Phoenicia Library rises triumphant from the ashes

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CUTTING THE RIBBON — Zara Dershowitz, 11, and her brother Mars, 9, got a kick out being the ribbon cutters to officially open the Marilyn Dershowitz Memorial Building, also known as the new Phoenicia Library, on Saturday. Their grandmother, Marilyn, a long time fan of the library, was killed in a bicycle accident in 2012, the year after the original library building burned. The new structure, which is located on the Main Street spot where the old one stood, was made possible by a sizeable donation made by the Dershowitz family in Marilyn’s name. Library Board President Bernard Handzel is at center, holding the ribbon. — Photo by Jay Braman, Jr.

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. 


City halting release into Esopus

By Jay Braman Jr.
Federal, state, county and local officials in the watershed region are claming victory after the City of New York not only halted the release of muddy water into the Esopus Creek but also will pay for a complete assessment of the damage caused by the four-month-long release of the muck.


Consistent products, customer service keys to good business

Each year, when the winners of the Catskill Mountain News Best Service Awards are announced, we profile some of the recipients. This year we chose top voter getters who have been in business a long time and whose attention to detail has earned them a loyal following.

First Place -
Insurance Providers
Mang Insurance,
Margaretville


Winners of the 2010 Catskill Mountain News Best Service Awards

Following are the winners chosen in the 2010 Catskill Mountain News Best Service Awards Contest. Congratulations to all those who won and thanks to our readers for taking the time to cast ballots.

HOME SERVICES

Cleaning Services:
Kountry Moon
Maid My Day
Laura O’Connor

Contractor:
Chris Von Hassel
Absolute Construction


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