Tom Turkey goes a'courting

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The spring romance season is in full swing for turkeys and these Toms offered a brilliant display as they tried to impress the females. — Photo by Brian Sweeney

Reilly/Granito resign from Fleischmann Planning Board

By Jay Braman Jr.
Larry Reilly, chairman of the Village of Fleischmanns Planning Board, and planning board member John Granito, resigned from that board on the same day in July.
Plus, an oversight about another member’s term expiration has effectively shut the planning board down, prompting the cancellation of a controversial public hearing that had been scheduled for Tuesday, August 6.

On Wednesday, July 24 Fleischmanns Village Clerk Lorraine DeMarfio received short but official messages from both Reilly and Granito.


CWC approves funding for Arkville park's septic issue

By Joe Moskowitz
The owner of an Arkville mobile home park, who is accruing fines at the rate of $250 a day in connection with the park’s failed septic system, will probably not have to pay those fines. And, he is going to receive thousands of dollars from the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) in previously denied help to solve the park’s septic issues.


Vehicles passing on unmarked roads draw Shandaken resident's complaints

By Jay Braman Jr.
A recent incident on a town road in Shandaken revealed an inconvenient truth about all those nice country lanes that wind through the Catskills. Drivers that illegally pass others can get away with it.
And, according to Woodland Valley resident Barbara Lambacca, they do.

Lambacca came to the Shandaken Town Board Monday night to ask that research be done into ways to hold violators accountable.


Local mechanics say VW, Audi parts may be hard to find

By Joe Moskowitz


Chamber planning weekend getaways to boost tourism

By Joe Moskowitz
If you are confused about where to go and what to do on a busy summer weekend, the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce wants to help. The chamber is coordinating the first of what are expected to be a number of area “Weekend Getaways” and will publish and distribute posters to help identify and promote activities on those weekends.


Fleischmanns shut out of Reconstruction Zone funds

By Joe Moskowitz
A glaring omission from the list of area communities eligible for Reconstruction Zone funding status is the Village of Fleischmanns. Fleischmanns is struggling to recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Irene and the New York State money would go a long way toward restoring its infrastructure.


CWC seeks refund from VW Parts owner

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By Joe Moskowitz
Embattled auto salvage and repair shop owner William Hrazanek has yet another fight on his hands. This one is with the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC).

The CWC says it gave Hrazanek owned corporations a total of more than $84,000 in grants and loans. It has now given the Fleischmanns man 30 days, starting last Thursday, to repay the money.


CHA claims resort findings flawed

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The citizens’ group Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA) has released the results of several new studies whose results claim that the benefits of the proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park have been grossly overestimated and its costs grossly underestimated, including the cost of damage to local businesses, and that the resort’s developers have not adequately addressed the environmental impacts of the project.


Used car shop focus of Fleischmanns hearing

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By Jay Braman Jr.
A now dormant garage on Wagner Avenue in the Village of Fleischmanns will soon be bustling with activity if the village planning board gives Thomas Shamro permission to open up a used car and auto repair shop on the premises.

His application, now before the planning board, will be the subject of a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 6 in the Skene Memorial Library on Main Street in the village.


Shandaken worker arrested for theft

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken Highway Department employee Florence Sullivan, who was arrested Monday on charges of grand larceny and two other felonies, allegedly appears to have been lining her pockets with taxpayer money for years with over $20,000 reportedly having been stolen before authorities discovered what she was doing.
That is according to Supervisor Rob Stanley, who spoke about the case on Friday after keeping quiet during the seven-month long investigation into Sullivan’s activities.


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