Car Show for a Cause raises more than $5K

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The Car Show for a Cause held Saturday at Kirkside Park in Roxbury raised more than $5,500 for local charities and attracted more than 600 spectators. Glenn Hotaling's highly modified 1930 Model A Ford was a red-hot attraction.—Photo by Dick Sanford

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Municipal leaders leery of new buyout

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Mayor of the Village of Margaretville is still leery of claims that her community has the power to prevent the City of New York from buying land within village borders, and while she and other municipal leaders have been assured that they can choose to not participate in the city’s new, $15 million flood buyout program, she wonders how difficult it will be to just say no.

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"Transitions" program kicks off

Margaretville — Transition Catskills, a newly formed initiative in the worldwide Transition movement, will be presenting two screenings of the documentary “Transition 1.0.”  The screenings will take place at The Open Eye Theatre on Wednesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. and at The Roxbury Arts Center on Saturday, July 26 at 4 p.m.  After the 45-minute screening of Transition 1.0, refreshments will be served and the floor will be open for conversation. 

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Work underway to solve Halcottsville's bridge issues

By Joe Moskowitz
Just five years after the Delaware County Department of Public Works (DPW) though it had ended a controversy over repairs to the Halcottsville bridge, the bridge had to be shut down for repairs last week, and the DPW will have to close it again later this year.

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County begins repaving Phoenicia's Main Street

NEW SURFACE — Workers began repaving work on Main Street, Phoenicia this week. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.NEW SURFACE — Workers began repaving work on Main Street, Phoenicia this week. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.
By Jay Braman Jr.
The Ulster County Highway Department announced late last week that it will tear up Phoenicia’s Main Street and repave it this week as long as the weather permits.
The project calls for the street to be redone between July 21 and 22 from the Phoenicia Pharmacy eastward all the way down to the Parish Hall of the Saint Francis de Sales Church.

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ORDA losing state money, claims NYS Comptroller's audit

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The agency that was handed the keys to Belleayre Mountain Ski Center less than two years ago has been losing money, and lots of it, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, whose office just released an audit report on the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) that shows it lost $45 million in just three years.
Also, the Comptroller is recommending that ORDA begin taking more of the revenue from the Belleayre Conservatory, a local nonprofit organization that puts on a popular summer concert series at Belleayre.

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Road work tops the agenda for Andes Town Board

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By Cheryl Petersen
The Town of Andes 1978 Caterpillar grader is shot. Highway Superintendent Mike McAdams reported that the road grader is not worth repairing. The town council considered this and other business at the July 8 evening meeting at town hall.
Between normal road upkeep and road damage caused by flooding, the lack of a grader adds pressure to the highway crew. The superintendent has been working on weekends using the 1989 John Deere grader to try to match the road demands.
Repair projects

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Driver escapes serious injury in crash that rips vehicle in half

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A Hardenburgh resident miraculously escaped with only minor injuries last Wednesday morning when the car he was driving went out of control on the Dry Brook Road near its intersection with Rider Hollow, struck a tree and broke in half.
RIPPED APART — A Hardenburgh resident miraculously escaped with only minor injuries last Wednesday morning when the car he was driving went out of control on the Dry Brook Road near its intersection with Rider Hollow, Arkville. — Photo by Randy VanKeurenRIPPED APART — A Hardenburgh resident miraculously escaped with only minor injuries last Wednesday morning when the car he was driving went out of control on the Dry Brook Road near its intersection with Rider Hollow, Arkville. — Photo by Randy VanKeuren
State police report that Eric R. Greene, 32, was driving north at a high rate of speed when he lost control, crossed the road and hit a tree, totally demolishing the vehicle.

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EPA wants to stop trucks from blasting soot

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By Joe Moskowitz
If you are driving along on a quiet road and a diesel truck in front of you suddenly starts to roar and pour out thick, black smoke, you may have just been “sooted.”
The phenomena is commonly called “Rollin’ Coal” and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it’s illegal and wants it stopped. The soot is created because far more fuel is being pumped into the engine than it can cleanly burned.

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Hanover Farms moves to Shokan; controversy in Shandaken remains

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Against a backdrop of uncertainty over the fate of a request to reopen their Mount Tremper store, the owners of Hanover Farms have announced they are leaving town.
A sign in front of the long-closed farm stand, states “FARMSTAND REOPENING AT OLD BANK IN SHOKAN!”

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Fourth of July weekend was "booming" for local businesses

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By Joe Moskowitz
The weather was as spectacular as were the 4th of July fireworks. And, with the 4th of July weekend beginning on a Friday, creating an early start, many local business are celebrating after one of the best holiday weekends in years.
BOOMING — Two nights of fireworks are always a hit at the Margaretville Firemen’s Field Days at the Village Park. The fireworks and field days also create the kind of holiday crowds that boosted area business traffic throughout the weekend. — Photo by Joe DamoneBOOMING — Two nights of fireworks are always a hit at the Margaretville Firemen’s Field Days at the Village Park. The fireworks and field days also create the kind of holiday crowds that boosted area business traffic throughout the weekend. — Photo by Joe Damone

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