"Trucking" with Santa

FIREHOUSE CHRISTMAS FUN —Over 100 kids brought their parents to visit Santa at the Roxbury Firehouse on Saturday including Trevor, Derek, and Jordan Fronckowiak.  Photos were taken by Catskill Images and refreshments were abundant. Fire Chief Allen Hinkley was so impressed with the turnout that he decided to make it an annual event. Planning for next year is already in the works. — Photo by Jill Ribich, Catskill Images

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


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


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

Ice CarverIce CarverBy Carol O’Beirne
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.

Pancake supper raises money for Walton church burned by arsonist


By Pauline Liu
The congregations of two churches in Andes have come to the aid of the First Baptist Church of Walton, which was leveled by an arson fire in January.  Members of the Andes Methodist Church joined with the Presbyterian Church of Andes for a pancake supper and managed to raise more than $1,000 for the Walton church’s reconstruction project.

RCS budget includes two non-instruction layoffs

By Pauline Liu
The Roxbury Central School District’s 2011-12 draft budget calls for about $9.5 million in spending and despite the projected loss of $420,000 - $430,000 in state aid, the district is not seeking to layoff any teachers. Also, the tax levy hike, originally projected to be as much as 10.5 percent, has been scaled back to two percent. That’s the good news. 

On the flip side, the proposal does call for the layoffs of two workers in “non-instruction” positions. 

Andes plans one layoff as part of budget cuts


By Pauline Liu
The Andes Central School District’s 2011-12 draft budget seeks to keep the tax levy increase to just under two percent and calls for the layoff of one elementary-level teaching position.
As with all districts statewide, Andes is being forced to make tough choices due to a $101,822 reduction in state aid.

The tiny school district has a K-12 enrollment of 110 with only one student in kindergarten.

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