President getting involved in village bridge rebuilding

By Joe Moskowitz
When something needs to get done right, it’s sometimes best to avoid the middleman.
Margaretville resident Marc Osterweil thought that the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) was moving too slowly on replacing the village’s Swart Street bridge, so he went all the way to the President of the United States. And, his appeal to the Commander in Chief may have worked.
A detailed response to Osterweil from a high ranking FEMA official explained the problem and said that the Swart Street bridge replacement is now a FEMA priority item.

Supers urged to save Medicare costs


By Cheryl Petersen
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors convened in Delhi on July 23 to authorize the sale of 74 tax acquired properties including three in Andes; 11 in Middletown, eight in Roxbury, and four in the Town of Stamford.
Other business included an update on the construction of the new county recycling plant in Walton. “The primary steel is going up. Two of the three floor slabs have been placed, and we are aiming to be operational early October,” said Sue McIntyre, director of Delaware County Solid Waste Department.

46th Annual Auxiliary Antique and Flea Market on August 2

The 46th annual Antique and Flea Market sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center is set for Saturday, Aug. 2 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Margaretville Village Park.
The market will feature approximately 75 vendors who will be displaying their wares, including antiques and collect­ibles, jewelry, tools, artwork, flowers, handmade articles toys and many other unusual items. A hospital-sponsored Health Fair will be held during the market offering free blood pressure testing and blood sugar screening.

Cahill knocks challenger in 103rd Assembly race off the ballot


By Jay Braman Jr.
Longtime local Assemblyman Kevin Cahill has eliminated challenger Susan Zimet from the race.
In April, Zimet, a Democrat, announced her candidacy for the New York State Assembly’s 103rd District, which covers most of Ulster County and has been represented by current lawmaker Kevin Cahill, who is also a Democrat.
But on Monday Zimet drop­ped out, saying in a prepared statement that it was because Cahill mounted a legal challenge against her nominating petitions that she could not afford to fight.

Tennis Courts in Fleischmanns being restored

TENNIS ANYONE? — Workers from Seward Sand and Gravel of Oneonta were busy this weke working on the tennis court in the park on Wagner Avenue, Fleischmanns. The long delayed project is a major step toward totally rebuilding the flood damaged park. A new snack bar, and children's playground will be constructed. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz

"Transitions" program kicks off

Margaretville — Transition Catskills, a newly formed initiative in the worldwide Transition movement, will be presenting two screenings of the documentary “Transition 1.0.”  The screenings will take place at The Open Eye Theatre on Wednesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. and at The Roxbury Arts Center on Saturday, July 26 at 4 p.m.  After the 45-minute screening of Transition 1.0, refreshments will be served and the floor will be open for conversation. 

Work underway to solve Halcottsville's bridge issues

By Joe Moskowitz
Just five years after the Delaware County Department of Public Works (DPW) though it had ended a controversy over repairs to the Halcottsville bridge, the bridge had to be shut down for repairs last week, and the DPW will have to close it again later this year.

County begins repaving Phoenicia's Main Street

NEW SURFACE — Workers began repaving work on Main Street, Phoenicia this week. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.NEW SURFACE — Workers began repaving work on Main Street, Phoenicia this week. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Ulster County Highway Department announced late last week that it will tear up Phoenicia’s Main Street and repave it this week as long as the weather permits.
The project calls for the street to be redone between July 21 and 22 from the Phoenicia Pharmacy eastward all the way down to the Parish Hall of the Saint Francis de Sales Church.

ORDA losing state money, claims NYS Comptroller's audit


By Jay Braman Jr.
The agency that was handed the keys to Belleayre Mountain Ski Center less than two years ago has been losing money, and lots of it, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, whose office just released an audit report on the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) that shows it lost $45 million in just three years.
Also, the Comptroller is recommending that ORDA begin taking more of the revenue from the Belleayre Conservatory, a local nonprofit organization that puts on a popular summer concert series at Belleayre.

Road work tops the agenda for Andes Town Board


By Cheryl Petersen
The Town of Andes 1978 Caterpillar grader is shot. Highway Superintendent Mike McAdams reported that the road grader is not worth repairing. The town council considered this and other business at the July 8 evening meeting at town hall.
Between normal road upkeep and road damage caused by flooding, the lack of a grader adds pressure to the highway crew. The superintendent has been working on weekends using the 1989 John Deere grader to try to match the road demands.

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