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FALL BEAUTY — With spectacular weather predicted right through the end of September, leaf peepers might be well served to visit the Central Catskills this coming weekend. Leaves are changing quickly and the fall color could peak within the next several days. Margaretville’s annual Cauliflower Festival will be held Saturday in the village park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature lots of good food, music, local history, and the always-popular Tractor Parade at 11:30 a.m. —Photo by Dick Sanford

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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Falling rock dangers shut Route 42 again

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By Jay Braman Jr.
For the second time in just four months, state Route 42 has been closed to traffic as work crews attempt to handle the aftermath of a large rockslide that occurred in mid May.
The road, which closed Monday, is expected to be closed for the entire week. Detour signs have been set up directing traffic to Route 214 in Phoenicia, where drivers can go to get to Route 23A in the Greene County Town of Hunter.

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Tom Hynes honored by Delaware County Office for the Aging

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Delhi — The staff of the Delaware County Office for the Aging has announced that Town of Roxbury Supervisor Tom Hynes has been selected for its “Outstanding Contribution by a Senior Citizen” award.
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This award has been given annually since 1983 and recognizes a Delaware County senior citizen who has been active in improving the quality of life for the county’s elder residents.

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There's a moose on the loose in Fleischmanns

By Dick Sanford
The moose is loose in Fleischmanns. Two area residents watched a young bull moose wander down Main Street around 10 p.m. Monday night, make a left turn on Bridge Street and disappear into the night. And, they’ve got video to prove it.
Steve Witte, owner of the Colonial Inn in Pine Hill told the News that he and Cassie Merwin, a student at SUNY Delhi, who also works as a bartender at the Colonial Inn, had just left La Cabana Restaurant in Fleischmanns and were driving east on Main Street when they first spotted the moose in the parking lot of Community Bank.

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