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Students from Margaretville and Roxbury enjoyed a 12-day worldwind tour of Europe this month, including this stop at the ruins in Pompeii. Read more about their most excellent adventures in our Features or News sections! — Contributed Photo.

Margaretville eCenter put on sales block


By Joe Moskowitz
The plan for a Margaretville business incubator has died, not many months after it was hatched. The former Masonic Lodge building on Main Street that was renovated to house the Margaretville eCenter is for sale, listed for about half the amount of money that was spent on renovating it.
The Delhi-based Catskill Development Foundation is selling the building because it is losing money and, as Mary Beth Silano, one of the people behind the project says, one of the main objectives of the project is already obsolete.

Catskill Mountain News profiles candidates for local offices


By Cheryl Petersen
Election Day is on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The Catskill Mountain News profiles candidates for town government positions which feature multiple candidates for a position.

In additon to town balloting, voters across New York State will also weigh in a proposition asking whether up to seven casinos should be allowed to be buiilt — including two in the Catskills.

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Delaware Supervisors to tour flood repair areas


By Cheryl Petersen
An invitation was extended to the supervisors to visit stream restoration projects in the Town of Middletown.
The projects were completed after the devastation of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. A roof repair estimate of $1 million for a main Delaware County Public Works facility dashed the supervisor’s hopes to maintain the building. And, Stephanie Joedicke, county paralegal assistant, was awarded employee of the month.

Arkville sidewalk project stalled for redesign


By Joe Moskowitz
Arkville residents, who have been waiting decades for the crumbling vestiges of a sidewalk on county Road 38 to be replaced, will have to wait a little while longer.
Money from a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Smart Growth grant has been earmarked to replace the sidewalk. And it will be done, but not until next year.

Village meeting on Community Reconstruction


Margaretville – Residents of the Village of Margaretville are encouraged to attend a public meeting on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Margaretville Firehall on Church Street to learn about the state-sponsored New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program.

Shandaken board hears about lack of spending


By Jay Braman Jr.
Some taxpayers in Shandaken might like the tentative budget plan for next year that keeps taxes down.
According to Supervisor / Budget Officer Rob Stanley, if you paid $2,000 in town property tax this year, you will pay $2,012 next year.
Good news for taxpayers yes. But good for town departments?
Some say no.
At its October meeting, the town board heard complaints that not enough is being spent to take care of problems.
Leading the way was Phoenicia water commissioner Ric Ricciardella, who warned that another pump was needed for the hamlet’s water system.

Rotary spruces up Pine Hill playground


By Jay Braman Jr.
Armed with little cash but lots of enthusiasm, the Fleishmanns/Pine Hill Rotary Club recently set its sights on helping out the forlorned Smith Park in Pine Hill.
On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the group held an impromptu celebration of those efforts, which brought to the park custom-crafted benches, a new basketball court and other amenities.
Club Vice President Carole Chanler was pleased with how much was done thanks to the volunteer efforts of people like local craftsman Klaus Thienel, who made the benches.

Andes residents sound off on noise ordinance


By Cheryl Petersen
Reaching the room occupancy limit, Andes residents filled town hall to discuss a proposed Noise Ordinance and a local law concerning permitted use of the transfer station last Tuesday.
The noise ordination is meant to regulate unreasonable noise within the town.
“The ordinance is not designed to affect farming as defined by the dictionary and by New York Agriculture and Markets,” said Supervisor Donnelly. “It is to restrict high-level, incessant noise.”

Catskill Recreation Center taking shape


By Brian Sweeney
Work on the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville is steadily progressing as the indoor pool facility is readied for opening next spring.
Mary and Kingdon Gould Jr. of Arkville and family members are developing the project to help provide a state-of-the-start facility that can be enjoyed by the community on a year-round basis.
Joel F. Cheely Jr., AIA, president of the Syracuse-based VIP Architectural Associates PLLC, which designed and is building the recreation center, told the News that the project is going well and is on schedule.

Supervisory candidates spar at Middletown meeting


By Joe Moskowitz
The public comment portion of Middletown Town Board meetings often pass quickly because few people from the public usually attend and even fewer have anything to say. 
There was only one person who got up to speak at last Tuesday’s meeting. He spoke loudly and almost everyone else was uncomfortably silent.

Nelson Delameter, the Republican candidate for town supervisor, took the opportunity to criticize his opponent, incumbent Supervisor Marge Miller.

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