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ANOTHER FAMILY LEFT HOMELESS — Four residents, including three children, were left without a place to live after their mobile home was destroyed by fire on Thursday in the Town of Shandaken. All of the family’s belongings were lost, too.

Rental, business funding programs to be launched by MARK


Arkville — The MARK Project is launching two new funding programs to assist owners of rental properties and commercial locations with property improvements.

Last April MARK applied to the office of NYS Homes and Community Renewal for a rental rehabilitation program and Phase Two of the Roxbury Main Street program. The organization was notified of funding approval for both programs in late December.

County Economic Development Dept. offering flood grants

Delhi — With the assistance of Governor Cuomo and NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), Delaware County Economic Development announced Monday that it has begun accepting grant applications from local businesses and commercial building owners who were impacted by the floods resulting from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Slick roads cause multiple accidents


Extremely slippery road conditions last Thursday morning contributed to two accidents on Route 30 north of Roxbury.

At 9:15 a.m. a northbound car operated by Terence R. Doyle, 46, of Roxbury went out of control on a snow-covered road at the intersection of Polli Road, left the highway and rolled over.
Roxbury Constable Steve Williamson reports that Doyle was not injured in the accident.

Board: Phoenicia school closing looks less likely

By Jay Braman Jr.
As battle lines within the Onteora School District are beginning to be drawn, the Onteora School Board is making it clear that they are not convinced that closing a school will be the financial savior of a plan for the sprawling district.

At a public forum last week, the board heard from many parents and residents about the three options on the table for how to cut spending in the coming school year.

Some discounts restored at Belleayre

By Jay Braman Jr.
It was a dreary, gloomy and foggy morning Tuesday at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, but still, there was cause for at least a little celebration among the membership of the Belleayre Region Tourism and Lodging Association.

Suffering one of the worst winters in recent memory, those in attendance were pleased to hear from Belleayre Superintendent Tony Lanza, that the squeaky wheel got some grease.
Following strong lobbying efforts, discount tickets have been restored at the state-owned and operated facility.

Businesses, Officials urge governor to save Belleayre

By Pauline Liu
Desperate. That’s the dreaded word that many business owners and local officials are using to describe the Catskills’ winter economy.

Phoenicia School closing possible

By Jay Braman Jr.
If the Onteora School District decides to close an elementary school it will be Phoenicia Elementary, not Bennett Elementary or Woodstock Elementary, and it could happen this year.
And if it happens, students living in the Pine Hill/Highmount area could be traveling all the way to Woodstock.

That decision was made last week by the District Superintendent Phyllis McGill.

Fracking hearing draws strong views


By Pauline Liu
With the state’s public comment period set to end on Wednesday, area residents were given a last opportunity over the weekend to have their say about the gas drilling regulations which are being proposed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). 

Not only did over 100 people show up Saturday for, “A People’s Hearing on Gas Drilling in New York State” at SUNY Delhi, but about half of them stood up and spoke passionately against the gas drilling process known as hydrofracking.  

Slow-moving insurance bogging down Freshtown work


By Brian Sweeney  
Delayed insurance reimbursements continue to stall the reopening of the Freshtown Supermarket in Margaretville.

The store has remained closed since historic flooding caused extensive damage to the Bridge Street business on August 28.

Vice President Dan Katz told the News this week that work to reopen the store is progressing very slowly as the company continues to wait for insurance payments.

Magaretville Hospital earns placement on Top 100 list

Margaretville — Health -Alliance of the Hudson Valley’s Margaretville Hospital campus has been named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the country.
The announcement was made during the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) 10th annual Critical Access Hospital Conference, which attracted 650 rural hospital leaders to Kansas City, MO.
Sandy Horan, the executive director of Margaretville Hospital, said the hospital is pleased and honored to have been recognized.

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