Protesters want MCS to bounce "Donkey basketball" fundraiser

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By Jay Braman Jr. and Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Margaretville Central School officials have come under fire this week from community members against plans to hold a school fundraiser that some say is cruel to animals. At issue is a game of Donkey Basketball slated to hit the court in a couple weeks, unless the district cancels the event.
After years of the MCS Honor Society holding the successful fundraiser, in which school community members play basketball while riding donkeys, some residents are saying enough is enough.


MCS re-opens its search for superintendent

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
The Margaretville Central School Board of Education announced this week that it will re-open its search for a new superintendent.
Residents and taxpayers had an opportunity to meet and question three candidates last week but a statement to the News on Monday said, “after careful and extended deliberation, the decision has been made to reopen the search for a new superintendent.”


Full candidate slate in Fleischmanns Village election

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Fleischmanns voters have many choices when they go to the polls for village elections next Wednesday. Incumbent Mayor Todd Pascarella will face off against Don Kearney.
Incumbent trustees Larry Reilly and Ben Fenton face challenges from Lew Grocholl and John Hoeko. The mayoral candidates run head to head for a two-year term, while the two-year trustee terms will go to the highest two vote-getters. Trus­tees elected will join Harriett Grossman and David Yates on the board as they each have one more year in their terms of office.


Ulster Co. planners weigh in with Belleayre Resort comments

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Ulster County Planning Board (UCPB) has weighed in on the plans submitted for the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park.
And while they strongly support the plans and recommend approval by the local planning boards currently reviewing them, the county planners have come up with quite a recommended list of changes to those plans.
In his report given to the Shandaken Planning Board in January, the county’s principal planner, Robert Leibowitz, wrote that the long review of the project has paid off.


Deep freeze problems persist

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Frozen water lines continue to plague local homes and businesses. Especially vulnerable are water lines under pavement where insulating snow has been shoveled or plowed.


More flood money for Town of Shandaken's hamlets

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The answer to how best to protect the hamlets of Phoenicia and Mount Tremper from future flooding has not been found yet, but another grant has been awarded to help those charged with figuring it out.
Last week Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County announced $339,116 in grants to support 12 stream management implementation projects in Ulster County’s New York City watershed towns.


Region's hemlocks in rapid decline

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By Brian Sweeney
Hemlocks in the Catskills are in the midst of a rapid decline due to insect devastation, according to a recent report by the U.S. Forest Service.
The Arkville-based Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (CCCD) is among the agencies taking a leading role to help combat this problem.


Hilton Kelly, Catskill fiddle legend, passes away

Hilton Kelly, a lifelong resident of Red Kill outside of Fleischmanns, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville. He was 89 and-a-half years old.
Hilton was born July 18, 1925, in the Red Kill Valley (also known as Bedell), to Edith Kittle Kelly and Carson Kelly.
Hilt and Stella celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary last fall.Hilt and Stella celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary last fall.


MCS lists three finalists for the superintendent post

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Residents and taxpayers of the Margaretville Central School District will have an opportunity to meet and question candidates for the post of school superintendent in an open forum tonight (Wednesday, March 4) at the school.

Three finalists for the position will arrive in the community for a day-long round of stakeholder interviews, culminating with the introductions to the community starting at 6:40 p.m. at the school.


Broadband upgrade seen as key to the region's growth

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Four state officials traveled to Roxbury last week to discuss plans for a statewide upgrade to broadband services that have been announced by Governor Cuomo.
Dave Salway, executive director of the Empire State Development Broadband Program Office came from Albany along with Outreach Director Angela Liotta. Kevin McManus from Governor Cuomo’s Binghamton office and Kara Grippen, the Governor’s Southern Tier representative joined the group in Roxbury.


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