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NYS DEC plans to complete resort review by end of summer

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By Jay Braman Jr.
When it comes to the massive review of the $400 million Belleayre Resort proposed by Crossroads Ventures LLC, many deadlines have come and gone over the past 14 years.
But this time, it appears the end may be near.
According to Crossroads, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will complete their review of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement at the end of summer.
That is several months later than the project's promoters had hoped for, but as they say, better late than never.


Shandaken planners fear NYC's new flood buyout plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Planning Board is expected to take a long-hard look at the details of a controversial plan to allow the City of New York to buy homes and businesses in local hamlets and villages.
At the June meeting of the planning board, rookie member Alan Shiner brought the matter up after reading about it in the Catskill Mountain News earlier that same day. “I think this is going to be very dangerous for our area,” Shiner warned.


Local Assembly district among the worst drawn in New York

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The recently redrawn 101st Assembly District is being used as an example by the New York Public Interest research Group (NYPERG) of one of the worst districts in the state.
Dubbed “The left over lightening bolt,” NYPERG says it stretches from Utica to Newburgh, cutting through local communities in Delhi, Andes, and Hardenburgh, just to name a few.
It takes several hours to drive from one end to the other, NYPERG says, but driving side to side only takes minutes.


Local graduations set for this weekend

Area schools with host graduation ceremonies this weekend as members of the Class of 2014 celebrate the conclusion of their high school careers.
Andes
Commencement at Andes Central School will take place on Friday, June 27 at 7 p.m. under a tent set up behind the building.
Guest speaker will be longtime kindergarten teacher Susie Little. Josephine DeSanto will offer the Valedictory Address and Jonathan Andrews will give the Salutatory Address.


Olivebridge man accused of 21 counts of animal cruelty

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By Jay Braman Jr.
An Olivebridge man was convicted of 21 counts of animal cruelty last week following the death of as many dogs in a barn fire that destroyed the building and its habitants one year ago.
David Delisio was found guilty by a jury in the Town of Olive Court on Thursday. Twenty-one dogs died in a barn fire on Delisio’s property at 82 Mill Road in Olivebridge on June 7, 2013.


Junior Pultz tosses the first pitch for Yankees' Triple A club

By Joe Moskowitz
It was another summer Sunday as Charles “Junior” Pultz, his wife Elaine, and their son Terry, all of Fleischmanns, got in the car and headed to a baseball game in Pennsylvania. They go to baseball games in many places around the Northeast including Class A, the lower-level minor league games in Troy, big league games at the shrine, Yankee Stadium, and one of their favorite places, PNC Field, home of the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Rail Riders. They are the Yankees’ top farm club, one step below the major leagues. Sunday they were playing their International League rivals, the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Pultz family was going to see them play. 
But Junior Pultz got thrown a curve.
When they got to the ballpark, Junior was told that he would have to enter the ballpark through the tunnel toward the field. Then, Terry told him that he was going to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Junior said he turned to him and said, “You must be crazy.”
At the age of 89, Pultz, for the first time in his life, threw a pitch in a professional baseball park, an incredible thrill for life-long Yankee fan.

 Junior Pultz of Fleischmanns, second from left, recently threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a game for the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Raiders, the NY Yankees’ Triple A affiliate. At left is Junior’s son, Terry. Junior Pultz of Fleischmanns, second from left, recently threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a game for the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Raiders, the NY Yankees’ Triple A affiliate. At left is Junior’s son, Terry.


Fireman's Carnival coming to town

The Margaretville Fire Department Field Days from July 1-6 at the village park will mark the true arrival of summer.
The annual carnival promises fun for the entire family with plenty of rides, games, music, food and the opportunity to socialize with old friends. A huge fireworks display will cap the festivities on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Carnival highlights
The schedule of special events includes the following highlights:
• Tuesday, July 1 through Thursday, July 3: Rides open at 6 p.m.
• Wednesday, July 2: Pay One Price rides, 6-11 p.m.


Spillian gets "Buzz" as a real-life castle attraction

By Joe Moskowitz
If you want to stay in a castle, your choices are limited but it just so happens there is one nearby. It sits on top of a mountain in a magical land called Fleischmanns.
The castle is called Spillian and the website BuzzFeed says it is one of 13 real-life Disney Princess Castles that you can stay at in the United States.
The dining hall at Spillian, a Fleischmanns-based retreat, looks for all the world like the grand room in the Disney animated feature “Beauty and the Beast.” — Photos by Joe MoskowitzThe dining hall at Spillian, a Fleischmanns-based retreat, looks for all the world like the grand room in the Disney animated feature “Beauty and the Beast.” — Photos by Joe Moskowitz


Editorial: "Just Say No" to more NYC land acquisition

I hope our local political leaders “just say no” to New York City’s latest land-buying initiative in the Catskills.
In April, the City announced that it would make at least $15 million available to acquire properties from willing sellers whose homes are currently located in flood zones in the Catskill and Delaware watersheds. Any existing structures on property purchased in this program would be razed and the land would be utilized as green space or for recreational use from then on.


Quick moving storm wreaks havoc in Bovina

Fortunately, no injuries resulted from a fast-moving thunderstorm that rolled through the western part of the county shortly after midnight on Wednesday. The 60-mile-an-hour winds were a death toll for many trees and took out power for hours. — Photos by Dick Sanford


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