Tom Turkey goes a'courting

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The spring romance season is in full swing for turkeys and these Toms offered a brilliant display as they tried to impress the females. — Photo by Brian Sweeney

Fleischmanns candidate has big ideas for village

By Matthew J. Perry
Dave Morell, the single Fleischmanns resident to declare his candidacy for mayor before the February 13 deadline, is quick to state that he would serve at the pleasure of his constituents and will embrace their views.
“I’m willing to talk to anyone and I’m ready to do what the people of Fleischmanns want me to do,” he says.


Margaretville candidates bring varied backgrounds

By Matthew J. Perry
The Village of Margaretville will field two candidates for the board of trustees on March 18. Since there are two seats to fill, the outcome likely will not be a nail-biter, which is regrettable to Iris Mead, who is running for her fourth term.
“I wish there were more candidates,” she says. “But at least there’s a choice to be made about our mayor.”


Gas leak at Phoenicia Country Store leaves gaping hole

By Jay Braman Jr.
Smack in the middle of Phoenicia’s business district, another massive blemish appeared with little notice several weeks ago.
That blemish, a dug up parking lot where Verona Oil Company’s Country Store sits, was supposed to be a two-week event in a community already suffering from blight from the now infamous Phoenicia Hotel site next door. But immediately after an inspection by the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) two weeks ago, all work suddenly stopped, leaving a gaping hole in the ground and a large excavator perched precariously atop a pile of gravel at the site.


Regional ski cooperation plans starting to take shape

By Jay Braman Jr.
After months of Hatfield and McCoy style feuding, the ski centers in Ulster and Greene counties are warming to the idea of working together to attract more visitors. And along the way one ski center in Delaware County has gotten involved too.


Shandaken's settlement with NYC would raise taxes

By Jay Braman Jr.
If the Town of Shandaken agrees to a settlement on the value of the mammoth New York City owned waste treatment plant in Pine Hill, the Big Apple would save hundreds of thousands in taxes, an amount that the rest of the taxpayers in town would then have to pay.


Deer rescued after fall into lake

By Brian Sweeney
Four deer were rescued from the icy waters of Lake Wawaka in Halcottsville Sunday afternoon. The deer were spotted stranded in the lake shortly after 4 p.m. on Sunday. Forest Ranger Joe Bink was among the first rescue workers on the scene.


OCS Board president resigns

By Jay Braman Jr.
The President of the Onteora School District’s Board of Trustees has resigned.
Ralph Legnini, who was elected to the board last May for a three-year term, sent a brief written statement to the rest of the trustees just hours prior to the board’s Feb. 3 meeting to announce that his resignation was effective immediately.


Ulster Press closes its doors

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Ulster County Press, a weekly newspaper that served as the official paper for the Town of Shandaken, has stopped the presses for good. Publisher Lori Childers told reporters that the paper’s Feb. 11 edition would be the last issue after four years of circulation.


Meet the Candidate

Scott Murphy, the Democratic candidate running to fill Kirsten Gillibrand's vacated U.S. House seat, will be the special guest at the next Delaware County Democratic Committee meeting on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at Sanford Hall, SUNY Delhi.


Fleischmanns water tower moved to public property

By Matthew J. Perry
A months-long legal battle between the Village of Fleischmanns and two property owners, which focused on the placement of a proposed water-storage tower, was settled quietly last week when the village agreed to move the tower to another site.
In 2008, the village planned to place a 30-foot, 325,000-gallon water tower on land owned by residents Arnold and Roslyn Bernstein.


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