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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

Cahill knocks challenger in 103rd Assembly race off the ballot

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Longtime local Assemblyman Kevin Cahill has eliminated challenger Susan Zimet from the race.
In April, Zimet, a Democrat, announced her candidacy for the New York State Assembly’s 103rd District, which covers most of Ulster County and has been represented by current lawmaker Kevin Cahill, who is also a Democrat.
But on Monday Zimet drop­ped out, saying in a prepared statement that it was because Cahill mounted a legal challenge against her nominating petitions that she could not afford to fight.


Tennis Courts in Fleischmanns being restored


TENNIS ANYONE? — Workers from Seward Sand and Gravel of Oneonta were busy this weke working on the tennis court in the park on Wagner Avenue, Fleischmanns. The long delayed project is a major step toward totally rebuilding the flood damaged park. A new snack bar, and children's playground will be constructed. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz


Municipal leaders leery of new buyout

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Mayor of the Village of Margaretville is still leery of claims that her community has the power to prevent the City of New York from buying land within village borders, and while she and other municipal leaders have been assured that they can choose to not participate in the city’s new, $15 million flood buyout program, she wonders how difficult it will be to just say no.


"Transitions" program kicks off

Margaretville — Transition Catskills, a newly formed initiative in the worldwide Transition movement, will be presenting two screenings of the documentary “Transition 1.0.”  The screenings will take place at The Open Eye Theatre on Wednesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. and at The Roxbury Arts Center on Saturday, July 26 at 4 p.m.  After the 45-minute screening of Transition 1.0, refreshments will be served and the floor will be open for conversation. 


Work underway to solve Halcottsville's bridge issues

By Joe Moskowitz
Just five years after the Delaware County Department of Public Works (DPW) though it had ended a controversy over repairs to the Halcottsville bridge, the bridge had to be shut down for repairs last week, and the DPW will have to close it again later this year.


County begins repaving Phoenicia's Main Street

NEW SURFACE — Workers began repaving work on Main Street, Phoenicia this week. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.NEW SURFACE — Workers began repaving work on Main Street, Phoenicia this week. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Ulster County Highway Department announced late last week that it will tear up Phoenicia’s Main Street and repave it this week as long as the weather permits.
The project calls for the street to be redone between July 21 and 22 from the Phoenicia Pharmacy eastward all the way down to the Parish Hall of the Saint Francis de Sales Church.


ORDA losing state money, claims NYS Comptroller's audit

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The agency that was handed the keys to Belleayre Mountain Ski Center less than two years ago has been losing money, and lots of it, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, whose office just released an audit report on the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) that shows it lost $45 million in just three years.
Also, the Comptroller is recommending that ORDA begin taking more of the revenue from the Belleayre Conservatory, a local nonprofit organization that puts on a popular summer concert series at Belleayre.


Road work tops the agenda for Andes Town Board

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By Cheryl Petersen
The Town of Andes 1978 Caterpillar grader is shot. Highway Superintendent Mike McAdams reported that the road grader is not worth repairing. The town council considered this and other business at the July 8 evening meeting at town hall.
Between normal road upkeep and road damage caused by flooding, the lack of a grader adds pressure to the highway crew. The superintendent has been working on weekends using the 1989 John Deere grader to try to match the road demands.

Repair projects


Driver escapes serious injury in crash that rips vehicle in half

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A Hardenburgh resident miraculously escaped with only minor injuries last Wednesday morning when the car he was driving went out of control on the Dry Brook Road near its intersection with Rider Hollow, struck a tree and broke in half.
RIPPED APART — A Hardenburgh resident miraculously escaped with only minor injuries last Wednesday morning when the car he was driving went out of control on the Dry Brook Road near its intersection with Rider Hollow, Arkville. — Photo by Randy VanKeurenRIPPED APART — A Hardenburgh resident miraculously escaped with only minor injuries last Wednesday morning when the car he was driving went out of control on the Dry Brook Road near its intersection with Rider Hollow, Arkville. — Photo by Randy VanKeuren
State police report that Eric R. Greene, 32, was driving north at a high rate of speed when he lost control, crossed the road and hit a tree, totally demolishing the vehicle.


EPA wants to stop trucks from blasting soot

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By Joe Moskowitz
If you are driving along on a quiet road and a diesel truck in front of you suddenly starts to roar and pour out thick, black smoke, you may have just been “sooted.”
The phenomena is commonly called “Rollin’ Coal” and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it’s illegal and wants it stopped. The soot is created because far more fuel is being pumped into the engine than it can cleanly burned.


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