First Day of School

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MIXED FEELINGS — Peyton Cortese gives a reassuring hug to her little sister, Jenna, as she gets set for the first day of school at Roxbury last Thursday. Click on the photo to see more images of Roxbury's first day of school in our image galleries. — Photo by Dick Sanford

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.


Gas drilling forum planned in Andes

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Andes —  “What you need to know about gas drilling in the Catskills,” an issue that generates strong feelings both for and against, will be presented by Wes Gillingham, of Catskill Mountainkeeper, and writer/researcher Anne Saxon-Hersh at the Andes Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.


Freshtown celebrations pick up steam; Christmas target date for completion

By Brian Sweeney
Renovations to the new Freshtown Supermarket in Margaretville are in full swing and store officials hope to have all work completed by Christmas.
PSK Supermarkets Vice President Noah Katz said this week the renovations of the former A&P Supermarket on Bridge Street are progressing well. The store reopened as a Freshtown last January. After a number of months of planning, major work on the total overhaul of the store got underway several months ago.


Margaretville opening day is Sept. 2; Andes and Roxbury schools start Sept. 8

Summer is drawing to a close, and area schoolchildren will report to classes in the coming weeks. Students at Margaretville Central School begin classes today, while students at Andes and Roxbury central schools report to class on Tuesday, Sept. 8.


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