Roxbury reval project is nearing completion

By Joe Moskowitz
Town of Roxbury property owners who have been waiting several years for the town to finish its assessment revaluation won’t have to wait much longer. But, those who think that a revaluation is automatically going to mean lower taxes, may be disappointed.
Assessor Bob Breglio held two information sessions Saturday, one in Grand Gorge, the other in the Hamlet of Roxbury, to give a progress report.

Sewer project again the focus in Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
Against a backdrop of the dismal failure of the controversial Phoenicia sewer project, the residents of the nearby Hamlet of Shandaken are now being asked if they want to get involved in a similar plan.

Numann Technology Center opens at RCS on November 14

Roxbury — Roxbury Central School and the Greater Roxbury Learning Initiative Corporation (GRLIC) will celebrate the grand opening of the Numann Technology Center on November 14 at 1 p.m.
The center is the result of a unique school and community partnership that will be available to students during the school day and also to the community.

Area residents have featured roles in new music video


By Brian Sweeney
Several well-known area residents meet an untimely demise in a music video that was filmed locally.
Hubbell Companies partner Rudd Hubbell, Margaretville Bowl proprietor Michael Finberg and Maine Black Bear owner Bruce Beddoe all had featured roles in a video starring up-and-coming Brooklyn band Lucius. Unfortunately, their char­acters didn’t get to stick around in the campy video.

Auditors cite minor faults in Halcottsville FD review

By Jay Braman Jr.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli faulted several financial practices in an audit of the Halcottsville Fire Department released last month.
While no wrongdoing was cited, the comptroller recommended that the Halcottsville Fire Department (HFD keep better track of the cash taken in at fund-raisers. In the October 10 audit report, the comptroller also said that the company’s treasurer’s activities need more checks and balances.

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.

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