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Part of the VW Parts Inc. complex at the intersection of Wagner Avenue and Main Street, Fleischmanns went up in flames late Tuesday afternoon. More photos in our front page story.— Photo by Brian Sweeney

Middletown seeking board candidates

Margaretville — The town board of the Town of Middletown is seeking persons interested in serving on the town’s various appointed boards. The boards involved are the planning board, zoning board of appeals and board of assessment review.


Annual Cauliflower Festival Saturday in Margaretville

Margaretville — The seventh annual Margaretville Cauliflower Festival this Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Village Park is a celebration of food, history and rural living. The free festival, which runs rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., pays tribute to an era when cauliflower production played an important role in the region’s social and economic life.


OCS teacher picket for new contract

By Jay Braman Jr.
After two years of negotiations there is still no new contract between the Onteora School District and the teachers that work there, prompting an estimated 175 staffers to form a picket line outside a school during the September board meeting.
Corey Cavallaro, president of the Onteora Teachers Association, said Monday the picket was an attempt to convince the board of education to pay more attention to the issue.


Proposed FEMA flood mapping may bring homeowner headaches

By John Bernhardt
It was business as usual for the Town of Middletown Planning Board Thursday night.
The board worked industriously on an agenda that included an upgrade of the Comprehensive Plan and review and action of various applications seeking approval of property specification changes.
The real excitement actually occurred after the meeting was adjourned and Town Supervisor Len Utter asked to address the board with a point of information.


Gas drilling awareness focus at Andes meeting

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By Matthew J. Perry
The Andes Library sponsored an informational event, “What You Need To Know About Gas Drilling In the Catskills," Saturday that featured Wes Gillingham, program director for Catskill Mountainkeeper, and Anne Saxon-Hersh, a writer.


Hospital's original ambulance squad to be honored with Citizenship Award

By Julia Green
The members of the original Margaretville Hospital Ambulance Squad will be honored with the Keene Roadman Citizenship Award at the hospital auxiliary’s annual Harvest Moon Ball on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Hanah Mountain Resort and Country Club.
Original squad members who still reside in the area who will be on hand to accept the honor are four Margaretville residents, Lou Hamway, Bob Hill, Willis Marks and Tom Smith.


9/11 ceremony Friday in Roxbury

Roxbury — Members of the Ralph S. Ives Jr. American Legion Post 1785 of Roxbury will hold a ceremony remembering the victims of 9/11 terrorist attack in the village square at noon on Friday, Sept. 11.


Pay phones disappearing along Catskill corridor

By Jay Braman Jr.
They were once an important fixtures along the local landscape and beyond. Convenient for any communication, they were also the go-to device in roadway emergencies, to report fires or a crime. But now, public pay phones have not only taken a back seat to today’s cell phones, but they have been kicked to the curb altogether by Verizon, the company that once had dozens of them along the Route 28 Corridor at gas stations, delis and other gathering spots.


Area students had opportunity to hear president's speech

By Julia Green
When area schoolchildren reported to class after the Labor Day weekend holiday, they were presented with an uncommon opportunity.
Students at Andes and Margaretville central schools had the chance to hear back-to-school remarks by President Obama via C-SPAN when the president addressed the nation’s schoolchildren from a high school in Wakefield, Va., at noon on Tuesday. At Roxbury Central School, the president’s address is being taped for later viewing.


Ambulance request in Shandaken budget

By Jay Braman Jr.
The budget process has begun this year in Shandaken with two of the most expensive departments hitting the ground running, asking for new vehicles, and another department head asking for extra, unbudgeted help for this year.
That was the case at a recent special meeting of the town board. The meeting was called to make a decision on the long-hovering tax issue for the City-owned Pine Hill sewer plant, but Supervisor Peter DiSclafani warned the budget season has apparently started as well, noting ambulance department personnel in the audience along with the town’s tax assessor, both with funding requests.


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