Potholes: Parting Gift of Winter


OPENING UP — The long, cold winter has made some area roads into obstacle courses. These craters were formed on Main Street in Fleischmanns near Brush Ridge Rd. Monday morning Village workers were out patching the potholes. It isn’t the first time they had to do it. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz

Common Core explained to MCS PTA


By Joe Moskowitz
Many parents, politicians, teachers, and students appear to have one thing in common. They dislike Common Core. But a Monday evening PTA Forum at Margaretville Central School featured faculty and administrators who were there explaining and supporting what they feel is a grossly misunderstood series of educational guidelines.
The purpose of the Common Core series is to explain the con­troversial program to parents.

Shandaken Councilman wants hourly wages for staff

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Shandaken Town Councilman objected to the way the town pays some employees and has found himself at odds with the town supervisor over the matter.
At the March town board meeting in Shandaken, Councilman Vince Bernstein raised the issue of payment because, while some employees are clearly paid by the hour, others, he said, are given a salary with no requirement to document how often they actually work.

Middletown building permits dip slightly in 2013

Building activity in the Town of Middletown dipped slightly during 2013, according to the Annual Report by the town’s code enforcement officer.
Patrick Davis, who serves as code enforcement officer for Middletown and the villages of Margaretville and Fleischmanns, reported that 105 building permits were issued in the township last year. This number is down from 117 the previous year and 119 in 2011.
One area of increase was under the heading of new homes, with five permits issued. In the past two years, a total of three new home permits had been issued.

David France will keynote Catskills Film Festival

Organizers of the Catskill Mountains Film Festival (CMFF) have announced that Academy Award nominated director/producer and journalist, David France will deliver the keynote address at the festival. The festival is being held on May 2, 3, and 4 in Delhi.

Many DEC license fees lowered

Sportsmen recently received good news when the price of many licenses issued by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation dropped as of February 1.
A breakdown of the pricing for the most popular types of licenses shows the following changes.

Annual Fishing License:
Resident $25, (previously $29). Nonresident $50, (previously $70).

7-Day Fishing License:
Resident $13, (previously $15). Nonresident $31, (previously $35).

1-Day Fishing License:
Resident $5, (previously $5, unchanged). Nonresident $10, (previously $15).

Rockettes' show ticket sales benefit Christmas project

The Margaretville Community Christmas Project is sponsoring a trip to New York City to see the new production “Heart & Lights,” featuring the Rockettes, on Saturday, May 3.
The charter bus outing will include tickets to the show at Radio City Music Hall and then allow participants approximately four hours of shopping and dining.

Blood Drive Scheduled for March 28

The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will sponsor a Blood Drive on Friday, March 28 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Mountainside’s Club Med Room.
Support your hospital and community by donating blood. Walk-ins are welcome.
Please call 1-800-RedCross or visit to schedule an appointment. For additional information please call Eleanor Aulino at 845 586-4029.
Mountainside is located at 42158 State Highway 28, Margaretville.

RCS will reveal proposed capital project on March 13

By Trish Adams
Superintendent Tom O’Brien and architect William Taylor will be “top of the bill” at a Thursday, March 13 Roxbury Central School Board meeting, where they will make a presentation about a proposed capital project that will be on the ballot at the RCS budget vote and election on May 20. The meeting was rescheduled from its regular Wednesday date.
There will also be a presentation on the proposed 2014-15 school budget at that meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

Hrazanek facing 11 charges for environmental violations

By Joe Moskowitz
The embattled owner of a local auto-salvage business now has a legal fight on his hands. William Hrazanek, 68, of Fleischmanns is facing criminal charges, which could result in jail time and fines.
Hrazanek was arraigned in Town of Middletown Justice Court last week on a total of 11 charges, eight of which are misdemeanors. 
Tiring Troubles: Storing more than 1000 tires is but one of almost a dozen environmentally-related charges leveled at the Fleischmanns businessman.Tiring Troubles: Storing more than 1000 tires is but one of almost a dozen environmentally-related charges leveled at the Fleischmanns businessman.

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