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Andes to computerize all property tax records

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By Matthew J. Perry
The Town of Andes is setting pace in Delaware County by making property data and tax maps available to anyone with access to a computer.
At its monthly meeting on July 8, the town council resolved to spend $1,200 a year to maintain presence on the website of Systems Development Group, Inc., a Utica company that develops software for New York State real property and municipalities.


Margaretville man wins car in Monticello drawing

By Julia Green
If you’re going to experience a random stroke of good luck, conventional wisdom would say that a racino – a combined race track and casino – is a pretty good place to do it. Margaretville resident Gary Hull would undoubtedly agree with that sentiment. Hull went to Monticello Gaming and Raceway in Sullivan County on Saturday and won a drawing for a brand new Toyota vehicle.


DEC issues tickets for Phoenicia Hotel demo work

By Jay Braman Jr.
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued tickets last week to two local men involved in what DEC alleges was the unlawful disposal of remains of the Phoenicia Hotel, which burned one year ago and was knocked down two weeks ago.
The charges, which are misdemeanors and violations, were leveled at Harry Jameson, the owner of Romer Mountain Park in Woodland Valley and David Gutierrez, owner of Woodstock Landscaping.


Delaware Dems to meet July 23

The Delaware County Democratic Committee (DCDC) will be holding its monthly meetings in different regions of the county. The next meeting, Wednesday, July 23, will be held at the Middletown Town Hall at 42339 state Highway 28 in Margaretville at 7 p.m.


Pavilion park use tops village agenda

By Julia Green
A special meeting of the Margaretville Board of Trustees was held last Wednesday to discuss issues related to the new park pavilion and the status of the Margaretville constable, as well as the “conflict of interest” alleged against one of its members.


Illinois woman dies after fall from Arkville bridge abutment

By Julia Green
A 26-year-old Illinois woman died at approximately 10:30 Monday night after she apparently fell 12 to 15 feet off a railroad bridge abutment just east of Arkville and landed on rocks alongside the Bushkill stream. Killed in the accident was Lynne N. Jaeger of Caseyville, Illinois.


Junkyard owner pleads not guilty in fraud case

By Brian Sweeney
A Fleischmanns resident pleaded not guilty in Delaware County Court to five charges stemming from an alleged insurance fraud case.
William Hrazanek, 61, appeared before Delaware County Judge Carl W. Becker and entered not guilty pleas on one count of insurance fraud (a second-degree Class C felony) and four counts of offering a false instrument for filing (first-degree Class E felonies).


Landowners' group to discuss gas leasing

The Central New York Landowners Coalition (CNYLC) will hold a public informational meeting on Thursday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Delaware Academy auditorium at 2 Sheldon Drive in Delhi. All Delaware County landowners interested in leasing their property for natural gas exploration are invited to attend.


Hamlet expansion may slow DEP land purchases

By Jay Braman Jr.
Hamlets throughout the Catskills have the chance of expanding their boundaries now that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has informed the Coalition of Watershed Towns (CWT) of the opportunity.
The DEP’s land acquisition program is not allowed to solicit land within hamlets and is now willing to expand those hamlet areas designated in the 1997 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by up to one-half mile in every direction.


Award-winning colorist featured at Longyear

Award-winning watercolorist Alix Hallman Travis of Halcottsville is well-known locally for her vivid, high contrast landscape, still life and figurative work in that medium. However, currently at Longyear Gallery is her first solo show featuring work on canvas in oil. This breakthrough exhibit joins a new collective show by the Longyear member artists.


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