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State Budget offers local taxpayers relief on school taxes

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By Joe Moskowitz
The State of New York has a new budget in place and while not everyone is happy about it, there appears to be some good news in it for local taxpayers.
One of the biggest financial complaints area school administrators have had is what’s known as the state’s Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). GEA goes back to the state’s deficit-filled years starting with the economic collapse in 2008. In order to pay its other bills, the state took back money it had promised school districts.

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Shandaken board replaces planning chair

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board has removed longtime Planning Board Chairwomen, Joanne Kalb, from that position.
Supervisor Rob Stanley made the announcement at Monday night’s town board meeting. Kalb, who will remain on the board, has been replaced as chair by planning board member Donald Brewer.
After the meeting Stanley said that the planning board has some big cases coming before them in the near future, notably the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park project and also the controversial Hanover Farms business in Mount Tremper.

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Belleayre Music Festival brings Buddy Guy and lots of diverse talent

Blues great Buddy Guy, “Redneck Woman” Gretchen Wilson and five nights of top-flight jazz shows are among the highlights of the 2014 season at the Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount. Tickets go on sale April 15.
The new season promises to be one of Belleayre’s most diverse lineups. The action starts with a night of classics on Saturday, July 5 when the Belle­ayre Festival Orchestra Per­forms The Music of Queen: A Rock Symphony featuring conductor Brent Havens, vocalist Brody Dolyniuk and a full rock band.

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Brushland Eating House coming to Bovina

By Cheryl Petersen
Menu planning, equipment installation, and woodworking are all occurring simultaneously at 1927 Main Street in Bovina Center.
"The goal is to open ‘Brushland Eating House’ this coming May,” said Sohail Zandi, the building’s new owner. But, between the warmer weather and Zandi’s easygoing stride, we discover the doors are already open. “I love meeting the people here as they walk by,” added Zandi.

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Riley the Dog gets surgery and a new home

By Jay Braman Jr.
Riley, the young Staffordshire terrier who has been in the Town of Shandaken dog pound, has a new life as of last Friday.
Readers of the Catskill Mountain News may recall Riley from a story a month ago about the dog’s need for surgery to correct a painful knee problem.
Shandaken Animal Control Officer Nancy Hudler mounted an online fundraising campaign to raise the $2,000 needed for Riley’s surgery.

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Middletown hosts Apple summit on April 29

The Town of Middletown will host a meeting on April 29 at 6 p.m. at the town hall with various local and regional stakeholders to discuss the revitalization of the town’s apple orchards as well as gauging interest in coordinated community-wide methods for bringing back Middletown’s historic cider press as a tourist destination, amenity and economic engine for those who grow apples and love cider. 

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CWC elects board members

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The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) held its 17th annual meeting of member towns on April 1 when results of director elections were announced and 2013 achievements were recounted.
Mark McCarthy, supervisor of the Town of Neversink, became the sole Sullivan County representative on the board following balloting by the supervisors of the three towns in the county with land in the Watershed. McCarthy will complete the remaining year of the unexpired term of Georgianna Lepke who retired last fall.

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Local historian brings News' Burroughs feature into the classroom

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John Burroughs lecture on April 12 will focus on wild places in the Catskills

The Spring 2014 Roxbury Burroughs Lecture, sponsored by John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge, will be held Sat., April 12 at 2 p.m. at the Historic Masonic Hall on Bridge Street (2335 Co. Highway 41).
Dr. Daniel Payne, professor of English at SUNY Oneonta, author and noted Burroughs scholar, will offer a look at “John Burroughs’ Wild Places: The Catskills and Adirondacks.”
There is no admission charge; donations towards the continued upkeep and restoration of Woodchuck Lodge will be gratefully accepted.

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Easter Bunny at NYPA Sunday

The Easter Bunny will make his annual visit to the admission-free visitors center at the New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project on Sunday, April 13, from noon to 2 p.m.
The Bunny will pose for free photos with children and parents may bring their cameras.
Free face painting by Karina Marvelina will be available in the visitors center theater. There will also be a free raffle for several baskets filled with Easter goodies and various outdoor children’s activities, weather-permitting.

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