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Contest deserved better promotion

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To The Editor:
Last week my company, Titan Drilling Corp., ran a contest based on the winter storm named Titan, that was suppose to hit us, but ended up going south.
The gist of the contest was that we would donate $100 per inch of snow received from storm Titan with a minimum of $1,000, to the NYS-based charity that we received the email votes on from the public.
To spread the word of the contest we contacted three media sources, WRIP 97.9 Radio station out of Windham, the Catskill Mountain News and WIOX Radio station out of Roxbury.


Sen. Seward clarifies quote on SAFE Act

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To The Editor:
I would like to set the record straight in regard to a quote attributed to me in a February 12, 2014 article in the Catskill Mountain News regarding the recent SAFE Act forum at the Delhi American Legion, and restated in a critical letter to the editor.


Second Amendment Rights Violated

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To The Editor:
It seems the NYS (un) Safe Act, is still a major topic over a year latter with law-abiding citizens.  I use the word unsafe because that is exactly what it is.  This was a knee-jerk reaction to a mass murder, pure and simple. Our governor had to quickly push this legislation into law without the normal review process and as a so-called “Measure of Necessity.” No cooling-off period nor true debate was done.   


Science is needed to protect golden eagles

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To The Editor:
Gloria Malloy (in last week’s paper) brought up a very good point regarding the importance of studying climate change. This is precisely why we are studying the flight habits of golden eagles. Reducing dependence on fossil fuels is key to addressing climate change, and wind power will be part of the solution.  
However, one argument against wind power is bird mortality, and wind turbines have proved deadly to golden eagles in particular.


Thanks for your support, Freshtown!

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To the Editor:
 The Fairview Public Library would like to thank the Freshtown of Margaretville for the donations of healthy snacks to our story time program. On February 20th our story time was visited by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County. Children ages 2 to 12 read a story about healthy foods, exercised and each made their own healthy snack. Thank you to all that were involved to help our young community members and their families stay healthy.
 
The Fairview Public Library, Margaretville


Railroad is an appealing attraction

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To The Editor:
Our family of five enjoys traveling the country and visiting area railroads. The Catskill Mountain Railroad is certainly appealing. But to sacrifice a portion of this railroad for a trail is poor judgment at best.
Trails are a dime a dozen. But a working railroad through your beautiful area is a strong draw. We would visit for a train ride, but never consider the trip for a trail.
Jim Norton, Huntsville, AL


Don't shortchange the future

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To The Editor:
We live in a time of great economic hardships. Escalating energy cost, ever-rising prices at the grocery store, few good jobs or no jobs at all, which all contributes to a declining state and local tax base.
As a result of New York State’s challenging financial climate, state aid is continually being reduced to our local municipalities and schools with schools are hit the hardest.


Sweet Valentine's Dinner Raffle

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To The Editor:
Congratulations to the winner of the Valentine’s Day Dinner Raffle at Peekamoose, Peter Molnar.  
We would also like to extend our thanks to Peekamoose Restaurant, the retailers and the participants for a successful and fun event geared to give recognition to our outstanding health care facilities right here in the Catskills, Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.  
In this particularly challenging winter season, many of you acknowledged the importance of supporting these community assets not only for the chance of winning but for the chance of guaranteeing a future of innovated health care well into the next generation.

Margaretville Health Foundation Board of Directors


Lois Barrett

Lois S. Barrett, 51, a resident of Andes, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.
Lois was born June 24, 1962 at Kingston, the daughter of Vinny and Beverly (Embree) Walker.
She is survived by her companion of 19 years, Robert G. Archibald Jr.; two sons, Cody Barrett and Joseph Magrane; her father, Vinny Walker and two brothers, Frank Embree and Jesse Flynn.
Lois was predeceased by her mother, Beverly.
A prayer service was held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb.  25, 2014 at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.


Leave the birds alone

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To The Editor:
Re your article on the capture and tagging of a golden eagle as part of study project, it is shameful that we can’t leave the birds alone. 
The large transmitter box, which was attached to the bird, may have some influence on its flight and ultimate health. Satisfying the students’ curiosity on genetic differences and habits of the bird is not worth interfering unnecessarily with our beautiful wildlife.
Humans are the most invasive species ever on the planet!  Those students would best be served by studying how we are contributing to global warming.

Gloria Zola-Mulloy, Fleischmanns


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