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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

With demo day near, Shandaken farmstand owners file appeal

By Jay Braman Jr.
The owners of a farm stand on Route 28 in Mt. Tremper, that the state Supreme Court ordered removed, have filed an appeal of that verdict and are taking steps to apply to the Town of Shandaken for a permit to continue to do business.
On November 27, state Supreme Court Justice Mary Work gave the owners of Hanover Farms 60 days to take down their farm stand.
That gives Al Higley, and his son Alfie, until January 25 to remove the structure. But, with 10 days to go, the place looks just like it did on the day that Judge Work signed her decision.


Woodchuck Lodge gains exposure in nationwide Ford magazine

An article in the current issue of My Ford magazine has brought national attention to naturalist John Burroughs and Woodchuck Lodge, his Catskill Mountain retreat in Roxbury.
The article, which spotlights the unlikely friendship of Burroughs and industrialist Henry Ford, appears in a magazine that goes to an estimated four million Ford automobile owners. Countless more viewers can read the story online, and see a short video featuring Woodchuck Lodge Board President Bill Birns and Burroughs’ great-granddaughter Joan Burroughs.


The Year in Review continues with July-Sept. 2013

The Catskill Mountain News continues its look back at the top stories during the last six months of 2013.

July 3, 2013
GOP backs Delameter in Supervisor’s race
Arkville resident Nelson Delameter has been officially endorsed by the Town of Middletown Republican Committee as its candidate for supervisor.
The endorsement is unusual because Delameter is a registered Democrat and will challenge incumbent Supervisor Marge Miller in the September Democratic Primary.


Roxbury will soon have a "new" Old-Fashioned General Store

By Brian Sweeney
Old-fashioned charm and modern convenience will be blended when Roxbury General opens on January 18.
Husband-and-wife Doug McLaurine and Robin Factor are busy putting the finishing touches on a business venture that will feature an interesting mix of locally made products, everyday goods and even a scattering of basic hardware supplies.


Schools' snow days are melting away

By Joe Moskowitz
This may be the winter of everyone’s discontent. There has been too much snow for the haters, but warm-ups and rain have melted the snow that skiers and those who depend on snow, such as plow operators, need to make their living. Despite the snowmelts, there have been periods of bitter cold, which have stretched already thin heating budgets. And, it’s still just early January.


Ski centers wrestling with weather 180s

By Jay Braman Jr.
Most people in the region know that when the thermometer goes down into the single digits, it means higher home-energy bills, but for area ski centers, really cold weather means money.
That’s because they make snow, not heat.
Snow making, which has become more and more important to ski areas as climate change messes with natural snowfall totals, can be an expensive process.


Margaretville Car Wash re-opens

IT'S A WASH! — After closing last summer, Margaretville Car Wash owner Frank Busciglio was hoping to have it back up and running in October, but encountered more construction woes than expected. Essentially, everything at the car wash needed to be replaced or repaired.
It was almost ready when the big snowstorm hit forcing contractors to postpone work again. Despite the frustrations, Busciglio achieved his "New Year's Resolution" to have the facility up and running before 2014. That now includes a radiant heating system, a new hot water heater, and new spray nozzles. — Photo by Dick Sanford
Shiny New YearShiny New Year


The Year in Review

All too soon, it's time to take a look back at another Catskill year flown by. The CMN would like to thank its reporters Jay Braman, Jr., Brian Sweeney, Joe Moskowitz and Geoff Samuels — all stories precised here are their work unless otherwise noted. March - April and May - June reviews are also posted in our News section. The full versions of all these news "bites" are archived here on our website. Next week we'll bring you highlights from July-December 2013.


CMRR isn't giving up on "rails"

By Jay Braman Jr.
Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) officials have issued a follow up statement to one made earlier this month about their reaction to news that the City of New York will put up $2.5 million to build an 11 and-a-half mile long rail trail on City property along the Ashokan reservoir.
According to CMRR spokesman Harry Jameson, some published reports gave the impression that CMRR has abandoned plans to have a train running along that section of railway.
He says nothing could be further from the truth.


Kingdon Gould to raze and rehabilitate Main Street eyesore

By Brian Sweeney
The new owner of a former plumbing store in Margaretville plans to raze the building in an effort to clean up a Main Street eyesore.
Kingdon Gould Jr. of Arkville recently purchased the vacant storefront and adjoining apartment from Anthony Strutt and Christin Lau of the United Kingdom.The store, located at 851 Main Street, had been unoccupied since they purchased the property in December 2009. Previous owners Jim and Pam O’Neal had closed the retail business in the spring of 2008.


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