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ANOTHER FAMILY LEFT HOMELESS — Four residents, including three children, were left without a place to live after their mobile home was destroyed by fire on Thursday in the Town of Shandaken. All of the family’s belongings were lost, too.

Shandaken tables Scenic Byway Plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
Concerns over loss of Home Rule have made the Shandaken Town Board back away from adopting what is known as the Scenic Byway Plan.

After a public hearing on the matter, Shandaken Supervisor Robert Stanley pulled the resolution from town business Monday night with the unanimous consent of the town board.
“I’d like to give it more thought,” he said, as other board member members nodded their agreement.

Route 28 approach

Dorothy Maffei honored at ceremony

By Pauline Liu
The Shopmargaretville merchants’ group honored one of its own by asking her to perform the tree lighting in Margaretville last Saturday.

Dorothy Maffei of New Kingston has owned Home Goods of Margaretville for 15 years. She explained that she is embarrassed by all of the attention and praise she has been receiving, when all she wanted to do was help. After the village was flooded by Tropical Storm Irene on August 28, Maffei took on an additional full-time job, working strictly as a volunteer.

Community tree lighting has special meaning

By Pauline Liu
It wasn’t the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, but the lighting of Margaretville’s second Christmas tree last Saturday, generating some of the same wonder and excitement. For some members of the crowd, consisting of about 100 area residents, the lighting ceremony represented something more.

“It was a very sweet event and it was meant to be symbolic and show what we’ve been through,” said Jill Cline of the Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild.

Attorney cites state, city for extent of flood damage

By Brian Sweeney
A Prattsville attorney has filed a Notice of Claim preserving the right to pursue legal action against the state and New York City for damages caused by the August 28 flood.

David Rikard filed Notice in state Supreme Court on behalf of “all citizens, residents or other entities of the communities or properties with the NYC ‘West of Hudson Watershed’ who suffered losses in the flood.”

Onteora District mulls closing elementary building

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Onteora Central School District is again facing the prospect of closing an elementary school as a cost-saving measure.

Speaking to small audience Monday at Shandaken Town Hall, the OCS superintendent said that tough fiscal times require that tough choices must be made as to how to develop a sustainable spending plan in a district with a current budget of over $50 million a year.

Oliverea Road to open on Friday

By Jay Braman Jr.
There’s good news in Oliverea, where a temporary bridge is expected to open for traffic later this week, but the main bridge entrance to Phoenicia may never be reopened.

That’s according to Ulster County’s Deputy County Executive Robert Sudlow, who was asked about the fate of both the trouble spots, that appeared in late August after Tropical Storm Irene swept though the region.

Sudlow gave an update on the long-closed Oliverea Road, happily telling residents that they will be able to use the road again soon.

Arkville water upgrade back on track

Staff report
The primary construction phase of the Arkville Water Project upgrade is wrapping up this week with the installation of new sidewalks along Route 28.

The Hubbell Inc. of Margaretville began work on the system upgrade in August. The project was put on hold for more than a month following the historic August 28 flood. A long stretch of the new main had to be replaced due to flood damage.

The gift of soap, suds and hope for flood victims

By Pauline Liu
During this holiday season, some area residents are giving thanks for acts of kindness. Arkville Laundry owner Uta Gundelach is thankful for one customer, whose kindness enabled her to continue her efforts to provide free washing and drying to those who were hardest hit by Tropical Storm Irene on August 28.

Local communities selected for more flood funding

Businesses in the Town of Middletown will be eligible for additional funding from the Upstate Storm and Recovery Task Force, it was announced Monday.

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy reported the additional $1.5 million in grants for small businesses at a meeting in Windham.

Second tree lighting in Margaretville this weekend

By Pauline Liu
It’s not enough for Margaretville to have one tree-lighting ceremony. Now a second one is being planned in as many weeks. On Sunday, one day after the village Christmas tree was officially lit with much fanfare, Andes resident Denise Norris has donated a 40-foot blue spruce from her property. The tree, which weighs almost a ton, has been erected in the Freshtown parking lot on the other side of Bridge Street. It was cut and trimmed by Jorge Jacinto and Norris estimates it now stands over 20-feet tall.

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