Weekend Highs

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LOOKING IT OVER — These young ladies were among the visitors at Belleayre Mountain’s Oktoberfest Fall Festival who enjoyed chair lift rides. A beautiful weekend and gorgeous foliage made for a nicely attended event. — Photo by Dick Sanford

Immigrant film screening draws crowd in Fleischmanns

By Julia Green
More than 230 people turned out to view “Bienvenidos a Fleischmanns: An Immigrant Community in Rural America,” a documentary film by Jessica Vecchione that was screened at La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant in Fleischmanns on Saturday.
Roughly 70 people attended the afternoon screening while more than 160 were on hand for the evening showing.


Galli-Curci boundary dispute settled after long legal battle

By Brian Sweeney
A legal dispute that stalled plans for the redevelopment of the Galli-Curci Theater in Margaretville for two-and-a-half years was settled out of court on Monday. Margaretville business owner David Budin had originally filed the lawsuit in Delaware County Court claiming he owned, through “adverse possession” a section of the theater property that would be utilized for the renovations. The theater property borders the parcel where Budin lives and the storefront where he operates Del-Sports.


Freshtown taking first steps to Margaretville store makeover

By Brian Sweeney
The first steps in the renovation at the new Freshtown Supermarket in Margaretville are underway. Although much of the work is not visible to the shopping public, PSK Supermarkets Vice President Noah Katz said last week that preliminary steps are being taken in the large-scale renovation.


Shandaken man gets up to six years for fatal drunk driving accident

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Shandaken man is expected to get one to three years in prison for killing a passenger in his pickup truck in a drunk driving incident last fall.
Jay Conosa, 44, of 11 Regina Way, in the Broadstreet Hollow area of Shandaken, pleaded guilty Monday in Ulster County Court to second-degree vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault, prosecutors said. Conosa is expected to be sentenced on May 18 to one to three years in state prison on each count.


O’Connell is ‘pitcher perfect’ in MCS victory over Windham

By John Bernhardt
When Windham’s Mike Iacono lofted a pop-up near the line between home plate and first base in Thursday’s high school game at Margaretville, there were three Blue Devils’ infielders who might have been able to make the catch. Calling off his teammates, nobody doubted it was Margaretville pitcher Patrick O’Connell who would finish the play. When O’Connell’s mitt closed around the ball, the sophomore hurler had accomplished the improbable, recording the final put out of a pitching rarity, a perfect game. Not a single Windham Warrior reached base against O’Connell during the entire seven-inning game.


Man found dead near Halcottsville after police search from air, ground

By Brian Sweeney
A 41-year-old Michigan man was found dead Friday afternoon near Halcottsville, following a search by New York State Troopers and Roxbury Police Officer Steve Williamson.


Fleischmanns' Mexican Community is focus of new documentary film

By Julia Green
Over two decades ago, Hamden resident Jessica Vecchione left the city life and the advertising rat race behind in favor of organic farming in Orange County. At the time, she could never have known how that decision would impact her life.
Now, more than 20 years later, she is putting the finishing touches on “Bienvenidos a Fleischmanns: An Immigrant Community in Rural America,” a documentary film about the Hispanic immigrant population in Fleischmanns that will be screened at La Cabaña this weekend.


Andes protests polling place shutdown

By Matthew J. Perry
Andes officials are protesting a Delaware County Board of Elections recommendation that would see a long-established polling site closed.


Quick firefighter response saves Hasay Realty office

By Brian Sweeney
Quick response by firefighters is credited with saving a Fleischmanns real estate office from serious fire damage Sunday night.
The fire at Hasay Realty on Depot Street was spotted by a neighbor about 9 p.m. Fleischmanns Fire Chief Todd Wickham said that when volunteers arrived, flames were visible in the basement.


Middletown fills planning and ZBA posts

By Matthew J. Perry
Four candidates were accepted last month by the Middletown Town Board to fill a full-time position and two alternates on the planning board, and one alternate to the zoning board of appeals.
Catherine McCarthy will fill a seat vacated by Pete Palen at the beginning of the year. Kate VanBenschoten and Paula de Simone were chosen as alternates, while that position on ZBA is now filled by Carolyn Konheim. All were approved by the board by a vote of four to one.


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