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May 7, 2008: Help for senior prom is appreciated

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To The Editor:
On April 9 the Onteora High School Life Skills class and members of Onteora DECA prepared for and hosted a Senior Citizens’ Prom at Al’s Restaurant in Phoenicia. Over 70 guests enjoyed the free music, food and party atmosphere made possible by grant funding provided through the Lower Esopus River Watch’s Learn and Serve America program, NYS Education Department and the Corporation for National & Community Service.


May 7, 2008: Economic summit important to region

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To The Editor:
In many circles, talk revolves around what people can do to stimulate the local economy. Usually people think of large-scale manufacturing and other large corporate businesses as the economic drivers needed to jumpstart and drive the economy. Although these large industries are no doubt important, particularly on a national and global scale, I believe that the average person has more direct influence over the start-up and success of small-scale, family-owned and operated businesses.


May 7, 2008: High expectations for board position

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To The Editor:
It is my pleasure to introduce myself as Tara Neeham-Poniros for a candidate for the Roxbury School Board. Let me start off by saying that I am the best candidate for the job, and I am ready to serve. I am a graduate of RCS, and a college graduate of Marymount College.


May 7, 2008: Buy locally to stimulate businesses

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To The Editor:
The federal government has announced that tax rebates are now being distributed. As families across New York prepare to receive their economic stimulus checks, the Delaware County Democratic Committee urges members of our community to do their shopping with locally owned businesses.
“The Delaware County Democratic Committee is committed to supporting, promoting and expanding our local businesses,” says Committee Chair Cynthia Lockrow.


May 7, 2008: Equal results for more pupil spending

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To The Editor:
According the US Census, New York ranks number one in the amount that school districts spend on their students. According to the Business Council of New York, the average amount spent in New York State per student was $14,119.
In the current proposed budget for Roxbury Central School District, the board would like to spend approximately $26,805 per student, assuming 350 students and the passage of the budget for $9,382,319.


April 30, 2008: Village water tower plans are a sham

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To The Editor:
At the Fleischmanns April 21 Village Board meeting, the village failed to demonstrate convincing arguments, concerning the proposed project to erect a 320,000 gallon, 35-foot-high water storage tank. Economically and environmentally this project is a sham.


April 30, 2008: Dismayed over bridge controversy

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To The Editor:
It was dismaying to read of the conflict between the Town of Middletown and the owners of Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm, Jim and Susan Kelly. The thought of possibly losing that quaint, charming and very unique Bed & Breakfast is also heart-wrenching. What a financial and aesthetic loss it would be to the area!


April 30, 2008: Typical hysteria clouds tax issues

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To The Editor:
At the April 7 meeting of the Shandaken Town Board, a resolution to create an Empire Zone met with what has unfortunately become typical hysteria.
Every new business in New York State is eligible for tax relief during the first 10 years of its development. This is not a creation of the developer, it is a fact of life.


April 30, 2008: Traumatized by shooting photo

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To The Editor:
Since my move to the area three-and-a-half years ago, I have enjoyed the return to “small town” life. I grew up on a farm in Ohio. My music career took me to New York City for five years, but I was a country mouse living in a world that did not suit my sensibilities. I desired a return to a simpler, wholesome life where the press might actually be so inclined as to be able to focus on the positives even more than the negatives in our daily lives.


April 30, 2008: Many helped with church fund-raiser

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To The Editor:
We would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s Trivia Challenge a big success!
Major thanks to our sponsors: Miller’s Drug Store, Wilber National Bank and Vly Mtn Spring Water.


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