Car Show for a Cause raises more than $5K

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The Car Show for a Cause held Saturday at Kirkside Park in Roxbury raised more than $5,500 for local charities and attracted more than 600 spectators. Glenn Hotaling's highly modified 1930 Model A Ford was a red-hot attraction.—Photo by Dick Sanford

MCS proposed budget reflects a 2.49% tax levy hike

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School District residents will vote on a 2014-15 spending plan that reflects a 2.49 property tax levy increase on May 20 from 2-8 p.m.
The total proposed budget is $10,842,681, an increase of $263,549 (also 2.49 percent) from the current spending plan. The district’s budget includes the use of $529,556 of fund balance and reserves to help offset increased costs.
The biggest areas of change in the budget include:
• Health, dental and medical reimbursements up from $1,775,938 to $2,137,705.


ACS proposed tax levy increase less than 1% for Tuesday's vote

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By Joe Moskowitz
Voters in the Andes Central School District have several choices to make when they go to the polls next Tuesday, May 20. None of the choices are likely to meet with any serious opposition but the operating budget may signal big problems down the road for the little school.
The proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year calls for spending just under $3.9 million, an increase of 2.69 percent over the current year. If approved, the tax levy will go up by less than one percent.


Prattsville House reopens in village hit hard by Irene and Lee

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The Prattsville House is up and running after being put out business in 2011 by damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzThe Prattsville House is up and running after being put out business in 2011 by damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz
By Joe Moskowitz
When Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee struck, no community was hit harder than Prattsville. To this day, more than two and-a-half years later, many scars remain in the little community on the banks of the Schoharie River.


Ethics of Shandaken officials challenged

By Jay Braman Jr.
The May meeting of the Shandaken Town Board ended with a heated discussion about the ethics of some town officials, some named and others not identified, when a Phoenicia resident complained about what he said was the uneven way town laws are enforced.


Doris Warner to challenge Holcherr in MCS board election

By Brian Sweeney
Doris Warner will challenge Kurt Holcherr for a Margaret­ville Central School Board of Education seat in balloting on Tuesday, May 20 from 2-8 p.m.
Following are profiles of the MCS Board candidates who are in the running for a three-year term.


New flood maps inflate insurance rates for some properties

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By Joe Moskowitz
It has been nearly three years since the storm struck, but the bad news from Hurricane Irene just keeps on coming.


Margaretville citizens mull flood mitigation options

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By Joe Moskowitz
The Margaretville Rising Community Committee held a fourth and final public hearing Monday evening.
The committee, chaired by Glen Faulkner and Carol O’Beirne, has spent months doing everything it can to get the public involved in the process, and the effort seems to have paid off spectacularly.
The public involvement so impressed the state that New York is increasing the money it is giving the village for flood recovery from $3 million to $6 million.


Public Hearing for Higley's set for May 8

By Jay Braman Jr.
Area residents will get a chance to speak up on Al Higley’s efforts to reopen his store in Mount Tremper, which is now shut down by State Supreme Court order.
On Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m., the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at town hall on Route 28 in Allaben.


Hrazanek's flood buyout quest a race against the clock

By Joe Moskowitz
Fleischmanns businessman and property owner William Hrazanek is racing against a clock that is about to tick down to zero.
On May 20, two of his Fleischmanns properties, the former Bailey Manufacturing plant on Depot Street and the VW Parts facility on Wagner Avenue, will go on the foreclosure auction block on the steps of the Delaware  County Courthouse in Delhi.
Fleischmanns native and former Wall Street tycoon Kenneth Pasternak holds first mortgages on both properties and has won judgments totaling more than $1 million against Hrazanek for non payment.


Catskill Mountains Film Festival schedule

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A complete schedule of the Catskill Mountains Film Festival this weekend is attached as a PDF file here. It also appears on the back page of this week's Catskill Mountain News' print edition. Future auteurs of the world, take note!


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