Hog Mt. Road residents seek repair instead closing

By Pauline Liu
Some residents want Middletown’s Hog Mountain Road repaired, despite the fact that engineers have determined that it’s “not cost effective” to fix it.

Ellen Fauerbach of Denver began a petition and obtained 15 signatures from area residents in one evening. She submitted the petition to the town, just in time for last Tuesday night’s Middletown Town Board meeting. Though she could not attend the meeting herself, she is making it very clear where she stands.

Assembly, Senate clash over Belleayre operation

By Jay Braman Jr.
A press release by 101st District Assemblyman Kevin Cahill announced last week that the assembly’s budget package rejects Governor Cuomo’s plan to have Belleayre Mountain Ski Center handed over to the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA).

This represents the first real stumbling block in the plan about which Cahill has been skeptical of since it was announced by the governor two months ago.

Supervisor, Fairview Trustees battle over library

By Pauline Liu
A simmering dispute between Town of Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller and the Board of Trustees of Margaretville’s Fairview Public Library broke into open hostility Thursday night, when Miller attended a meeting of the library’s trustees and accused them of mismanaging the library and of being willing to operate the facility with a deficit budget. Miller also defended herself against accusations by the trustees that she is withholding the town’s funding of the library.

MARK Project expanding Small Business Development Program

Arkville — Up to $25,000 in grants is now available through the MARK Project’s Expanded Middletown Small Business Development Fund.

MARK will hold an informational meeting on the expanded grant program on Saturday, March 24 at 9 a.m. at the Arkville Firehall.

The enhanced program will make up to $25,000 in grant funding available to qualified businesses in the Town of Middletown. The grant awards will be made on a competitive basis and recipients will be required to provide a 20 percent match for the amount received.

Auxiliary donation to purchase equipment

By Brian Sweeney
The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center presented a donation of $83,449 to the hospital last week.

The money will be used to pay for the purchase of two key pieces of equipment — a Sonosite Ultrasound and a MUSE electrocardiogram system.  

The Sonosite is a handheld ultrasound device used primarily in the Emergency Department. The equipment gives the healthcare provider the ability to visualize soft tissue anatomy and aids in making a rapid decision regarding future imaging or treatment for the patient.

Margaretville man found dead in home

By Dick Sanford
A Margaretville resident was discovered dead in his Main Street home Monday morning after a concerned employee at the Margaretville Post Office reported to state police that he hadn’t picked up his mail in five weeks.

State police responded to the home at 711 Main Street to find the body of Richard Driscoll, 60, the home’s owner. New York State Police Sergeant Andy Leahy told the News that Driscoll may have been dead for as long as five weeks and that he saw no sign of foul play in the home.

Mild winter a boost to deer population

By Brian Sweeney
The whitetail deer population is among the beneficiaries of one of what will likely be one of the mildest winters on record.

The lack of consistent snowfall and the absence of prolonged cold spells will translate into “very low or no winter mortality” to the local deer herd, according to state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Wildlife Biologist Larry Bifaro.

Health clinic plans unveiled to Andes residents


By Pauline Liu
Residents in Andes will have the chance to voice their opinions about the newly proposed primary care health clinic at a public hearing at town hall on Monday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Village wins battle over Binnekill flow

By Pauline Liu
An eight-year-long dispute between the Village of Margaretville and local landowner Lauren Davis ended last Friday in Delaware County Supreme Court in Delhi. Margaretville won the eminent domain case, which was brought by Davis of Davis Holding Co. LLC.

The village now has the legal right to maintain the bulkhead on Davis’ property in an effort to keep water flowing in the Binnekill.

“The judge reviewed the village’s petition, heard the arguments from the landowner and found in favor of the village on all grounds,” said Village Attorney John Fairbairn III.

Board votes to keep Phoenicia School open

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Onteora School Board decided last week to keep the Phoenicia school open, but to only have students from kindergarten through third grade in the facility.

At a February 28 meeting at the high school in Boiceville, the board voted six to one in favor of what is known as “the Bookends Plan,” which keeps all three elementary schools open.

On the other end of the district, the other “bookend” school is Woodstock Elementary, which will have grades kindergarten through third grade just like Phoenicia.

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