Rev. Dykstrya honored

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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

New owner has big plans for Roxbury business site

By Brian Sweeney
A key property at the entrance to the hamlet of Roxbury will soon be reestablished as a multi-use commercial entity.

Phillip Lenihan of New York City and Andes has purchased the historic Roxbury General Store building and the adjacent post office building. The structures are located at the intersection of Main and Bridge streets.


Fleischmanns seeks public input on proposed zoning amendments

Fleischmanns — The Fleischmanns Village Board is seeking input at a public hearing on Monday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. at the Skene Memorial Library on proposed amendments to its zoning law.


Jimmy DiGiacomo Auction a hit as Christmas Project fund-raiser

By Jill Ribich
A festive crowd of nearly 70 hearty souls braved the cold and wind Sunday evening to attend the annual Jimmy DiGiacomo Auction and Dinner Dance at the La Cabana Restaurant in Fleischmanns.  
Proceeds from the auction benefit the Community Christmas Project, a grass-roots organization that provides food, clothing and holiday cheer to those in need throughout the Town of Middletown.Jennifer Slauson and Dorothy MaffeiJennifer Slauson and Dorothy MaffeiFor many years the Community Christmas Project has brought comfort and cheer to families and senior citizens in Middletown.  It is their goal that not one child in the area goes without warm mittens, brightly wrapped toys and a complete turkey dinner at Christmas.  Volunteers work year-round to raise money, purchase gifts and food, wrap and deliver the items, and seek out the people to whom these items will be distributed.


Christine O’Shaughnessy of Roxbury named to Health Foundation Board

Margaretville — Christine O’Shaughnessy has been appointed to the Margaretville Health Foundation Board of Directors.


Community rallies in support of Belleayre

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By Jay Braman Jr.
More than 200 people stood outside in the cold in the Brookside Hardware parking along Route 28, Margaretville Monday to show support for the 45 to 48 workers who have been given layoff notices from their jobs at nearby Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.


Assembly OKs moratorium on gas hydrofracking

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By Brian Sweeney
A six-month moratorium on the use of “hydrofracking” drilling for the extraction of natural gas was approved Monday by the New York State Assembly.


Route 28 communities finally get 500K grant

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Central Catskills Region got some good news for a change last week when $500,000 in state funding, which many thought would never be seen due to the seemingly endless fiscal crisis, arrived unexpectedly after a three-year wait.


Aladdin Jr. at ACS this weekend

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By John Bernhardt
A Walt Disney classic will hit the stage at Andes Central School this weekend when the ACS Drama Club presents “Aladdin Jr.” Disney’s risk-taking, resourceful, and wisecracking hero, Aladdin, will work his magic on the stage in a Broadway Junior adaptation of one of Disney’s favorite animated films of all time.


Shandaken seeks to put teeth in new dog law

By Jay Braman Jr.
A controversial dog law that was squashed last year in Shandaken may be making a second appearance next month.

Town Clerk Laurilyn Frasier said at the November town board meeting that New York State is giving up the chore of issuing dog licenses.
“Now we have to take it over,” she said.


MARK Project heads back to Erpf House

By Brian Sweeney
The MARK Project, a regional economic development agency, has returned to its original home at the Erpf House in Arkville.


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