Local leaders react to PA fracking spill

By Pauline Liu
The hydrofracking crisis in Pennsylvania last week was closely watched by the entire nation and here in Delaware County town supervisors have been carefully weighing in on the situation.

The incident, which led to the spill of thousands of gallons of hydraulic fracturing fluid into streams and farm fields in Bradford County, PA, has added new fuel to the already heated nationwide debate over the safety of gas drilling.

Locally filmed 'Stake Land' hits theatres

By Brian Sweeney
“Stake Land,” a movie filmed extensively in local communities and featuring a number of area residents as extras, opened in limited release on Friday.

Angelique Biasutto of Arkville is among those with a small role in the movie. In a key sequence, the young actress (she was four when filming took place here in the fall of 2009) dances with Nick Damici, one of the movie’s primary vampire slayers.

Stone Tavern plans more music events

By Pauline Liu
The owners of the Stone Tavern Farm in Roxbury say negotiations are currently underway for the return of the Desiderata Festival this summer.

“We are negotiating right now,” said John Burrows, who’s been talking with several organizers of the festival. “They would prefer a smaller place that’s not so spread out. They were scheduled to have a meeting with me last Thursday, but one of them had bronchitis, so we’re supposed to meet next week.”

No tax hikes in Fleischmanns budget

By Jay Braman Jr.
For the second year in a row, the Fleischmanns Village Budget will not bring any tax increaes for property owners.

“No tax increases…..again” was all Mayor David Morell said proudly at Monday night’s meeting of the village board of trustees.

The budget however, is not yet etched in stone. It will be the subject at a public hearing next Monday, May 2, beginning at 5:10 p.m. The hearing, to be held in the Skene Memorial Library, follows a 4pm workshop where trustees will discuss the spending plan and possibly make some changes to it.

Free rabies clinics in May

Delhi— The Delaware County Public Health Nursing Service will hold free rabies vaccination clinics in the area on two dates in May.

The first clinic will be held at the Arkville Firehall on May 13 from 5 -7 p.m.
The second will be held at the Fleischmanns Firehall on May 27, also from 5-7 p.m.

CHA sponsors prize for high school seniors

How has growing up in the Catskills influenced you?
Graduating seniors at Andes, Margaretville, Onteora and Roxbury central schools who answer that question in written form will compete for a $300 award, sponsored by the Catskill Heritage Alliance. Matthew Frisch will return for a second year as Catskill Heritage Alliance point person for the award.

“This year, we decided to modify the competition. Graduating seniors from all four area schools will be competing for a single $300 prize.”

Roxbury tire ire brings clean-up agreement

By Pauline Liu 
Just in time for Earth Day, the Town of Roxbury has some good news about its effort to clean up a tire junkyard on Fanny Brook Road.

“We’ve just received an agreement from the owner on the cleanup of that property and we’re optimistic that a cleanup will be achieved in the next 30 days,” said Roxbury Town Attorney Kevin Young.

He explained that the junkyard poses potential hazards.

Crossroads files DEIS on updated resort plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
Crossroads Ventures, the company proposing to build the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park, has filed its long-awaited Supplemental Draft Environ-mental Impact statement (SDEIS) with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

The document, three years in the making, represents the latest milestone for this project that was first announced over a decade ago.

Final assessment figure awaited on Margaretville treatment plant

By Pauline Liu
Now that the reassessment of 4,400 parcels of land in the Town of Middletown has been completed and property owners have been notified, taxpayers are waiting for the other shoe to drop.

What remains unclear is how much less Margaretville’s sewage treatment plant will be reassessed for and what it will mean in lost tax revenue to the school district, county, village and town. The plant is owned and operated by New York City.

School boards set budgets for MCS and RCS


By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School’s proposed budget for 2011-2012 shows an estimated tax levy increase of less than one percent.

The budget presented at a public meeting last Wednesday, totals $10,352,986. The estimated tax levy is $6,675,343, an increase of $65,378 or .99 percent.
The recommended budget keeps in place all programs, athletics, arts-in-education, music, band and support services to students.

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