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DRESSING FOR A CAUSE — Margaretville residents Lissa Harris, right, (a jellyfish — winner of the most creative costume) is pictured with Julia Reischel (sailor) at the annual Harvest Moon Ball on Saturday at The Andes Hotel. Proceeds from the fund-raiser benefit the ACS Dollars for Scholars program. In our print edition this week, be sure to take a peek at our full page of Hallowe'en safety tips, sponsored by local businesses.— Photo by Joe Damone

Local officials announce curfew and flood debris sites

By Pauline Liu
A dusk-to-dawn curfew is now in place in flood stricken Middletown. County officials, who made the announcement Tuesday afternoon, said the curfew will be enforced by law enforcement officers and military police. A convoy of National Guard arrived in town this afternoon.

Curfew enforcement


Hurricane Irene slams the Catskills

By Pauline Liu
It has happened again in the Catskills. Massive flooding. Only this time the results are more deadly and more devastating than the flood of 1996. Hurricane Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm as she made landfall in New York on Sunday morning, nevertheless her impact locally was deadly. The storm turned the region’s gentle streams into a raging deluge that killed one person and left hundreds homeless. 

Trapped in motel


Communities begin clean-up after deadly storm

By Pauline Liu
Shopkeepers and workers were crying on the streets of Margaretville early Monday morning as they arrived to find businesses, sidewalks and parking lots along Bridge Street destroyed by floodwaters.
Though Hurricane Irene was reduced to a tropical storm, she still packed a deadly wallop to this region, killing one woman in Fleischmanns. Many business owners who surveyed the damage agreed the destruction brought by Irene was far worse than what they had experienced in the “100-year flood of 1996.” 


Arkville community hit hard

By Brian Sweeney
Approximately 30 families in Arkville likely lost their homes during Sunday’s devastating flooding.
The entire Pavilion Road was wiped out, with many mobile homes along this stretch being swept away or heavily damaged as a torrent of water from the nearby Dry Brook stream raged throughout low-lying portions of the hamlet.

Severe impact


Helping hands welcome to assist with clean-up

By Pauline Liu
Officials in the region are looking for the public’s help in cleaning up after the flood.

They’ve heard enough about rubbernecking motorists and gawking pedestrians who are hampering clean up and recovery efforts. To try and speed the clean up, officials have set up a number of road closures and detours along heavy traveled roadways in the region, which could change daily, 


Now & Then Video has seen enough flooding

By Brian Sweeney
The August 2011 Flood is certain to go down in history as one of the worst natural disasters to ever strike the area.

For at least one Margaretville merchant, the flood almost certainly marks the final straw in operating in a flood-prone location. Charlene Roberts and Art DeBari operate Now-and-Then Video on Bridge Street. Ironically, their experience with floods over the past 15 years has resulted in some strong preparedness skills.

Taking no chances


Hospital kept service running throughout emergency

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Hospital temporarily lost water during Sunday’s flood, but was able to continue serving the community with minimal disruption of services.

Sylvia Murphy, director of marketing for HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, said that even though sections of Route 28 are still closed, provisions have been made for medical personnel from Kingston to travel to Margaretville Hospital.


Flooding in local communities is devastating

In what may be the worst flooding ever in area, Margaretville, Arkville and Fleischmanns were devastated by Sunday’s heavy rainfall, remnants of Hurricane Irene. Emergency personnel have been working relentlessly in rescue efforts as rapidly rising waters caught many by surprise, even though evacuations of low-lying areas had been encouraged as early as Saturday.


'Building the Foundation' campaign underway at health campus

Margaretville — The Margaretville Health Foundation is undergoing a new initiative called “Building the Foundation” to raise funds for Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.

The campaign will pay for various renovations and upgrades in the two facilities, including equipment needed for radiology and nursing, as well as new pavement for driveways and parking lots.


Andes fracking foes seek town ban

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By Pauline Liu
When Town of Andes officials held a forum on hydrofracking last Friday, they anticipated that it might run late and draw a large, emotionally charged crowd. However, the event wound up exceeding even their wildest expectations.

The marathon meeting lasted a mind-boggling four-and-a-half hours. It was held in the auditorium of Andes Central School and drew a crowd of 156 people, which is sizable for the town with a population of about 1,300. 


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