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The Sap is Running — Finally!

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CITY MEETS COUNTRY — Two-and-a-half year old Teddy Sanford of Los Angeles, CA got his first taste of maple sap last Thursday while he was visiting family in Bloomville. Teddy, pictured with his grandfather, Dick Sanford, thought the sap tasted good but said he liked the finished product better. Area syrup producers, although off to a late start, are catching up with last season’s production. High sugar content sap and what should be a good sap run at the end of the week should make up for the unusually late start to the season. — Photo by Corey Sanford


Halcott gets broadband as part of MTC expansion project

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By Brian Sweeney
Residents of the Town of Halcott now have access to MTC Cable services thanks to an ongoing expansion into that community.
MTC General Manager Glen Faulkner explained that grant funding awarded by the 2012 Connect NY Broadband Office has facilitated the expansion into the Town of Halcott. The program secured matching funds to offset construction costs for broadband expansion projects to un-served residents within the Town of Halcott, as well as the Towns of Conesville, Gilboa, Middletown and Roxbury.


Roxbury man honored at Lincoln Center for journalism work

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By Brian Sweeney
Roxbury resident Kent Garrett was recently recognized for his pioneering work in journalism as part of a program hosted by the Film Society at Lincoln Center.
Mr. Garrett was honored during the film society’s two-week presentation of “Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986.” Among the featured pieces were two groundbreaking documentaries that Mr. Garrett produced, “The Black GI” and “The Black Cop,” during his work at Black Journal.
SIGNING IN — Kent Garrett of Roxbury stands next to a sign publicizing his appearance at a panel discussion as part of a program hosted by the Film Society at Lincoln Center. — Contributed photoSIGNING IN — Kent Garrett of Roxbury stands next to a sign publicizing his appearance at a panel discussion as part of a program hosted by the Film Society at Lincoln Center. — Contributed photo


Roxbury reval project aims to fix tax issues

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
It was good news and bad news for Roxbury taxpayers last week when impact statements on the town’s revaluation process hit mailboxes.
As the community nears the end of a long and laborious process to bring all properties to a 100 percent valuation on the tax rolls, some residents were able to celebrate significant drops in what they are expected to pay while others realized current values on their properties will necessitate increases.


Local businessman Peter Molnar known for lodging, financial work

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By Brian Sweeney & Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Well-known Margaretville area businessman Peter died suddenly Friday, March 20, according to state police.
Mr. Molnar, 57, and his wife, Carol, operated Margaretville Lodging LLC, whose properties include the Margaretville Motel, Margaretville Mountain Inn, Village Suites and Suites on Main. They also owned the former G. Willikers factory building in Arkville and last year they purchased the former Margaretville Masonic Lodge building.


Roxbury hotel owners plan new lodging facility in the township

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
More than a dozen supporters joined Roxbury’s planning board last week for a public hearing on a new project proposed by Greg Henderson and Joe Massa.
The pair, who has continued to dazzle the region and their guests with over-the-top design and execution at The Roxbury, plans to make Stratton Falls its next project.


Belleayre Music Festival on hiatus for 2015

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Highmount — The Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount will not be held this summer, the board of directors announced this week.
This year’s events, which would have marked the 24th year of the diverse music series, have been cancelled, but board members are hopeful that the festival can return, according to the release issued by President Jackie Kuhls.


Community offers huge support to explosion victim

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
The community turned out in force last Saturday to support Sandy Scudder and his family at a massive fundraiser held at the McIntosh Auction Service in Margaretville.
Hundreds of people stood, some for as long as two hours, to get barbecue chicken and chat about a man known for good deeds and fast friendship.


Kearney ousts Pascarella for Fleischmanns mayoral post

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
In a squeaky-tight election, Fleischmanns voters changed course last week and elected a new mayor and a new trustee while returning just one incumbent trustee to office. Challenger Don Kearney bested incumbent Mayor Todd Pascarella by just nine votes with a count of 42 to 33 last Wednesday.


MCS board OKs donkey hoop game; considers "sharing" RCS superintendent

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
In a meeting filled with a variety of reports, financial actions, and personnel matters, Margaretville Central School (MCS) Board of Education members made news last Wednesday for one thing they did not do. Board members chose not to act on controversy about a donkey basketball game, scheduled as an April fundraiser for the National Honor Society. With very little discussion, board members chose to let stand an administration decision to hold the game.


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