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WHIRLING AND TWIRLING — Rides are always a big part of the excitment at the Delaware County Fair in Walton. These brave souls were among the 78,000 visitors who enjoyed the festivities at this year’s fair. Enjoy more photos from the fair in our Features section. — Photo by Dick Sanford

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


State Appeals court upholds Judge George’s removal from office

By Joe Moskowitz
Former Town of Middletown Justice Glen George never planned to return to the bench after his term of office ends on December 31, and now he has no choice. The New York State Court of Appeals has ruled that the State Commission on Judicial Conduct was correct when it ordered George removed from office.
The 74-year-old George, citing medical problems, hasn’t heard a case since last winter. On May 1, the commission ruled that he was unfit to serve on the bench and ordered him removed.


MTC, Scenic Byway & Festival of the Voice among Southern Tier grant recipients

By Brian Sweeney
The Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) was another winner in last week’s grant awards. General Manager Glen Faulkner said the funding will help support MTC’s broadband expansion.
“The announcement of $320,500 in matching grant funds from the Southern Tier Economic Development Council in support of the MTC Wireless Broadband Initiative marks a significant step forward in MTC’s efforts to extend broadband services to the residents, businesses and anchor institutions in the local communities which currently lack broadband access,” Mr. Faulkner commented.


John Auran, Mountainside resident, travels to Kindertransport reunion in Germany

Margaretville — Mountainside Residential Care Center resident John Auran recently traveled to his native Germany for the first time in 75 years to reunite with participants in the Kindertransport program.


MFD donates to Ambulance Funding

MFD-Ambulance-donation: Contributed photoMFD-Ambulance-donation: Contributed photoFUNDING HELP — Mike Porter, president of the Margaretville Fire Department, presents Pat Delameter, head of the Margaretville Hospital EMS and Sandy Horan, executive director, with a check for $2,500 for the Margaretville Hospital Ambulance Fund. With the check, the MFD wishes to acknowledge the importance of ambulance service to local fire departments.


Judge orders Hanover Farms to be shut down and dismantled

By Jay Braman Jr.
The legal battle over Hanover Farms on Route 28 in the Town of Shandaken has reached an end with a New York State Supreme Court decision that puts the establishment out of business.
Hanover Farms owner Al Higley has been at odds with the Town of Shandaken for over eight years. After being granted approval to build a 100-square-foot-farm stand, Higley gradually expanded the business to over 2,000 square feet despite receiving stop-work orders from the Shandaken’s former code officer, Richard Stokes.
Higley filed a lawsuit against the town and Stokes in 2012.


Former Shandaken Code Officer Stokes will not be reappointed

By Jay Braman Jr.
The former code enforcement officer for Shandaken, recently cleared of charges that he forcibly touched a waitress in a local eatery last year, will not be getting his old job back.
That’s according to Town Supervisor Rob Stanley, who said that former code officer Richard Stokes made a public request for reinstatement last week.
“At this time we have no plans to change anything,” Stanley said. “We will not be rehiring Mr. Stokes.”


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