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Part of the VW Parts Inc. complex at the intersection of Wagner Avenue and Main Street, Fleischmanns went up in flames late Tuesday afternoon. More photos in our front page story.— Photo by Brian Sweeney

Superintendent named for Margaretville Central School

By Brian Sweeney
Anthony Albanese of Scotia has been hired as the superintendent of the Margaretville Central School District.
Mr. Albanese was selected from more than 40 candidates who applied for the position. He will succeed John Riedl whose retirement becomes effective July 1. Mr. Riedl has been MCS superintendent since 2002.


Phoenicia sewer proposal causing more controversy

By Jay Braman Jr.
The City of New York has extended the deadline for Phoenicia to decide whether it wants to accept a $17-million sewer deal, prompting residents on both sides of the issue to spout off at a town board meeting Monday.
Shandaken Supervisor Peter DiSclafani told the audience that he and Councilman Vince Bernstein met last week with city officials, who agreed to spend $12,000 to study a plan to use a different type of treatment system in Phoenicia.


MARK Group celebrates 30 years of service

By Jill Ribich
The MARK Group celebrated its 30th anniversary with a gala dinner and party at the upper lodge of the Belleayre Ski Center Saturday evening. The event was attended by over 150 past and present board members, founders, supporters, and recipients of the work of the MARK Group.


Merchants report strong holiday sales despite gas prices

By Matthew J. Perry
Will $4 a gallon gas wreak havoc on tourism in the Catskills this summer?
For many, it’s a premature question. Predicting the strength of a summer tourism season in a region with erratic weather patterns and no beaches is always a dicey proposition. There are good and bad years, and the best any merchant can do is take care of customers and coax them to return.


Mt. Tremper farm stand flap heats up with lawsuit flap

By Jay Braman Jr.
The owner of a controversial farm stand, which is said to be in violation of the local zoning code, has taken his case out in the open this week, claiming that in the court of public opinion he has been found innocent and should be left alone.
Al Higley, representing his son’s Mount Tremper-based produce stand called Hanford Farms, appeared before the Shandaken Town Board Monday with an attorney and several supporters. The visit comes as Hanford Farms faces a court appearance for allegedly being in violation of the town’s laws.


Shandaken supervisor: "Potholes make Rte. 28 unsafe"

By Jay Braman Jr.
Following the lead of several town residents, the Shandaken Town Supervisor has lodged an official complaint with the Region 8 office of the New York State Department of Transportation, saying that Route 28, the main artery which travels through the entire town, has become so pothole- and crater-ridden that it is unsafe for motorists. In a letter written on May 16, Supervisor Peter DiSclafani notified Region 8 Director Joan DuPont that something needs to be done to the state-owned highway.


School district voters easily OK budgets

Staff report
Margaretville, Andes and Roxbury voters easily approved school budgets for 2008-2009 during voting last Tuesday.
The Margaretville budget was up 6.9 percent overall and totaled $10,673,038. The tax levy increase will be 4.8 percent.
District voters approved the measure by a margin of 103-36. Randall Moore of Margaretville was elected to fill a vacancy on the school board and received 125 votes.


OCS budget passes, new trustees enjoy landslide

Foes of changing district configuration score with bd. voters

By Jay Braman Jr.
In a record-setting turnout, Onteora School District voters came out in force to elect a new slate of trustees to the board of education and adopt the district’s proposed budget and three other spending propositions. Voters swarmed four polling places throughout the district Tuesday, with the vast majority sending the message that they do not want to see Onteora reconfigured in the way the incumbents envisioned.


Board seeking answers for ACS building issues

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By Matthew J. Perry
Voting on May 20 saw the 2008-2009 budget for Andes Central School approved and its two nominees for the educational board, Michael Tuch and Gerald Murphy, elected with 99 and 97 votes, respectively.
But some financial issues remained unsettled when the board convened on May 22. The school finds itself in a bind created by two proposed upgrades to the school building.


CROP funding restored for local school districts

The New York State Education Department (SED) has announced grant awards for their 21st-Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Programs funded through the federal No Child Left Behind legislation.


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