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Water bill relief sought in Andes

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By Cheryl Petersen
Last month, Andes officials met with State Senator Seward to try to refinance the loan or loans in the Andes water district.
Supervisor Marty Donnelly said, “The meeting was encouraging, and Senator Seward is assisting the village to reduce the debt service. Marge Merzig, town consultant, played a significant role and with the newly adopted water district budget, the Town of Andes will be able to make possible to basic customers a reduced annual user charge from $480 to $400.”


Governor commits $85,000 to Interpretive Center work

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Just as the construction of the long-awaited Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper is about ready to go for bids, Governor Cuomo has announced funding for more trails around the 62-acre site.
Last week the governor released a list of 50 outdoor recreation related projects, totaling about $6 million.


Spinelli earns Coldwell Banker Presidential Circle designation

Carol Spinelli, a real estate salesperson with Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties, has been awarded membership into the prestigious Coldwell Banker Real Estate International President’s Circle.
Ms. Spinelli was honored March 12 by Budge Huskey, chief executive officer, for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, at the Coldwell Banker Gen Blue event held at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT.
The International President’s Circle, designation represents membership among the top six percent of all sales associates/representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.


Arkville Recreational Center is 'springing up' rapidly

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By Brian Sweeney
Progress on the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville is moving along on schedule with a May target date for the facility’s grand opening.
Shaping Up: Snowbirds returning this spring will be amazed at the progress made on the construction of the Arkville Recreational Center. — Photo by Dick SanfordShaping Up: Snowbirds returning this spring will be amazed at the progress made on the construction of the Arkville Recreational Center. — Photo by Dick Sanford


Hanover Farms is headed back to the planning board

By Jay Braman Jr.
Hanover Farms representatives are expected to return before the Shandaken Planning Board this Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m.
The farm-stand business, which is currently in violation of town zoning law at its Route 28 location in Mount Tremper, has submitted a site plan and application to the planning board.
The application has been submitted in order for “the farm stand to comply to zoning regulations and fix any standing violations,” according to planning board records.


Flood insurance hikes delayed by Congress

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By Joe Moskowitz
These are confusing times for people who own homes in areas that are prone to flooding.
However, there is some good news coming out of Washington. Last week the House of Representatives passed a bill that would remove some of the “sticker shock” associated with implementation of Biggert-Waters, an act Congress passed in an attempt to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) out of the debt.


MCS seeks to close projected budget gap

By Joe Moskowitz
The State of New York is working on a new budget, and for the first time in years, the state may have a budget surplus. Margaretville Central School Superintendent Tony Albanese is also working on a new budget.
He needs to find a way to close a $174,000 gap and is hoping to do it by getting the state to stop making schools pay for the state’s fiscal troubles from previous years.
Since the 2009-10 school year, the state has taken back $2.4 million in state aid that was promised the school. The process is known as Gap Elimination.


James Warner, newest Eagle Scout

Flying like an EagleFlying like an Eagle
Margaretville Boy Scout James Warner has been awarded his Eagle Certificate, the highest award in scouting. Above, Troop 180 Committee Chair Jim Gauntt makes the presentation to James last Thursday. James is a senior at Margaretville Central School and is the son of Jeff and Doris Warner.  He has been a boy scout since the first grade and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. His Eagle project involved rebuilding a back porch at Fairview Public Library. James is also a member of National Honor Society, the varsity golf, soccer, basketball, and tennis teams at MCS and is an active participant at Sacred Heart Church in Margaretville. —Contributed photo


Rescued dog in need of medical aid

By Jay Braman Jr.
Riley, a young Staffordshire terrier, needs help.
He needs a couple of things actually, one being a permanent home, since he’s in the care of the Shandaken Animal Volunteer Effort (SAVE), a town sponsored organization that houses strays out behind town hall, next to the recycling center along the shore of the Esopus.
DOGGY SOS: Shandaken Animal Control Officer Nancy Hudler comforts Riley outside the chain link hotel he calls home. Riley needs surgery, but the town can’t afford to have it done.DOGGY SOS: Shandaken Animal Control Officer Nancy Hudler comforts Riley outside the chain link hotel he calls home. Riley needs surgery, but the town can’t afford to have it done.


Quick Save by multiple fire departments

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A quick and large response by firefighters kept damage to a minimum at a house on Olga Road on Hubbell Hill. Late Sunday afternoon, smoke was reported pouring out of the basement. Firefighters from Middleown-Hardenburgh, Halcottsville, Arkville and Roxbury responded to the mutual aid call. There were no injuries.
— Photo by Joe Moskowitz


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