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Roxbury reval project aims to fix tax issues

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
It was good news and bad news for Roxbury taxpayers last week when impact statements on the town’s revaluation process hit mailboxes.
As the community nears the end of a long and laborious process to bring all properties to a 100 percent valuation on the tax rolls, some residents were able to celebrate significant drops in what they are expected to pay while others realized current values on their properties will necessitate increases.

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Local businessman Peter Molnar known for lodging, financial work

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By Brian Sweeney & Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Well-known Margaretville area businessman Peter died suddenly Friday, March 20, according to state police.
Mr. Molnar, 57, and his wife, Carol, operated Margaretville Lodging LLC, whose properties include the Margaretville Motel, Margaretville Mountain Inn, Village Suites and Suites on Main. They also owned the former G. Willikers factory building in Arkville and last year they purchased the former Margaretville Masonic Lodge building.

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Roxbury hotel owners plan new lodging facility in the township

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
More than a dozen supporters joined Roxbury’s planning board last week for a public hearing on a new project proposed by Greg Henderson and Joe Massa.
The pair, who has continued to dazzle the region and their guests with over-the-top design and execution at The Roxbury, plans to make Stratton Falls its next project.

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Belleayre Music Festival on hiatus for 2015

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Highmount — The Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount will not be held this summer, the board of directors announced this week.
This year’s events, which would have marked the 24th year of the diverse music series, have been cancelled, but board members are hopeful that the festival can return, according to the release issued by President Jackie Kuhls.

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Community offers huge support to explosion victim

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
The community turned out in force last Saturday to support Sandy Scudder and his family at a massive fundraiser held at the McIntosh Auction Service in Margaretville.
Hundreds of people stood, some for as long as two hours, to get barbecue chicken and chat about a man known for good deeds and fast friendship.

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Kearney ousts Pascarella for Fleischmanns mayoral post

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
In a squeaky-tight election, Fleischmanns voters changed course last week and elected a new mayor and a new trustee while returning just one incumbent trustee to office. Challenger Don Kearney bested incumbent Mayor Todd Pascarella by just nine votes with a count of 42 to 33 last Wednesday.

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MCS board OKs donkey hoop game; considers "sharing" RCS superintendent

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
In a meeting filled with a variety of reports, financial actions, and personnel matters, Margaretville Central School (MCS) Board of Education members made news last Wednesday for one thing they did not do. Board members chose not to act on controversy about a donkey basketball game, scheduled as an April fundraiser for the National Honor Society. With very little discussion, board members chose to let stand an administration decision to hold the game.

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OCS superintendent on leave through June

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Last week the assistant superintendent of the Onteora School District became acting superintendant after embattled Superintendent Phyllis McGill announced that she was taking a leave of absence until mid June.

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Phoenicia Key Bank to re-open but not any time soon

By Jay Braman Jr.
Almost six weeks after the Phoenicia branch of Key Bank was damaged by fire, company officials have announced that it will be rebuilt.
But on Monday, Key spokeswoman Therese Myers said the project will take awhile. “We are grateful for the community’s support and concern during this time,” she said. “We cannot express how much that support means to us. We will be rebuilding the Phoenicia branch and look forward to remaining a part of the community. A timeline has not been set yet, but we are working to reopen as soon as possible.

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Zoning updates on agenda for Middletown board

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Town of Middletown officials scheduled a public hearing on the adoption of updated zoning and subdivision regulations for April 14 at 5 p.m. when it met in regular session last week.
In addition to approving a revised work schedule for highway department staffers and agreeing to participate in Community Wastewater Management Programs for the hamlets of New Kingston and Halcottsville, the town wrestled with what to do about rates for worker’s compensation insurance purchased through the county.

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