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Ring up the (Free) Flagpole


TALL ORDER— Titan Drilling of Arkville recently donated a flag pole to the Arkville Fire Department. The pole is located adjacent to the firemen’s pavilion. The pole was constructed by Titan employee Todd Johnson and the ornamental top was donated by company founder Lynn Johnson from his “Rust in Peace” cemetery on county Route 38, Arkville. Checking out the new structure is Titan partner Ted Johnson.
— Photo by Dick Sanford


RCS places major capital improvement plan on Tuesday's ballot

By Trish Adams
Next Tuesday, May 20, the Roxbury Central School community will vote not only a 0.9 percent increase in the 2014-15 proposed tax levy, but also on critical capital improvements that have been deferred for some years until the debt service on the 1997 addition was paid in full. 
If you missed the budget presentations, it is important to understand that the $5 million bricks-and-mortar projects that will be bonded over 15 years ($4 million) and paid from unused reserves ($1 million) has absolutely no connection to a gift — the Numman Technology Center — bestowed on the school and the community by RCS alumni Guy Numann and other funding sources. 


MCS proposed budget reflects a 2.49% tax levy hike

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School District residents will vote on a 2014-15 spending plan that reflects a 2.49 property tax levy increase on May 20 from 2-8 p.m.
The total proposed budget is $10,842,681, an increase of $263,549 (also 2.49 percent) from the current spending plan. The district’s budget includes the use of $529,556 of fund balance and reserves to help offset increased costs.
The biggest areas of change in the budget include:
• Health, dental and medical reimbursements up from $1,775,938 to $2,137,705.


ACS proposed tax levy increase less than 1% for Tuesday's vote

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By Joe Moskowitz
Voters in the Andes Central School District have several choices to make when they go to the polls next Tuesday, May 20. None of the choices are likely to meet with any serious opposition but the operating budget may signal big problems down the road for the little school.
The proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year calls for spending just under $3.9 million, an increase of 2.69 percent over the current year. If approved, the tax levy will go up by less than one percent.


Spring Affair leads to .... college?


COLLEGE FUNDS — The proceeds from the sale of tamales and fruit cups at this booth at Saturday’s Spring Affair in Margaretville were being applied to a scholarship fund for Thalia Gil (pictured) and her brother, Sam. — Photo by Dick Sanford


Prattsville House reopens in village hit hard by Irene and Lee

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The Prattsville House is up and running after being put out business in 2011 by damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzThe Prattsville House is up and running after being put out business in 2011 by damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz
By Joe Moskowitz
When Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee struck, no community was hit harder than Prattsville. To this day, more than two and-a-half years later, many scars remain in the little community on the banks of the Schoharie River.


Middletown GOP dinner draws crowd

By Joe Moskowitz
Middletown Republican Committee Chairman Charles Freas said that he felt bad that he had to turn away so many “good Republicans”, but there simply wasn’t enough room for all of the party faithful who wanted to attend the second-annual GOP dinner at the Margaretville Fire Hall Thursday night.
Freas said that next year he might have to move the dinner to a larger venue.


Spring Health Fair offers screenings and wealth of wellness info

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WELLNESS WATCH — The Wellness Committee of the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center was well represented at Friday’s Spring Health Fair held at Margaretville Hospital. The fair provided abundant information on health-related topics and also offered a number of free screenings for visitors. Seated, from left, are Karen Kolar and Terry Cohen. Standing are Rita Herbst and John Riedl.
— Photo by Dick Sanford


Ethics of Shandaken officials challenged

By Jay Braman Jr.
The May meeting of the Shandaken Town Board ended with a heated discussion about the ethics of some town officials, some named and others not identified, when a Phoenicia resident complained about what he said was the uneven way town laws are enforced.


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