Mailbag

Community Day planned for Oct. 16

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To The Editor:
We want to let everyone in the surrounding communities know that the Village of Margaretville sponsored Community Day is still on!  Now, more than ever, we need to come together as friends and neighbors to forget for a few hours the tragedy that has struck our communities.

On Sunday, Oct. 16 at the pavilion in the village park, the West Point Drum and Bugle Corps will be performing at 2 p.m.  Festivities will begin at noon with a bring-a-dish-to-pass picnic.  Bottled water and table service will be provided. You may bring other non-alcoholic beverages.


Out of luck with fracking issue

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To The Editor:
What happens to property values in an area that has to put plainly…been Fracked? In a single word, property values will plummet, perhaps to never return.

Potential home buyers are being negatively influenced by fear of fracking. They fear toxic fracking fluids, contaminated water, air pollution, radioactivity, damaged roads and round the clock light and noise. They are not going to pay full price where property values are expected to drop as an area becomes more industrialized.


Fracking is making people sick

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To The Editor:
People are getting sick from gas drilling. From state to state, over and over again, the gas companies deny responsibility and the DEP, EPA, and the DEC turns its back on the people they’re supposed to protect.

Politicians and gas companies assured us that what happened in the Barnet Shale wouldn’t happen in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale … but it did. Now they say, ‘NY will have better regulations!’ ‘The DEC will protect us!’ ‘Those problems won’t happen here.’ But, they already have.


Candidate has direct experience

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To The Editor:
I’m writing to announce that I’m running as a write-in candidate for Town of Middletown Supervisor. When I was asked earlier this year to consider running, I didn’t petition to be on the ballot because I felt that I wouldn’t be able to put in as much time as our current supervisor and that it would be a disservice to my fellow citizens. I no longer have that concern and here’s why:


A little relief offered for victims

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To The Editor:
Enclosed is a check to the MARK Project to help with flood relief for the victims of Hurricane Irene. I am attempting to contact many of the alumni of Camp Oquago from both the Henry Wellman years (1949-1976) and the Stuart Chase years (1976-early 1990s) as I believe many of them will want to help also.

I first came to this area as a small child when my father, Henry Wellman, purchased Camp Oquago in 1949. All the summers of my childhood were spent on Perch Lake, with trips to town – (movies at the Galli-Curci!) as a special treat.


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.


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