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ANOTHER FAMILY LEFT HOMELESS — Four residents, including three children, were left without a place to live after their mobile home was destroyed by fire on Thursday in the Town of Shandaken. All of the family’s belongings were lost, too.

Pay phones disappearing along Catskill corridor

By Jay Braman Jr.
They were once an important fixtures along the local landscape and beyond. Convenient for any communication, they were also the go-to device in roadway emergencies, to report fires or a crime. But now, public pay phones have not only taken a back seat to today’s cell phones, but they have been kicked to the curb altogether by Verizon, the company that once had dozens of them along the Route 28 Corridor at gas stations, delis and other gathering spots.


Area students had opportunity to hear president's speech

By Julia Green
When area schoolchildren reported to class after the Labor Day weekend holiday, they were presented with an uncommon opportunity.
Students at Andes and Margaretville central schools had the chance to hear back-to-school remarks by President Obama via C-SPAN when the president addressed the nation’s schoolchildren from a high school in Wakefield, Va., at noon on Tuesday. At Roxbury Central School, the president’s address is being taped for later viewing.


Ambulance request in Shandaken budget

By Jay Braman Jr.
The budget process has begun this year in Shandaken with two of the most expensive departments hitting the ground running, asking for new vehicles, and another department head asking for extra, unbudgeted help for this year.
That was the case at a recent special meeting of the town board. The meeting was called to make a decision on the long-hovering tax issue for the City-owned Pine Hill sewer plant, but Supervisor Peter DiSclafani warned the budget season has apparently started as well, noting ambulance department personnel in the audience along with the town’s tax assessor, both with funding requests.


Freshtown celebrations pick up steam; Christmas target date for completion

By Brian Sweeney
Renovations to the new Freshtown Supermarket in Margaretville are in full swing and store officials hope to have all work completed by Christmas.
PSK Supermarkets Vice President Noah Katz said this week the renovations of the former A&P Supermarket on Bridge Street are progressing well. The store reopened as a Freshtown last January. After a number of months of planning, major work on the total overhaul of the store got underway several months ago.


Margaretville opening day is Sept. 2; Andes and Roxbury schools start Sept. 8

Summer is drawing to a close, and area schoolchildren will report to classes in the coming weeks. Students at Margaretville Central School begin classes today, while students at Andes and Roxbury central schools report to class on Tuesday, Sept. 8.


Organizers look to get in the swim with community pool, recreation complex

By Brian Sweeney
The organizers behind the Catskill Recreation Center have applied for a building permit for a proposed community swimming pool project in Arkville.
Representatives of Arkville resident Kingdon Gould Jr. and his family, who are spearheading the project, attended the Middletown Planning Board’s Aug. 13 meeting and presented updated plans.


Gas drilling forum planned in Andes

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Andes —  “What you need to know about gas drilling in the Catskills,” an issue that generates strong feelings both for and against, will be presented by Wes Gillingham, of Catskill Mountainkeeper, and writer/researcher Anne Saxon-Hersh at the Andes Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.


Shandaken, NYC settle tax dispute

By Jay Braman Jr.
Following the advice of Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) officials, the Shandaken Town Board agreed Monday to a settlement of a dispute with New York City over the assessed value of the Pine Hill waste treatment plant.


Roadside weed control spraying questioned; DEP uses chemicals near reservoirs it protects

By Brian Sweeney
Days after a citizen complained to the Middletown Board about potential contamination from municipal pesticide use, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection applied pesticides adjacent to the Pepacton Reservoir.


Patriotic Tournament benefits Parkinson's fight

The Second Parkinson’s Patriotic Tournament, a golf tournament to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Shephard Hills Golf Course in Roxbury. The red-white-blue scramble tournament will be played with a four-person captain and crew format, and six holes each will be played from the red, white and blue tees; mulligans and skins will also be featured.


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