Mailbag

A steady army of assistance

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To The Editor:
All week long The Roxbury Arts Group has had a steady army  of volunteers willing to get muddy, wet and tired to help clean up after the damage our buildings sustained during Hurricane Irene.

Thanks to the coordinating efforts of Lauren Quarltere of Quarltere’s Garden Center in Roxbury and Dorothy Maffei of Home Goods of Margaretville in Margaretville, we are slowly, but surely, returning to normal.

We can’t say it often enough. Thank you, one and all.

Susan Kenny, executive director, and staff,
The Roxbury Arts Group


Auxilliary's efforts continuing

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To The Editor:
Our community has suffered a human and economic disaster in the past two weeks, and we of the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center share the pain that Irene has caused us all. 


Caring people are remarkable

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To The Editor:
In my 87+ years on this beautiful planet earth, most of my life I’ve lived in the Margaretville area which I love.

As I’ve traveled this long road I have had my ups and downs as this area has, but God has always helped us through them, with caring and helpful people.
God bless us one and all.

Berna Van Benschoten,
Margaretville


Fleischmanns deserves coverage

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Discuss hydrofracking issues

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To The Editor:
In response to Vera Liddle’s letter in the August 31 issue about the Andes forum on gas drilling. I also did not hear boos after Vera spoke, but instead heard applause when she finished.  I thought the audience listened to what Vera had to say and was respectful of her thoughts. 

I think Vera discussed an important aspect of the drilling issue, the economies of our region. While I disagree with Vera that drilling here may be the answers to our economic woes, I applaud her for discussing it. I know many others felt the same way.


Roxbury town crew lauded

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To The Editor:
This is a letter of appreciation for the prompt repair of the George Lawrence Road in Denver. This road was severely damaged during Irene, leaving several families marooned.

Thanks to John Bubach and the Roxbury Town highway crew, by Tuesday our road was back in service. Those of us living in the valley truly appreciate their dedication and hard work during this difficult time.

Russ Muir,
Denver


Emergency personnel thanked

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To The Editor:
The people living in Shandaken Village Apartments, the senior residence in Phoenicia, encountered many difficulties in the wake of Hurricane Irene, and we are extremely grateful to the many individuals and organizations who helped us cope with this disaster. With no power or food, it was truly amazing how many people came to our aid, and we are forever thankful for their kindness. It really showed how humane and caring people can be in times of crisis.


Great folks deserve recognition

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To The Editor:
I wanted to take a moment to publicly thank Glenn and Erica Ancona of KDR Roll Off for their superhuman efforts to save all of the belongings that were stored at their facility in Kelly Corners last week. They risked their lives  to get the storage units up onto Route 30 as the waters rose. Glenn was only convinced to stop after a 100-foot hemlock came roaring down the floodwaters at him.


Bridge issues need addressing

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Editor’s note: This letter was written to Delaware County DPW Commissioner Reynolds. The author asked that it be printed here as a Letter to the Editor:

Commissioner Reynolds:


Sense of humor not washed away

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To The Editor:
Since we’ve now had two “One Hundred Year Floods” in the last 15 years, does that mean that we’re now safe for the next 185 years? Just asking.

Bruce Beddoe,
Arkville

P.S. — By the way, who’s the wise guy going around saying that the picture of me on the front page of last week’s Catskill Mountain News was taken before the flood?
Good luck to all my friends, frenemies and enemies.


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