"Trucking" with Santa

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FIREHOUSE CHRISTMAS FUN —Over 100 kids brought their parents to visit Santa at the Roxbury Firehouse on Saturday including Trevor, Derek, and Jordan Fronckowiak.  Photos were taken by Catskill Images and refreshments were abundant. Fire Chief Allen Hinkley was so impressed with the turnout that he decided to make it an annual event. Planning for next year is already in the works. — Photo by Jill Ribich, Catskill Images

Margaretville gearing up for holiday celebration

By Pauline Liu
It’s going to look a lot like Christmas in Margaretville, during Thanksgiving weekend. Instead of decking the halls, local organizations are teaming up with village business owners to deck out Main Street with all of the trappings of holiday cheer.

A tree lighting ceremony, a visit from Santa Claus and a gift making fair for children are among the activities on tap.


Hardenburgh supervisor's race outcome unknown

By Jay Braman Jr.
Folks in the tiny Town of Hardenburgh way up in the far western portion of Ulster County aren’t sure yet who will be their town supervisor come January.

Several weeks ago longtime Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn announced he would not run again after the town board voted to require that the supervisor and town clerk each begin paying a portion of their respective health insurance costs.


Online learning focus of event at area schools

By Pauline Liu
The region’s schools are trying something new. At Andes and Margaretville central schools, a new online learning program has debuted. Meanwhile, Roxbury Central School recently held a Career Fair. It was an event so successful, that organizers plan to make it an annual event.


CWC distributes more than $1 million to businesses

Margaretville — The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) has distributed more than $1 million in grants to businesses damaged in late summer flooding.

As of November 1, grants to 47 businesses totaled $1,024,614. Many more applications are pending and another batch of checks will be processed next week, according to CWC Economic Development Director Michael Triolo.

The aid, drawn from the $5 million Flood Recovery Grant Program, which was approved by the CWC Board of Directors on September 13, is helping owners of for-profit enterprises repair structural damage to their buildings.


Middletown budget shows slight increase

Staff Report
Restoring some earlier cuts, the Middletown Town Board passed a 2012 budget last Wednesday that reflects a 1.9 percent increase in the tax levy.

Town officials reported this week that because of the omission of a bond interest expenditure from the final budget, the document will be reconsidered at a special meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. at the town hall.


Roxbury budget lowered to 0% tax hike

By Pauline Liu
Roxbury residents who attended the public hearing to override the state’s two percent property tax cap last Thursday were in for a pleasant surprise.

Newly re-elected Town Supervisor Tom Hynes told the audience of about 30 people, that there was no longer a need to seek an override. He explained that with much hard work, the budget had been recently whittled down, to that there will be a zero-percent tax levy increase.


Roxbury votes counted

Tom Hynes was re-elected supervisor:

Thomas Hynes 543
Bill Walcutt 211

Top vote getters in the race for town council were Edward Raeder and Carol Murray:
Edward Raeder 377
Stephen Walker 352
Carol Murray 390
Joseph Aulino 350

Diane Pickett was unopposed and was re-elected town clerk with 634 votes.
Joan Moore was unopposed and was re-elected tax collector with 620 votes.
Stephen Schuman was unopposed and was re-elected superintendent of highways with 643 votes.


Andes election results

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Martin Donnelley ran unopposed and was re-elected supervisor with 343 votes.

Kimberly Tosi defeated Janis Jacques in the town clerk race:

Janis Jacques 121
Kimberly Tosi 404

Wayland Gladstone and Thomas Hall were the top vote getters in the race for town council:

Shayne Moshier 161
Ritchie Gabriel 217
Wayland Gladstone 383
Thomas Hall 233

Margaret Moshier was re-elcted Tax collectoer:

Margaret Moshier 284
Stephanie Soules 227

Michael McAdams was re-elected superintendent of highways:

Michael McAdams 442
Bill Wagner 89


Congressman Gibson, FEMA working on flood help

By Pauline Liu
Congressman Chris Gibson (R-20th District) of Kinderhook has offered to help local officials find out what the owners of Freshtown are planning to do with their flood-damaged supermarket, amid widespread rumors that the business may be moving out of the village to higher ground.


Community anxious for Phoenicia bridge repair

By Jay Braman Jr.
It has been just over two months since the region was hit by back-to-back flood events that crippled many local businesses. Even though one of those communities has recovered physically, its economy still has a long way to go to return to normal.

Making matters worse, there is no date in sight for the repair of the main access to the business district, leaving merchants nervous about catching the winter trade.
Phoenicia was hit pretty hard by flooding at the end of August, but it’s real estate fared remarkably well.


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