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Fleischmanns changes leadership with fewer than 80 voters turning out

Fleischmanns voters reversed course Wednesday night and elected a new Mayor and a new trustee while returning just one incumbent trustee to office. Challenger Don Kearney bested incumbent Mayor Todd Pascarella by a count of 42 to 33 votes. In the trustee balloting, challenger Lew Grocholl garnered the most votes at 41 with incumbent Ben Fenton taking 36 so each of them will serve two year terms with the new Mayor. Challenger John Hoeko trailed by just one with 35 votes and incumbent Larry Reilly trailed by just two with 34 votes.

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Heroic efforts by rescuers save life of explosion victim

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TRAGIC SCENE — Firefighters and rescue personnel from the Margaretville Hospital Ambulance Squad work at the scene of an explosion that took place shortly after noon on Monday at a Route 30, Margaretville garage owned by Sandy Scudder. Mr. Scudder was badly burned in the explosion. Area residents Allen Misner and Cody Ackerley are credited with saving the victim’s life by rescuing him from the burning building. He is currently being treated at the Trauma and Burn Center at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.  — Photos by Dick SanfordTRAGIC SCENE — Firefighters and rescue personnel from the Margaretville Hospital Ambulance Squad work at the scene of an explosion that took place shortly after noon on Monday at a Route 30, Margaretville garage owned by Sandy Scudder. Mr. Scudder was badly burned in the explosion. Area residents Allen Misner and Cody Ackerley are credited with saving the victim’s life by rescuing him from the burning building. He is currently being treated at the Trauma and Burn Center at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. — Photos by Dick Sanford
By Brian Sweeney
The heroic work of two area men saved the life of a Margaretville resident Monday afternoon following an explosion in the garage where the accident victim was working.

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RCS officials hope for tax drop

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Roxbury Central School District residents got good news about school taxes when their board of education met last week and discussed budget concerns for the coming year. 
While no numbers are final until state budgets are passed, officials expect that the school’s operating budget will drop by 1.51 per cent and the tax levy will drop by 2.38 per cent. 
“No matter how you cut it, it’s a cost savings,” said RCS Superintendent Tom O’Brien, “and the savings will impact all district taxpayers.”

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VW Parts owner cited for unsafe structure

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
William Hrazanek, owner of the VW Parts property in Fleischmanns, was cited last week for failing to deal with an unsafe structure at his property located at 717 Main Street. Fleischmanns code enforcement officer Patrick Davis issued tickets on March 10 calling for a court appearance on April 15.

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Shandaken town wants veto power over Ulster Co. resort report

By Jay Braman Jr.
An Ulster County Planning Board member appeared before the Shandaken Planning Board Wednesday and distanced himself and his board from a report by county planning staff on the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park project, a project that seems to have reviewers walking on eggshells as they work to finally decide the fate of the $365-million plan that has been under scrutiny for almost 15 years.

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Bovina seeks insurance, CWC funding to repair garage

By Cheryl Petersen
Town of Bovina Supervisor Tina Mole told the town board on March 10 that, “The highway superintendent and I met with the insurance adjustor at the town garage and he admitted the settling garage is not normal, but is significant. He will present a proposal to the board the end of this week.”

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Andes town officials wary about Catskill Park Coalition formation

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By Cheryl Petersen
Town of Andes Supervisor Marty Donnelly, at last week’s board meeting, expressed appreciation to all residents for helping to keep the town’s storm drains clean. He also expressed leeriness to the board about a resolution approved by the Delaware County Economic Development/Watershed Affairs Committee, to seek New York State funding to promote the Catskill Park.

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Phoenicia water main repairs tabbed at $150,000

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken officials say that it will take $150,000 they don’t have to repair the Phoenicia Water District water main that fell into the Esopus Creek.
But, after a month of supplying about a quarter of the small district with water unfit to drink unless boiled first, a plan has been made to make another fire hose rig across the bridge street bridge to where it can be connected to the water mains that serve the users on the south side of the creek.

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Fleischmanns also fighting frozen pipes

By Brian Sweeney
Area residents continue to be hindered by frozen water lines that have created expensive and inconvenient problems.
Fleischmanns Mayor Todd Pascarella said this week that about a dozen village residents currently have frozen water lines. This number has been holding steadily.
“We haven’t had any more in over a week, so it hasn’t gotten any worse since a lot of people have started running their water,” the mayor commented.

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Protesters want MCS to bounce "Donkey basketball" fundraiser

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By Jay Braman Jr. and Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Margaretville Central School officials have come under fire this week from community members against plans to hold a school fundraiser that some say is cruel to animals. At issue is a game of Donkey Basketball slated to hit the court in a couple weeks, unless the district cancels the event.
After years of the MCS Honor Society holding the successful fundraiser, in which school community members play basketball while riding donkeys, some residents are saying enough is enough.

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