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DEEP STUFF — Firefighters from Grand Gorge and Hobart traveled to the Buffalo area last week to assist local communities with efforts to cope with up to seven feet of snow that buried the area from several lake-effect storms. — Contributed photo

Margaretville Bridge project still stalled

By Joe Moskowitz
Margaretville’s Swart Street bridge is now getting the attention of the U.S. Congress. There is money to get it fixed, yet nearly three years after being undermined by Hurricane Irene, the person in charge of getting it replaced told the News that he has “no idea when it is going to get done.”


Chamber of Commerce has new Main Street home

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By Brian Sweeney
The Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce opened for business on Monday in a new location at 806 Main Street, Margaretville.

Executive Director Carol O’Beirne said that moving the office was necessitated by the sale of the eCenter building a short distance down Main Street. The chamber office had been housed in the eCenter for about 15 months.


Fairview Library gets $110,000 construction grant

Fairview Public Library in Margaretville is the recipient of a public library construction grant in the amount of $110,292 from the New York State Education Department.
The construction project will provide much-needed accessibility improvements to the library, including an ADA compliant, handicap-accessible ramp, and the creation of a new entryway.


Jack Schlegel, longtime Shandaken Police Chief, dies

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The “Officer in Charge” of the Shandaken Police Department, Mount Tremper resident Jack Schlegel, died last Wed­nesday, June 11 at the age of 90.


New Catskill Recreation Center is a huge hit

By Brian Sweeney
The Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville officially opened its doors on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony 11 months after ground was broken for the project.
Margaretville Boy Scouts were among the first swimmers in the pool at Saturday’s grand opening of the Catskill Recreation Center. The indoor pool and exercise facility is now open for business. More than 100 community residents had signed up for membership by Monday. — Photos by Dick SanfordMargaretville Boy Scouts were among the first swimmers in the pool at Saturday’s grand opening of the Catskill Recreation Center. The indoor pool and exercise facility is now open for business. More than 100 community residents had signed up for membership by Monday. — Photos by Dick Sanford


MCS names Conroy and Warner top graduates

The Margaretville Central School District has named Michael Joseph Conroy as the valedictorian for the Class of 2014 and James Warner as its salutatorian.
Valedictorian Michael Joseph Conroy will graduate from Margaretville Central School with an Advanced Regents degree with Honors mastery in math and science, and from ONC BOCES having completed the New Visions Health Care Professions Program.


City pushing for flood buyouts of village businesses and homes

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The City of New York has long been in the land-buying business in the Catskills, but its real estate options expanded last month when it earmarked millions of dollars to buy homes and businesses, in some cases in the middle of hamlets and villages, that fall victim to frequent flooding.


Shandaken Police Chief Jim McGrath retiring after 34 years

By Jay Braman Jr.
James McGrath, a 34-year veteran of the Shandaken Police Department and its longtime chief, will retire from that position next month.
The news was sent to the town board in a letter from McGrath, who said he would still be available to help the department.
“The decision to retire has not been an easy one, but I feel it is time for me to move on,” McGrath wrote.


Catskill Recreation Center's grand opening "splash" set for June 7

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Arkville — The Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville will hold a public Grand Opening ceremony on Saturday, June 7 starting with a ribbon cutting at noon.
The centerpiece of the Catskill Recreation Center (CRC), which is located a 651 County Route 38, is an Olympic-sized pool. The membership-based facility is open for community use and also features a separate pool area for general enjoyment. Following the dedication, the “First Jump into the Pool” will take place at 1 p.m.


Delaware County supervisors take next steps to establish two percent bed tax

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By Cheryl Petersen
Echoing an event that occurred 217 years ago, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors met at the Delaware County Historical Association’s (DCHA), Frisbee House, outside Delhi for their May 28 regular meeting.
DCHA Director Tim Duerden welcomed the supervisors back. The board handled matters of a bed tax and landfill actions.


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