"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

Innovative video conferencing puts homebound RCS student in classroom

By Brian Sweeney
A Roxbury Central School kindergarten student, who is homebound due to health issues, is engaging in classroom studies through an innovative videoconferencing arrangement.

The student, Dylan Utter was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy when he was 17 months old. His parents, Erica and Fred Utter Jr., have sought countless treatments for Dylan’s medical problems. While their son’s condition has improved, he remains too medically fragile to attend school, primarily because his immune system is compromised and he’s susceptible to sickness.


MCS students show art at Freshtown

Toni Smith's second grade classToni Smith's second grade classArtwork from first- and second-graders at Margaretville Central School now adorns a section of the Freshtown Supermarket on Bridge Street, Margaretville. The grocery store display is the result of a collaborative effort between the MCS art department and Freshtown management.


Fairview Library offers deliveries

The Fairview Public Library is starting a home delivery and pick-up program for Margaretville residents who love to read but are unable to get to the library due to health or transportation difficulties.


Stream again threatened Phoenicia's Main Street

By Jay Braman Jr.
For the second time in as many months, the Stony Clove stream overwhelmed a bridge on the west side of Phoenicia’s business district, sending a torrent of flood water down Main Street and through the hamlet’s business district.


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.


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