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DEEP STUFF — Firefighters from Grand Gorge and Hobart traveled to the Buffalo area last week to assist local communities with efforts to cope with up to seven feet of snow that buried the area from several lake-effect storms. — Contributed photo

Cutting Post Office hours meets with approval in Shandaken meeting

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By Jay Braman
According to surveys conducted by the United States Postal Service in Highmount, Pine Hill and Big Indian, most of the residents in those hamlets see reducing the number of hours the post offices are open as the least painful change.
That’s according to Neil Fitz­patrick, a representative from the Post Office that came to Shandaken Town Hall Monday night to discuss plans for changing things in those communities.

The “Post Plan”


Vacant Arkville building faces wrecking ball

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By Joe Moskowitz
An Arkville building that has been the target of complaints, scorn and legal action for many years is about to be demolished.
John and Carol Sanford, who own the dilapidated structure at the corner of Dry Brook Road and Route 28 told the News Monday that, “We have put a lot of work into it, but the town (Middletown) is coming down hard.”


Merwin receives ORDA Employee Recognition Award

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NUMBER ONE — For the first time since Belleayre become part of the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), a Belleayre employee has been awarded the quarterly employee appreciation award. This quarter’s award recipient is Joanie Merwin, information technology, and technical administrator at Belleayre Mountain.  From left are: Tim Maxwell–operations; Tom Tar, general manager, Joanie Merwin, IT, and Ted Blazer – CEO, ORDA. — Contributed photoNUMBER ONE — For the first time since Belleayre become part of the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), a Belleayre employee has been awarded the quarterly employee appreciation award. This quarter’s award recipient is Joanie Merwin, information technology, and technical administrator at Belleayre Mountain. From left are: Tim Maxwell–operations; Tom Tar, general manager, Joanie Merwin, IT, and Ted Blazer – CEO, ORDA. — Contributed photo


Andes health center re-opening soon

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By Cheryl Petersen
The Andes Health Center closed its doors temporarily on July 21 because of mold contamination in the building. A water leak, which caused the problem, has been fixed and the center is expected to reopen the week of August 4.


President getting involved in village bridge rebuilding

By Joe Moskowitz
When something needs to get done right, it’s sometimes best to avoid the middleman.
Margaretville resident Marc Osterweil thought that the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) was moving too slowly on replacing the village’s Swart Street bridge, so he went all the way to the President of the United States. And, his appeal to the Commander in Chief may have worked.
A detailed response to Osterweil from a high ranking FEMA official explained the problem and said that the Swart Street bridge replacement is now a FEMA priority item.


Supers urged to save Medicare costs

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By Cheryl Petersen
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors convened in Delhi on July 23 to authorize the sale of 74 tax acquired properties including three in Andes; 11 in Middletown, eight in Roxbury, and four in the Town of Stamford.
Other business included an update on the construction of the new county recycling plant in Walton. “The primary steel is going up. Two of the three floor slabs have been placed, and we are aiming to be operational early October,” said Sue McIntyre, director of Delaware County Solid Waste Department.


46th Annual Auxiliary Antique and Flea Market on August 2

The 46th annual Antique and Flea Market sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center is set for Saturday, Aug. 2 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Margaretville Village Park.
The market will feature approximately 75 vendors who will be displaying their wares, including antiques and collect­ibles, jewelry, tools, artwork, flowers, handmade articles toys and many other unusual items. A hospital-sponsored Health Fair will be held during the market offering free blood pressure testing and blood sugar screening.


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.


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