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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

Budget, building and high-tech on the horizon for Roxbury Central School

By Trish Adams
It’s the season of school budget votes, and Roxbury Central School finds itself in a perfect trifecta of opportunity, challenge and necessity. 
At its next budget meeting on March 26, Superintendent Thomas O’Brien and the board will be demonstrating the ins and outs of the 2014-15 budget, which must not exceed a 0.9 percent increase in the tax levy. Due to arcane formulas and exceptions, the increase allowed is not even the “two percent” number you hear in the news.


Customers shocked by high electricity bills

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By Joe Moskowitz
If you’ve looked at your electric bill lately, it’s probably been a shocking experience. In the past several months, the cost of keeping your lights on has probably doubled, or tripled, and in some cases it’s even more.
Uta Gundelach owns the Arkville Laundromat. She told the News this week that her normal monthly electric bill is about $250, but within the past two months, it has ballooned to nearly $900 a month.


Scrapping the VW Parts inventory

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Some of the junk cars at the former Fleischmanns VW facility on Wagner Avenue were hauled away by a Kingston recycler this week. Lot owner William Hrazanek is due to appear in Middletown Town Court next week to answer criminal charges. The State Department of Environmental Conservation, after conducting raids on this and two other Hrazanek properties, is accusing him of 11 violations. Some carry fines of up to $37,000 and/or a year in jail. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz


Hanover Farms seeks zoning variance to re-open

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Planning Board informed Hanover Farms representatives Wednesday that they must apply for a variance from town zoning law in order to proceed with plans to reopen their Mount Tremper farm stand on Route 28 after being shut down by a State Supreme Court decision last November.
At the same session, the planners had several concerns about the farm stand that they want to see rectified, most notably traffic safety.


Sundaes in Grand Gorge rising from the ashes

By Joe Moskowitz
A Grand Gorge tradition is rising from the ashes. Sundaes, that sweet seven-day-a-week fixture on Route 23 is being rebuilt.
Workers from C&B Construction near Syracuse are busy putting up the frame. Local contractors will be hired to do all of the interior work.
Owner Walt Carman said he hopes to have everything up and running within a couple of months. Just in time for summer ice cream season.


Sugar Season "marches" on


John Hubbell elected new Margaretville Village trustee in vigorous write-in campaign

By Joe Moskowitz
An unusually spirited write-in campaign resulted in the election of a new trustee in the Village of Margaretville on Tuesday.
Village resident John Hubbell received 58 write-in votes to earn a seat on the board. Incumbent trustee Dave Budin, who was the only candidate on the ballot, received 40 votes, enough to retain his seat.
Other write-in candidates who received votes included Lou Hamway with 20, Andrew Weiss with three, Robert Manshaffer with two, and Fred Miller and Lauren Davis, who received one vote each. A total of 76 votes were cast.


Arkville Recreational Center is 'springing up' rapidly

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By Brian Sweeney
Progress on the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville is moving along on schedule with a May target date for the facility’s grand opening.
Shaping Up: Snowbirds returning this spring will be amazed at the progress made on the construction of the Arkville Recreational Center. — Photo by Dick SanfordShaping Up: Snowbirds returning this spring will be amazed at the progress made on the construction of the Arkville Recreational Center. — Photo by Dick Sanford


Hanover Farms is headed back to the planning board

By Jay Braman Jr.
Hanover Farms representatives are expected to return before the Shandaken Planning Board this Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m.
The farm-stand business, which is currently in violation of town zoning law at its Route 28 location in Mount Tremper, has submitted a site plan and application to the planning board.
The application has been submitted in order for “the farm stand to comply to zoning regulations and fix any standing violations,” according to planning board records.


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