Rev. Dykstrya honored

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SPECIAL NIGHT — The Rev. Richard Dykstra of Roxbury, right, is all smiles after receiving the Margaretville Hospital Keene A. Roadman Citizen of the Year Award on Saturday evening at the Harvest Moon Ball. The event was sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. Also pictured during the presentation are event Chair Karen Kolar and Hospital Board Member Tom O’Brien.— Photo by eOneMedia.com

VW Parts fire ruled accidental

By Jay Braman Jr.
The fire that destroyed the garage at the beleaguered VW Auto Parts complex in the middle of Fleischmanns in August was not arson.
That’s the ruling by Delaware County Fire Investigators, who spent hours in the charred aftermath trying to determine what did cause the blaze.
According to Steve Hood, director of the Delaware County Office of Emergency Services and its Fire Investigation Team, the cause was discovered quickly on the same day as the fire. “We knew that evening what started it,” he said.

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ACS welcomes five new teachers

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Andes Central School has welcomed five new staff for the 2014-15 academic year.
 Dawn Brown and Cindy Bramley. — Photo by Dick SanfordWELCOME ABOARD — Andes Central School has five new staff members for the 2014-15 academic year. In the front row, from left, are: Chelsea Guy, Karli Tait, Jessica Young. Back row: Dawn Brown and Cindy Bramley. — Photo by Dick Sanford

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Chace-Randall to close after current show

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By Cheryl Petersen
Receptive to the future of possibilities, Chace-Randall Gallery in the Hamlet of Andes is showcasing its last exhibit before closing its doors for good at the end of this year.
“Curator’s Choice” is on exhibit until December 30. Curator Zoe Randall selected an array of art styles, now displayed artistically in four viewing rooms. “The line, palette and mix of media seen in the gallery can be seen in my own home,” said Randall.

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Belleayre Resort review extended to Dec. 8

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The review of the Belleayre Resort will continue on until December as involved groups have been given 10 times the normal amount of time to comment on the conclusions reached by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).


Water rate changes on tap in Fleischmanns

By Jay Braman Jr.
If you are a full-time resident in the Village of Fleischmanns, chances are you are paying too much for water.
On the other side of the coin, if you are a summer resident, you are probably paying too little.
While, in reality, it is a bit more complex than that, the bottom line is that village officials believe the current arrangment is unfair and they are at work now to make changes to the water district’s billing to even costs out.


RCS adds six new staff members

There are six new staff members at Roxbury Central School this year. 
WELCOME ABOARD — Six new staff members have joined the staff at Roxbury Central School for the 2014-15 academic year. In front row, from left, are: Beth McLaughlin, Julia Manetta and Laura Gervais. Back row:  Stefani Albano, Elaine Smith and Maureen Burton — Photo by Dick SanfordWELCOME ABOARD — Six new staff members have joined the staff at Roxbury Central School for the 2014-15 academic year. In front row, from left, are: Beth McLaughlin, Julia Manetta and Laura Gervais. Back row: Stefani Albano, Elaine Smith and Maureen Burton — Photo by Dick Sanford


Fleischmanns "nets" new tennis courts

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Interpretive Center groundbreaking a dream come true for Hinchey

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The friends of the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center chose Tuesday, Sept. 23, the first day of autumn, as the time to hold the official groundbreaking for a $1.3 million state project that has been in the making since the 1980s.
YEARS IN THE MAKING — Retired Congressman Maurice Hinchey proudly displays an artists’ rendering on Tuesday of the long awaited Catskill Interpretive Center, set to be built this fall. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.YEARS IN THE MAKING — Retired Congressman Maurice Hinchey proudly displays an artists’ rendering on Tuesday of the long awaited Catskill Interpretive Center, set to be built this fall. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.


Catskill Heritage Alliance vows to keep fighting the resort

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA) is trying to keep a court battle going over the fate of the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park.
It was announced last week that the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) had completed its review of the resort’s draft Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and gave it a passing grade. But before the department’s commissioner can sign off and allow the process to move to the permitting phase, a court case brought in 2007 against the resort must be settled.

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DEC approves Belleayre Resort; review process is now over

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Though still not official, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has completed its review of the Belleayre Resort application and is expected to issue the necessary permits for the project.
But when those permits will be issued is not yet clear, according to project spokesman Gary Gailes.


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