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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

CWC director makes sure folks know his organization is not NYC-run

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Alan Rosa wants you to know something.
As the executive director of the Margaretville-based Catskill Watershed Corp- oration (CWC), Rosa presides over a host of programs designed to protect the water in the Catskills in a way that benefits the people who live here.


Frost Valley offers the great outdoors and inner peace at Women's Weekend

The sixth annual Women’s Wellness Weekend at Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville from April 4 to 6 offers a unique opportunity for women of all ages to visit this historic YMCA Camp to relax and enjoy a variety of workshops while taking in the serenity of a pristine mountain setting.


Details of "Horizon Protection" topic for Middletown planners

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By Matthew J. Perry
The regular meeting of the Middletown Planning Board on March 13 saw further discussion of a proposed horizon protection plan and extensive debate over how far-reaching, general, or detailed such a plan should be.


Greene County wants Belleayre audit

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Chairman of the Greene County Legislature is calling for a full audit of the state-owned Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.
Greene’s Legislative Chairman Wayne Speenburgh has sent the request to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.


Dr. Hambright leaving MMH practice

Dr. Maya Hambright is discontinuing her practice at the Margaretville Family Health Center, hospital officials announced this week.
The physician joined the MMH staff last fall but found it difficult to balance her on-call duties at the hospital with her family responsibilities.


New Bovina highway garage may cost $1 million to build

Public meeting is set for March 17

By Matthew J. Perry
After nearly five years of review and discussion, the Town of Bovina appears to be ready to replace its dilapidated highway garage with a modern structure. However, extensive debate on the size, cost, and location of the new facility will likely extend into the spring.


Trails slashed from Belleayre's expansion; performance venue also chopped from plan

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which last fall announced plans to add nine miles of trails to the state-owned Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, has cut that amount to only six miles because the state can’t afford the full $45-million project.


Fire wrecks Brookside Hardware; owner vows to bring back business

Fire wrecks Brookside Hardware; owner vows to bring back business

Employees escape after blast ignites rambling structure near Margaretville

By Brian Sweeney
Brookside Hardware, a fixture on Route 28, Margaretville for 20 years, was destroyed by a towering fire Wednesday afternoon.
The blaze apparently began when gas fumes from Brookside’s motor vehicle shop were ignited by a spark from a coal-burning stove. Three explosions ensued and fire spread rapidly throughout the sprawling structure.


Brookside burns

Brookside burns

Brookside Hardware was quickly engulfed in flames Wednesday after a gas tank exploded and created a fireball that soon ignited the entire building. The quick-spreading fire was battled by members of more than a dozen area fire squads using water from the East Branch of the Delaware River. Before it was a hardware store, the building had been a creamery, a plumbing supply store and a restaurant. Officials continue their investigation today.


Tourism group plans march to counter Belleayre's foes

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By Jay Braman Jr.
To steal a phrase from a popular American movie, “They’re mad as hell and they’re not gonna take it anymore.” That phrase can best be used to describe the feelings of the membership of the Belleayre Region Lodging and Tourism Association, which held a special meeting Monday to discuss an ever-burgeoning threat to the livelihoods of its membership.


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