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Part of the VW Parts Inc. complex at the intersection of Wagner Avenue and Main Street, Fleischmanns went up in flames late Tuesday afternoon. More photos in our front page story.— Photo by Brian Sweeney

Publishing company starts new chapter in Margaretville

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By Joe Moskowitz
Olin Frederick Publishing is starting a new life in Margaret­ville, and company founder Gerald Balcar feels that his efforts will also improve and extend the lives of many Americans, in addition to improving Margaretville’s economic health.


Restructuring debt helps Andes water district

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By Cheryl Petersen
“With the work and persistence of Marge Merzig, Bud Gladstone, and Senator Seward and his staff, the water debt has been reconstructed,” said Town of Andes Supervisor Marty Donnelly at the town’s board meeting last week.
“This will keep the costs down for water users in Andes water district.” The resolution for bond restructuring formalized persistent efforts to keep costs down. Other actions included approval for Highway Superintendent Mike McAdams to rent an excavator and discussion on upcoming roadwork.


Roxbury Arts Group volunteers honored


Roxbury — Kevin Prior of Stamford and Charles Kowalski of Denver received the first annual Nancy Harding Volunteer Service Award from the Roxbury Arts Group, this past Saturday at a volunteer appreciation event held at the Roxbury Arts Center in Roxbury.  Each was in attendance to receive their awards from Nancy Harding, for the whom the award was named after.  


Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Stamford

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A raccoon has tested positive for rabies in Dela­ware County. This is the first animal testing positive for rabies in 2014, according to Heather Warner, health education coordinator for Delaware County Public Health Services.
The raccoon attacked a dog in the Village of Stamford. The raccoon was dispatched and sent to NYS State Rabies Laboratory for testing. The owner of the dog reported that the incident occurred during the day, a strange behavior for raccoons. The positive test results were received Thursday March 13. Delaware County had no animals testing positive for rabies in 2013.


Junkyard owner seeks FEMA buyout

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By Joe Moskowitz
Fleischmanns businessman William Hrazanek may have an ally in the Federal government, but time and the State of New York may not be on his side. 
Hrazanek, owner of Fleisch­manns VW and other auto salvage businesses, claimed he lost millions of dollars worth of auto parts when Hurricane Irene damaged two properties he owns in Fleischmanns. He is seeking a flood buyout from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA).

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Cold spring leaves sour taste for maple producers

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By Joe Moskowitz
Most people who live in the northeast have a pretty good idea how maple syrup is traditionally made. Sugar maple trees are tapped, their sap flows on warm days, it is collected and then reduced by boiling to the point where the result is syrup. Maple sap become maple syrup when it reaches a boiling point of 7.1 degrees Fahrenheit over the boiling point of water. 
But there are those who do things a little differently.


Senator Schumer calls for investigation into skyrocketing electric rates

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By Jay Braman Jr.
As many in the region remain in a state of shock over ever-rising electric bills, United States Senator Chuck Schumer has called for an investigation into those increases.
Meanwhile a local state senator is blaming the hikes on a lack of natural gas.


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.


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.


Freshtown takes steps to deter card hacking

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By Joe Moskowitz
Margaretville’s Freshtown Supermarket has taken steps aimed at ending the credit- and debit- card hacking that has plagued the area in recent weeks.
Freshtown store manager Robert Griffiths has confirmed that the store has installed new card swiping, or Point of Sale (POS) machines. According to federal investigators, card security breaches often begin at that point.
Because of the number of card swipe machines it operates, and volume of business it does, Fresh­town has been considered one of the possible targets of the hacker or hackers.


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