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A tractor owned by Carl Beers Jr. of Andes was the winner in the annual Tractor Parade at the Margaretville Cauliflower Festival. Lauren Davis judged the event. The Catskill Mountain News sponsored the event and awarded the trophy. From left are, News Publisher Dick Sanford, John Beers (Carl’s nephew and tractor driver) and Carl. Look for more images from the festival (lots of tractors!) and local high school soccer games in our image galleries later this week. — Photo by Laurie Sanford

Project Hope comes to the Catskills

By Pauline Liu
Thanks to a federally funded program called Project Hope, free crisis counseling services have come to this region. According to mental health experts, feelings of anxiety, anger and helplessness are emotions commonly experienced immediately after people endure a catastrophic event. Many also suffer from nightmares, sleeplessness and loss of appetite. While these experiences are normal, mental health experts say it’s not normal for them to continue for months.


Middletown plans no tax increas

The Town of Middletown Preliminary Budget for 2012 reflects a zero percent increase in the tax levy.
The Tentative Budget presented to the town board by Supervisor Len Utter showed an 8.9 percent increase in the amount to be raised by taxes. The board agreed to make cutbacks of 13.5 percent in contractual spending across every department and applied approximately $35,000 in unexpended balances to reduce the tax increase to zero.

The Preliminary Budget, not including Special Districts, totals $2,956,178. The amount to be raised by taxes is $2,410,055.


Halloween curfew in Margaretville

The Village of Margaretville will impose a 9 p.m. curfew on Halloween night, Monday, Oct. 31.
No person 16 years-old or younger may be on village streets after that hour. This directive was made by order of the village board, William Stanton, mayor.


Emergency stabilization underway on Main Street

By Pauline Liu
Some emergency stabilization work has begun to rescue a row of four buildings on Main Street in Margaretville, which were ravaged by the floodwaters of Tropical Storm Irene on August 28.

For the property owners, there is newfound hope that their businesses may be back before winter.


Roxbury election races are heating up

By Pauline Liu
With merely three weeks left before Election Day, many local political races are heating up, including those in Roxbury.

Three Democratic incumbents holding key offices, face challenges from Republicans, who are also running on the independent line. While the incumbents are running on their experience and track records, the challengers are demanding change. Incumbent Town Supervisor Tom Hynes will face challenger Bill Walcutt in November. Walcutt is currently Roxbury’s building inspector.


Help still available for flood victims

Margaretville — Area residents affected by the flood of August 28 should know that they can still get help rebuilding their lives through the area’s Interfaith Council.

Did you lose furniture? Pots and pans? Bedding? Clothes?
Do you need assistance tearing out walls and rebuilding?
Are you housebound, unable to go for help, or to replace the things you lost?


Debate features candidates for Middletown Supervisor

By Brian Sweeney
A moderated debate among four Middletown supervisory candidates is set for Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Arkville Firehall.

The debate will feature three candidates running on the Independent line - Marge Miller, Joe Moskowitz, both of Arkville, and Wayd Jaquish of Fleischmanns. A fourth candidate is Jake Rosa of Arkville, who is seeking election as a write-in.

The Catskill Mountain News is sponsoring the debate. Halcott Center resident Mark Birman will serve as moderator. The debate will follow the League of Women Voters format.


Adams, Austin earn Roadman award

By Brian Sweeney
Sue Adams and Lee Austin were honored with Keene Roadman Hospital Citizen of the Year Awards at the annual Harvest Moon Ball held October 15.

The ball, sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital, was held at the Hanah Mountain Resort with 150 guests in attendance.

Mrs. Adams, an Arkville resident, and Mr. Austin, who resides in Halcott Center, have both been dedicated community service providers for many years.


SBA loan application deadline nears

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are strongly urging New Yorkers who have applied for disaster aid to complete and return their SBA loan applications. To date, SBA has approved more than $43 million in low-interest disaster loans for New Yorkers who suffered damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.


Andes candidates will appear at Sunday forum

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Andes — Voters in the Town of Andes will get a chance on Sunday, Oct. 23 to meet many of the candidates who are running for town office this year. A forum, based on guidelines set by the League of Women Voters, will begin at 1 p.m. in the main dining room of The Andes Hotel.

The forum will be moderated by Rev. Steven Swanson, pastor of the Andes Presbyterian Church. Candidates are allowed three minutes each for opening remarks, and each candidate will be permitted a two-minute response to every question.


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