RCS project to come before voters for the third time in May

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Roxbury Central School District voters will get a third vote on a school repair project when they vote on their school budget in May.
Board of education members meeting last Wednesday night amended the repair proposal they plan to put before the voters, following a public hearing on the project.


Shandaken police officer resigns unexpectedly

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
A Town of Shandaken police officer resigned last week, creating some speculation over changes in the department. Officer Michael Ennist submitted a resignation letter and though both Police Chief Chad Storey and Town Supervisor Robert Stanley acknowledged receipt of the resignation, neither would say more about it.


Water main freezes in Phoenicia hamlet

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Parts of the Phoenicia Water District were still without water Monday after a six-inch main line froze up Saturday afternoon.
The matter remained unresolved as of press time. The entire district was placed on a boil-water alert as a safety precaution and gallon jugs of fresh water were made available for residents at the Phoenicia Fire House. While most of the 300 or so users of the system did not see any disruption, many in the High Street and Station Road area had no water.
PHOENICIA FREEZE UP — A temporary water main made out of a fire hose and installed in Phoenicia Sunday was no match for the frigid temperatures that night. Once the mercury fell below zero it froze solid, just like the water main underneath, which suffered a full freeze up the day before. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.PHOENICIA FREEZE UP — A temporary water main made out of a fire hose and installed in Phoenicia Sunday was no match for the frigid temperatures that night. Once the mercury fell below zero it froze solid, just like the water main underneath, which suffered a full freeze up the day before. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.


Andes mulls eliminating tax collector and combining job with town clerk

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By Cheryl Petersen
A split vote in a town board meeting last week Tuesday tabled a resolution to abolish the elected office of tax collector in the Town of Andes. If the resolution had passed, the duty of collecting tax would have been transferred to the town clerk. The intent was to save money and streamline management.


CWC will investigate reasons for the Bovina garage sinking

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By Cheryl Petersen
With a barrage of severe winter storm watches and Governor Cuomo asking people to stay home for safety reasons, it’s no wonder Highway Superintendent Ed Weber told the Bovina Town Board, “The sand pile is getting low.”
Weber also showed the board a sliver of wood, 10-inches long, and said, “Woodpeckers are pecking the sand shed and thousands of these wood slivers fall into the sand pile. I’ll get a fake owl to put in the shed and hopefully scare the woodpeckers away. The good news is the Freightliner is up and running, plowing snow.”


Affordable artist housing available in June in Kingston

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Kingston — Brand new affordable apartments, 55 in all, ranging from studio sized to three-bedroom, will soon become available in Kingston thanks to the RUPCO reconstruction of a century-old factory. Artists and people engaged in creative work will get preferences in renting the apartments, which will range in price from $526 for a studio to $1,042 for a three-bedroom.
COMING SOON — Brand new affordable apartments, 55 in all, ranging from studio sized to three-bedroom, will soon become available in Kingston thanks to the RUPCO reconstruction of a century-old factory.  Artists and people engaged in creative work will getCOMING SOON — Brand new affordable apartments, 55 in all, ranging from studio sized to three-bedroom, will soon become available in Kingston thanks to the RUPCO reconstruction of a century-old factory. Artists and people engaged in creative work will get


McNaught Memorial Fund now accepting school art program applications

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Administrators of the Mich­elle MacNaught Memorial Fund have issued a request for applications for art programs in schools for the coming year. The funding, established to honor Michelle MacNaught, supports the arts and provides scholarships to graduating seniors who have participated in the arts at Delaware County schools.
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Blaze completely destroys Margaretville home

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This is an updated report on a story published on-line earlier this week

­By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Community response was swift and generous last week when a fast-moving blaze left a Margaretville couple homeless.
— Photos by Brian Sweeney— Photos by Brian Sweeney


Commuter killed in Metro-North crash had local family in our region

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Catskill Mountain News readers in the Belleayre skiing community were shocked and saddened last week when they learned that a Metro-North train disaster in Valhalla had devastating results for a popular couple here. Eric Vandercar, the 53-year-old son-in-law of Big In­dian residents Allen and Judy Shiner, was among the six people killed when a commuter train on Metro-North’s Harlem line struck a car in Westchester County.
Eric Vandercar, pictured here with his wife Jill and children Jake and Sadie, perished last week in a train crash.Eric Vandercar, pictured here with his wife Jill and children Jake and Sadie, perished last week in a train crash.


City flood buyout programs complex; not "one size fits all"

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
It’s complicated! If there is one thing every municipal official in the New York City Watershed can agree on, it’s that preventing flood damage and responding effectively when disasters do occur is very complicated. Solutions involve consideration of the environment, economics, and existing conditions in watershed communities as diverse as Boiceville and Bovina, Denning, and Delhi. Finding a one-size-fits-all program that can help well-populated villages built along river banks as well as it helps mountain-top hamlets and sprawling farm spreads might just be impossible.
That was the state of affairs last week when officials from New York City and Delaware County responded to Margaret­ville officials who said new programs being developed won’t help.


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