Downstate anglers on the hook for violations


Roscoe — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced Tuesday that four Bronx men pleaded guilty to various trout fishing violations that took place on June 4 at the famous Junction Pool, where the Beaver kill and Willowemoc Rivers meet in Roscoe.

The Environmental Conservation Officers (ECO) nearest to the scene, Region 4 ECOs Vernon Bauer and Nathan Doig, responded to a complaint from an angler who noticed several anglers taking more than the five-fish limit for trout and ignoring the nine-inch minimum size limit.

Hamlet expansion on table in Roxbury and Middletown

By Pauline Liu
With the June 22 deadline looming for towns to decide on the issue of hamlet extension, town board members in Roxbury and Middletown took up the matter this week.

The Roxbury board voted on Monday night. The five-member board voted 4-1 to extend the hamlet area by 440 acres, thereby increasing the amount of land within the hamlet that cannot be sold to New York City under the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Land Acquisition Program.

Doug Hinkley inducted into Hall of Fame

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Telephone Company President Doug Hinkley was inducted into the NYS Telephone Association (NYSTA) on June 7.

Doug, a Margaretville resident, was honored at the association’s 90th Annual Conference held at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown. The hall of fame membership is the highest tribute that can be achieved by professionals in New York State’s telephone industry.

“It’s quite an honor,” Doug told the News.

Roxbury names top graduates

Roxbury Central School has announced its Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2011.
Meghan Elizabeth Wallace is the Valedictorian for the Class of 2011.

She is the daughter of Sidney and Karen Wallace of Roxbury. Meghan has participated in each drama production since ninth grade. She also has been a member of the Roxbury Science Olympiad Team where she has won numerous medals.

DEC slows Belleayre decision


By Jay Braman Jr.
News broke last week that the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was poised to take over the operation of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center from the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC.) But this week, a spokesman for DEC said it is too soon to tell if and when that will happen. ORDA operates Whiteface and Gore ski centers in the Adirondacks and manages many of the Olympic facilities in Lake Placid.

First defendant pleads in heroin busts


By Pauline Liu
The first of three Margaretville area defendants charged with heroin possession on April 25 was sentenced in Superior Court in Delhi on Monday, while a second defendant prepared to be prosecuted by a special district attorney. Matthew A. Santiago, 22, of Fleischmanns, accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced to two years in state prison along with one year of parole.

Hospital touts achievements

By Pauline Liu
After a multi-million dollar upgrade to its facilities, an effort is now underway to attract more independent physicians to work at Margaretville Hospital. That was a key topic discussed at an informal meeting hosted by the hospital and held in the auditorium of Margaretville Central School last Wednesday. Hospital administrators explained that the session was held to keep a promise they made to the community at a public forum last September, before the clinic in Roxbury was shut down. “You asked us to stay in touch,” said Executive Director Sandra Horan. Her statement was echoed by members of the board of directors as they addressed the 30 people in the audience. “We’ve made a list of things that we’ve been able to accomplish,” Horan explained.

Ash borer study begins


By Pauline Liu
If you happen to see purple triangular boxes hanging from ash tree limbs, state researchers ask that you please don’t disturb these insect traps. They’re part of a government study to detect whether an ash tree-killing insect known as the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is making its way into the Delaware County Catskills.

MCS board fills vacancy

Staff report
A familiar face will be filling the new vacancy on the Margaretville Central School Board of Education in the coming weeks. Vice President Robbie Martin, who was preparing to step down when her five-year term expires at the end of the month, suddenly finds herself back on the board.

Former Super grilled over graft accusation

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken Town Board meetings are a little bit like the early days of summer, when it can be bright and beautiful for the most part, and just when you thought it would stay that way thunder claps, lightening flashes and storm clouds roll in.

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