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.

Arkville man killed on Route 28

By Brian Sweeney
A 28-year-old Arkville man was struck and killed by a motor vehicle near Fleischmanns last Wednesday night.

Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies said that Jay P. Todd was walking on the northbound lane of Route 28 near the center of the roadway about 6:15 p.m. when he was hit by a northbound vehicle operated by Sheldon Sife, 84, of Fleischmanns.


Pasternak honored with Spirit of the Catskills award

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Kenneth D. Pasternak, a lifelong presence in Fleischmanns, will receive the Spirit of the Catskills award at the 25th Annual Snowball at Belleayre Mountain in January.  


Jobs to be cut at Belleayre Ski Center

By Jay Braman Jr.
Belleayre Mountain Superintendent Tony Lanza had bad news to deliver to the ski center’s employees this morning. In a mid-morning telephone interview, Lanza said he had just finished addressing the staff, notifying them that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) top brass have directed him to make “substantial cuts” to Belleayre’s workforce, and to do it soon.


Middletown budget has 2.6% tax hike

The Town of Middletown has adopted a 2011 budget that reflects a 2.6 percent increase in the amount to be raised by taxes. The Tentative Budget included a tax increase of 8.4 percent, but the board made several large cuts that reduced that total by nearly six percent.


Big game hunting prospects look good

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By Brian Sweeney
Hunters should expect good prospects for the Southern Zone Big Game Hunting Season that opens Saturday, Nov. 20 and continues through Sunday, Dec. 12. A spokesman from the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said that the deer harvest should be comparable to last season.


Officials divided on NYC Watershed plan

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Public officials from throughout the watershed region gathered in Margaretville Saturday to hear the details of a long-awaited agreement between the Coalition of Watershed Towns (CWT) and the City of New York.


Coalition nears agreement with city over land buying

By Jay Braman Jr.
A special meeting of the Coalition of Watershed Towns will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at Margaretville Central School.


Missing man died of hypothermia; body not found for 2 days

By Jay Braman Jr.
Autopsy results have determined that a 20-year-old Pennsylvania man died of hypothermia after he went missing in the woods last week Monday in Shandaken.

The results, released on Thursday by the Ulster County Medical Examiner’s Office, show no evidence of foul play, according to police.


Halcott Center resident wins $1 million

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By Brian Sweeney
A Halcott Center resident recently scored a million-dollar payday in the New York State Lottery.
Vicki Carpenter was on her way to work at the Covidien plant in Hobart two weeks ago when she stopped at the Smokers’ Choice store in Delhi and purchased a $5 “Million Dollar Bankroll” scratch-off lottery ticket. She then continued toward work.


Filtration system needed for Arkville water

Staff Report
The discovery of trace amounts of arsenic in new well for the Arkville Water District will make an extensive filtration system necessary.


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