Phoenicia Library rises triumphant from the ashes

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CUTTING THE RIBBON — Zara Dershowitz, 11, and her brother Mars, 9, got a kick out being the ribbon cutters to officially open the Marilyn Dershowitz Memorial Building, also known as the new Phoenicia Library, on Saturday. Their grandmother, Marilyn, a long time fan of the library, was killed in a bicycle accident in 2012, the year after the original library building burned. The new structure, which is located on the Main Street spot where the old one stood, was made possible by a sizeable donation made by the Dershowitz family in Marilyn’s name. Library Board President Bernard Handzel is at center, holding the ribbon. — Photo by Jay Braman, Jr.

Three local school districts will mull shared services options


By Joe Moskowitz
The Margaretville Central School Board of Education has filled most of the school’s staff vacancies, however ,the position of superintendent, which will be vacant in less than two months, has not been filled, nor is it likely to be anytime soon.
That is because the board wants to consider its options and took a bold step which neighboring schools are interested in discussing. Near the end of last month’s MCS Board of Education meeting, Board President Terry Johnson read a letter addressed to the presidents of the Andes and Roxbury school boards.

Falling rock dangers shut Route 42 again


By Jay Braman Jr.
For the second time in just four months, state Route 42 has been closed to traffic as work crews attempt to handle the aftermath of a large rockslide that occurred in mid May.
The road, which closed Monday, is expected to be closed for the entire week. Detour signs have been set up directing traffic to Route 214 in Phoenicia, where drivers can go to get to Route 23A in the Greene County Town of Hunter.

Tom Hynes honored by Delaware County Office for the Aging


Delhi — The staff of the Delaware County Office for the Aging has announced that Town of Roxbury Supervisor Tom Hynes has been selected for its “Outstanding Contribution by a Senior Citizen” award.
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This award has been given annually since 1983 and recognizes a Delaware County senior citizen who has been active in improving the quality of life for the county’s elder residents.

There's a moose on the loose in Fleischmanns

By Dick Sanford
The moose is loose in Fleischmanns. Two area residents watched a young bull moose wander down Main Street around 10 p.m. Monday night, make a left turn on Bridge Street and disappear into the night. And, they’ve got video to prove it.
Steve Witte, owner of the Colonial Inn in Pine Hill told the News that he and Cassie Merwin, a student at SUNY Delhi, who also works as a bartender at the Colonial Inn, had just left La Cabana Restaurant in Fleischmanns and were driving east on Main Street when they first spotted the moose in the parking lot of Community Bank.

Historic Fleischmans building goes up in flames

By Joe Moskowitz
An old garage building that was part of the VW Parts Inc. complex at the intersection of Wagner Avenue and Main Street, Fleischmanns was gutted by fire late in the afternoon on August 26.

Supervisors review social services data


By Cheryl Petersen
At the Delaware County Office Building in Delhi, the Board of Supervisors convened late afternoon August 27. Wil­liam Moon, Department of Social Services Commissioner, explained to the board a comparative analysis based on a town-by-town comparison using per capita data.
Within the county’s population of 47,980, the July data shows 502 individuals on public assistance, 8,685 persons on the Medicaid program, 6,537 on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and 4,598 on the Home Energy Assistance Program.

Additional NYS Rising grant $$ for Margaretville is not a done deal

By Joe Moskowitz
The Village of Margaretville is expecting millions of dollars from the State of New York in the form of New York Rising grants to fund projects to help alleviate future flood damage. But Margaretville Mayor Diana Cope said this week that the state needs to answer some questions, including whether the village can afford to accept the money.

DEC resort decision expected any day


By Jay Braman Jr.
With the unofficial end of summer fast approaching, many in the region are waiting with baited breath for the promised announcement by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on the fate of the Belleayre Resort and the expansion of that department’s own Belleayre Ski Center.

MCS invites Andes and Roxbury school boards to explore shared services

By Joe Moskowitz
Acting quickly, the Margaretville Central School (MCS) Board of Education took steps last Wednesday to stabilize its administrative and teaching staffs in a way that could conceivably change the way schools in this area are managed.
In just one meeting, the board hired a new principal, filled several other positions, and agreed to make overtures to neighboring districts about sharing, possibly even the position of district’s superintendent.

Schools open this week


Area schools are gearing up for opening day of the 2014-15 academic year next week.
The first day of classes at Margaretville Central School will be Wednesday, Sept. 3 with classes beginning at 8:19 a.m. The school day ends at 2:52 p.m.
The price of breakfast is $1.25 and lunches will cost $1.85.
Roxbury students will open the school year on Thursday, Sept. 4 with a full day of classes.
RCS teachers will attend a Superintendent’s Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 2 and 3.
The 2014-15 school year at Andes Central School gets underway on Thursday, Sept. 4 and students must be in Period 1 by 8 a.m.
The student lunch price will be $2.00. Student breakfast will remain at $1.00 with reduced price for breakfast and lunch remaining at $.25 each.

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