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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

Brookside Hardware is back five months after devastating fire

By Brian Sweeney
Less than five months after a raging fire leveled the business, Brookside Hardware has opened for business in a new building on Route 28, Margaretville.
Company owner Will Finch said the new store opened for business on Saturday. Stock is arriving on a daily basis, but Mr. Finch said the store is already about three-quarters full.
Construction on the 3,500-square-foot building was started in May, with framing getting underway on June 4. Mr. Finch said the new store is larger than the one it replaces and will carry more inventory, particularly hardware and home goods.


Mt. Tremper firemen douse sign project

By Jay Braman Jr.
The guys at the Mount Tremper Fire Company are mad.
Monday night several of them wrestled a large road sign into Shandaken Town Hall and dropped it at the doorway of Town Supervisor Peter DiSclafani, thus telling him in no uncertain terms that the sign, a new one announcing the hamlets of Mount Tremper and Mount Pleasant, was not welcome in their community.


Landowners' coalition raises gas lease questions

By Matthew J. Perry
The majority of the seats were filled in the Delaware Academy auditorium on Thursday night in Delhi by landowners, concerned citizens and even a handful of land men working for gas companies.
Everyone was hungry for information, and two experts working with the Central New York Landowners Coalition (CNYLA,) which organized the meeting, supplied three hours worth on natural gas speculation, drilling and leasing. It was a scratch into the surface of an issue that could reconfigure—or scar—the face of Catskill mountain communities in the coming years.


SP reveals internal review on Brinkerhoff case

By Brian Sweeney
An internal investigation by the New York State Police has cleared all troopers of any wrongdoing in the accidental death of Trooper David Brinkerhoff in an April 2007 gunfight at a Margaretville farmhouse. The classified report was obtained by The New York Times under the Freedom of Information Law.
During a gun battle with fugitive Travis Trim, Trooper Brinkerhoff was killed by a shot to the back of the head from fellow Trooper Norville Yearwood. The troopers, part of an Elite Mobile Response Team, had stormed the farmhouse in search of Trim.


Rice to run for Shandaken Board

By Jay Braman Jr.
Longtime Phoenicia resident Tina Rice has announced her candidacy for a seat on the Shandaken Town Board. Rice, a 10-year member of the town’s Recreation Committee and well-known to residents who participate in the popular Shandaken ski program, said Tuesday that she would appear at the town’s Republican Party Caucus and ask for the party’s support.
If endorsed, Rice would face off against Democratic incumbent Doris Bartlett.


Family Dollar store not changing plans

By Julia Green
You can bet your bottom dollar on it. There is a signed agreement and it’s coming.
That was the assurance of Lawrence Tillick of Canandaigua, the developer of the Family Dollar store that has been proposed to be built next to the post office in Margaretville. Tillick, who also developed the Family Dollar store in Stamford, added that the initial lease has a term of 10 years.


Margaretville woman killed as explosion destroys home

By Brian Sweeney
An 80-year-old Margaretville resident was killed Thursday when a huge explosion and subsequent fire destroyed her home on West Hubbell Hill Road.
Florence Mathis, well-known in the community for her many years of volunteerism, was killed instantly in the explosion that erupted about 6 p.m. and was reportedly heard for miles.


Who is Marcellus Shale?

Region getting education about natural gas drilling

By Matthew J. Perry
The Central New York Landowners Association will bring a lawyer, a geologist and 55,000 acres of land to a forum at 7 p.m. tomorrow night at Delaware Academy in Delhi to spread awareness of the gas-bearing formation called the Marcellus Shale, which is locked thousands of feet under the Catskills, and the complicated means of getting it out.


Greene Co. resorts feeling blue over "unfair" Belleayre competition

By Jay Braman Jr.
Greene County interests remain relentless in their efforts to put Belleayre Mountain’s finances under a microscope. Last week that county’s legislature adopted a resolution urging Gov. David Paterson to sign a bill establishing an independent commission to examine competition in the state’s outdoor recreation industry.


Anticipating cellular towers, Bovina may overhaul town regs

By Matthew J. Perry
The Bovina Planning Board is reviewing laws from other municipalities in Delaware County to prepare for the possibility of cell tower construction inside its borders. With input from Delaware County Planning Board consultant Justin Shaw, the board reviewed its own existing zoning regulations on Monday night, in addition to poring over details from laws that have been passed or drafted in the towns of Kortright and Meredith.


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