James McGrath receives Spirit of the Catskills Award

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LONG SERVICE — James “Jimmy” McGrath, right, was honored with the Spirit of the Catskills Award on Saturday evening at the Belleayre Conservatory’s annual Snowball held Saturday evening at The Emerson in Mt. Tremper. The award is presented annually to someone who has performed extraordinary service to benefit the region. Jimmy was instrumental in growing the Shandaken Police Department and recently retired as police chief. Making the presentation is Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. A packed house enjoyed the dinner-dance. Proceeds benefit the Belleayre Music Festival. — Photo by Franz Edlinger, eOneMedia.com

Numann Technology Center opens at RCS

By Joe Moskowitz
Guy Numann graduated from Roxbury Central School (RCS) in 1949. He only went to RCS for his last three years of high school and, as a transplanted New York City boy, he said he felt like an outsider. He also said he had to attend summer school just to get into college. But he said during those three years at RCS he learned about family, integrity, and community.
He said those values have guided him through life and he wanted to give something back to the community where he learned them.
SIGN OF THE TIMES — Guy Numann poses next to the sign at the newly opened Numann Technology Center at Roxbury Central School. The center was officially unveiled at a ceremony on Friday. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzSIGN OF THE TIMES — Guy Numann poses next to the sign at the newly opened Numann Technology Center at Roxbury Central School. The center was officially unveiled at a ceremony on Friday. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz

Bovina garage has that sinking feeling

By Cheryl Petersen
Think of the Bovina Highway Garage on 18-foot-deep pilings and you can glimpse into its probable future. The highway garage has been sinking for years and was even treated with a Band-Aid effort a couple of years ago. However, on November 11, Bovina Town Board members listened to Jeff Stafford of Delta Engineering, lay out a repair solution.

No franchise fees for MTC in Middletown


By Joe Moskowitz
A battle over the supervisor’s pay raise may have dominated last Thursday’s Town of Middletown Board meeting, but it was not the only item on the agenda that brought out supporters and had to do with money.
MTC and the Town of Middletown have been negotiating a franchise agreement renewal that would continue to allow MTC to provide cable TV service within the town. The 10-year contract allows MTC, a telephone, cable TV and internet service provider, to use public rights-of-way in order to do business.

MCS building project will be the focus of public meetings

Margaretville — Margaretville Central School (MCS) has scheduled a pair of public informational sessions on a proposed Building Maintenance Project.
The public information meetings will both be held on Tuesday, Dec. 2. The first session is planned at 5 p.m. at the Skene Library in Fleischmanns and the second meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the MCS cafeteria.

Delaware supers get budget update, hear solar proposal


By Cheryl Petersen
Meeting in Delhi on November 12, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors reviewd the county’s budget process.
Finance Director and Walton Supervisor Bruce Dolph said, “The budget increase has been reduced to 5.9654 percent. The board then resolved to hold a public hearing on the tentative budget, Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 12:30 p.m. at the county building on Main Street in Delhi.
The board members were also introduced to the Social Services Commissioner in Training, Dana Scuderi-Hunter.

Area man recovering after shooting at Hess


By Joe Moskowitz
A local man is recovering from a gunshot wound and three people, including two local women, are in jail following a shooting at a Route 28, Margaretville convenience store last Thursday night.
State police say Mackenzie Alexander, 23, of Arkville was shot in the shoulder during what may have been a robbery attempt at the Hess Express station in Arkville.
Alexander was initially treat­ed at Margaretville Hospital then transported to Albany Med­ical Center where his wound was described as not life threatening.

MCS officials take action after alleged violence threat


By Joe Moskowitz
A school assembly meant to prevent teen violence, may have prompted a Margaretville Central School (MCS) student to threaten other students at MCS.
Last Friday, November 7, the school held an assembly featuring “Rachel’s Challenge,” a school outreach program named after Rachel Joy Scott. Rachel was the first of 16 people to die at Columbine, the Colorado high school where two students went on a deadly rampage in April, 1999.

"Great Wall of Gilboa" dam rebuilding finished


By Joe Moskowitz
The “Great Wall of Gilboa” is finally finished. Dozens of construction workers were joined by local, state, and New York City officials, and a United States Congressman, on October 31 to mark the completion of the rebuilding of New York City’s Gilboa Dam.
The $138 million project, which New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd said, is believed to be the largest public works project in the history of the Catskills, was completed two years ahead of schedule, but that was nearly three years too late.

Phoenicia Library reopening delayed until new year

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Phoenicia Library, closed since 2011 after being destroyed by fire, won’t be open for business until the New Year.
That’s the word from library officials, who say the ambitious rebuild project, underway for about a year now and costing upwards of $800,000, is actually on schedule but that delays on the part of a shelving manufacturing company have pushed the anticipated fall opening of the popular facility into perhaps January.

Public hearing for Arkville distillery set for Nov. 13


A public hearing on plans for a distillery and retail space proposed for 43311 State Highway 28, Arkville is set for Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Middletown Town Hall, Margaretville.
Brian Mulder of Roxbury and Todd Pascarella of Fleischmanns are proposing the new venture, Union Grove Distillery, LLC. At this week’s hearing, the Middletown Planning Board will discuss the proprietor’s application for the approval of a site plan review for the proposed distillery and retail space.

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