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SPA TREATMENT — After a 14-year review, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has ended its environmental review of the Belleayre Resort. Above, an artist’s rendition of the Highmount Spa Resort portion of the resort.

DEC approves Belleayre Resort; review process is now over

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Though still not official, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has completed its review of the Belleayre Resort application and is expected to issue the necessary permits for the project.
But when those permits will be issued is not yet clear, according to project spokesman Gary Gailes.

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Bovina highway garage is sinking, town board ponders repair costs

By Cheryl Petersen
Repairs to a sinking highway garage, tree and limb removal from Brushland Cemetery, and a water-rate increase for the hamlet kept the town board occupied at its monthly meeting on September 10.
The highway garage has been sinking and the council pondered payment options with a sense of urgency. “The garage needs to be fixed this year,” said Supervisor Molé.

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Andes will launch new website; considers equipment purchases

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By Cheryl Petersen
The heat is on at the Town of Andes Board with budget time quickly approaching. Deputy Supervisor Bud Gladstone opened the September 9 regular meeting and the council listened as Highway Superintendent Mike McAdams urgently requested a new, or newer, plow truck. “We have seven operators and seven trucks,” said McAdams. “If one of those trucks goes out of commission, we get behind on the plowing.
McAdams continued, “The shop also really needs a mechanic. I’ve been working too many weekends this summer and can’t keep it up.”

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SHARP's future challenged at Shandaken meeting

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By Jay Braman Jr.
With the chill of fall in the air, the sparsely attended session of the Shandaken Town Board began with a presentation by the engineering firm of Milone and MacBroome during which company spokesman Mark Carabetta announced that they were about to embark on an information gathering effort to hear about flooding problems in the hamlets of Phoenicia and Mount Tremper.
According to Supervisor Rob Stanley, the goal is to prepare a “fundable” project over the next year to mitigate future flood damage in both hamlets.

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Ice Bucket Challenge makes waves at RCS


The national Ice Bucket Challenge came to Roxbury Central School in a big way over the past two weeks.

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Margaretville woman nabbed in cocaine bust

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Margaretville — As part of on-going county-wide narcotics investigations, a 66-year-old Margaretville woman has been arrested by Delaware County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigators and charged with a number of felony drug trafficking offenses.
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New MCS principal Colin Clark is at home in small town setting

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By Joe Moskowitz
There’s a new principal at Margaretville Central School (MCS) and he plans to do a great job and stay there.
Colin Clark, the former MCS guidance counselor has replaced Linda Taylor, and he says he loves his new job.
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Clark is a small town, upstate New York man. He grew up in Old Forge in the Adirondacks, went to school and later worked there. 

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MCS welcomes new faculty members

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Margaretville Central School welcomes a new building principal and five other faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year.
 Amy Koral, Kayla VanValkenburgh, Jen Sobas, Dove Karn and Kathleen Mayfield. — Photo by Dick SanfordNEW FACULTY — New staff joining the Margaretville Central School team this year include, from left: Amy Koral, Kayla VanValkenburgh, Jen Sobas, Dove Karn and Kathleen Mayfield. — Photo by Dick Sanford

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Biofuel heating plan was a hot topic at Fleischmanns meeting

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Several residents appeared at the Fleischmanns Village Board meeting Monday night with questions about the proposed biomass heating system now being studied and at the same time demanded that the project be put to a referendum vote rather than have the village board of trustees make the decision.
At the meeting, Joanie Merwin was the unofficial spokes­person for what is said to be a large group of residents who do not want their names revealed at this time.

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Three local school districts will mull shared services options

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By Joe Moskowitz
The Margaretville Central School Board of Education has filled most of the school’s staff vacancies, however ,the position of superintendent, which will be vacant in less than two months, has not been filled, nor is it likely to be anytime soon.
That is because the board wants to consider its options and took a bold step which neighboring schools are interested in discussing. Near the end of last month’s MCS Board of Education meeting, Board President Terry Johnson read a letter addressed to the presidents of the Andes and Roxbury school boards.

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