Margaretville and Roxbury explore sharing classes via technology

By Brian Sweeney
The Margaretville and Roxbury school districts are exploring the possibility of sharing educational services and reducing costs through an innovative technological program.
School officials are hoping to implement a distance-learning program that will allow students at each school to take the same classes via videoconferencing technology.

Andes waste water plant has long history of problems


By Pauline Liu
Employees at the Town of Andes Wastewater Treatment Plant say the problems at the seven-year-old facility existed long before the facility was issued a violation by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) last fall. 

“Part of the problem is the equipment is not big enough to handle the flow,” explained Operations Manager Lou Dibble.

Census says Delaware County lost 1% population

By Brian Sweeney
Delaware County saw a population drop of about one percent during the past decade, according to 2010 Census figures released last week.
The Census numbers show Delaware’s population de-creased from 48,055 to 47,980 in the past 10 years.

Of the 19 townships that comprise Delaware County, the towns of Middletown and Franklin showed the largest population decline with eight percent. Middletown’s population dropped from 4,051 to 3,750 residents. Franklin’s numbers fell from 2,621 to 2,411 residents.

Vegan campaign debuts in Margaretville

By Pauline Liu
Whether or not they were aware of it, residents and shoppers in Margaretville took part in a global vegan event known as “Meatout,” which was held at Freshtown Marketplace on Saturday.

Fairview to be closed for renovation

The Fairview Public Library will be closing for two weeks beginning Monday April 4.
The Library will reopen on Saturday, April 16. The library will not be open for patrons or computer usage at all during this time.

During the closing, the library will be upgrading all of the windows in the original house of the building. This upgrade is part of an ongoing effort to improve the energy efficiency of the library and is made possibly by a generous grant from the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation.

Priest fighting charges that led to dismissal

By Brian Sweeney
A former Margaretville priest is strongly refuting sexual abuse allegations that led to his dismissal from the ministry last week.

The Roman Catholic Diocese at Albany announced that it had removed the Very Rev. Robert Purcell from the priesthood because of charges of sexual abuse of a minor that reportedly occurred 54 years ago.

Father Purcell was the pastor at the Margaretville parish for 25 years before his retirement in 2001.

Phoenicia library gutted by fire

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Phoenicia Library, which became homeless following an early morning blaze Saturday, is already open for business in a new but temporary place right in the hamlet.
The fire destroyed the interior and contents of the Phoenicia Library Saturday, rendering the Main Street Building uninhabitable.

Big Indian home invasion ends in injuries and arrests

Staff report
Two masked, armed robbers allegedly tried to pull off a brazen daybreak home invasion early Saturday morning at an apartment in Big Indian only to have the tables turned on them as gunfire broke out.

The occupants inside the apartment, located above Railroad Pizzeria on Route 28, not only fought back, but injured both suspects severely enough to send them both to hospitals.

Andes seeking solutions for wastewater woes


By Pauline Liu
When the Town of Andes’ Sewer Treatment Plant overflowed last autumn, raw sewage spilled into the Tremperskill Creek and then flowed into the Pepacton Reservoir, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

DEC Spokesperson Lori Severino said there was no way to measure how much sewage went into New York City’s unfiltered drinking water system.

MCS weighs cutbacks to balance proposed aid loss

By Brian Sweeney
The Margaretville Central School Board of Education is weighing spending cutbacks as officials await final aid numbers in the state budget.

Superintendent Tony Albanese said last week that the board of education had been working on its Administrative and Capital budgets and these portions of the budget will show no increase or will decline slightly.

The Program section of the budget remains unclear, the superintendent said, because of the uncertainty over how much State Aid districts will receive.

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