Rev. Dykstrya honored

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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

Fatal heart attack leads to collision

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By Dick Sanford
A fatal heart attack suffered by one of the two drivers involved in a head-on collision late Friday afternoon on Route 23 may have caused the crash, according to Roxbury Constable Stephen Williamson who investigated. The accident happened at approximately 4:25 p.m. one-half mile north of Grand Gorge.


Horan named director Margaretville Hospital

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Margaretville — Sandra A. Horan, RN has been named the executive director of Margaretville Hospital, effective immediately. Ms. Horan was appointed interim executive director on October 11, 2010.


Phoenicia falls short in "Coolest Town" competition

By Jay Braman Jr.
Friday was the last day to vote in Budget Travel Magazine’s contest, Top 10 Coolest Towns, and Phoenicia finished in sixth place out of 20 contenders.


Former mayor runs again in Margaretville; Fleischmanns sees mayoral race

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By Brian Sweeney
A former mayor is running for the top post in Margaretville and the current Fleischmanns mayor will be challenged in the March 15 village elections.

Bill Stanton, who served as Margaretville’s mayor from 2003-2008, is again running for the village’s top position.


OCS adopts 3-hour delay plan to avoid snow days

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By Jay Braman Jr.
With their number of upcoming vacation days dwindling due to using more snow days than were budgeted, the Onteora Central School (OCS) District Superintendent of Schools has come up with a plan that she hopes will prevent the loss of even more vacation days, and, at the same time, get the kids to school safely on days of inclement weather.


Emerald Ash Borer focus of workshop

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Oneonta — Landowners are invited to attend a workshop on Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Morris Conference Center at SUNY College at Oneonta located at 1 Ravine Parkway in Oneonta, to learn how to prepare for the eminent threat of the emerald ash borer (EAB); a beetle that has the potential to kill every ash tree in the state.


Governor’s budget knife chops big slice from area schools’ aid

By Brian Sweeney
Area school administrators are anticipating staffing cuts and program elimination as a result of deep State Aid cuts included in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2011-2012 budget.
Margaretville Central School would be among the districts hardest hit by the proposal, losing more than 20 percent of its State Aid under Gov. Cuomo’s proposal.


BOCES students 'going green' with algae project

By Brian Sweeney
Students at the Northern Catskills Occupational Center in Grand Gorge are exploring the use of algae as an alternative fuel source.


Local officials blast DEC over Phoenicia flood plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken officials have found themselves drowning in red tape that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has dumped on them in response to a request to make emergency repairs to Stony Clove Creek in order to prevent more flooding of Main Street, Phoenicia.


Pasternak honored at Snowball

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
You can go home again, as was beautifully demonstrated Saturday night when Ken Pasternak accepted the Spirit of the Catskills Award at the 25th annual Snowball at Belleayre. 


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