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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

Onteora school budget passes easily; Phoenicia elementary wood boiler approved

By Jay Braman Jr.
Voters in the Onteora School District easily ushered in a nearly $52-million spending plan for the 2014-15 school year, elected two newcomers and one incumbent to the school board and approved a plan to install a wood-fired heat system for the Phoenicia School.


Central Catskills Chamber honors top businesses and entrepreneurs

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The Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Dinner on May 21 at Hanah Resort and bestowed honors on the top businesses this year. Here's a lineup of the winners:

Susan and Jim Kelly, proprietors of Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm in Halcottsville, were honored with the Tourism Property of the Year. From left are: Carol O’Beirne, Chamber executive director; Susan and Jim, and Glen Pedersen of WIOX Radio in Roxbury, president of the chamber’s board of directors. — Photos by Dick Sanford


Mud and rockslide closes Route 42

By Jay Braman Jr.
A mud and rockslide has closed state Route 42 between the Town of Shandaken in Ulster County and the Greene County Town of Lexington until further notice.
All traffic is being diverted through the hamlet of Phoenicia onto state Route 214, which goes over the county line and into the Town of Hunter.


Fleischmanns bridge resolution delayed

By Jay Braman Jr.
It was during Hurricane Irene when the Bridge Street bridge in Fleischmanns was lost, and ever since there’s been much debate as to what to do next.
Some have said replace the span. Others say to leave well enough alone and not rebuild because there are two other ways to cross the creek. There’s also a compromise plan to build a pedestrian-only span to give easy access to the Wagner Avenue area near the village park.


Construction on new court begins in Andes

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By Cheryl Petersen
The Andes Town Board met for its regular monthly meeting last week Tuesday. All council members were present for the meeting at town hall. The board reviewed a report noting that that a host of culverts were placed by the Andes Highway Department in the last 30 days, dealt with pool business, and became acquainted with Ben Decker, owner of BHDecker Construction, soon to start building the new court room facility in Andes.


Ulster Co. Planned Board fears Higley's farm stand is unsafe

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Ulster County Planning Board has reviewed plans for the reopening of the Hanover Farms store on Route 28 in Mount Tremper and has warned the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals that if those plans are passed as submitted, it would not be safe.
Hanover Farms is in front of the zoning board and looking for several variances from town law in order to reopen the store as it now stands. A meeting/public hearing on the subject is set for Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at town hall in Allaben.


Supervisors get update on heroin problem

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By Cheryl Petersen
Chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors, Jim Eisel, opened the meeting on May 14 in Delhi by reading from his written statement, an update on the heroin epidemic. Among other business, the board also authorized an agreement with the City of New York for guiderail replacement on NYC Road #10 in the Town of Middletown.


Roxbury Wine & Spirits open for business

By Brian Sweeney
Sometimes, real life interferes with even the best plans.
That’s what happened when New York City residents Jeff Tichenor and Peter Chen purchased a weekend home in Roxbury Run in December 2012. At that time, their goal was to move the Catskills full-time in five years. The timeline for that strategy was fast-forwarded last summer when they were helping friends who were looking for a home in Halcottsville. During the real estate search, they came across a Main Street, Roxbury property that was listed a perfect location for “an artists’ space, a bookstore or a liquor store.”


Home Goods has new owners

By Brian Sweeney
Fans of longtime village anchor store Home Goods of Margaretville were understandably disappointed when former owner Dorothy Maffei decided to close up shop after 18 years and move on to a new phase in her life.
Fortunately, one of the store’s part-time sales associates shared Dorothy’s passion for the store and has completed a purchase agreement to carry on the store’s name and traditions.


MCS budget passes; Warner elected to school board

Voters in the Margaretville Central School District have spoken, and for the second year in a row, they told an incumbent Board of Education member that it was time for a change.
Challenger Doris Warner easily defeated Kurt Holcherr to win a three year term on the Board. Unofficial totals indicated Warner received 167 votes to 102 for Holcherr.
Last year incumbent Board President Randy Moore was easily defeated by challenger Terry Johnson.
Warner told the News she is very pleased and is looking forward to the challenge.
Warner is a former employee of the Catskill Mountain News.


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