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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

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Middletown budget passes after changes

By Joe Moskowitz
For the second time in a one-week span, the Town of Middletown passed a new 2015 budget. And, while the language used during the special meeting last Thursday was less shocking than during the previous session, some of the town board members left this meeting at least as angry as they had following the last meeting.

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Grand Gorge FD volunteers "shovelled" off to Buffalo

By Brian Sweeney
Volunteers from the Grand Gorge and Hobart fire departments traveled to the Buffalo area last week to help residents cope with huge amounts of snowfall.
Buffalo and several surrounding communities received up to seven feet of snow from a series of lake-effect storms. At least 13 deaths have been blam­ed on the storm.

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Ralph "Bubby" Chase moving on to higher ground after flood buyout

By Joe Moskowitz
Arkville resident Ralph Chase is about to lose his home, and he couldn’t be happier about it.
Chase, known very affectionately as “Bubby,” is a local landmark in motion. It doesn’t matter what the weather, he can be seen walking, riding his adult tricycle, or driving part of his small fleet of John Deere garden tractors in and around and between Arkville and Margaretville. At 88 years old, and has no intention of slowing down.

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CWC gives funding to Catskill Interpretive Center

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) has joined with a host of other entities in support of the long awaited and finally-under-construction Catskill Interpretive Center.
As big machinery and dozens of workers try and beat the early onslaught of winter-like weather at the Mount Tremper site, The CWC chipped in another $123,000 to the project, bringing the total funds up to just under $1.5 million.

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Supervisor Miller rips town board in heated salary dispute

By Joe Moskowitz
A stunned crowd listened in shock Thursday evening at the way Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller challenged the town board to overcome community disapproval and grant her a double-digit pay hike. “For God’s sake grow some balls,” Miller said in response to a board member’s comment that there is considerable taxpayer opposition to her request for a large pay raise.

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Belleayre Mountain will be open this weekend

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Thanks to some early season frigid weather, Belleayre Mountain Ski Center will open this coming Saturday, a full week before what is usually considered the earliest chance for an opening day.
“Yes, we will open this Saturday and Sunday,” said General Manager Tom Tar on Tuesday. “It is a sure thing as long as the weather holds, and it will hold.”

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Numann Technology Center opens at RCS

By Joe Moskowitz
Guy Numann graduated from Roxbury Central School (RCS) in 1949. He only went to RCS for his last three years of high school and, as a transplanted New York City boy, he said he felt like an outsider. He also said he had to attend summer school just to get into college. But he said during those three years at RCS he learned about family, integrity, and community.
He said those values have guided him through life and he wanted to give something back to the community where he learned them.
SIGN OF THE TIMES — Guy Numann poses next to the sign at the newly opened Numann Technology Center at Roxbury Central School. The center was officially unveiled at a ceremony on Friday. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzSIGN OF THE TIMES — Guy Numann poses next to the sign at the newly opened Numann Technology Center at Roxbury Central School. The center was officially unveiled at a ceremony on Friday. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz

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Bovina garage has that sinking feeling

By Cheryl Petersen
Think of the Bovina Highway Garage on 18-foot-deep pilings and you can glimpse into its probable future. The highway garage has been sinking for years and was even treated with a Band-Aid effort a couple of years ago. However, on November 11, Bovina Town Board members listened to Jeff Stafford of Delta Engineering, lay out a repair solution.

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No franchise fees for MTC in Middletown

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By Joe Moskowitz
A battle over the supervisor’s pay raise may have dominated last Thursday’s Town of Middletown Board meeting, but it was not the only item on the agenda that brought out supporters and had to do with money.
MTC and the Town of Middletown have been negotiating a franchise agreement renewal that would continue to allow MTC to provide cable TV service within the town. The 10-year contract allows MTC, a telephone, cable TV and internet service provider, to use public rights-of-way in order to do business.

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MCS building project will be the focus of public meetings

Margaretville — Margaretville Central School (MCS) has scheduled a pair of public informational sessions on a proposed Building Maintenance Project.
The public information meetings will both be held on Tuesday, Dec. 2. The first session is planned at 5 p.m. at the Skene Library in Fleischmanns and the second meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the MCS cafeteria.

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