"Trucking" with Santa

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FIREHOUSE CHRISTMAS FUN —Over 100 kids brought their parents to visit Santa at the Roxbury Firehouse on Saturday including Trevor, Derek, and Jordan Fronckowiak.  Photos were taken by Catskill Images and refreshments were abundant. Fire Chief Allen Hinkley was so impressed with the turnout that he decided to make it an annual event. Planning for next year is already in the works. — Photo by Jill Ribich, Catskill Images

Pine Hill zoning change on tap for Main Street

By Jay Braman Jr.
In a move that is expected to give landowners on Pine Hill’s Main Street more options for what they can do with their properties, the Town of Shandaken is taking steps to change the zoning there from residential to commercial.
Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley said he expects the switch to take place by the end of the year, but that the change will not be officially in effect until the State of New York signs off on it.
“We’ve been discussing this for two months now,” Stanley said when explaining the details.


WIOX employee fired after politically charged emails to Rep. Gibson's office

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By Brian Sweeney
The office manager of Roxbury’s WIOX radio station has been dismissed after he sent e-mails via his company account criticizing Congressman Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook).
The office manager, who is also a program host, was reliev­ed of his duties shortly after complaints arose following his e-mail to Congressman Gibson’s office.
The e-mail was reportedly directed to the congressman’s office in response to a campaign press release sent to the Roxbury-based community radio station, which is a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate.


Pine Hill sewer extension planning underway

By Jay Braman Jr.
One part of the historic 1997 Watershed Agreement between New York City and upstate Watershed dwellers has finally begun in Pine Hill, where the City agreed, 17 years ago, to connect 25 properties up to what is known locally as the Taj Mahal of waste-treatment plants.


Shandaken taxes set to rise 3.9%

By Jay Braman Jr.
This week, Shandaken Supervisor/Budget Officer Rob Stanley unveiled his preliminary spending plan for the year 2015, a plan that calls for a nearly four percent jump in the tax levy.


VW Parts fire ruled accidental

By Jay Braman Jr.
The fire that destroyed the garage at the beleaguered VW Auto Parts complex in the middle of Fleischmanns in August was not arson.
That’s the ruling by Delaware County Fire Investigators, who spent hours in the charred aftermath trying to determine what did cause the blaze.
According to Steve Hood, director of the Delaware County Office of Emergency Services and its Fire Investigation Team, the cause was discovered quickly on the same day as the fire. “We knew that evening what started it,” he said.


ACS welcomes five new teachers

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Andes Central School has welcomed five new staff for the 2014-15 academic year.
WELCOME ABOARD — Andes Central School has five new staff members for the 2014-15 academic year. In the front row, from left, are: Chelsea Guy, Karli Tait, Jessica Young. Back row: Dawn Brown and Cindy Bramley. — Photo by Dick SanfordWELCOME ABOARD — Andes Central School has five new staff members for the 2014-15 academic year. In the front row, from left, are: Chelsea Guy, Karli Tait, Jessica Young. Back row: Dawn Brown and Cindy Bramley. — Photo by Dick Sanford


Chace-Randall to close after current show

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By Cheryl Petersen
Receptive to the future of possibilities, Chace-Randall Gallery in the Hamlet of Andes is showcasing its last exhibit before closing its doors for good at the end of this year.
“Curator’s Choice” is on exhibit until December 30. Curator Zoe Randall selected an array of art styles, now displayed artistically in four viewing rooms. “The line, palette and mix of media seen in the gallery can be seen in my own home,” said Randall.


Belleayre Resort review extended to Dec. 8

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The review of the Belleayre Resort will continue on until December as involved groups have been given 10 times the normal amount of time to comment on the conclusions reached by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).


Water rate changes on tap in Fleischmanns

By Jay Braman Jr.
If you are a full-time resident in the Village of Fleischmanns, chances are you are paying too much for water.
On the other side of the coin, if you are a summer resident, you are probably paying too little.
While, in reality, it is a bit more complex than that, the bottom line is that village officials believe the current arrangment is unfair and they are at work now to make changes to the water district’s billing to even costs out.


RCS adds six new staff members

There are six new staff members at Roxbury Central School this year. 
WELCOME ABOARD — Six new staff members have joined the staff at Roxbury Central School for the 2014-15 academic year. In front row, from left, are: Beth McLaughlin, Julia Manetta and Laura Gervais. Back row:  Stefani Albano, Elaine Smith and Maureen Burton — Photo by Dick SanfordWELCOME ABOARD — Six new staff members have joined the staff at Roxbury Central School for the 2014-15 academic year. In front row, from left, are: Beth McLaughlin, Julia Manetta and Laura Gervais. Back row: Stefani Albano, Elaine Smith and Maureen Burton — Photo by Dick Sanford


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