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SPECIAL NIGHT — The Rev. Richard Dykstra of Roxbury, right, is all smiles after receiving the Margaretville Hospital Keene A. Roadman Citizen of the Year Award on Saturday evening at the Harvest Moon Ball. The event was sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. Also pictured during the presentation are event Chair Karen Kolar and Hospital Board Member Tom O’Brien.— Photo by eOneMedia.com

Fleischmanns mayoral race to be decided next Tuesday

By Brian Sweeney
One local mayor faces a challenge, while a former mayor is seeking his old job in village elections on Tuesday, March 15.

In Fleischmanns, five-year Trustee Fred Woller is running against incumbent Mayor Dave Morell.
Mayor Morell was elected to his current post two years ago.

Also on the ballot in Fleischmanns will be two incumbent trustees, Todd Pascarella and Benjamin Fenton. They are both running without opposition.


Roxbury School district mulling cuts to offset aid losses

By Brian Sweeney
The Roxbury Central School District is considering staff and program cuts as officials try to cope with anticipated state aid reductions.

Superintendent Tom O’Brien said current aid projections under Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal would leave district residents facing a 9-10 percent tax levy increase.

The RCS Budget Committee, which is comprised of school and community representatives, has been examining options for offsetting anticipated state aid reductions.


Future of farm questioned after purchase by Korean company

By Pauline Liu 
With the recently completed sale of the Richard Bouton farm on Route 30 in Roxbury, area residents are wondering what’s to become of it.

The farmhouse and barn, located on 210 acres, sold for $535,000 to Korea Shipping Company Limited, based in Seoul, South Korea. The company paid cash.


Buyers cashing in on high-end properties

By Pauline Liu
While most of the country remains in a housing slump, the recent sale of the Bouton Farm in Roxbury is just one of the latest examples of a growing real estate trend here in the Catskills.

Well-heeled buyers are surfing the Internet for high- end properties with a lot of acreage.
They think the region is beautiful and the investment opportunities equally attractive. So they’re paying cash and cashing in.


TMTP director appears in HBO documentary

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New York City — On March 25, 1911 at The Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York City, a fire broke out that took the lives of 146 young immigrant workers, mostly women. It was the worst workplace disaster in New York City history. It galvanized a movement for social justice and legislation that for the first time provided protection for workers.


Andes short on equipment after fire destroys snowplow

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By Pauline Liu
Officials with the Town of Andes Highway Department are looking for another snowplow after one of theirs burned up on February 2.

“We could use help,” said Deputy Highway Superintendent Brad Darling. “We’re looking for a good, used four-by-four. We need to get the word out.”

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the image of the scorched 1991 Autocar snowplow is worth plenty. Dan Melvin, 37, a town highway department employee and heavy equipment operator reported that he was plowing on Wolf Hollow Road in Andes, when he heard a bang and jumped out of the cab just before it burst into flames. Fortunately, he was not hurt, but he told his bosses that he had to walk a mile before he could find a phone in order to notify them of what occurred.


Mayoral race heating up in Fleischmanns

By Pauline Liu
Residents of the tiny Village of Fleischmanns are being asked to make a big decision. Voters will be turning out to select their mayor, when the village general election is held on March 15.
Incumbent Mayor Dave Morell is being challenged by Trustee Fred Woller. The village has only about 300 residents and more than half of them are registered voters. The contest offers voters an interesting choice. The outgoing, boyish 42-year-old incumbent will be facing a 65-year-old rival with a long record of public service.


Arkville residents safe after car plunges over embankment

By Pauline Liu
An Arkville couple survived a harrowing experience late Saturday night after their car skidded over an embankment in bad weather. Robert Hardman, 79, and his wife Mary Jane, 72, were returning home at about 10 p.m., after spending a day in Amsterdam. The snow began to fall as they were headed east on Dry Brook Road in Arkville.

They were about a half-mile past Erpf Road, when their silver 2002 Lexus RX 300 SUV swerved out-of-control, rolled up a snowbank and over a guardrail. The vehicle continued halfway down the Dry Brook embankment. The only thing that stopped it from hitting the water was dense brush.


Lodging places fare well this ski season

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By Jay Braman Jr.
There appears to be a silver lining in a winter that has been plagued with a dark cloud of bad news surrounding Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.

At a meeting of the Belleayre Region Lodging and Tourism Association on Monday, Belleayre Superintendent Tony Lanza said that the 2010-2011 ski season has been the best for business in a long time, according to reports from association members. “Some (members) are reporting their best year ever,” he said.


Wedding ring lost at Plattekill returned after 10 years

By Brian Sweeney
It was similar to finding a needle in a haystack. Only harder. But a Plattekill Mountain skier retrieved a wedding ring from the mountain’s lost and found department on Sunday — a decade after the ring had fallen off his wife’s finger.


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