Car Show for a Cause raises more than $5K

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The Car Show for a Cause held Saturday at Kirkside Park in Roxbury raised more than $5,500 for local charities and attracted more than 600 spectators. Glenn Hotaling's highly modified 1930 Model A Ford was a red-hot attraction.—Photo by Dick Sanford

Roxbury, Margaretville see student population decline


By Joe Moskowitz
Roxbury Central School Superintendent Thomas O’Brien said he was surprised when he took a look his school’s latest enrollment figures. There are about 30 fewer kids attending classes at RCS than there were last year. He said he was a little dismayed because Roxbury’s enrollment had managed to remain fairly stable in the 365 or so range. In a school of this size, that was a huge decline.
At Margaretville, Superintendent Tony Albanese said the drop was 15 or 29 kids as MCS enrollment fell below 400.

Healthcare campus employees honored


Margaretville — Staffs at Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center were presented with Service Awards at reception held November 20.
Awards for service were presented to employees at Margaretville Hospital, Mountainside and the Ambulance Squad members.
Marilyn Donnelly and Trudy Russell topped the awards recipients when they were honored for 35 years of service at the Wednesday afternoon ceremony at Mountainside.
Honored for 30 years of service were: Barry Lewis, Nora Todd, Marjorie Tweedie and Melanie Updyke.

Eric Wedemeyer named Realtor of the Year


Margaretville — Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties President Eric Wedemeyer has been named Realtor of the Year by the Otsego-Delaware Board of Realtors.
Mr. Wedemeyer received the honor at the board’s annual meeting on November 21 in Oneonta.  A long sought-after adviser to businesses and community development groups, Mr. Wedemeyer currently serves as a director on the Otsego-Delaware Board of Realtors. 

Restaurant owner frustrated by construction project


By Joe Moskowitz
There may be light at the end of a water tunnel for a Roxbury business owner. 

Fleischmanns mulls wood chip heat for the village


By Jay Braman Jr.
The Village of Fleischmanns is considering a plan to build a new central heating facility that could heat the entire village. Not just municipal buildings but homes and businesses too.
This Saturday, about two-dozen people from the village and members of the Catskill Forest Association (CFA) will visit the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, where a new biomass heating plant is set to take on its first heating season.

Supermarket's location on CWT flood agenda


By Jay Braman Jr.
Officials with the Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District want people thinking about flooding.
Sure. The streams are low right now and it looks like there won’t be a hurricane this year like there have been for the past two, but according to Graydon Dutcher, the district’s Coordinator of Stream Programs, now is the time to be thinking about how to prepare.
Dutcher was on hand at the meeting of the Coalition of Watershed Towns (CWT) Monday night in Margaretville to talk about flood mitigation efforts in Delaware County.

Forget emotions

Middletown Board OKs spending plan

By Joe Moskowitz
Within hours last Tuesday after the count of absentee ballots had assured incumbent Town of Middletown Democratic Supervisor Marjorie Miller that she would remain on the job for another two years, Miller, and the rest of the town board, met to approve the 2014 fiscal year spending plan the supervisor had prepared. Miller, the plans author, also wears the hat of Middletown’s Budget Officer.
The board, with Republican Jake Rosa casting the lone dissenting vote, approved the $3,800,000 budget. 

Fairbairn wins in Hardenburgh


By Brian Sweeney
Former Hardenburgh Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn won his job back on the strength of a big push from absentee voters whose ballots were counted on Tuesday.
Mr. Fairbairn trailed 49-31 following the Election Day tally, but rebounded to win the supervisor’s post when he received 37 absentee ballots in his favor. The final vote count was 68-61.
Paul Ohsberg has served the past two years as supervisor after Mr. Fairbairn chose not to seek re-election in 2011.

Tax legislation needs review

Roxbury Central School Superintendent Thomas O’Brien submitted the following op-ed piece to the NYS Rural Schools Association, of which he is a member of the board of directors. He requested that the article be reprinted in the Catskill Mountain News.

As we enter into our third year of the new tax levy legislation, it is time for it to be reviewed. Like all new laws, after time, there are evident unintended consequences. As this discussion continues about a logical means to adequately fund schools this issue is timely.

Judd Hirsch's wind plans draw protest in Denning


By Joe Moskowitz
A wind turbine, proposed to be built in one of the least populated regions in the Catskills, is making news in the big city. That’s because the man who wants to build it is a celebrity.
Actor Judd Hirsch, perhaps best known for his role on the TV series “Taxi”, wants to construct a turbine to generate electricity on top of the 96-acre parcel of land he owns in Claryville in the Town of Denning. That’s near the Frost valley YMCA Camp in Ulster County.

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