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Andes mulls eliminating tax collector and combining job with town clerk

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By Cheryl Petersen
A split vote in a town board meeting last week Tuesday tabled a resolution to abolish the elected office of tax collector in the Town of Andes. If the resolution had passed, the duty of collecting tax would have been transferred to the town clerk. The intent was to save money and streamline management.

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CWC will investigate reasons for the Bovina garage sinking

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By Cheryl Petersen
With a barrage of severe winter storm watches and Governor Cuomo asking people to stay home for safety reasons, it’s no wonder Highway Superintendent Ed Weber told the Bovina Town Board, “The sand pile is getting low.”
Weber also showed the board a sliver of wood, 10-inches long, and said, “Woodpeckers are pecking the sand shed and thousands of these wood slivers fall into the sand pile. I’ll get a fake owl to put in the shed and hopefully scare the woodpeckers away. The good news is the Freightliner is up and running, plowing snow.”

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Affordable artist housing available in June in Kingston

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Kingston — Brand new affordable apartments, 55 in all, ranging from studio sized to three-bedroom, will soon become available in Kingston thanks to the RUPCO reconstruction of a century-old factory. Artists and people engaged in creative work will get preferences in renting the apartments, which will range in price from $526 for a studio to $1,042 for a three-bedroom.
COMING SOON — Brand new affordable apartments, 55 in all, ranging from studio sized to three-bedroom, will soon become available in Kingston thanks to the RUPCO reconstruction of a century-old factory.  Artists and people engaged in creative work will getCOMING SOON — Brand new affordable apartments, 55 in all, ranging from studio sized to three-bedroom, will soon become available in Kingston thanks to the RUPCO reconstruction of a century-old factory. Artists and people engaged in creative work will get

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McNaught Memorial Fund now accepting school art program applications

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Administrators of the Mich­elle MacNaught Memorial Fund have issued a request for applications for art programs in schools for the coming year. The funding, established to honor Michelle MacNaught, supports the arts and provides scholarships to graduating seniors who have participated in the arts at Delaware County schools.
Michelle McNaughtMichelle McNaught

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Hinkley retires after 21 years in the service

Wasilla, AL — After 21 years of active duty service to the U. S. Air Force, Senior Master Sergeant Winfield S. Hinkley Jr., a 1992 Roxbury Central School graduate and son of Wink and Karen Hinkley of Grand Gorge, has transitioned to the Alaska Air National Guard.  
Winfield Hinkley, Jr.Winfield Hinkley, Jr.

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Blaze completely destroys Margaretville home

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This is an updated report on a story published on-line earlier this week
­By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Community response was swift and generous last week when a fast-moving blaze left a Margaretville couple homeless.
— Photos by Brian Sweeney— Photos by Brian Sweeney

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Commuter killed in Metro-North crash had local family in our region

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Catskill Mountain News readers in the Belleayre skiing community were shocked and saddened last week when they learned that a Metro-North train disaster in Valhalla had devastating results for a popular couple here. Eric Vandercar, the 53-year-old son-in-law of Big In­dian residents Allen and Judy Shiner, was among the six people killed when a commuter train on Metro-North’s Harlem line struck a car in Westchester County.
Eric Vandercar, pictured here with his wife Jill and children Jake and Sadie, perished last week in a train crash.Eric Vandercar, pictured here with his wife Jill and children Jake and Sadie, perished last week in a train crash.

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City flood buyout programs complex; not "one size fits all"

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
It’s complicated! If there is one thing every municipal official in the New York City Watershed can agree on, it’s that preventing flood damage and responding effectively when disasters do occur is very complicated. Solutions involve consideration of the environment, economics, and existing conditions in watershed communities as diverse as Boiceville and Bovina, Denning, and Delhi. Finding a one-size-fits-all program that can help well-populated villages built along river banks as well as it helps mountain-top hamlets and sprawling farm spreads might just be impossible.
That was the state of affairs last week when officials from New York City and Delaware County responded to Margaret­ville officials who said new programs being developed won’t help.

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Delhi woman dies in house fire

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At approximately 1 a.m. on Friday morning, February 6, members of Delhi, Andes and Bovina fire departments, along with Delaware County Sheriff Deputies, responded to a structure fire at 3150 Maggie Hoag Road, reported by a near­by neighbor. First arriving personnel found the residence to be fully engulfed by fire and were unable to locate the home’s owner.

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OCS super to leave; Onteora splits playground funds

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Onteora School Board has decided that more money should be spent on bettering the playground at the Woodstock Primary School rather than at the Phoenicia Primary School.
While some trustees felt that it wasn’t playing fair, a majority of the board decided at the January 28 meeting to carve a $320,000 playground improvement fund into a 60/40 split, with Woodstock getting $191,840 and Phoenicia ending up with only $128,159.

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