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Ulster Co. Planned Board fears Higley's farm stand is unsafe

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Ulster County Planning Board has reviewed plans for the reopening of the Hanover Farms store on Route 28 in Mount Tremper and has warned the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals that if those plans are passed as submitted, it would not be safe.
Hanover Farms is in front of the zoning board and looking for several variances from town law in order to reopen the store as it now stands. A meeting/public hearing on the subject is set for Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at town hall in Allaben.


Supervisors get update on heroin problem

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By Cheryl Petersen
Chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors, Jim Eisel, opened the meeting on May 14 in Delhi by reading from his written statement, an update on the heroin epidemic. Among other business, the board also authorized an agreement with the City of New York for guiderail replacement on NYC Road #10 in the Town of Middletown.


Roxbury Wine & Spirits open for business

By Brian Sweeney
Sometimes, real life interferes with even the best plans.
That’s what happened when New York City residents Jeff Tichenor and Peter Chen purchased a weekend home in Roxbury Run in December 2012. At that time, their goal was to move the Catskills full-time in five years. The timeline for that strategy was fast-forwarded last summer when they were helping friends who were looking for a home in Halcottsville. During the real estate search, they came across a Main Street, Roxbury property that was listed a perfect location for “an artists’ space, a bookstore or a liquor store.”


Home Goods has new owners

By Brian Sweeney
Fans of longtime village anchor store Home Goods of Margaretville were understandably disappointed when former owner Dorothy Maffei decided to close up shop after 18 years and move on to a new phase in her life.
Fortunately, one of the store’s part-time sales associates shared Dorothy’s passion for the store and has completed a purchase agreement to carry on the store’s name and traditions.


Hrazanek foreclosure postponed

By Joe Moskowitz
A foreclosure sale set for noon on Tuesday in Delhi, at which Fleischmanns businessman Bill Hrazanek’s would have lost two of his properties in that village, was postponed at the request of mortgage holder Kenneth Pasternak.


Jane Ware notches 400th softball victory

By John Bernhardt
“I have good kids here, kids who love to play softball,” Jane Ware says when asked to explain her incredible run of success winning softball games coaching for Roxbury. Ware’s Rockets downed Davenport, 16-11, last week Tuesday giving the veteran coach her 400th win in a 31- year coaching career.


Recreational non-motorized boating opens on the reservoirs May 23

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New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced that the 2014 recreational boating program will begin Friday, May 23, on four city reservoirs in the Catskills.


D & U Railroad opens for the season

Arkville — On Memorial Day weekend, the Catskill Mountains come back to life as the Delaware & Ulster Railroad cars chug out of the station once again for a season of fun and adventure.


MCS budget passes; Warner elected to school board

Voters in the Margaretville Central School District have spoken, and for the second year in a row, they told an incumbent Board of Education member that it was time for a change.
Challenger Doris Warner easily defeated Kurt Holcherr to win a three year term on the Board. Unofficial totals indicated Warner received 167 votes to 102 for Holcherr.
Last year incumbent Board President Randy Moore was easily defeated by challenger Terry Johnson.
Warner told the News she is very pleased and is looking forward to the challenge.
Warner is a former employee of the Catskill Mountain News.


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