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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.

Roxbury Wine & Spirits open for business

By Brian Sweeney
Sometimes, real life interferes with even the best plans.
That’s what happened when New York City residents Jeff Tichenor and Peter Chen purchased a weekend home in Roxbury Run in December 2012. At that time, their goal was to move the Catskills full-time in five years. The timeline for that strategy was fast-forwarded last summer when they were helping friends who were looking for a home in Halcottsville. During the real estate search, they came across a Main Street, Roxbury property that was listed a perfect location for “an artists’ space, a bookstore or a liquor store.”


Home Goods has new owners

By Brian Sweeney
Fans of longtime village anchor store Home Goods of Margaretville were understandably disappointed when former owner Dorothy Maffei decided to close up shop after 18 years and move on to a new phase in her life.
Fortunately, one of the store’s part-time sales associates shared Dorothy’s passion for the store and has completed a purchase agreement to carry on the store’s name and traditions.


MCS budget passes; Warner elected to school board

Voters in the Margaretville Central School District have spoken, and for the second year in a row, they told an incumbent Board of Education member that it was time for a change.
Challenger Doris Warner easily defeated Kurt Holcherr to win a three year term on the Board. Unofficial totals indicated Warner received 167 votes to 102 for Holcherr.
Last year incumbent Board President Randy Moore was easily defeated by challenger Terry Johnson.
Warner told the News she is very pleased and is looking forward to the challenge.
Warner is a former employee of the Catskill Mountain News.


Pilot injured in Roxbury crash landing of vintage plane

By Dick Sanford
A retired Air Force pilot, flying a vintage WWII trainer, crashed in a field just off the North Montgomery Hollow Road in the Town of Roxbury early Friday afternoon when bad weather and low fuel forced the pilot to make an attempt to land on a short grass runway.
Roxbury Fire Chief Allen Hinkley was among those responding to the scene of Friday's crash. – Photo by Dick SanfordRoxbury Fire Chief Allen Hinkley was among those responding to the scene of Friday's crash. – Photo by Dick Sanford


Higley's Shandaken farm stand still down for the count

By Jay Braman Jr.
An attorney for Hanover Farms said that the final nail in the coffin might have been hammered in place last week when the Shandaken Zoning Board of appeals failed to act on granting variances to the now closed business.
On Wednesday, the Shandaken Town Hall was crowed for a public hearing on the farm stand’s attempt to gain permission to reopen. It was closed last fall by a State Supreme Court order after a lawsuit brought by owners Al and Alfie Higley against the town failed.


RCS places major capital improvement plan on Tuesday's ballot

By Trish Adams
Next Tuesday, May 20, the Roxbury Central School community will vote not only a 0.9 percent increase in the 2014-15 proposed tax levy, but also on critical capital improvements that have been deferred for some years until the debt service on the 1997 addition was paid in full. 
If you missed the budget presentations, it is important to understand that the $5 million bricks-and-mortar projects that will be bonded over 15 years ($4 million) and paid from unused reserves ($1 million) has absolutely no connection to a gift — the Numman Technology Center — bestowed on the school and the community by RCS alumni Guy Numann and other funding sources. 


MCS proposed budget reflects a 2.49% tax levy hike

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School District residents will vote on a 2014-15 spending plan that reflects a 2.49 property tax levy increase on May 20 from 2-8 p.m.
The total proposed budget is $10,842,681, an increase of $263,549 (also 2.49 percent) from the current spending plan. The district’s budget includes the use of $529,556 of fund balance and reserves to help offset increased costs.
The biggest areas of change in the budget include:
• Health, dental and medical reimbursements up from $1,775,938 to $2,137,705.


ACS proposed tax levy increase less than 1% for Tuesday's vote

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By Joe Moskowitz
Voters in the Andes Central School District have several choices to make when they go to the polls next Tuesday, May 20. None of the choices are likely to meet with any serious opposition but the operating budget may signal big problems down the road for the little school.
The proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year calls for spending just under $3.9 million, an increase of 2.69 percent over the current year. If approved, the tax levy will go up by less than one percent.


Prattsville House reopens in village hit hard by Irene and Lee

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The Prattsville House is up and running after being put out business in 2011 by damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzThe Prattsville House is up and running after being put out business in 2011 by damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz
By Joe Moskowitz
When Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee struck, no community was hit harder than Prattsville. To this day, more than two and-a-half years later, many scars remain in the little community on the banks of the Schoharie River.


Ethics of Shandaken officials challenged

By Jay Braman Jr.
The May meeting of the Shandaken Town Board ended with a heated discussion about the ethics of some town officials, some named and others not identified, when a Phoenicia resident complained about what he said was the uneven way town laws are enforced.


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