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Students from Margaretville and Roxbury enjoyed a 12-day worldwind tour of Europe this month, including this stop at the ruins in Pompeii. Read more about their most excellent adventures in our Features or News sections! — Contributed Photo.

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.


DEP gets big tax break in Pine Hill

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken residents are eager to hear the details of a settlement between the town and the City of New York over the tax valuation of a multi-million dollar piece of city property in Pine Hill, a settlement that could cost Shandaken taxpayers plenty. The settlement also carries ramifications for Town of Middletown and Village of Margaretville taxpayers.


Middletown has bumper crop of planning board applicants

By Matthew J. Perry
The Middletown Town Board is reviewing an unusually large number of applicants who will be considered for four positions: one regular member of the planning board, two alternates, and one alternate to the zoning board of appeals.


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