"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

Middletown revaluation nearly complete

Staff report
A four-year property revaluation project in the Town of Middletown is nearing completion.

The goal of the project is to bring property assessments to full value.


New housing starts drop in Middletown

Staff Report
Building activity was down slightly in the Town of Middletown in 2010 compared to a year earlier.
Code Enforcement Officer Patrick Davis presented this information in his Annual Building and Zoning Report to the town board at its February meeting.

Construction in the town’s incorporated villages of Margaretville and Fleisch-manns showed slight activity increases over 2009.


Mountainside earns five stars in U.S. News and World Report

Margaretville — Mountainside Residential Care Center received a five-star rating in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2011 issue. The rating was based on data from “Nursing Home Compare,” a national report prepared by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which helps consumers, families and caregivers assess nursing facilities.


Water Discovery Center gets tourism grant

By Jay Braman Jr.
The yet to be built Water Discovery Center, planned for Arkville, has received a grant to increase tourism traffic in town and village centers and help to improve the economic opportunities for new businesses to develop.


Fatal heart attack leads to collision

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By Dick Sanford
A fatal heart attack suffered by one of the two drivers involved in a head-on collision late Friday afternoon on Route 23 may have caused the crash, according to Roxbury Constable Stephen Williamson who investigated. The accident happened at approximately 4:25 p.m. one-half mile north of Grand Gorge.


Horan named director Margaretville Hospital

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Margaretville — Sandra A. Horan, RN has been named the executive director of Margaretville Hospital, effective immediately. Ms. Horan was appointed interim executive director on October 11, 2010.


Phoenicia falls short in "Coolest Town" competition

By Jay Braman Jr.
Friday was the last day to vote in Budget Travel Magazine’s contest, Top 10 Coolest Towns, and Phoenicia finished in sixth place out of 20 contenders.


Former mayor runs again in Margaretville; Fleischmanns sees mayoral race

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By Brian Sweeney
A former mayor is running for the top post in Margaretville and the current Fleischmanns mayor will be challenged in the March 15 village elections.

Bill Stanton, who served as Margaretville’s mayor from 2003-2008, is again running for the village’s top position.


OCS adopts 3-hour delay plan to avoid snow days

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By Jay Braman Jr.
With their number of upcoming vacation days dwindling due to using more snow days than were budgeted, the Onteora Central School (OCS) District Superintendent of Schools has come up with a plan that she hopes will prevent the loss of even more vacation days, and, at the same time, get the kids to school safely on days of inclement weather.


Emerald Ash Borer focus of workshop

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Oneonta — Landowners are invited to attend a workshop on Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Morris Conference Center at SUNY College at Oneonta located at 1 Ravine Parkway in Oneonta, to learn how to prepare for the eminent threat of the emerald ash borer (EAB); a beetle that has the potential to kill every ash tree in the state.


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