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Here's the Scoop: January 22, 2014

There’s no place like Home Goods...
A little chapter in local history will soon come to a close when Dorothy Maffei steps down as owner of Home Goods of Margaretville (HGM).
In a small town, businesses come and go. In fact, the “go” enterprises somehow seem to outnumber the arrivals. As opposed to mega-malls, shopping in rural areas usually offers a much different type of experience. Stores are often unique. Owners usually know your name.


Properly Chilled?

Chilled crossing guard: Photo by Dick SanfordChilled crossing guard: Photo by Dick Sanford

Crossing Guard Janice Armstrong of Andes, had the right idea, as she wisely layered herself against those balmy -2 degree temperatures on Wednesday, Jan. 8. Like the rest of us, we're sure she was very happy to get back to "room temperature."


Belleayre resort support strong at Middletown hearing

A large crowd — most solidly in favor of the proposed Belleayre Resort — turned out for Thursday’s Middletown Planning Board public hearing on the project.
Approximately 75 people were in attendance at the Middletown Town Hall to express their opinions on the planned resort in Highmount. The project, first proposed in 1999, currently includes two hotels, lodging units, a spa and a golf course. If approved, the Belleayre Resort would be built in both the Towns of Shandaken and Middletown. The Middletown portion would primarily include the golf course and related structures.


Margaretville Liquor store break-in: not your typical burglary

By Joe Moskowitz

Margaretville Liquor vandalized: Photo by Joe MoskowitzMargaretville Liquor vandalized: Photo by Joe Moskowitz

The Margaretville Liquor Store on Main Street was burglarized early Tuesday morning and the person who did it may have been thoughtful enough to call the storeowner in order to prevent any further losses.
Storeowner Steve Yaekel said that he got a phone call at home at about 12:30 a.m. from someone who told him that the one of the store’s front windows had been broken out.

Wine taken


With demo day near, Shandaken farmstand owners file appeal

By Jay Braman Jr.
The owners of a farm stand on Route 28 in Mt. Tremper, that the state Supreme Court ordered removed, have filed an appeal of that verdict and are taking steps to apply to the Town of Shandaken for a permit to continue to do business.
On November 27, state Supreme Court Justice Mary Work gave the owners of Hanover Farms 60 days to take down their farm stand.
That gives Al Higley, and his son Alfie, until January 25 to remove the structure. But, with 10 days to go, the place looks just like it did on the day that Judge Work signed her decision.


Woodchuck Lodge gains exposure in nationwide Ford magazine

An article in the current issue of My Ford magazine has brought national attention to naturalist John Burroughs and Woodchuck Lodge, his Catskill Mountain retreat in Roxbury.
The article, which spotlights the unlikely friendship of Burroughs and industrialist Henry Ford, appears in a magazine that goes to an estimated four million Ford automobile owners. Countless more viewers can read the story online, and see a short video featuring Woodchuck Lodge Board President Bill Birns and Burroughs’ great-granddaughter Joan Burroughs.


George Quinn pens book on Catskill skiing

By Cheryl Petersen
Even if you’ve never been skiing, you can buckle into virtual reality ski boots and swoosh down slopes in the Catskills by reading the book, Skiing in the Catskill Region.
Long-time skier George Quinn’s book, is savored by non-skiers and skiers alike. Published by Arcadia last month, the book has over 200 illustrations depicting the history of skiing from the early 1900s to present time. Author George Quinn chronicled ski jumping, skier personalities, fashion, and the logistics surrounding the evolution of skiing.


Supervisor's illness slows Shandaken 2014 reorganization

By Jay Braman Jr.
Illness sidelined the newly reelected Supervisor in Shandaken on January 6, making tough going for the remainder of the town board charged with setting up the government for the year 2014.
Each year in January towns must establish a variety of things ranging from what time meetings are held and which bank to use to more critical elements such as appointing people to specific jobs. This is all done at a reorganization meeting like the one held Monday night at town hall.


"Artists Choose Artists" opening at Longyear Gallery

Opening this week at the Longyear Gallery is “Artists Choose Artists,” Longyear’s fifth invitational show featuring the work of both Longyear Gallery members and some of their favorite guest artists working in different media. The artists’ reception will take place on Saturday, Jan. 18 from 3 to 6 p.m.


Esopus flooding to be discussed at Trout Unlimited meeting

The Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited (APWCTU) will host a presentation on Wednesday, Jan 22. by Scott George and Barry Baldigo of the United States Geological Society examining “The Effects of Flooding on the Upper Reaches of the Esopus Creek.”


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