votes for mayor.


Andes, DEP negotiate over $2.6 million sewer fix

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By Pauline Liu
The Town of Andes and New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have entered into negotiations over the town’s failing sewer treatment plant.


Roxbury mulls limiting NYC acquisition territory

By Pauline Liu
Roxbury property owners will soon have an opportunity to express their views about proposed changes in rules governing New York City’s land acquisition program at a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at the town hall.


Sweet Sue's closed due to septic issue

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Ulster County Health Department shut the doors on a popular Phoenicia restaurant Friday after a spot inspection revealed the establishment’s septic system had failed.

Sweet Sue’s, located on Main Street in the business district, was ordered to close immediately.
According to Shandaken Town Supervisor Rob Stanley, county health officials appeared in Phoenicia Friday, following flooding that had hit the area the day before, and began inspections of all the restaurants on Main Street.


Ice carvers put on cool demo in Margaretville

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Neither snow, nor sleet, nor rain nor flooding kept SUNY Delhi’s award-winning Ice Sculpting Team and its coaches away from Margaretville on Saturday where they demonstrated their skill and created beautiful carvings and ice-carved renditions of several area business logos.


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