Phoenicia Library rises triumphant from the ashes

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CUTTING THE RIBBON — Zara Dershowitz, 11, and her brother Mars, 9, got a kick out being the ribbon cutters to officially open the Marilyn Dershowitz Memorial Building, also known as the new Phoenicia Library, on Saturday. Their grandmother, Marilyn, a long time fan of the library, was killed in a bicycle accident in 2012, the year after the original library building burned. The new structure, which is located on the Main Street spot where the old one stood, was made possible by a sizeable donation made by the Dershowitz family in Marilyn’s name. Library Board President Bernard Handzel is at center, holding the ribbon. — Photo by Jay Braman, Jr.

Shandaken mulls larger ambulance fleet

By Jay Braman Jr.
It’s large a rural town with a large elderly population, far from any hospital, and home to a ski center that brings thousands of visitors across its borders on winter weekends. Such is Shandaken, a town said to already possess a cracker jack ambulance department, but one that would serve the community better if it had another ambulance.


Transfer station cutback trims Middletown budget

Staff report
The Middletown Town Board has adopted a 2010 budget that reflects a tax levy increase of 3.3 percent. Following its November budget hearing, the town board made additional cuts to the Preliminary Budget. The key budget reduction was the decision to trim hours from daily operation to six days a week at the solid waste transfer station in Kelly Corners. The savings in payroll and related expenditures totaled more than $14,000.


Belleayre Resort land sale to state deadline missed

By Jay Braman Jr.
The deadline has come and gone.
It was over two months ago when environmental groups that signed onto an agreement with the developers proposing to build the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park warned they would back out of the deal should those developers not transfer 1,200 acres of land in Big Indian to the State of New York for protection within 60 days.


Warm weather stalls ski season opening

By Jay Braman Jr.
The operators of the area’s ski resorts think that Mother Nature and Old Man Winter need to have a talk. Mild temperatures have set the stage for something not seen in years. A Thanksgiving weekend with no skiing in the Catskills.


Bovina dedicates new town highway garage

Approximately 50 guests turned out late Thursday afternoon as Town of Bovina officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open their new highway garage. The new garage was built on the Main Street location of the town’s former garage that had all but fallen down prior to being demolished in the early summer.


Christmas Project provides benefits for many families in local community

Margaretville — The Community Christmas Project, which serves families and individuals in the Margaretville area, is again asking for support in helping your friends and neighbors this holiday season. The project, founded by area women nearly 50 years ago, served 144 families last year (257 adults and 214 children).


Holiday Treasure Express Parade Saturday in Margaretville

The Holiday Treasure Express Parade, with more than 35 floats and marching acts, will step off on Main Street Margaretville this Saturday, Nov. 28 at 3:30 p.m. to ignite your holiday spirit. You’ll want to be in town well before the parade gets underway, because there is plenty of fun and lots of great shopping deals to be had before the parade leads everyone to a grand holiday celebration at the Village Pavilion.


Local merchants upbeat about Margaretville business

By Julia Green
During World War II, the British government designed a series of “motivational” posters with the intention of distributing them to boost public morale in anticipation of the hardship that would befall the region during the war. The first and second were distributed and used across the region but the third was never released, as it was intended to be used only if the Nazis succeeded in invading Britain.
The slogan? “Keep Calm and Carry On.”


Digital mammography introduced at Margaretville Hospital

Margaretville Hospital is now utilizing state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment.
The new digital mammography system was placed in service on November 12, following a 10-day period for installation and staff training. The equipment has received certification from the American College of Radiology.


Treasure Express rolls on Saturday

Margaretville — The Holiday Treasure Express Parade, with more than 35 floats and marching acts, will step off on Main Street Margaretville this Saturday, Nov. 28 at 3:30 p.m. to ignite the holiday spirit.


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