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Part of the VW Parts Inc. complex at the intersection of Wagner Avenue and Main Street, Fleischmanns went up in flames late Tuesday afternoon. More photos in our front page story.— Photo by Brian Sweeney

Delaware County budget approved with nearly 4 percent increase

By Cheryl Petersen

Delaware County’s 2014 budget was adopted by the board of supervisors last week, with a split vote of 2,871 to 1,470.
Many of the dissenting votes opposed the new budget because it slotted social service investigators under the District Attorney’s office.

As for placement of the investigators, liability was the concern.


Santa Claus is coming to town!

Margaretville – Lots of Holiday Cheer will be shared when Santa comes to Margaretville on Saturday, Nov. 30.


Belleayre Mountain set to open

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Belleayre Mountain Ski center has taken advantage of the chilly temperatures of late and spread enough man-made snow on its slopes to set an opening date of this Friday, Nov. 29.
And, according to General Manager Tom Tar, it will be different than in previous years.
“We’re having the biggest opening we’ve ever had,” said the Belleayre veteran.
Tar said Monday that not only has the recent big freeze been a stroke of luck, but it was compounded by the fact that this year Belleayre has a more effective snow making system.


Roxbury, Margaretville see student population decline

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. 


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