"Trucking" with Santa

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FIREHOUSE CHRISTMAS FUN —Over 100 kids brought their parents to visit Santa at the Roxbury Firehouse on Saturday including Trevor, Derek, and Jordan Fronckowiak.  Photos were taken by Catskill Images and refreshments were abundant. Fire Chief Allen Hinkley was so impressed with the turnout that he decided to make it an annual event. Planning for next year is already in the works. — Photo by Jill Ribich, Catskill Images

Engineers weigh fate of village buildings

By Pauline Liu
A Herculean effort is underway to save a row of six buildings on Main Street in Margaretville that were damaged by Tropical Storm Irene, even though an engineering report recommends that the entire block be considered for demolition.

The findings of Cobleskill-based Lamont Engineers were unveiled to the buildings’ owners at a special meeting held at the Gottfried Municipal Building last Friday morning.
Middletown Building Inspector Pat Davis told the owners, that saving the block of buildings will require considerable engineering and expense.


Rosa announces write-in campaign

Staff report
A Middletown Town Board member has announced his write-in candidacy for the supervisor’s position.

Jake Rosa, an Arkville resident, said this week that he will be seeking the supervisor’s position in the November 8 election.

Mr. Rosa has been on the town board for nearly two years and currently serves as deputy supervisor for Len Utter. Supervisor Utter has been in office for 12 years and decided not to seek another two-year term.


Relocating Phoenicia remarks spark controversy

By Jay Braman Jr.
Earlier last week State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill was quoted in The New York Times, suggesting that communities like Phoenicia should not rebuild in the same location it has been in for over 150 years.


MARK Project offering flood release assistance

Arkville — The MARK Project will accept applications for flood relief for both individuals and families starting Thursday,  Sept. 15.


Phoenicia on edge of second flood last week

By Jay Braman Jr.
It was the sound of emergency sirens, not school busses, that woke people up early last Wednesday morning in Phoenicia, where residents were informed that a repeat performance of last week’s flooding was on the way.

Heavy rain had returned to the region, causing the Onteora Central School District to close for what was supposed to be the first two days of school.


Flood victims recall frightening events; ponder move to higher ground

By Brian Sweeney
The August 28 flood will certainly go down in history as one of the worst disasters to ever strike the region. The News will continue to run stories detailing residents’ experiences — during and after the flood.

Tom Sitler has lived in a mobile home in Carlson’s Trailer Park in Arkville for about six years. He resides there with his mother and stepfather. All of them were caught off guard by the fury of the floodwaters.


Shandaken seeks state help in flood recovery

By Jay Braman Jr.
SOS is known worldwide as a distress call. Save Our Ship is how it originated, as a cry for help from any sea faring entity that ran the risk of being no more.
On Saturday morning, in a meeting hall in Shandaken, a group of land owners who were hard hit by tropical storm called Irene organized a grassroots effort to demand aide in the wake of that weather event.

They call themselves SOS, as for Save Our Shandaken. The circumstances for the people in this room varied, but all have suffered some degree of loss in the past couple of weeks.


Reopenings, relief efforts bring hope after Irene

By Pauline Liu
Margaretville Central School reopened Tuesday after a one-week delay. Even though the district lost a bus and three vans to flood damage, 408 children made it to their classes and appeared to be in good spirits. Most appeared oblivious to the members of a professional clean up crew, dressed in white biohazard suits, who continued to work on the flooded basement.


Halcottsville raises 9-11 tribute

By Brian Sweeney
The hamlet of Halcottsville marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks with the permanent placement of a sculpture made in response to the tragic day.

Sunday’s ceremony included the dedication of a small park along Main Street and the formal unveiling of a bronze sculpture donated by the artist Mark Pilato.

The eight-foot-tall dual columns are entitled “Ascent,” and were completed several years ago as Mark’s tribute to the phenomenal human spirit shown by American citizens following the attacks.


Gov. Cuomo helps with volunteer clean-up

By Pauline Liu 
Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Margaretville during Labor Day weekend to launch a volunteer program called, “Labor for Your Neighbor.” Gov. Andrew CuomoGov. Andrew CuomoOn Sunday, he and his girlfriend, Food Network Host Sandra Lee, joined about 100 volunteers, who spent several hours cleaning up the village’s streets, businesses and homes. They arrived by the busload from the Capital Region. Most of the volunteers were state workers and their families. “It’s neighbor helping neighbor,” said Cuomo. “That is the silver lining to this situation, to see the volunteerism that is really heartwarming.” It was the governor’s third visit to Margaretville, since Tropical Storm Irene devastated the region a week earlier.


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