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July 16, 2008: Historic landmark needs to be saved

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To The Editor:
The Old Mill House in Halcottsville, currently known as Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm, is an historical landmark that has been the centerpiece of this lovely village for decades. Having lived in Bragg Hollow with our family full time for 22 years, and for an additional 15 years as a weekender, I have driven past this captivating piece of property countless numbers of times. Seeing the Old Mill House with its adjacent waterfall and the beautiful willow tree in the middle of the lake, as I cross the bridge, is always an uplifting experience.


July 16, 2008: Save history with a good decision

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To The Editor:
Save a piece of history—the old Halcottsville Mill House. It seems to me that with today’s technology and expertise we should be able to renovate the bridge without damaging the Mill House.
One possibility would be to build a new bridge downstream of the present bridge. The town supervisor, rather than criticizing the property, should be happy to have local enterprises listed in the Delaware Tourism booklet.


July 16, 2008: Professionalism was on display

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To The Editor:
I have recently moved to the Village of Roxbury and am very happy I did. Not only have my neighbors welcomed me with kindness and cordiality, but as a widow I feel exceptionally safe and secure.
A month ago I started working at Jane’s Dancing Bear Auctions on Bridge Street. Last week a disgruntled and unreasonably difficult neighbor started an altercation which was without cause; an instance where there was no justification.


July 16, 2008: Margaretville needs open government

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To The Editor:
I read your article “Pavilion park use tops village agenda” in the last week’s News and was shocked to find out that a special village board meeting had taken place with no public notice. Many local residents have expressed their dismay to me over the disturbing issue I raised in my letter to you of June 25 and indeed according to your article, that letter was one of the reasons the board called the special meeting. Astoundingly I was not informed of the meeting although a few other members of the public were evidently told of it.


July 16, 2008: No disrespect intended with flier

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To The Editor:
These comments are to Fleischmanns Mayor Kathleen Wilber, the village board and others who were offended by photographs in our recent mailing. We are all sorry anyone felt disrespected because no disrespect was intended.


July 9, 2008: Resort plans justifiably under siege

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To The Editor:
My recent letter regarding the Crossroads/Partners strategy of equating the fate of their proposed mega-development with that of the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center certainly ruffled some feathers. I must be doing something right! Nearly everyone in these parts supports the ski center, keeping it in public hands and affordable.


July 9, 2008: Special teachers had powerful effect

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To The Editor:
Bill Birns “hit the nail on the head” when he praised Marian Connell in his column last week. She was an excellent teacher and a fine person. I graduated from MCS in 1949, having taken a “commercial” course. I never expected to go to college so I didn’t take languages, science or math.


July 9, 2008: Little benefit from "Partners" mailing

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To The Editor:
The mailing recently sent to all postal patrons in the area by the “Belleayre Compromise Partners for Progress” is so blatantly false and contrary to reality as to defy any semblance of truth, credibility or integrity. The very obvious truth, contrary to their representations, is that this is a small, greedy group of ecosystem-blind businessmen seeking to put their profit margin ahead of the well-being of local citizens, who live and work here, as well as visitors and tourists.


July 9, 2008: Good citizens spruce up the village

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To The Editor:
If you’ve looked around the Village of Margaretville lately, you will have noticed new banners hanging on poles reminding people that Margaretville is a four-seasons destination. The banners were purchased by the village and hung by Kyle Schwarz with the help of the Margaretville Telephone Company.


July 9, 2008: Belleayre Mountain will be big loser

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To The Editor:
Poor Belleayre Mountain Ski Center (BMSC)! It has become the rope in a tug-of-war between the operators of Greene County’s private ski facilities at Hunter and Windham and the would-be operators of a private ski resort on Belleayre Mountain.


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