Two me rescued after spill into frigid Pepacton


By Pauline Liu
Two local fishermen were plucked from the frigid water of the Pepacton Reservoir Sunday afternoon, only minutes before being overcome by hypothermia, according to officials.
The dramatic rescue took place about a half-mile north of the Shavertown Bridge. Another fisherman, Timothy Day of East Meredith, plucked Fleischmanns residents Carl Shader, 51, and his 17-year-old stepson, Peter Cella, from the chilly waters after their aluminum fishing boat capsized. 

Hard to forget

Food giveaway shares goodwill


By Pauline Liu
An estimated 200 Delaware County families turned out for the free food giveaway at the Town of Middletown highway garage on Wednesday morning.

The weather was chilly, but few seemed to mind. The line of recipients wound around the building. They waited patiently as volunteers helped distribute 10,000 pounds of fresh produce, a hundred pounds of frozen chickens as well as cleaning supplies and household items, which were provided by the Northeast Regional Food Bank in Latham.

gardenFest will spring to life this Saturday

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville’s Main Street will be in full bloom when gardenFest 2012 comes to town on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The free event will feature more than 60 vendors and will focus on spring-related activities. The fun/educational outing will include workshops, vendors, music and food.
The workshop schedule includes:
• 10:30 a.m.: Dave Holscher, owner of Roxbury Mountain Maple, will give a presentation on 21st-century Maple Syrup Production. Dave will talk about the interesting changes in the maple industry and answer questions about the business.

Farm stand law sprouts new ventures

By Jay Braman Jr
Along with the dandelions, two new businesses have sprouted up this spring in Shandaken, where just last month the town adopted a new law that cleared the way for larger farm stands.
Both are readying locations alongside Route 28 in Mount Tremper close by Hanover Farms, the business largely responsible for the new law, establishing that stretch of road as the breadbasket in town.

Hog Mountain Road repair remains an option


By Pauline Liu
After months of discussion and numerous studies, the Town of Middletown is pursuing plans to repair the flood-damaged Hog Mountain Road, despite an engineering firm’s recommendation to close the road permanently.            

At last Tuesday’s Middletown Town Board meeting, Highway Superintendent John Biruk explained that he received two petitions from residents calling on the town to fix the 2.9-mile-long section of road, which connects county Route 36 in Denver Vega to Big Red Kill Road in Fleischmanns.          

Town of Middletown website to be launched

Margaretville — The Town of Middletown’s website will go live Wednesday April 18th and can be viewed at the following address:

With financial support from the O’Connor Foundation and a welcoming ‘Home’ page showcasing vintage photos courtesy of the Middletown Historical Society, the website was created by Lisa Tait of Silvertop Graphics in New Kingston.

RCS Board finalizes new budget

By Pauline Liu
The Roxbury Central School Board of Education unanimously passed a $9.6 million budget for 2012-2013 school year at its meeting on Wednesday.

The budget, with a tax levy increase of $81,906 or 1.38 percent, comes in just below the state mandated two percent property tax cap.  To the school’s administrators and the school board, it was latest in series of favorable developments for RCS, which included two awards and a $250,000 check to build a tech center.

Below the cap

Freshtown to open by June 1

By Brian Sweeney
The Freshtown Supermarket in Margaretville is scheduled to reopen before June 1, company officials announced this week.

Full-scale work to rebuild the store, which has been closed since devastating flooding last August 28, is planned to get underway this week.
Owners Dan and Noah Katz said their company, PSK Supermarkets, has reached a preliminary settlement with its insurance provider for flood damage claims.

Work pace picking up

FEMA, revitalization top roxbury agenda

By Pauline Liu
Monday night’s Roxbury Town Board meeting at the Grand Gorge Civic Center tackled an array of subjects, including reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for flood repairs, economic revitalization efforts, water district repairs, and community events.
Four town board members attended the meeting along with Town Attorney Kevin Young and

Highway Superintendent Steve Schuman. Board member Allen Hinkley was absent.

Fleischmanns names Pascarella new mayor

By Jay Braman Jr.
After two months of being without a chief executive officer, Fleischmanns has a mayor again but its village board is now short one trustee.

In a reversal of their position last Thursday, village trustees Harriet Grossman and Fred Woller agreed to appoint Deputy Mayor Todd Pascarella to the top spot. The two trustees had previously blocked the appointment, insisting that the village could function just fine without a mayor until next year’s election.

Looking ahead

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