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Spring sports are finally in full swing

BACK IN ACTION — Following many early season postponements due to snow, rain and cold temperatures, area baseball and softball teams have been able to get back on the field again in recent days. Here, Margaretville’s Cooper Reither, who usually handles the catching chores, delivers a pitch at South Kortright on Monday afternoon in relief of starter Eric Mathiesen. The Rams won the contest, 13-4. — Photo by Dick SanfordBACK IN ACTION — Following many early season postponements due to snow, rain and cold temperatures, area baseball and softball teams have been able to get back on the field again in recent days. Here, Margaretville’s Cooper Reither, who usually handles the catching chores, delivers a pitch at South Kortright on Monday afternoon in relief of starter Eric Mathiesen. The Rams won the contest, 13-4. — Photo by Dick Sanford

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Middletown board feud erupts over handling of employee complaint

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Town of Middletown Councilman Jake Rosa drew the ire of Supervisor Marge Miller and Councilman Michael Finberg last Tuesday night when he advised them he had asked the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) to investigate a complaint made against Miller by a town employee.
In March, Town Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) Carl “Pat” Davis, presented the board with a letter accusing Miller of harassment and of making slanderous accusations about him.
In his letter, Davis said, “Over the three years I have worked with Supervisor Miller, I have been subjected to numerous instances of her uncontrolled screaming, her fist slamming on desks, and her use of language that I would be embarrassed to use publicly.” He added, “These incidents of intimidation are violations of the Town’s Workplace Violence Protection Policy. No Town employee should be subjected to them – and yet all of us are.”

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Greenheart Farm owners in property use battle with DEP

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By Jay Braman Jr.
It appears that the owners of the now defunct Hanover Farms grocery stand in Mount Tremper cannot escape regulatory problems.
Less than a year after owners Al Higley and his son Alfie were forced by the State Su­preme Court to close Hanover Farms, they opened a similar venture on Route 28 in Shokan, calling this one Greenheart Farms. They leased a former Bank of America branch building after getting town approvals and have been open for several months.

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Margaretville ends planning agreement with Middletown to save money

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Citing increasing costs to Margaretville taxpayers, the village board agreed last month to terminate its Town of Middletown contract for building and zoning services, leaving the Town of Middletown with a shortfall in the town budget.
Mayor Diana Cope told the News this week that the village will seek an alternative method of meeting planning department needs that could involve hiring its own inspector at an hourly rate or negotiating a fee with the Delaware County Planning Department.

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Insurance claim denied for Bovina Highway Garage

By Cheryl Petersen
Bovina Supervisor Tina Mole informed the town board at its April 14 meeting that the town’s insurance carrier has denied the town’s claim against its sinking highway garage.
Mole told the board, “As for an update on the sinking highway garage, the insurance company denied the town’s claim. Therefore, town attorney, Kevin Brown has written and submitted a second claim. We received notice this afternoon that the insurance company will be hiring an independent engineer to review the sinking garage”
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Andes residents call for more cell service

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By Cheryl Petersen
Cell phones were on the agenda at last week’s meeting of the Andes Town Board. Privilege of the floor was given to Andes resident Joe Eisele who said, “I became concerned when I heard rumors that the town board is thinking of allowing a cell tower near the town garage. I don’t think cell towers should be built near children or many residences for health reasons because of emissions.”

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NYC DEP investigates sheen on Schoharie Reservoir

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) last week provided the following update on its investigation and response to the surface sheen at Schoharie Reservoir:
After the sheen was discovered along the shore on Monday, water supply operators quickly shut down the Shandaken Tunnel Intake Chamber and surrounded the intake with absorbent boom. An analysis of water samples taken from the sheen determined that the material was motor oil or hydraulic oil. Oil was not found in the water samples collected from inside the intake chamber.

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News to offer free communications seminars for local businesses

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The Cats­kill Mountain News will offer a free morning seminar called “Telling Your Story, Selling Your Stuff” for local businesses and non-profits from Delhi to Boiceville this spring. The free seminar will be offered one time each in Andes, Margaretville, Roxbury, Fleischmanns, and Phoenicia and will provide simple steps for getting free publicity and stretching even the tightest advertising budgets.

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Two charged for drugs, weapons after traffic stop

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Margaretville — State police arrested two people on drug and weapons charges following a traffic stop in the Town of Middletown on April 10.
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DEP: No trains along the Ashokan

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By Jay Braman Jr.
New York City officials reiterated this week they will not support the Catskill Mountain Railroad’s (CMRR) plan to establish a tourist train between Kingston and Highmount.
Fighting to keep alive a 30-year-old dream of running a tourism based train up and down the old Ulster and Delaware rail line, the company has faced major opposition since 2013 when Ulster County, which leases the line to CMRR, announced plans to throw them off the tracks for good, sell the steel lines for scrap and build a rail trail instead.

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