James McGrath receives Spirit of the Catskills Award

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LONG SERVICE — James “Jimmy” McGrath, right, was honored with the Spirit of the Catskills Award on Saturday evening at the Belleayre Conservatory’s annual Snowball held Saturday evening at The Emerson in Mt. Tremper. The award is presented annually to someone who has performed extraordinary service to benefit the region. Jimmy was instrumental in growing the Shandaken Police Department and recently retired as police chief. Making the presentation is Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. A packed house enjoyed the dinner-dance. Proceeds benefit the Belleayre Music Festival. — Photo by Franz Edlinger, eOneMedia.com

Blue Devils advance to Championship Game!

The MCS Blue Devils defeated South Kortright to advance to the Section 4 Class D championship game on Saturday. The Blue Devils had a 1-0 lead at the half but the Rams scored and sent the game into overtime. The first overtime ended with the game tied at 1-1. Late in the second overtime, Ian Williams scored to give MCS the victory. The Devils play on Saturday in Oneonta. Game time has not been announced.


Candidates for Middletown supervisor offer variety of opinions on the election

By Jennifer Kabat
This year there will be what amounts to an historic election in the Town of Middletown, not simply because of the recent flood, but also because of a wholesale shift in town government, with both the long-serving incumbent town clerk and supervisor retiring. For the first time in years there are four candidates, and none is running with a party affiliation.


Fracking moratorium drawn up in Andes

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By Pauline Liu
The Town of Andes appears to be at the forefront of an anti-fracking movement in the New York City Watershed, especially now that Town Attorney David Merzig has drafted a proposed law that would impose a six-month moratorium on heavy industry, including hydrofracking.

Some may question these efforts, since the state is continuing to ban fracking in the watershed, which is where the city gets its water. Many Andes residents want to ensure that there will be no natural gas drilling in the town in the event that the ban is someday lifted.


Tax issues are key focus in Roxbury's super race

By Pauline Liu
Do Town of Roxbury residents pay the highest real estate taxes in Delaware County?

That interesting subject was discussed by both candidates running for town supervisor at a meet-the-candidates event, which was held at Roxbury radio station WIOX last Wednesday at 7 p.m. The event, which the radio station billed as a “conversation,” ended weeks of speculation as to whether incumbent Democratic Town Supervisor Tom Hynes and his Republican-Independent challenger Bill Walcutt would agree to debate.


Longstanding battle for Shandaken Highway Superintendent continues

By Jay Braman Jr.
Keith Johnson hopes that the third time is the charm.
Counting this upcoming election, that is how many times he will have faced current Highway Superintendent Eric Hofmeister at the polls, trying to either keep or regain the job as Shandaken’s road boss.

“I would like the job. I can do a better job. I’m better qualified,” said Johnson, who held the position for one term in 2006-2007. Johnson was unseated by Hofmeister in the 2007 election. Johnson tried again in the 2009 election but Hofmeister held the position.


Margaretville's Main Street Bridge streets scheduled to open on Friday

By Pauline Liu
For the second time in as many weeks, the Village of Margaretville and the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) will try to reopen Bridge and Main streets in Margaretville.
The goal is to return traffic flow almost back to normal. There is one condition in reopening the streets. They will remain closed to truck traffic. At press time on Tuesday, Middletown Code Enforcement Officer Pat Davis was in the midst of making arrangements to reopen Main Street on
Thursday, Nov. 3 and Bridge Street on Friday, Nov. 4.


Chris Stanton challenges Middletown Highway Supervisor Biruk

By Pauline Liu
Even before the nor’easter struck the Catskills last Saturday, the subjects of snow removal and budget cuts have been heating up the Middletown highway superintendent’s race. The incumbent, John Biruk, is Democrat-Independent who will be facing off against Republican challenger Chris Stanton next Tuesday.


Hardenburgh Supervisor Fairbairn not seeking re-election

By Pauline Liu
When the 164 registered voters in Ulster County’s smallest town head to the polls next Tuesday to elect a new town supervisor, there will be no candidate on the ballot.


Candidate for Middletown Supervisor faced off in debate

By Jennifer Kabat
A hundred and twenty-five people squeezed into the Arkville Firehouse on Monday evening to listen to the four Middletown supervisor candidates debate the issues.

The place was standing room only, with people sitting on the floor and Boy Scouts lined up near the kitchen. In the audience were two mayors, a deputy mayor, town and village board members and the Town of Hardenburgh supervisor.


Candidates in Andes square off

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By Pauline Liu
Andes voters got their chance to question some candidates for town government about key issues including budget cuts, fracking, communication and economic development at the Andes Candidates Forum on Sunday Afternoon.

The two-hour long event at The Andes Hotel drew a standing room only crowd of approximately 80.
Though nine candidates were invited, only five attended.

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