James McGrath receives Spirit of the Catskills Award

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LONG SERVICE — James “Jimmy” McGrath, right, was honored with the Spirit of the Catskills Award on Saturday evening at the Belleayre Conservatory’s annual Snowball held Saturday evening at The Emerson in Mt. Tremper. The award is presented annually to someone who has performed extraordinary service to benefit the region. Jimmy was instrumental in growing the Shandaken Police Department and recently retired as police chief. Making the presentation is Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. A packed house enjoyed the dinner-dance. Proceeds benefit the Belleayre Music Festival. — Photo by Franz Edlinger, eOneMedia.com

Mt. Tremper residents push for dredging the Esopus

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Delaware supervisors on board with 2-1-1 service

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By Cheryl Petersen
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors convened at the county building in Delhi on October 8 to learn plans for expansion into Delaware and Otsego counties of the Susquehanna River Regions 2-1-1 System, to hear an update on Ebola, and approve the sale of tax-acquired property.


RCS project re-vote is planned

By Joe Moskowitz
Voters in the Roxbury Central School District are being asked to do something they had already done before, but the good news is that doing it again won’t cost any extra money.
In March 2014, Roxbury taxpayers approved a measure to spend $1 million in unused bond money, and issue another $4 million in bonds to pay for repairs and improvements, mostly to the older portion of the school building.
But on December 9, the voters will be asked to do it again, approve a total of $5 million for the capital project.


CWC approves funding for new distillery in Arkville

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By Joe Moskowitz
Union Grove is coming back! The hamlet, one of the communities taken by the City of New York for the Pepacton Reservoir, has been gone for more 60 years, but it may will live again in name and “spirits” in Arkville.


Pine Hill zoning change on tap for Main Street

By Jay Braman Jr.
In a move that is expected to give landowners on Pine Hill’s Main Street more options for what they can do with their properties, the Town of Shandaken is taking steps to change the zoning there from residential to commercial.
Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley said he expects the switch to take place by the end of the year, but that the change will not be officially in effect until the State of New York signs off on it.
“We’ve been discussing this for two months now,” Stanley said when explaining the details.


WIOX employee fired after politically charged emails to Rep. Gibson's office

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By Brian Sweeney
The office manager of Roxbury’s WIOX radio station has been dismissed after he sent e-mails via his company account criticizing Congressman Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook).
The office manager, who is also a program host, was reliev­ed of his duties shortly after complaints arose following his e-mail to Congressman Gibson’s office.
The e-mail was reportedly directed to the congressman’s office in response to a campaign press release sent to the Roxbury-based community radio station, which is a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate.


Pine Hill sewer extension planning underway

By Jay Braman Jr.
One part of the historic 1997 Watershed Agreement between New York City and upstate Watershed dwellers has finally begun in Pine Hill, where the City agreed, 17 years ago, to connect 25 properties up to what is known locally as the Taj Mahal of waste-treatment plants.


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