Phoenicia Library reopening delayed until new year

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Phoenicia Library, closed since 2011 after being destroyed by fire, won’t be open for business until the New Year.
That’s the word from library officials, who say the ambitious rebuild project, underway for about a year now and costing upwards of $800,000, is actually on schedule but that delays on the part of a shelving manufacturing company have pushed the anticipated fall opening of the popular facility into perhaps January.

Public hearing for Arkville distillery set for Nov. 13


A public hearing on plans for a distillery and retail space proposed for 43311 State Highway 28, Arkville is set for Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Middletown Town Hall, Margaretville.
Brian Mulder of Roxbury and Todd Pascarella of Fleischmanns are proposing the new venture, Union Grove Distillery, LLC. At this week’s hearing, the Middletown Planning Board will discuss the proprietor’s application for the approval of a site plan review for the proposed distillery and retail space.

Results of the Nov. 4 election in New York State


14928 of 14998 Precincts Reporting - 99%

Andrew Cuomo, Dem 1,918,644 54%

Rob Astorino GOP 1,442,392 41%
Howie Hawkins, Grn 173,510 5%
Michael McDermott, Lib 15,582 0%
Steven Cohn, Other 4,547 0%

U.S. House - District 19

Christopher Gibson, GOP 124,428 65%

Sean Eldridge, Dem 67,024 35%

Attorney General

Schneiderman, Eric Schneiderman, Dem 1,924,535 56%

John Cahill, GOP 1,441,394 42%
Ramon Jimenez, Grn 75,357 2%

Death of Roxbury entrepreneur Lenihan leaves a void in the community

By Joe Moskowitz
Phil Lenihan, one of the pillars of the recent revival of the Roxbury business community, and a great friend and patron of the arts community, died unexpectedly Friday night while attending a Halloween party in Woodstock of an apparent heart attack. He was 61 years old.
Lenihan was born and raised in Dallas, TX and had traveled much of the world. Before moving to Roxbury he had lived in Woodstock.
He started visiting this area and purchased homes in both Andes and Roxbury. In 2011 he bought the Roxbury Corner Store and the attached post office building.

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.”

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