Phoenicia Library rises triumphant from the ashes

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CUTTING THE RIBBON — Zara Dershowitz, 11, and her brother Mars, 9, got a kick out being the ribbon cutters to officially open the Marilyn Dershowitz Memorial Building, also known as the new Phoenicia Library, on Saturday. Their grandmother, Marilyn, a long time fan of the library, was killed in a bicycle accident in 2012, the year after the original library building burned. The new structure, which is located on the Main Street spot where the old one stood, was made possible by a sizeable donation made by the Dershowitz family in Marilyn’s name. Library Board President Bernard Handzel is at center, holding the ribbon. — Photo by Jay Braman, Jr.

Delaware supervisors on board with 2-1-1 service


By Cheryl Petersen
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors convened at the county building in Delhi on October 8 to learn plans for expansion into Delaware and Otsego counties of the Susquehanna River Regions 2-1-1 System, to hear an update on Ebola, and approve the sale of tax-acquired property.

RCS project re-vote is planned

By Joe Moskowitz
Voters in the Roxbury Central School District are being asked to do something they had already done before, but the good news is that doing it again won’t cost any extra money.
In March 2014, Roxbury taxpayers approved a measure to spend $1 million in unused bond money, and issue another $4 million in bonds to pay for repairs and improvements, mostly to the older portion of the school building.
But on December 9, the voters will be asked to do it again, approve a total of $5 million for the capital project.

CWC approves funding for new distillery in Arkville


By Joe Moskowitz
Union Grove is coming back! The hamlet, one of the communities taken by the City of New York for the Pepacton Reservoir, has been gone for more 60 years, but it may will live again in name and “spirits” in Arkville.

Pine Hill zoning change on tap for Main Street

By Jay Braman Jr.
In a move that is expected to give landowners on Pine Hill’s Main Street more options for what they can do with their properties, the Town of Shandaken is taking steps to change the zoning there from residential to commercial.
Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley said he expects the switch to take place by the end of the year, but that the change will not be officially in effect until the State of New York signs off on it.
“We’ve been discussing this for two months now,” Stanley said when explaining the details.

WIOX employee fired after politically charged emails to Rep. Gibson's office


By Brian Sweeney
The office manager of Roxbury’s WIOX radio station has been dismissed after he sent e-mails via his company account criticizing Congressman Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook).
The office manager, who is also a program host, was reliev­ed of his duties shortly after complaints arose following his e-mail to Congressman Gibson’s office.
The e-mail was reportedly directed to the congressman’s office in response to a campaign press release sent to the Roxbury-based community radio station, which is a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate.

Pine Hill sewer extension planning underway

By Jay Braman Jr.
One part of the historic 1997 Watershed Agreement between New York City and upstate Watershed dwellers has finally begun in Pine Hill, where the City agreed, 17 years ago, to connect 25 properties up to what is known locally as the Taj Mahal of waste-treatment plants.

Shandaken taxes set to rise 3.9%

By Jay Braman Jr.
This week, Shandaken Supervisor/Budget Officer Rob Stanley unveiled his preliminary spending plan for the year 2015, a plan that calls for a nearly four percent jump in the tax levy.

VW Parts fire ruled accidental

By Jay Braman Jr.
The fire that destroyed the garage at the beleaguered VW Auto Parts complex in the middle of Fleischmanns in August was not arson.
That’s the ruling by Delaware County Fire Investigators, who spent hours in the charred aftermath trying to determine what did cause the blaze.
According to Steve Hood, director of the Delaware County Office of Emergency Services and its Fire Investigation Team, the cause was discovered quickly on the same day as the fire. “We knew that evening what started it,” he said.

ACS welcomes five new teachers


Andes Central School has welcomed five new staff for the 2014-15 academic year.
WELCOME ABOARD — Andes Central School has five new staff members for the 2014-15 academic year. In the front row, from left, are: Chelsea Guy, Karli Tait, Jessica Young. Back row: Dawn Brown and Cindy Bramley. — Photo by Dick SanfordWELCOME ABOARD — Andes Central School has five new staff members for the 2014-15 academic year. In the front row, from left, are: Chelsea Guy, Karli Tait, Jessica Young. Back row: Dawn Brown and Cindy Bramley. — Photo by Dick Sanford

Chace-Randall to close after current show


By Cheryl Petersen
Receptive to the future of possibilities, Chace-Randall Gallery in the Hamlet of Andes is showcasing its last exhibit before closing its doors for good at the end of this year.
“Curator’s Choice” is on exhibit until December 30. Curator Zoe Randall selected an array of art styles, now displayed artistically in four viewing rooms. “The line, palette and mix of media seen in the gallery can be seen in my own home,” said Randall.

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