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Shared services surveys released by local schools

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By Joe Moskowitz
The boards of education of Margaretville and Roxbury central schools have released the preliminary results of a shared services survey being conducted by the two schools. The results can be seen on the MCS website margaretvillecs.org.

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County heroin epidemic uphill fight for police, agencies

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By Joe Moskowitz
The numbers are startling. The stories are frightening. And the enemy is unrelenting. But members of a Delaware County Task Force held a forum Monday night at Margaretville Central School to explain how it is trying to fight the ever-increasing use of heroin.
Under Sheriff Craig Dumond said that in 2003 there were eight felony drug arrests in Delaware County. In 2013, there were 110 felony drug arrests, 63 of them for heroin. And, with just 10 deputes in a county the size of Rhode Island, the sheriff’s department is overwhelmed. 
Jail is full
The county jail is full, and because so many of the people behind bars have kids, there are not nearly enough adequate places to house their children.

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Roxbury voters reject proposed RCS capital project

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Roxbury Central School District voters, who approved a capital building project last year, turned down the same project in a re-vote on January 6. The vote, which had been scheduled for December and was delayed due to inclement weather, was 127 against to 109 in favor. School Superintendent Tom O’Brien said the school board will review the results at a meeting on January 14 and determine what the next steps will be.

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New dam rules could be costly at Shephard Hills

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By Brian Sweeney
The Shephard Hills Golf Course owner faces a potentially huge expense if the state determines that upgrades are needed to a dam on the property.
WORK NEEDED? — The dam at Shephard Hills Golf Course in Roxbury may not meet the higher standards for such structures that have recently been applied by the federal government. If an engineering assessment determines the standards are not being met, upgrading the dam could prove to a very expensive project. — Photo by Dick SanfordWORK NEEDED? — The dam at Shephard Hills Golf Course in Roxbury may not meet the higher standards for such structures that have recently been applied by the federal government. If an engineering assessment determines the standards are not being met, upgrading the dam could prove to a very expensive project. — Photo by Dick Sanford

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Owners seek to boost village business with a BAM

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
A successful “Holiday on Main” event in Margaretville the Saturday after Thanksgiving has led to the formation of a new group that hopes to replicate the success and bring more people to the village. The Business Association of Margaretville (BAM) held a meeting Tuesday evening to plan a February event, which will be followed by other activities and events throughout the year.

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Middletown town board organizes for 2015

Margaretville — The Middletown Town Board met January 6 at 5 p.m. in town hall to organize for 2015.
Appointments were affirmed by the board as follows: Mike Finberg, Deputy Supervisor; Beth Bush as the Supervisor’s Assistant and Bookkeeper as well as Health Benefits Administrator; Dave Goodchild as the Chairman of the Board of Assessors; Patrice Delameter as Town Health Officer; Terry Johnson and Ivan Misner, as, respectively, the Arkville and Halcottsville Water Districts’ Superintendent and Clerk; Bill Birns as Town Historian; Pat Davis as Code Enforcement Officer, Fire Inspector and CRS Coordinator; Cindy Waters as Court Clerk and Supervisor Marge Miller as Budget Director.

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Tempers flare at Shandaken session

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Town of Shandaken reorganizational meeting last Monday looked like it would come to an end without controversy, but a last minute accusation that one town councilman is harassing the Phoenicia Water Department brought some tension to the otherwise calm proceeding.

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Andes seeks grant funds

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By Cheryl Petersen
When the well water in the Village of Andes lowered to a point of concern last summer, a temporary water restriction went into effect and eyes turned to look for a new source. The town is now tapping into the Catskill Smart Growth Grant offer in the hope it receives funds to pay to investigate for a new source of water. The town is also applying for a grant to update the comprehensive plan and add a pavilion to Ballantine Park.

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County holds its annual organizational meeting

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By Cheryl Petersen
On January 6 in Delhi, Harpersfield Supervisor Jim Eisel took an oath to serve another year as Chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors. Bovina Supervisor Tina Mole was re-elected vice chair. Wayne Reynolds was re-elected commissioner of public works.
“I’m thrilled Wayne Reynolds is agreeing to serve another four-year term. He is an asset to the county,” said Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller, who seconded Reynolds’ nomination.
Received grants

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New laws take affect in NY state

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By Joe Moskowitz
It’s a new year and, this being New York, there are several new laws with which to contend.
One of the more popular new laws among workers is likely to be one that increases the minimum wage. Starting January 1, the minimum wage in New York State increased to $8.75 an hour. The old minimum wage was $8 per hour.

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