Local pair charged in heroin bust after thruway stop


By Joe Moskowitz
A man and a woman from Margaretville and a man from Saugerties are being held in a downstate jail, and if convicted, they could be behind bars for years.
State police say that when they stopped a car driven being by Joshua Levine, 36, of Margaretville on Sunday, they found 695 grams of heroin packaged in glassine bags. The bags were marked “5-Star.”

Extra bear hunting season in Sept. proposed by DEC

By Jay Braman Jr.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a draft species management plan for black bears last month that includes a plan to reduce the Catskill bear population by adding an extra hunting season in September, but not everyone likes the idea.
There are about 8,000 black bears in the state, with over half of them living in the Adirondacks and about a third living in the Catskills.

Crowds and large snowfalls create 'good' problems at Belleayre

By Joe Moskowitz
Plenty of fresh snow at just the right time. A long holiday weekend. Some people have the entire week away from work. It sounds like the perfect formula for people in the ski business. And the crowds were huge, but at Highmount’s Belleayre Ski Center on Sunday, some people thought there was too much of a good thing.
An estimated 5,000 people tried to ski or snowboard at Belleayre on Sunday.  That is all the mountain can handle, but it’s not unusual for a  holiday weekend. However on Sunday, the mountain didn’t handle it that well.

Few questions over hotel tax breaks for proposed Best Western

By Joe Moskowitz
Nine years ago, an attempt by Margaretville businessman Peter Molnar to get tax breaks in order to construct a 62-unit hotel on Route 28 between Margaretville and Arkville drew dozens of signatures on a petition against his request.
Angry speakers stood up at an Industrial Development Agency (IDA) public hearing to question why he should be extended such a privilege.
But on Tuesday, just 10 people showed up to a similar meeting, only a few questions were asked and the entire hearing lasted just 18 minutes.

Water District a concern for Andes Town Board


By Cheryl Petersen
Aside from the 2009 International Truck giving the highway department periodic fits, the operations and projects of the Town of Andes are running smoothly. Supervisor Marty Donnelly was authorized to seek quotes to move forward on the new Andes Town Court facility. And, once a master plan for improvements in Ballentine Park is drawn up they will be presented to the Delaware County Planning Board.

Shandaken Board supports Scenic Byway plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
Against a backdrop, once again, of claims that it will not cost the town anything, the Shandaken Town Board endorsed the creation of a new entity in an attempt to get a scenic byway designation for the area.
Plans for a Scenic Byway designation for a 50-mile chunk of the Route 28 corridor have been bogged down in the eastern portion of the region, and one community has already officially opted out of the program.

Fruit stand boundaries among concerns at Bovina town meeting

By Cheryl Petersen
A large crowd of Bovina residents filled the chairs in the warm Community Center during the town’s regular meeting.
Privilege of the floor was granted to Steve Burnett, owner of Burnett Farms. Steve told everyone he and his wife have a well-designed fruit stand near their farm that is apparently on town property and has been viewed by other residents as a liability to the town.

SUNY Delhi receives $100,000 for Residential Construction program

SUNY Delhi has received a $100,000 grant from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to establish a Residential Construction Management (RCM) concentration as part of its Construction Management program
“This grant, combined with our outstanding faculty, will help us meet the needs of our students and the needs of the residential construction industry, the cornerstone of our economy,” said President Candace S. Vancko.

Pizza Palace of Grand Gorge shuts its doors

By Joe Moskowitz
It’s a bad sign at a bad time. For more than a week, people have driving to the Pizza Palace in Grand Gorge, only to find it dark, closed and a sign in the window apologizing to its customers. The Palace is closed and the sign says it is closed “due to circumstances beyond our control.”  
It is a fact that we cannot control the onset of aging. Owner Nick Malaxos was a bit more specific. He told the News, “I’m tired, my back hurts, and I am old.”

Roxbury names honor students for second quarter

Roxbury Central School has announced its Honor Rolls for the second marking period of the 2013 – ’14 school year.
Those students earning places on the Superintendent’s List include: Grade 4, Madison German, Myah Johnston, and Kerri Anne Moore; Grade 5, Catherine Jankowski; Grade 7, Anthony Perazone, Brendan Reidlinger, and Cristian Spariosu; Grade 8, Rose Battista, and Christine Ianniello; Grade 10, Isabel Battista, and Molly O’Brien; Grade 11, Michaela Jordan, Jessica Moore, Shannon Sprague, and Lacey Stewart; Grade 12, Joseph McAfee, Ian O’Brien, and Joshua Riley.

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