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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

High taxes and land prices are biggest drawbacks to farming

By Brian Sweeney
High taxes and land prices are the biggest obstacles to local farming, according to a survey conducted by the Delaware County Department of Economic Development. The agricultural survey generated 350 responses via mail and the Internet.

A breakdown of the survey indicates the following:


Phoneicia red hot in 'Cool' voting

By Jay Braman Jr.
Now it’s getting serious.
Word has spread that the Town of Shandaken hamlet of Phoenicia is in the running to be named the coolest small town in America. And now, the town board wants to do everything possible to make that happen.

On Monday Supervisor Rob Stanley put the word out.


Middletown clerk, Russell Schebesta, reaches 30-year milestone

Russell SchebestaMargaretville — Russell Schebesta reached a milestone on December 31, 2010, completing 30 years of service as Middletown Town Clerk. Russell began his employment with the town as bookkeeper and benefits administrator in January 1978. He served in this capacity for three years before becoming town clerk.

He was appointed town clerk in December 1980 and was elected to his first full term the following November. He also continued to work as bookkeeper and benefits administrator through 1989. Looking back on his service, Russell said he has observed numerous changes in town government. He noted that when he began work there was no planning board or any land use regulations; zoning and building permit requirements did not exist in Middletown. He issued the town’s first building permits in 1982, prior to the town hiring a building inspector.


Belleayre rally snowed out

By Jay Braman Jr.
The threat of, and then the appearance of, a major winter storm on Monday put a freeze on plans to hold a support rally for Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and its employees. The rally will now be held at noon on Friday.


Hein commits county funding to stop flooding in Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein stood on Phoenicia’s Main Street last Wednesday and told a group of listeners that he has pledged county support for a dredging project to protect the hamlet from future flooding.


Phoenicia nominated as Coolest Small Town

By Jay Braman Jr.
Budget Travel Magazine thinks that Phoenicia is cool.
So cool, in fact, that the magazine’s editors and staff have nominated the hamlet to be named as one of America’s top 10 “Coolest” small towns.

Voting by readers starts now and the results will be announced next September.


DEC sets new outdoor wood boiler regualtions

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By Brian Sweeney
New regulations for Outdoor Wood Boilers were announced by the NYS Department of
Environmental Conservation last week.


Middletown renews agreement to fund ambulance

The Town of Middletown has renewed its agreement to provide nearly $70,000 annually to assist with operational costs for the Margaretville Hospital Ambulance Squad.

The board approved a resolution supporting this five-year agreement at its December meeting. This is the second time that the Middletown Board has agreed to a five-year obligation to supplement the ambulance squad’s budget.


Lee Fisher hooks 500th hoops win

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By John Bernhardt
He’s the dean of all the Delaware League coaches and perhaps the dean of all the coaches in Section IV. Anyone familiar with Class D high school basketball in New York State knows the name Lee Fisher. Fisher is in his 35th season as the boys’ coach of the Charlotte Valley Central School Wildcats in Davenport. Last week, Fisher’s Wildcats edged Worcester, 52-48, in an overtime thriller, presenting their coach with his 500th career win.


Community Christmas Project still going strong

By Brian Sweeney
A record number of families received donations of food, clothing and toys this year from the Middletown Community Christmas Project. Community volunteers made deliveries on Saturday to 147 families throughout the township. A total of 269 adults and 209 children benefitted from the donations made to the project, according to longtime Co-Chair Teresa Goodchild.

The Middletown Community Christmas Project relies on the public for contributions of money, food, clothing and toys.

Volunteers work long hours at the Purcell Center in Margaretville packing the boxes with appropriate items for families in need of assistance and for those who live alone.
The annual Jimmy DiGiacomo Fund-Raising Auction was held December 5 at LaCabana Restaurant in Fleischmanns and raised more than $7,000 for this year’s fund-raising project.
Monetary donations are still being accepted and may be mailed to: Community Christmas Project, P.O. Box 58, Margaretville, NY 12455. Or call, 845 586-2408.

Roxbury Community Christmas Project: Volunteers turned out in strong numbers Tuesday morning to finish packing boxes for the Roxbury Community Christmas Project. After the packing, boxes were delivered to 68 children, 46 families and 16 senior citizens in the Roxbury Central School District.Roxbury Community Christmas Project: Volunteers turned out in strong numbers Tuesday morning to finish packing boxes for the Roxbury Community Christmas Project. After the packing, boxes were delivered to 68 children, 46 families and 16 senior citizens in the Roxbury Central School District.


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