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.


Deadline extended for flood applications

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National Flood Insurance policyholders have been given an extension to file the Proof of Loss (POL) form with the insurance company handling their claim, officials with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) have announced.

Because of the magnitude of affected states and the number of flood claims filed, extensions for deadlines for submitting the Proof of Loss forms in New York State are:
• For dates of loss between Aug. 12 and Aug. 26, 2011, the policyholder has 120 days from the date of loss to file the POL.


Peekamoose holiday meal supports flood-damaged farmers

By Jennifer Kabat
Thanksgiving this year at the Peekamoose restaurant in Big Indian was a big affair: 200 pounds of turkey, some 20 pounds of cranberries, another 20 pounds each of Brussels sprouts and rutabagas and 240 individuals pies (80 pumpkin, 80 apple and 80 chocolate bourbon pecan), and that’s not counting the potatoes or squash or beets or trout or pork.


Fund-raiser farm dinner supports Bovina Library

By Jennifer Kabat
This Saturday, Dec. 3, a fund-raiser and farm dinner in Bovina will support the community’s public library and celebrate local pride and farm produce.


Three businesses reopen in village

By Pauline Liu
A sense of normalcy is slowly beginning to return to Margaretville, after three popular businesses reopened in the village over the past week. They’ve been closed for nearly three months, following extensive flood damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene.


Part-time residents seek to raise $800K for flood relief

By Jennifer Kabat
London, England — More than 3,000 miles from Margaretville, a couple wants to save Middletown’s businesses. Jeff and Indrani Tomasi live in London but love Margaretville and have a home just outside the village.


Young artist loses battle with cancer

By Pauline Liu
Five days after her art exhibit about cancer awareness made her the toast of New York City, Michelle MacNaught of Delhi succumbed to Stage IV ovarian cancer, which she courageously battled for over a year. She was only 21.

Michelle died at home on Sunday afternoon, surrounded by her family. By all accounts, she had the time of her life at the opening of her exhibit last Tuesday night, which was organized by her friends from the Andes and Bovina art communities.


2011 Auxiliary of the year goes to local organization

Margaretville — The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) presented its 2011 Auxiliary of the Year Award to the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center (Small Hospital Category) .

The presentation was made during an October 25 luncheon at HANYS’ Annual Institute for Health Care Auxiliaries and Volunteer Leaders at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany.
The award was accepted by Peter Molnar, president of the Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Auxiliary.


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