Denning man gets 25-year prison term for killing girlfriend

By Jay Braman Jr.
On March 6 of this year, emergency service personnel responded to a call on Woodfield Road in a secluded portion of the already secluded Town of Denning.
Upon arrival they found 37-year-old Jamielynn Bleakley, a woman who in the past had reported domestic violence in her home. She was face down in the snow at the bottom of a small set of steps. She was wearing sweatpants, sneakers, and a T-shirt. She was covered with a blanket and sheets of plywood.

Shandaken seeks to fill planning board seat

By Jay Braman Jr.
As a new year draws closer, the Town of Shandaken is trying to get its planning board up to full membership.
The planning board consists of seven volunteer members, each with staggered seven-year terms. The board is responsible for hearing cases regarding special use permits, site plan review, lot line adjustments and subdivisions. It then must make determinations on whether those permits should be granted and what conditions or restrictions should be placed within such permits to protect the town and the quality of life of its residents.

Christmas projects spread holiday spirit in Margaretville and Roxbury

By Brian Sweeney
Food boxes were delivered to 150 area families on Saturday as part of the Margaretville Community Christmas Project.
Dozens of volunteers arrived at the Purcell Center in Margaretville and loaded their vehicles with carefully packed boxes for delivery to residents throughout the area. In addition to the food boxes, Christmas presents and gift certificates were provided for180 area children. Sweetbreads were taken to 40 recently bereaved families. Approximately 50 elderly residents received gift certificates to the Flour Patch or the Cheese Barrel.

Fairview Library offers help with electronics

Need help understanding that new electronic gift you received? Then stop into the Fairview Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 26 from 3-4:30 p.m. to get help finding and downloading materials. Bring your device and your questions.
The library is located at 43 Walnut Street, Margaretville. For more information, please call 845 586-3791.

DCHA will offer basket weaving workshop Jan. 11

Delhi — The Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) will offer a basket weaving workshop on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Real Estate Changes: December 25, 2013

Contemporary barn
Having an offer on their Roxbury home, Alex and Betty Wilcox were ready to make a commitment on a contemporary barn located in Bovina, that they had seen with real estate sales person, Carol Spinelli of Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties. The home and architecture were absolutely perfect for them. They were anxious to close as soon as possible and with Carol's help, the transaction went smoothly and closed this past week. This property was exclusively listed and sold by Carol Spinelli of Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties.

"Selections" show Zooms to Fleischmanns

Fleischmanns — Local artist Christopher Engel will open a show of his work, “Selections,” on New Year’s Day at Zoom Gallery.
After studying at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, and at the Art Students League in New York, Engel was awarded two residencies at Byrdcliffe in Woodstock, one of the first art colonies in the United States.

Winter concert delights Andes community

By Cheryl Petersen
Turning to the audience with a big grin on her face, Band Director Tamara Titch asked, “Aren’t they great?” The audience applauded in agreement. The Andes Central School students indeed had the energy and talent to perform a fantastic Winter Concert, along with Tamara Titch and Choral Director, Sandra Reynolds, both teaching for 10 years, and piano accompanist, Janice Armstrong.

Snowmobile Safety Class will be offered on Jan. 11

North Blenheim — The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center will be the site of a New York State-certified snowmobile safety course on Saturday, January 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The course will provide fundamental information for snowmobilers to ensure both their safety and that of other trail users. Successful completion of the course will result in the award of a New York State Snowmobile Safety Certificate. It is free and open to anyone 10 years of age or older.

Cold water fishing and boating economic impacts under study

Delhi — The Delaware County Economic Development Agency and Friends of the Upper Delaware River are engaged in conducting a study of the economic impact of the cold-water fishery that now exists on the Delaware River’s upper sections, including the East and West branches.
The study has been underway for approximately two months and an on-line business survey is now being conducted to gather further information that will quantify those economic impacts, which are believed, based on preliminary research, to be in excess of $200 million.

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