Mailbag

We're stuck in the middle on taxes

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To The Editor:
Roxbury Central School enrollment has declined by 30 children according to Superintendent Thomas O’Brien. A huge decrease for a school in the 365-pupil range.  Also announced by MCS Superintendent Tony Albanese was a decline of between 15 and 29 children in Margaretville Central School to below 400.


Hospital's early intervention saves many lives

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To The Editor:
Thank you for your article about Sue Doig’s journey from sickness to health. As a friend and colleague of Sue’s, it was inspiring to hear how she triumphed over such adversity and maintained her warm-hearted spirit.


Happy Trails to faithful companion Schnozzie

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To The Editor:
On Friday, Nov. 29 our beloved dog, Schnoz, left this earthly plain to see if she could be of service on another.
For the past 14 years, she and her “pet partner” Rain paid weekly visits to her friends at Mountainside Residential Care Center. Schnoz brought joy to all who she met or cuddled with in their beds. She always looked forward to seeing her “regulars” and often became excited in the car in anticipation of getting to her second home. She never asked for more than the smiles she brought to those she visited.


Community help needed for Community Christmas Project

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To The Editor:
Each year, our Community Christmas Project reaches out to brighten Christmas for many area residents. Last year, baskets were delivered to 159 families affecting 530 of your friends, relatives, and neighbors. Homemade breads were delivered to people who were recently bereaved. Margaretville Central School elementary children made cards that were mailed with gift certificates to area residents who live alone. Toys, mittens, and other gifts were wrapped and given to 205 children.


Thanks to all who helped with Mville Thanksgiving Dinner

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To the Editor:
    Thank you to everyone who supported the Margaretville area Community Thanksgiving Dinner on November 28. Attendance was affected by the weather and the flu, but it was a great dinner that served about 90 people in the Purcell Center, and provided another 30 people with takeout meals.


Please support the Roxbury Holiday Fund

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To The Editor:
Another year has rolled around and it is time again to think about our neighbors during the holiday season. We will be delivering food boxes and opening our “FREE” toy store in a few weeks.  We always  anticipate that our list will grow and that has certainly been the case in the past few years.
Our community  is always very generous and once again, we ask you to please keep The Roxbury Community Holiday Fund in mind when you make your giving list this December.


Maggie the Dog, what a life!

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To The Editor:
Matt and I said goodbye to Maggie on October 22. Her energy level was declining (she was 14), and when she stopped eating we took her to Doctor Dan in Grand Gorge. He took a few blood tests and an X -Ray, which showed advanced cancer. He asked us to see the X-Ray. There was no doubt. Dr. Dan sent her off in to a place where Cleo and Phoebe reside. She passed in our arms. It happened so quickly.
So many people have offered condolences. She would “wander” around the hamlet. I swear that she knew more people in Pine Hill than I did. Thank you all for enriching her life.


Fear the renewal notice

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To The Editor:
I just receive my homeowner’s insurance renewal notice and it is infuriating.
For 2013 my homeowner’s insurance premium was $316. For 2014 the premium will be $521, a 65 percent increase.  I do not have flood insurance on my house as it is on a mountainside. In 10 years of coverage I have never been late on a payment.  


Put a shovel in the ground for Belleayre Resort

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To the Editor:
Though it has been over five months since the public hearing, we were pleased to read that the Belleayre Resort Project has submitted plans to the Middletown and Shandaken planning boards.  The full build-out of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and the creation of the Belleayre Resort remain critical to the economic health of our region.


Vilification played a greater role

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To The Editor:
I don’t often write letters to the editor, but the recent supervisor’s race in the Town of Middletown forces me to write for the second time in a month.
Middletown has had a long tradition of respectful campaigning according to which candidates speak of their own qualifications and vision and refrain from attacks on their opponents. This tradition has made Middletown special, and many of us have pointed to it with pride. Sadly, this year, tradition fell by the wayside.


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