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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

Andes residents learn of higher flood insurance premiums and new transfer station decals

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By Cheryl Petersen
New transfer station decals are available and must be placed on vehicles by January 1 in the Town of Andes.
The regular December Town of Andes Board meeting included a report from Councilman Bud Gladstone on the new National Flood Insurance Plan regulations saying, “The Feds estimate a 25 percent increase in premium costs per year until the national flood insurance fund becomes self-sustained.”


Beth McKellips, new WAC farm-to-market manager

By Cheryl Petersen
At Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC) headquarters in Walton, Beth McKellips works from her desk to promote economic development within all the counties included in the New York City Watershed. With her Irish/German background, comes a healthy persistence.
“The McKellips name is Irish. Dad is 100 percent Irish and mom is German,” said McKellips. “They tease me about being stubborn and I remind them of my heritage, a mix of two determined cultures, Irish and German.”


Contest lights up the season

All lit up: Photo by Dick SanfordAll lit up: Photo by Dick Sanford

ALL LIT UP — In conjunction with the Holiday on Main & Shop Local Campaign, a lighting contest for businesses and homes in the Village of Margaretville was held this season.


ACS board reviewing plans for walking bridge

By Cheryl Petersen
Board members reviewed a variety of designs to reconstruct the walkway bridge to the school campus at Andes Central School at their monthly meeting last week. Architect Mike Bellows gave a presentation depicting the many possibilities and costs.


Margaretville Car Wash, closed since last summer, finally set to get cleaning again

By Joe Moskowitz
If you can find a clean car in the Margaretville area, chances are it recently returned from out of the area or it was rained on last weekend.
Local car owners don’t suffer from a lack of pride of ownership, they suffer from not having a place to wash their cars, But hopefully, the Margaretville Car Wash will reopen soon. 
After closing last summer, Margaretville Car Wash owner Frank Busciglio was hoping to have it back up and running in October, but the problems he ran into were far worse than he expected, and he had expected quite a few.


Denning man gets 25-year prison term for killing girlfriend

By Jay Braman Jr.
On March 6 of this year, emergency service personnel responded to a call on Woodfield Road in a secluded portion of the already secluded Town of Denning.
Upon arrival they found 37-year-old Jamielynn Bleakley, a woman who in the past had reported domestic violence in her home. She was face down in the snow at the bottom of a small set of steps. She was wearing sweatpants, sneakers, and a T-shirt. She was covered with a blanket and sheets of plywood.


Shandaken seeks to fill planning board seat

By Jay Braman Jr.
As a new year draws closer, the Town of Shandaken is trying to get its planning board up to full membership.
The planning board consists of seven volunteer members, each with staggered seven-year terms. The board is responsible for hearing cases regarding special use permits, site plan review, lot line adjustments and subdivisions. It then must make determinations on whether those permits should be granted and what conditions or restrictions should be placed within such permits to protect the town and the quality of life of its residents.


Christmas projects spread holiday spirit in Margaretville and Roxbury

By Brian Sweeney
Food boxes were delivered to 150 area families on Saturday as part of the Margaretville Community Christmas Project.
Dozens of volunteers arrived at the Purcell Center in Margaretville and loaded their vehicles with carefully packed boxes for delivery to residents throughout the area. In addition to the food boxes, Christmas presents and gift certificates were provided for180 area children. Sweetbreads were taken to 40 recently bereaved families. Approximately 50 elderly residents received gift certificates to the Flour Patch or the Cheese Barrel.


$1.3 million grant awarded for Margaretville Best Western

By Joe Moskowitz

The Next Best Western: The Margaretville Motel will be razed and a 62-room Best Western motel will be erected on the site if Margaretville Lodging LLC obtains the balance of funding for the project. The corporation was awarded a $1.3 million grant toward the project last week. — Photo by Dick SanfordThe Next Best Western: The Margaretville Motel will be razed and a 62-room Best Western motel will be erected on the site if Margaretville Lodging LLC obtains the balance of funding for the project. The corporation was awarded a $1.3 million grant toward the project last week. — Photo by Dick Sanford


Community says goodbye to radio personality Bob Ackershoek

By Joe Moskowitz
Roxbury is never going to sound the same again. The big booming voice of Bob Ackershoek has fallen silent.
Ackershoek died Friday, several days after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 62.
Ackershoek was vacationing in South Carolina when he was stricken. He had brought with him the things he loved most, Cassie Grabowski, his companion of more than 30 years, his golf clubs, and plenty of rock and roll music, undoubtedly some of it by “The Beach Boys.”

In his radio element


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