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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.


Make plan to help in emergencies

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To The Editor:


Please help us in Prattsville

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To The Editor:
This could be you, but it’s us!

Approximately 1,000 residents of Prattsville were left homeless and devastated by Irene on August 28. Since then the cleanup has began. I was present at a business owners’ meeting where FEMA officials offered approximately $30,000 per business in grants and low interest loans for those who are eligible. That seemed to satisfy some but myself and others have their doubts.


Time to dredge the rivers

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To The Editor:
The flood of 2011 was both tragic and wonderful. Tragic to witness the devastation wrought by nature and wonderful to see the great spirit of people undiminished in its wake. The people of Margaretville and Arkville wasted no time in salvaging their property and lives as well as livelihoods and anyone walking through these neighborhoods in the days following the flood could only be inspired.


Recognition needed for workers

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To The Editor:
Following the disastrous flooding from Hurricane Irene, much well deserved credit has been given to the local (and not so local) emergency services that came to our aid in our time of need.

However, I noted one branch of our public services was sorely lacking from any mention: our highway departments! During the storm, I personally watched Tim from the Kelly Corners patrol of the Delaware County Highway Department scurrying back and forth with equipment during the onslaught to help contain the damage and prevent new or further damage from occurring.


Middletown property owners in RCS District face big tax hike

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By Pauline Liu
Most Town of Middletown property owners will be receiving their school tax bills several days late this year due to software problems in the county treasurer’s office.

When those bills arrive later this week, some taxpayers will also be getting an expensive surprise. While many face tax hikes, more than 500 homeowners, who live in the Town of Middletown but pay school taxes to the Roxbury Central School District, face tax increases as high as 35 percent.


Fracking meeting was hijacked

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To The Editor:
I believe it is important for a reporter to get names and information accurate.  After I spoke I heard polite clapping and then a couple of people came up and agreed with me and thanked me. I did not hear any boos.  Many others phoned and the messages were positive, but that does not matter.  I dislike hypocrisy, and as a friend repeated this morning, the meeting in Andes was hijacked.  I felt that I was sitting in a class entitled “Hysteria 101.”  Story Laurie and her family send the kids to Delhi.  Then people want to tell me what I can do with my land.


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