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Phoenicia Hotel neighbor irked by lingering mess

By Jay Braman Jr.
The owner of the property behind the site of the former Phoenicia Hotel has had enough of the waiting and hoping for a clean up of the rubble next door. She wants to build an oversized fence between her land and the heap of debris that was the former hotel.
Trouble is, the law only allows for a fence to be six feet tall, and Lawrence Webster, who bought her property just one month before the historic hotel went up in flames two years ago, told the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals that she needs one to be eight feet high to shield the unsightliness.


"History Happening!" at DCHA June 6

Delhi — Come to the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) on Saturday, June 6 from noon to 5 p.m. Experience the fun of historic crafts, artisanry and other activities at DCHA’s “History Happening Day.” Come immerse yourself in a day of workshops and demonstrations with hands-on opportunities for the entire family.


County conducting land survey

Delhi — Delaware County has contracted with Penn State University to conduct a random telephone survey of county residents during the month of June. The survey’s purpose is to objectively determine the level of awareness and views of county residents pertaining to the New York City Land Acquisition Program.


Red-hot Pistolera plays Saturday at RAG center

Roxbury — Pistolera, a New York City based band that draws from traditional styles of Mexican music while fusing it with a pop-rock sensibility, will take the stage at The Roxbury Arts Center on Saturday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m.
The electrifying quartet defines the Latin alt-folklorico genre, featuring the Spanish lyric songs of vocalist and guitarist Sandra Lilia Velásquez, the driving accordion melodies of Maria Elena, and the unbeatable rhythm section of bassist Inca B. Satz and drummer Ani Cordero.


Main Street Cafe opens in Margaretville

By Julia Green
Those who dined at the Key West Café in Pine Hill roughly a decade ago will no doubt recognize the face behind the counter at the recently-opened Main Street Café in Margaretville.
Bob Landes, a native of England with a background in training racehorses, owned and operated the Pine Hill restaurant with his wife Elizabeth, until it closed about 10 years ago.


Roxbury Stock to close in June

By Matthew J. Perry
Five regional Stock Building stores, including the location in Roxbury, will close in mid-June.
Katie Cralle, a spokeswoman for Stock Building, confirmed that stores in Roxbury, Walton, Oneonta, Sidney and Richmondsville will either be sold off or closed.
“Stock will be exiting or closing stores in select under-performing markets in order to focus on those markets with the strongest prospects for growth,” reads an official statement from the company.


Shandaken cop naps alleged killer

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Buffalo man has been charged with second-degree murder after being captured by a quick-thinking Shandaken Police detective last week.
An Erie County medical examiner’s autopsy of Constance A. Shepherd, 42, revealed the cause of death to be a deep laceration to her neck, leading police to rule the death a homicide. Chief Anthony Palombo said the cut was caused by a “sword-sized knife” that was located in another room of the Shepherd’s house in the Town of Tonawanda, a suburb of Buffalo.


More campers planning Catskill hikes this year

By Jay Braman Jr.
It might be the economy, or perhaps fuel prices, or even the lure of the region or all of the above, but one thing is for sure: there will be more visitors to the Catskills this summer.
The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced an increase in reservations for campsite space statewide, both in the number of campers and the length of stay planned.


Fund-raising tournament in Andes

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The Pete Wright Memorial Horseshoe Tournament will be held on May 30 at 1 p.m. at Weathertite Barn in Andes. Parking can be found on Main Street or at the school.
This tournament is in its seventh year.


CWC meeting highlights accomplishments

Margaretville — Hundreds of homeowners, schoolchildren, municipal governments and business people in the Catskill region benefited from assistance, money and information supplied by the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) in 2008.


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