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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

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.


Middletown building report reflects economic slowdown

By Julia Green
The Building and Zoning Department of the Town of Middletown recently published its annual report, which stated that there were fewer building permits issued in nearly all categories. A total of 146 building permits were issued in the Town of Middletown in 2008, a noticeable decrease from the 164 issued in 2007.


Mountainside had zero deficiencies in survey by state Health Department

Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville was pronounced deficiency-free in an unannounced survey conducted by the state Department of Health between January 26 and 29. A survey that renders findings of zero deficiencies is extremely rare, explained Mountainside Administrator Philip Mehl. He said New York State nursing homes are cited for an average of 6 and 9 violations during these Department of Health (DOH) reviews.


Andes states opposition to proposed state tax freeze

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By Matthew J. Perry
The Andes Town Board passed a resolution Tuesday that explicitly opposes and criticizes a proposed, across-the-board freeze on the taxes levied on state-owned lands.


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