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SPECIAL NIGHT — The Rev. Richard Dykstra of Roxbury, right, is all smiles after receiving the Margaretville Hospital Keene A. Roadman Citizen of the Year Award on Saturday evening at the Harvest Moon Ball. The event was sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. Also pictured during the presentation are event Chair Karen Kolar and Hospital Board Member Tom O’Brien.— Photo by eOneMedia.com

Margaretville eCenter facelift underway

By Brian Sweeney
Exterior renovations got underway this week on a project to turn the Margaretville Masonic Building into an eCenter business incubator.
The building was purchased last year from the Masonic Lodge by the Delaware County Industrial Devel-opment Agency. The IDA previously has established an eCenter in Delhi.


Fleischmanns beefing up parking law enforcement

By Jay Braman Jr.
Be careful where you park in Fleischmanns.
While violators of the no parking zones in the village may have in the past gotten off with a warning, it appears those days are gone following a special meeting of the village’s board of trustees Monday evening that had the board and audience members standing on Main Street and arguing over where parking zones end.


Village rejects cop's resignation; Fox will remain on the job

By Julia Green
The Village of Margaretville Board of Trustees opted Monday not to accept a letter of resignation submitted by Margaretville Police Officer Harold Fox on June 4. The decision was made following an executive session at the board’s monthly meeting.
“Mr. Fox came before the board requesting that the board reject and not accept his letter of resignation, and the board agreed to reject and not accept his letter of resignation,” said Margaretville Mayor John VanBenschoten. “Mr. Fox continues to be the police officer for the Village of Margaretville.”


VanBenschoten appointed to Middletown Planning Board

By Julia Green
The Middletown Town Board appointed Margaretville resident Kate VanBenschoten last Tuesday to fill a vacancy on the town’s planning board.
The vacancy was initially created when longtime planning board member and New Kingston resident Pete Palen submitted a letter of resignation on Jan. 13 of this year. The opening was temporarily filled when the town board appointed Kathleen McCarthy to the post on March 10; however, she tendered her resignation on May 11 after serving for only two months. In her resignation, McCarthy said that, “due to unforeseen personal circumstances, [her] availability and ability to serve on the planning board [would] be affected.”


Top scholars named at local schools

By Julia Green
The top honors graduates have been named at local high schools.


Andes woman faces DWI charges in accident that left man dead

By Brian Sweeney
A 45-year-old Andes woman faces two driving while intoxicated charges stemming from a fatal accident last December, but was not indicted for vehicular manslaughter.
Christine Arnao pleaded innocent last Thursday to charges of driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI stemming from the accident in which Jon J. Church, 31, of Wells Bridge was killed.


Priest investigation is moving forward

By Brian Sweeney
Delaware County Sheriff’s Department officials are continuing their investigation of a Margaretville priest who is suspected of endangering the welfare of children.
The Very Rev. James McDevitt is being investigated in connection with alleged inappropriate behavior toward children after several complaints were made against him in recent weeks.


Margaretville priest investigated for endangering welfare of children

By Brian Sweeney
A Margaretville priest is being investigated for possibly endangering the welfare of children.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant Monday on properties owned by the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Parish to gather potential evidence against the subject of the investigation, the Very Rev. James McDevitt, pastor of the church.
Sheriff’s deputies were seen removing numerous boxes and bags from the church’s rectory and adjacent garage on Monday morning.


Halcottsville Grange work gets boost from bank bucks

By Julia Green
NBT Bank of Margaretville Vice President Caroljean Finch presented a $1,000 check to help fund the Halcottsville Grange Hall Restoration Project, an ongoing fund-raising effort to support renovations to the Wawaka Grange Hall in Halcottsville.
The hall, which has been a focal point of the Halcottsville hamlet for more than 100 years, was the first home of the Halcottsville Grange #350, established in 1875 as a local lodge of the National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry, an educational and political action society for farmers.


Shandaken Board mulls mid-year spending requests

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board heard a plan last week from a group of Phoenicia parents asking for some town support to install a large piece of playground equipment in the Phoenicia Park behind the post office.
The $12,000 “Star Climber,” according to the group’s spokesperson, Heather Roberts, would be a great addition to what many consider an under equipped park.


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