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The spring romance season is in full swing for turkeys and these Toms offered a brilliant display as they tried to impress the females. — Photo by Brian Sweeney

Miller cancels debate with Delameter

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By Joe Moskowitz
With less than a week to go until Election Day, Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller has cancelled a debate that was scheduled for Friday, Nov. 1 at Margaretville Central School.

The debate would have been the only public forum between the Democratic incumbent and her challenger, Republican Nelson Delameter. According to Middletown Republican Committee Chairman Chuck Freas, a representative of the Miller campaign sent him an email canceling the debate, criticizing the Republicans for alleged personal insults and accusing the Republicans of “character assassinations.”


Belleayre/Plattekill gearing up for season

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The region’s two ski centers are busy making improvements to their operations for the upcoming ski season.
Belleayre’s General Manager, Tom Tar said this week that Belleayre is gearing up and getting ready for another incredible season.


Margaretville eCenter put on sales block

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By Joe Moskowitz
The plan for a Margaretville business incubator has died, not many months after it was hatched. The former Masonic Lodge building on Main Street that was renovated to house the Margaretville eCenter is for sale, listed for about half the amount of money that was spent on renovating it.
The Delhi-based Catskill Development Foundation is selling the building because it is losing money and, as Mary Beth Silano, one of the people behind the project says, one of the main objectives of the project is already obsolete.


Catskill Mountain News profiles candidates for local offices

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By Cheryl Petersen
Election Day is on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The Catskill Mountain News profiles candidates for town government positions which feature multiple candidates for a position.

In additon to town balloting, voters across New York State will also weigh in a proposition asking whether up to seven casinos should be allowed to be buiilt — including two in the Catskills.

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Delaware Supervisors to tour flood repair areas

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By Cheryl Petersen
An invitation was extended to the supervisors to visit stream restoration projects in the Town of Middletown.
The projects were completed after the devastation of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. A roof repair estimate of $1 million for a main Delaware County Public Works facility dashed the supervisor’s hopes to maintain the building. And, Stephanie Joedicke, county paralegal assistant, was awarded employee of the month.


Arkville sidewalk project stalled for redesign

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By Joe Moskowitz
Arkville residents, who have been waiting decades for the crumbling vestiges of a sidewalk on county Road 38 to be replaced, will have to wait a little while longer.
Money from a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Smart Growth grant has been earmarked to replace the sidewalk. And it will be done, but not until next year.


Village meeting on Community Reconstruction

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Margaretville – Residents of the Village of Margaretville are encouraged to attend a public meeting on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Margaretville Firehall on Church Street to learn about the state-sponsored New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program.


Shandaken board hears about lack of spending

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Some taxpayers in Shandaken might like the tentative budget plan for next year that keeps taxes down.
According to Supervisor / Budget Officer Rob Stanley, if you paid $2,000 in town property tax this year, you will pay $2,012 next year.
Good news for taxpayers yes. But good for town departments?
Some say no.
At its October meeting, the town board heard complaints that not enough is being spent to take care of problems.
Leading the way was Phoenicia water commissioner Ric Ricciardella, who warned that another pump was needed for the hamlet’s water system.


Rotary spruces up Pine Hill playground

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Armed with little cash but lots of enthusiasm, the Fleishmanns/Pine Hill Rotary Club recently set its sights on helping out the forlorned Smith Park in Pine Hill.
On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the group held an impromptu celebration of those efforts, which brought to the park custom-crafted benches, a new basketball court and other amenities.
Club Vice President Carole Chanler was pleased with how much was done thanks to the volunteer efforts of people like local craftsman Klaus Thienel, who made the benches.


Andes residents sound off on noise ordinance

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By Cheryl Petersen
Reaching the room occupancy limit, Andes residents filled town hall to discuss a proposed Noise Ordinance and a local law concerning permitted use of the transfer station last Tuesday.
The noise ordination is meant to regulate unreasonable noise within the town.
“The ordinance is not designed to affect farming as defined by the dictionary and by New York Agriculture and Markets,” said Supervisor Donnelly. “It is to restrict high-level, incessant noise.”


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