"Trucking" with Santa

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FIREHOUSE CHRISTMAS FUN —Over 100 kids brought their parents to visit Santa at the Roxbury Firehouse on Saturday including Trevor, Derek, and Jordan Fronckowiak.  Photos were taken by Catskill Images and refreshments were abundant. Fire Chief Allen Hinkley was so impressed with the turnout that he decided to make it an annual event. Planning for next year is already in the works. — Photo by Jill Ribich, Catskill Images

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.


Flood insurance hikes delayed by Congress

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By Joe Moskowitz
These are confusing times for people who own homes in areas that are prone to flooding.
However, there is some good news coming out of Washington. Last week the House of Representatives passed a bill that would remove some of the “sticker shock” associated with implementation of Biggert-Waters, an act Congress passed in an attempt to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) out of the debt.


MCS seeks to close projected budget gap

By Joe Moskowitz
The State of New York is working on a new budget, and for the first time in years, the state may have a budget surplus. Margaretville Central School Superintendent Tony Albanese is also working on a new budget.
He needs to find a way to close a $174,000 gap and is hoping to do it by getting the state to stop making schools pay for the state’s fiscal troubles from previous years.
Since the 2009-10 school year, the state has taken back $2.4 million in state aid that was promised the school. The process is known as Gap Elimination.


James Warner, newest Eagle Scout

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Margaretville Boy Scout James Warner has been awarded his Eagle Certificate, the highest award in scouting. Above, Troop 180 Committee Chair Jim Gauntt makes the presentation to James last Thursday. James is a senior at Margaretville Central School and is the son of Jeff and Doris Warner.  He has been a boy scout since the first grade and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. His Eagle project involved rebuilding a back porch at Fairview Public Library. James is also a member of National Honor Society, the varsity golf, soccer, basketball, and tennis teams at MCS and is an active participant at Sacred Heart Church in Margaretville. —Contributed photo


Rescued dog in need of medical aid

By Jay Braman Jr.
Riley, a young Staffordshire terrier, needs help.
He needs a couple of things actually, one being a permanent home, since he’s in the care of the Shandaken Animal Volunteer Effort (SAVE), a town sponsored organization that houses strays out behind town hall, next to the recycling center along the shore of the Esopus.
DOGGY SOS: Shandaken Animal Control Officer Nancy Hudler comforts Riley outside the chain link hotel he calls home. Riley needs surgery, but the town can’t afford to have it done.DOGGY SOS: Shandaken Animal Control Officer Nancy Hudler comforts Riley outside the chain link hotel he calls home. Riley needs surgery, but the town can’t afford to have it done.


RCS will reveal proposed capital project on March 13

By Trish Adams
Superintendent Tom O’Brien and architect William Taylor will be “top of the bill” at a Thursday, March 13 Roxbury Central School Board meeting, where they will make a presentation about a proposed capital project that will be on the ballot at the RCS budget vote and election on May 20. The meeting was rescheduled from its regular Wednesday date.
There will also be a presentation on the proposed 2014-15 school budget at that meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.


Hrazanek facing 11 charges for environmental violations

By Joe Moskowitz
The embattled owner of a local auto-salvage business now has a legal fight on his hands. William Hrazanek, 68, of Fleischmanns is facing criminal charges, which could result in jail time and fines.
Hrazanek was arraigned in Town of Middletown Justice Court last week on a total of 11 charges, eight of which are misdemeanors. 
Tiring Troubles: Storing more than 1000 tires is but one of almost a dozen environmentally-related charges leveled at the Fleischmanns businessman.Tiring Troubles: Storing more than 1000 tires is but one of almost a dozen environmentally-related charges leveled at the Fleischmanns businessman.


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