Phoenicia Library rises triumphant from the ashes

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CUTTING THE RIBBON — Zara Dershowitz, 11, and her brother Mars, 9, got a kick out being the ribbon cutters to officially open the Marilyn Dershowitz Memorial Building, also known as the new Phoenicia Library, on Saturday. Their grandmother, Marilyn, a long time fan of the library, was killed in a bicycle accident in 2012, the year after the original library building burned. The new structure, which is located on the Main Street spot where the old one stood, was made possible by a sizeable donation made by the Dershowitz family in Marilyn’s name. Library Board President Bernard Handzel is at center, holding the ribbon. — Photo by Jay Braman, Jr.

Andes chugging along with depot renovations


By Cheryl Petersen
Many seasons have passed over the Andes Depot, built in 1907 as a train stop between the Ontario & Western East Branch near Hancock, and the Ulster & Delaware in Arkville. The quintessential train station served passengers and carried freight on the Delaware & Eastern Railroad D&E RR, later to be called the Delaware & Northern Railroad.

Fairview Library gets $16K in grant funds

The Fairview Library in Margaretville is the recipient of a $16,000 grant that will be utilized to help fund capital improvements.
State Senator James Seward (R-Oneonta) secured the grant funding. The money will be utilized to help pay for a renovation project that will help bring Fairview Library into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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.

Andes will launch new website; considers equipment purchases


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.”

SHARP's future challenged at Shandaken meeting


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.

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.

Margaretville woman nabbed in cocaine bust


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


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. 

MCS welcomes new faculty members


Margaretville Central School welcomes a new building principal and five other faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year.
NEW 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 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

Biofuel heating plan was a hot topic at Fleischmanns meeting


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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