Phoenicia Library rises triumphant from the ashes

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CUTTING THE RIBBON — Zara Dershowitz, 11, and her brother Mars, 9, got a kick out being the ribbon cutters to officially open the Marilyn Dershowitz Memorial Building, also known as the new Phoenicia Library, on Saturday. Their grandmother, Marilyn, a long time fan of the library, was killed in a bicycle accident in 2012, the year after the original library building burned. The new structure, which is located on the Main Street spot where the old one stood, was made possible by a sizeable donation made by the Dershowitz family in Marilyn’s name. Library Board President Bernard Handzel is at center, holding the ribbon. — Photo by Jay Braman, Jr.

Numann Technology Center opens at RCS on November 14

Roxbury — Roxbury Central School and the Greater Roxbury Learning Initiative Corporation (GRLIC) will celebrate the grand opening of the Numann Technology Center on November 14 at 1 p.m.
The center is the result of a unique school and community partnership that will be available to students during the school day and also to the community.

Area residents have featured roles in new music video


By Brian Sweeney
Several well-known area residents meet an untimely demise in a music video that was filmed locally.
Hubbell Companies partner Rudd Hubbell, Margaretville Bowl proprietor Michael Finberg and Maine Black Bear owner Bruce Beddoe all had featured roles in a video starring up-and-coming Brooklyn band Lucius. Unfortunately, their char­acters didn’t get to stick around in the campy video.

Auditors cite minor faults in Halcottsville FD review

By Jay Braman Jr.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli faulted several financial practices in an audit of the Halcottsville Fire Department released last month.
While no wrongdoing was cited, the comptroller recommended that the Halcottsville Fire Department (HFD keep better track of the cash taken in at fund-raisers. In the October 10 audit report, the comptroller also said that the company’s treasurer’s activities need more checks and balances.

County supervisors contemplate more budget cuts


By Cheryl Petersen
At the Delaware County Building in Delhi on October 22, the board of supervisors listened to a presentation on the county Poor House operated from 1828 until 1957. Members also were told by Walton Supervisor Bruce Dolph, chairman of the Finance Committee, “We need to make more cuts in the budget.”
“The finance committee has been able to make significant cuts, but with great difficulty,” said Dolph. “We still need to reduce the budget from its current 7.939 percent tax increase.”

Moose killed in Sullivan Co. likely the one who visited Fleischmanns


By Brian Sweeney
A moose that was killed this month in Sullivan County was likely the same animal that was spotted roaming Main Street, Fleischmanns in early September.
The moose killing occurred on October 12 in the Town of Neversink. The father of the teenager who shot the animal told officials from the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that his son shot the animal as it charged his hunting party, as they were exiting the woods.

School districts have homework on shared services options


By Joe Moskowitz
More than 100 people filed into the gym at Margaretville Central School (MCS) last Wednesday to learn about shared services in the education world.
Members of the boards of education of MCS, Andes, Hunter-Tannersville, and Roxbury Central Schools met in a joint session to ask questions and get candid answers about sharing services, up to and including the position of superintendent of schools. Also attending the meeting were teachers, administrators, and members of the public who just wanted to learn.

Mt. Tremper residents push for dredging the Esopus


By Jay Braman Jr.
Mount Tremper residents long for the good old days, back during a time when dredging the Esopus Creek was commonplace.
The process not only helped to keep flooding at a minimum but also gave local contractors and municipalities an abundant supply of material, at a cost of only about $10 a dump truck load, to build roads and septic systems in the area.

Rev. Dykstra honored with the Roadman Citizen of the Year Award


Margaretville — A red carpet, red and black balloons, an array of Hollywood memorabilia and glitter greeted guests at the 2014 Harvest Moon Ball at Hanah Mountain Resort and Country Club on Saturday evening, October 18.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2014 Margaretville Hospital Keene A. Roadman Citizen of the Year Award to the Reverend Richard Dykstra by Margaretville Hospital Board member, Tom O’Brien.

Andes budget plan shows 4.6% hike


By Cheryl Petersen
The proposed Andes town budget calls for an approximate 4.6 percent increase, it was revealed at the board’s October 14 meeting.
A public hearing will be held on the Preliminary Budget will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:45 p.m. at town hall. The regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m.
In other action at its October meeting, the board addressed the deteriorating condition of the access ramp at the public library at its October 14 meeting.

Local schools to focus on shared services


By Joe Moskowitz
The Boards of Education of Andes Central, Hunter-Tannersville Central, Margaretville Central, and Roxbury Central Schools will hold a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at MCS.
All four boards are meeting in a combined session to discuss the possibility of sharing services. According to the letter MCS Board President Terry Johnson sent that started the talks, the sharing could include the position of Superintendent of schools.

Albanese leaving
MCS will have a vacancy starting November 1 when Tony Albanese leaves.

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