County supervisors contemplate more budget cuts


By Cheryl Petersen
At the Delaware County Building in Delhi on October 22, the board of supervisors listened to a presentation on the county Poor House operated from 1828 until 1957. Members also were told by Walton Supervisor Bruce Dolph, chairman of the Finance Committee, “We need to make more cuts in the budget.”
“The finance committee has been able to make significant cuts, but with great difficulty,” said Dolph. “We still need to reduce the budget from its current 7.939 percent tax increase.”

Moose killed in Sullivan Co. likely the one who visited Fleischmanns


By Brian Sweeney
A moose that was killed this month in Sullivan County was likely the same animal that was spotted roaming Main Street, Fleischmanns in early September.
The moose killing occurred on October 12 in the Town of Neversink. The father of the teenager who shot the animal told officials from the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that his son shot the animal as it charged his hunting party, as they were exiting the woods.

School districts have homework on shared services options


By Joe Moskowitz
More than 100 people filed into the gym at Margaretville Central School (MCS) last Wednesday to learn about shared services in the education world.
Members of the boards of education of MCS, Andes, Hunter-Tannersville, and Roxbury Central Schools met in a joint session to ask questions and get candid answers about sharing services, up to and including the position of superintendent of schools. Also attending the meeting were teachers, administrators, and members of the public who just wanted to learn.

Mt. Tremper residents push for dredging the Esopus


By Jay Braman Jr.
Mount Tremper residents long for the good old days, back during a time when dredging the Esopus Creek was commonplace.
The process not only helped to keep flooding at a minimum but also gave local contractors and municipalities an abundant supply of material, at a cost of only about $10 a dump truck load, to build roads and septic systems in the area.

Rev. Dykstra honored with the Roadman Citizen of the Year Award


Margaretville — A red carpet, red and black balloons, an array of Hollywood memorabilia and glitter greeted guests at the 2014 Harvest Moon Ball at Hanah Mountain Resort and Country Club on Saturday evening, October 18.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2014 Margaretville Hospital Keene A. Roadman Citizen of the Year Award to the Reverend Richard Dykstra by Margaretville Hospital Board member, Tom O’Brien.

Andes budget plan shows 4.6% hike


By Cheryl Petersen
The proposed Andes town budget calls for an approximate 4.6 percent increase, it was revealed at the board’s October 14 meeting.
A public hearing will be held on the Preliminary Budget will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:45 p.m. at town hall. The regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m.
In other action at its October meeting, the board addressed the deteriorating condition of the access ramp at the public library at its October 14 meeting.

Local schools to focus on shared services


By Joe Moskowitz
The Boards of Education of Andes Central, Hunter-Tannersville Central, Margaretville Central, and Roxbury Central Schools will hold a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at MCS.
All four boards are meeting in a combined session to discuss the possibility of sharing services. According to the letter MCS Board President Terry Johnson sent that started the talks, the sharing could include the position of Superintendent of schools.

Albanese leaving
MCS will have a vacancy starting November 1 when Tony Albanese leaves.

Llobets make life-changing journet to Tibet to provide free medical care

Margaretville — Margaretville physicians Paul Llobet, MD and Holly Llobet, MD recently accompanied Charles Kutler, MD of Kingston on a trip to Tibet to provide free medical services to thousands of local residents.
ON THE JOB — Dr. Paul Llobet treats a patient during a recent mission to provide free medical services in Tibet. — Contributed photosON THE JOB — Dr. Paul Llobet treats a patient during a recent mission to provide free medical services in Tibet. — Contributed photos

Local school boards to consider shared services


By Joe Moskowitz
The boards of education of four area school districts will meet in an unprecedented joint special session next Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Margaretville Central School (MCS) to discuss the possibility of sharing services.
Roxbury Central School Board President Ed Fersch said, “There has been a flurry of conversations between the presidents of the Andes, Margaret­ville, Roxbury, and Hunter-­ Tannersville boards, and BOCES Superintendent Nick Sabin.”

Delaware supervisors on board with 2-1-1 service


By Cheryl Petersen
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors convened at the county building in Delhi on October 8 to learn plans for expansion into Delaware and Otsego counties of the Susquehanna River Regions 2-1-1 System, to hear an update on Ebola, and approve the sale of tax-acquired property.

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