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Father-and-daughter team Bob and Jenny Sobas from East Branch caught this five-pound brown from shore on a Krocodile Spoon last weekend. — Photo by Al Carpenter, Al’s Sport Store

Norman Zullin, Fleischmanns business owner, killed in snowmobile accident in Idaho

This story in last week’s News about a local man killed in a snowmobile accident in Idaho contained factual errors. Norman B. Zullin, 43, not Norman Zullin Jr., 41, was killed in the accident.
The story implies that Mr. Zullin was no longer involved in several local businesses, which is not the case. Mr. Zullin and his family own and operate Zullin’s Outdoor Furniture, Zullin’s Garage and Countryside Apartments, all located on Route 28 between Arkville and Fleischmanns. The News regrets the errors, which have been addressed in this updated story.

By Joe Moskowitz
A winter vacation to what locals call “snowmobile country,” ended in tragedy Saturday as a former Fleischmanns man was killed when his snowmobile was struck by a car.
Norman Zullin, 43, was snowmobiling in Island Park, Idaho, near the edge of Yellowstone National Park, when, according to a statement from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department, he failed to yield to traffic on US Highway 20.


Motel owners seek tax breaks for Best Western project

By Joe Moskowitz
Proposed tax exemptions a the planned 62-room hotel on Route 28, Margaretville will be the subject of a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at noon at the Middletown Town Hall.
The Delaware County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) will conduct the hearing. The IDA is considering whether to undertake the project, which is being by proposed by Margaretville Lodging LLC.
Principals in that corporation are Carol and Peter Molnar. They are planning to raze the current Margaretville Motel and construct a 62-room hotel on the premises.


Shandaken resolution in support of CMRR pulled to be reworded

By Jay Braman Jr.
A resolution that called for Ulster County to immediately end its legal assault on the Catskill Mountain Railroad has been pulled from to the Shandaken Town Board agenda due to concerns by two board members about the wording of the document.


County businesses receive economic development funds

By Joe Moskowitz
Winter’s a long way from being over but the region’s business climate may finally be warming up. In a very short time, maple sap will be running in the Catskills and one of the area’s largest producers of maple syrup got some sweet news last week. Roxbury Mountain Maple is going to share $107,000 in loan proceeds from the Delaware County Economic Development Agency.


Katie Horn left an indelible mark on MCS community

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School lost a part of its family on January 20 when one of the district’s most dedicated and popular teachers, Katie Horn, passed away following a brave struggle against cancer.
Katie, 37, had been a reading teacher at MCS since 2010 and quickly became a favorite among co-workers and students, displaying an infectious enthusiasm for her profession.
Katie’s passing was felt throughout the school community. Staff and students agreed that everyone with whom she came into contact admired Katie.


Delancey teen faces numerous charges after high-speed chase through several counties

Ed. note: This story augments a report which was posted earlier this week as breaking news prior to our print edition.
Staff report
A 16-year-old Delancey youth faces a daunting number of charges after he allegedly used a stolen car to lead authorities on a high-speed chase late in afternoon on Janaury 22 that began in Andes and ended 40 miles later in the Town of Olive when state troopers placed “stinger sticks” across Route 28 and shredded the vehicle’s tires.


Phoenicia water system freezes up in severe cold snap

By Jay Braman Jr.
Ulster County Heath Department officials have issued a boil water advisory to Phoenicia residents after recent frigid temperatures froze so much of the district’s water supply that the system had to be switched over to an impure backup supply.


County supervisors approve cell phone fees and $2 million change order for recycling equipment

By Cheryl Petersen
At their monthly meeting last Wednesday, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors approved a 30 cents-per-month surcharge on wireless cell phones in Delaware County.
“All the funds will go to the 911 account to continue upgrading services,” said Tom Axtell, public safety chair and Deposit Supervisor.
The supervisors also approved a maximum expenditure of $154,000 for engineering evaluations of the Public Works operations and maintenance to determine the design of a new building.


Denning residents battle Hirsch over proposed turbine

By Joe Moskowitz
A battle that has drawn publicity to one of the region’s smallest and quietest towns may be drawing to a head. The Ulster County Town of Denning, with a full-time population of approximately 560 residents, has been getting national attention because of one of its part-time residents, actor Judd Hirsch.
Hirsch who starred in TVs “Taxi”, and Hollywood’s “Independence Day” has been at center stage in a battle with some local residents over his plan to construct a 176-foot-tall wind turbine on his property.


Houston music scholar hopes our readers can identify cellist

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MYSTERY MUSICIAN: These three men were musicians together in the 1920s. Author Baker has identified all but the man on the left, whom she hopes is cellist Bernard Nadelle. Nadelle, with violist Leo Zeitlin (center), Alexander Savitsky (right) and violinist David Mendoza (not pictured) were members of a string quartet that played on a Capitol Theatre radio show. Nadelle lived in Denver from 1955 until his death in 1964.MYSTERY MUSICIAN: These three men were musicians together in the 1920s. Author Baker has identified all but the man on the left, whom she hopes is cellist Bernard Nadelle. Nadelle, with violist Leo Zeitlin (center), Alexander Savitsky (right) and violinist David Mendoza (not pictured) were members of a string quartet that played on a Capitol Theatre radio show. Nadelle lived in Denver from 1955 until his death in 1964.


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