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FUNdraiser was a great success

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To The Editor:
On behalf of the Morton Memorial Library Board, I’d like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to all who came out for our spring FUNdraiser, dinner at the Zephyr!
I would also like to thank the proprietors of the Zephyr restaurant, Amelia and Michael Hegeman, for hosting our event. Dinner was delicious, the staff was great and everyone worked hard to create a pleasurable evening for all!
Thank you, too, to our talented musicians, Ed Marris and Peter Brittain who helped add to the ambiance of the evening.

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Week of the Young Child

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To The Editor:
The Week of the Young Child is April 12 to April 18.  Today we know more than ever before about the importance of children’s earliest years in shaping their learning and development.  Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing.

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Put on their thinking caps

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To The Editor:
I was surprised to learn that donkey basketball would take place at Margaretville Central School.
As per a YouTube video I observed, donkey basketball appears to be unkind to the donkeys as well as resulting in children frequently falling off the animals. 
Since the event is taking place at the school, children are learning behavior, which they may take back into their lives not only with pets but also with other children.


I never questioned his passion

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To The Editor:
I want to publicly thank Todd Pascarella for his service to Fleischmanns.  Though I didn’t always agree with his positions on certain issues, I never questioned his passion for doing the best he could to improve the town I am grateful that he served during a very difficult time, as we needed someone with his dedication to get through that troubling period.  
It is my hope that he stays involved in the town as we need his passion and out-of-the-box thinking to continue to make Fleischmanns a better place.

Pam Barcia, Fleischmanns


Sounds prudent to me

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To The Editor:
It was alarming to read that the only concern of the Shandaken Planning Board, under chair Don Brewer, as recounted by Jay Braman Jr., regarding the report prepared by its counterpart at the county level on the Belleayre resort’s permit application was whether or not the town planning board was free to ignore it. 


He couldn't give up

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To The Editor:
Sandy Scudder suffered a major injury in a logging accident several years ago.  His survival was remarkable, and his recovery was both long and painful.  
It speaks to me of the kind of people who live in the Cats­kills. Strength, faith, responsibility, and will.  The photo post on Gofundme tells so much.  It explains why he couldn’t give up.

Steve Karney


Support was overwhelming

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To The Editor:
Congratulations to the Hubbell Companies, their people, and also everyone else who helped and supported the fundraising event Saturday for Sandy Scudder.
The support was overwhelming. It was great to see friends and neighbors come out to help.
We were happy that Scott Gray and his wife Nicole asked us to have the event at our place. Sandy helped us to put our place back together after the flood of 2011 and we wanted to help our friend Sandy.

Roger, Chuck and Betty McIntosh


Donkey Basketball concerns addressed

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To The Editor:
There has been much controversy during the last few days over Margaretville National Honor Society’s choice to host a donkey basketball fundraising event. The principle arguments against this event seem to be the following:
Donkey basketball constitutes a significant act of animal cruelty, as, to quote PETA’s website, “donkeys are dragged, kicked, and punched by participants who have no animal-handling experience. The sport is also dangerous to human participants, as they risk serious injury attempting to handle a notoriously stubborn breed of animal with little to no experience.”
As someone who has been heavily involved in the planning and arrangements for this event, I would like to address these concerns.


DEP flood programs explained

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To The Editor:
Over the past several weeks, there have been stories and letters in the Catskill Mountain News about two voluntary programs that will use New York City funding to reduce the impact of storm-related flooding throughout the region.
We thought it would be helpful to explain the programs, how they were conceived, and how they will help watershed communities that choose to participate.


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