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MCS building project will be the focus of public meetings

Margaretville — Margaretville Central School (MCS) has scheduled a pair of public informational sessions on a proposed Building Maintenance Project.
The public information meetings will both be held on Tuesday, Dec. 2. The first session is planned at 5 p.m. at the Skene Library in Fleischmanns and the second meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the MCS cafeteria.

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Delaware supers get budget update, hear solar proposal

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By Cheryl Petersen
Meeting in Delhi on November 12, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors reviewd the county’s budget process.
Finance Director and Walton Supervisor Bruce Dolph said, “The budget increase has been reduced to 5.9654 percent. The board then resolved to hold a public hearing on the tentative budget, Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 12:30 p.m. at the county building on Main Street in Delhi.
The board members were also introduced to the Social Services Commissioner in Training, Dana Scuderi-Hunter.

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Area man recovering after shooting at Hess

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By Joe Moskowitz
A local man is recovering from a gunshot wound and three people, including two local women, are in jail following a shooting at a Route 28, Margaretville convenience store last Thursday night.
State police say Mackenzie Alexander, 23, of Arkville was shot in the shoulder during what may have been a robbery attempt at the Hess Express station in Arkville.
Alexander was initially treat­ed at Margaretville Hospital then transported to Albany Med­ical Center where his wound was described as not life threatening.

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MCS officials take action after alleged violence threat

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By Joe Moskowitz
A school assembly meant to prevent teen violence, may have prompted a Margaretville Central School (MCS) student to threaten other students at MCS.
Last Friday, November 7, the school held an assembly featuring “Rachel’s Challenge,” a school outreach program named after Rachel Joy Scott. Rachel was the first of 16 people to die at Columbine, the Colorado high school where two students went on a deadly rampage in April, 1999.

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"Great Wall of Gilboa" dam rebuilding finished

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By Joe Moskowitz
The “Great Wall of Gilboa” is finally finished. Dozens of construction workers were joined by local, state, and New York City officials, and a United States Congressman, on October 31 to mark the completion of the rebuilding of New York City’s Gilboa Dam.
The $138 million project, which New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd said, is believed to be the largest public works project in the history of the Catskills, was completed two years ahead of schedule, but that was nearly three years too late.

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Phoenicia Library reopening delayed until new year

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Phoenicia Library, closed since 2011 after being destroyed by fire, won’t be open for business until the New Year.
That’s the word from library officials, who say the ambitious rebuild project, underway for about a year now and costing upwards of $800,000, is actually on schedule but that delays on the part of a shelving manufacturing company have pushed the anticipated fall opening of the popular facility into perhaps January.

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Public hearing for Arkville distillery set for Nov. 13

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A public hearing on plans for a distillery and retail space proposed for 43311 State Highway 28, Arkville is set for Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Middletown Town Hall, Margaretville.
Brian Mulder of Roxbury and Todd Pascarella of Fleischmanns are proposing the new venture, Union Grove Distillery, LLC. At this week’s hearing, the Middletown Planning Board will discuss the proprietor’s application for the approval of a site plan review for the proposed distillery and retail space.

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Results of the Nov. 4 election in New York State

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Governor
14928 of 14998 Precincts Reporting - 99%

Andrew Cuomo, Dem 1,918,644 54%

Rob Astorino GOP 1,442,392 41%
Howie Hawkins, Grn 173,510 5%
Michael McDermott, Lib 15,582 0%
Steven Cohn, Other 4,547 0%

U.S. House - District 19

Christopher Gibson, GOP 124,428 65%

Sean Eldridge, Dem 67,024 35%

Attorney General

Schneiderman, Eric Schneiderman, Dem 1,924,535 56%

John Cahill, GOP 1,441,394 42%
Ramon Jimenez, Grn 75,357 2%


Death of Roxbury entrepreneur Lenihan leaves a void in the community

By Joe Moskowitz
Phil Lenihan, one of the pillars of the recent revival of the Roxbury business community, and a great friend and patron of the arts community, died unexpectedly Friday night while attending a Halloween party in Woodstock of an apparent heart attack. He was 61 years old.
Lenihan was born and raised in Dallas, TX and had traveled much of the world. Before moving to Roxbury he had lived in Woodstock.
He started visiting this area and purchased homes in both Andes and Roxbury. In 2011 he bought the Roxbury Corner Store and the attached post office building.


Roxbury reval project is nearing completion

By Joe Moskowitz
Town of Roxbury property owners who have been waiting several years for the town to finish its assessment revaluation won’t have to wait much longer. But, those who think that a revaluation is automatically going to mean lower taxes, may be disappointed.
Assessor Bob Breglio held two information sessions Saturday, one in Grand Gorge, the other in the Hamlet of Roxbury, to give a progress report.


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