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Margaretville board rips DEP buyout plans

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
In a sharply worded letter to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Village of Margaretville officials went on record last week with strong opposition to two programs being proposed by the DEP.


John Bernhardt selected for Delaware League Coaches Hall of Fame

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By Brian Sweeney
Longtime area multi-sport coach John Bernhardt will be among the honorees inducted into the Delaware Leagues Coaches Hall of Fame on February 20th at the annual Crossover Championship games.
John took a decidedly untraditional path to his coaching career, frequently accepting team leadership duties at several schools simply because no one else was interested in making such commitments, and he wanted couldn’t stand the idea of young athletes missing out on an opportunity to participate.


Halcottville teen's quick reaction averts possible fire disaster

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By Brian Sweeney
Quick thinking by a Halcottsville teenager is credited with averting a potential tragedy in the hamlet last week.
When 16-year-old Mike Finch got home from school about 3:15 p.m. last Monday, he heard a smoke alarm sounding. His initial reaction was that the alarm was coming from his Main Street home.
When he entered his house, Mike realized that the alarms in there were silent. He went back outside and figured out that the alarms were coming from the vacant house next door. Upon opening the screen door, he discovered that the home was filled with smoke.


Adultery scandal at Zen Monestery leads to resignation of leader

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By Jay Braman Jr.
It appears that extramarital affairs don’t just take down presidential candidates these days. Last week, 61-year-old Ryushin Sensei, the leader of the Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper, resigned following an admission of adultery that not only ruined his marriage but also put the monas­tery’s reputation at stake.
In a prepared statement, Ryu­shin, also called an Abbot, let all know of the harm he brought to his wife, Hojin Osho, who also works at the monastery and of the decision of the monastery’s higher-level leadership to ask him to step down.


New maple grading system welcomed by producers

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By Cheryl Petersen
When it boils right down to it, a global uniform grading system for maple syrup makes sense. Spearheaded by the International Maple Syrup Institute, a consistent grading system is becoming a sweet reality, bringing clarity to what has confused customers in the past: different grading systems in different regions.
MAKING THE GRADE —Maple syrup producer Tom Kauffman near the International Maple Syrup Grading chart, holding new labels and a grading kit. — Photo by Cheryl PetersenMAKING THE GRADE —Maple syrup producer Tom Kauffman near the International Maple Syrup Grading chart, holding new labels and a grading kit. — Photo by Cheryl Petersen


Sen. Seward urges patience from resort supporters

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By Jay Braman Jr.
While State Senator James Seward fully supports the approval of the Belleayre Resort plan and the full expansion of the state-owned Belleayre Moun­tain Ski Center, he told a small group in the Pine Hill last week that neither is yet etched in stone.
Republican Seward, a Milford resident and 29-year veteran of the Senate representing the 51st District, met informally with members of the Pine Hill/ Fleischmanns Rotary Club at the Pine Hill Arms Wednesday in a quiet, softly lit dining room where, over drinks and appetizers, he spoke about the future of Belleayre.


How Low Can It Go?

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We have a typo in the "falling gas prices" story on the front page of the January 28 edition of the News. Gas at Hess in Margaretville is selling for $2.39 9/10ths, not $2.20 as we reported. We are sorry if you drove there looking for $2.20 gas. Hopefully next week it will be $2.20!


Shandaken mulls changes to Town Comprehensive Plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Town of Shandaken Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2005 after years of fist-pounding debate and controversy, is up for review this year, but it remains unclear if the town is prepared to reopen discussion on what is considered a blueprint of the town’s future.


Town/Village sewer extension project to begin in February

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By Brian Sweeney
Work is expected to get underway in February on the long-planned Middletown/Village of Margaretville Sewer Extension Project.
Property owners along Academy Street and Bull Run Road in Margaretville, as well as those in the vicinity of Harold Finch Road and Rosa Road, were notified in writing last week that they should expect to see project-related activity in the near future.


Local consumers pumped up about falling gas prices

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Falling gas prices are hardly breaking news these days, but their impact on the region is huge.
Direct impacts of national news aren’t always felt in rural areas. But the recent drop in the price of oil is an exception to that rule. The global impact of falling oil prices is still being studied by economists the world over. But locally, people are already feeling the impact in their pocketbooks of gas that now costs a dollar and-a-half a gallon less that it did last year and businesses are reporting better than normal sales for this time of year.


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