First Day of School

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MIXED FEELINGS — Peyton Cortese gives a reassuring hug to her little sister, Jenna, as she gets set for the first day of school at Roxbury last Thursday. Click on the photo to see more images of Roxbury's first day of school in our image galleries. — Photo by Dick Sanford

Leaders of area organizations recall 2010 and look ahead

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As we begin the new year, the News asked staff at some of the area’s key businesses and organizations to review their accomplishments for 2010 and to provide a glimpse of what’s ahead for 2011.

Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center

By Sylvia Murphy
As we look back at 2010, there have been many great accomplishments at Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.
The board of directors, staff, community and volunteers have contributed to the successful changes to the healthcare in Margaretville. They have expanded the service offerings, invested in new technology and brought new physicians including specialists to the community.

Margaretville Hospital
The emergency department at Margaretville Hospital was just one of the many improvements made to the hospital. The square footage nearly doubled in size adding spacious private rooms including two trauma beds and three individual rooms for emergency cases. The new department also includes the convenience of bedside patient registration through the use of a mobile registration unit.

A brand new CT scanner was delivered to Margaretville Hospital in the fall of 2010. The GE 16-Slice BrightSpeed Elite Select Scanner includes upgraded software that provides images equivalent to those of a 50-slice scanner, among the most sophisticated available. The new scanner features a unique detective system that provides more detail, better quality images and timelier scans. The images are easier for radiologists to read and result in faster, more accurate diagnoses. The scanner provides results that are more intricate than those provided by x-rays. The new technology also improves the ability of healthcare providers at Margaretville Hospital to digitally transport scans to radiologists and physicians at off-site locations.


High taxes and land prices are biggest drawbacks to farming

By Brian Sweeney
High taxes and land prices are the biggest obstacles to local farming, according to a survey conducted by the Delaware County Department of Economic Development. The agricultural survey generated 350 responses via mail and the Internet.

A breakdown of the survey indicates the following:


Phoneicia red hot in 'Cool' voting

By Jay Braman Jr.
Now it’s getting serious.
Word has spread that the Town of Shandaken hamlet of Phoenicia is in the running to be named the coolest small town in America. And now, the town board wants to do everything possible to make that happen.

On Monday Supervisor Rob Stanley put the word out.


Middletown clerk, Russell Schebesta, reaches 30-year milestone

Russell SchebestaMargaretville — Russell Schebesta reached a milestone on December 31, 2010, completing 30 years of service as Middletown Town Clerk. Russell began his employment with the town as bookkeeper and benefits administrator in January 1978. He served in this capacity for three years before becoming town clerk.

He was appointed town clerk in December 1980 and was elected to his first full term the following November. He also continued to work as bookkeeper and benefits administrator through 1989. Looking back on his service, Russell said he has observed numerous changes in town government. He noted that when he began work there was no planning board or any land use regulations; zoning and building permit requirements did not exist in Middletown. He issued the town’s first building permits in 1982, prior to the town hiring a building inspector.


Belleayre rally snowed out

By Jay Braman Jr.
The threat of, and then the appearance of, a major winter storm on Monday put a freeze on plans to hold a support rally for Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and its employees. The rally will now be held at noon on Friday.


Hein commits county funding to stop flooding in Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein stood on Phoenicia’s Main Street last Wednesday and told a group of listeners that he has pledged county support for a dredging project to protect the hamlet from future flooding.


Phoenicia nominated as Coolest Small Town

By Jay Braman Jr.
Budget Travel Magazine thinks that Phoenicia is cool.
So cool, in fact, that the magazine’s editors and staff have nominated the hamlet to be named as one of America’s top 10 “Coolest” small towns.

Voting by readers starts now and the results will be announced next September.


DEC sets new outdoor wood boiler regualtions

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By Brian Sweeney
New regulations for Outdoor Wood Boilers were announced by the NYS Department of
Environmental Conservation last week.


Middletown renews agreement to fund ambulance

The Town of Middletown has renewed its agreement to provide nearly $70,000 annually to assist with operational costs for the Margaretville Hospital Ambulance Squad.

The board approved a resolution supporting this five-year agreement at its December meeting. This is the second time that the Middletown Board has agreed to a five-year obligation to supplement the ambulance squad’s budget.


Lee Fisher hooks 500th hoops win

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By John Bernhardt
He’s the dean of all the Delaware League coaches and perhaps the dean of all the coaches in Section IV. Anyone familiar with Class D high school basketball in New York State knows the name Lee Fisher. Fisher is in his 35th season as the boys’ coach of the Charlotte Valley Central School Wildcats in Davenport. Last week, Fisher’s Wildcats edged Worcester, 52-48, in an overtime thriller, presenting their coach with his 500th career win.


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