Judge orders Hanover Farms to be shut down and dismantled

By Jay Braman Jr.
The legal battle over Hanover Farms on Route 28 in the Town of Shandaken has reached an end with a New York State Supreme Court decision that puts the establishment out of business.
Hanover Farms owner Al Higley has been at odds with the Town of Shandaken for over eight years. After being granted approval to build a 100-square-foot-farm stand, Higley gradually expanded the business to over 2,000 square feet despite receiving stop-work orders from the Shandaken’s former code officer, Richard Stokes.
Higley filed a lawsuit against the town and Stokes in 2012.

Former Shandaken Code Officer Stokes will not be reappointed

By Jay Braman Jr.
The former code enforcement officer for Shandaken, recently cleared of charges that he forcibly touched a waitress in a local eatery last year, will not be getting his old job back.
That’s according to Town Supervisor Rob Stanley, who said that former code officer Richard Stokes made a public request for reinstatement last week.
“At this time we have no plans to change anything,” Stanley said. “We will not be rehiring Mr. Stokes.”

For Sue Doig, a nightmare ordeal transforms into a miraculous recovery

By Brian Sweeney
For many people, a 60th birthday is a bittersweet milestone. Don’t try telling that to Andes resident Sue Doig — she has never had a better celebration.
Sue’s 60th birthday on Oct. 11 was the day she returned home following a lengthy medical ordeal, the outcome of which many are labeling under the heading of “miraculous.”

Sen. Seward presents Phoenicia Library with $20K to help rebuild

By Jay Braman Jr.
The $800,000 effort to rebuild the Phoenicia Library got a little closer to full funding last Thursday when New York State Senator James Seward of Oneonta visited to present the library with $20,000 in “Bullet Aid.”
The Bullet Aid, unobligated state money that’s used to help school districts and libraries, will go toward the expansion and renovation of the Main Street building that was destroyed by fire in March 2011.

Ulster County losing $500K a week due to sales tax rate drop

Jay Braman Jr.
The failure of state and Ulster County officials to reach an agreement over how to pay for local welfare costs has resulted in a reduction in the county’s sales tax from eight percent to seven percent, just in time for the holiday shopping season.
While that might be good news for consumers, however slight, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein said that, starting on December 1, his government started losing $500,000 in revenue each week because of the debacle.

Rotary Club raffle for Freshtown grocery spree won by Nora Todd

By Joe Moskowitz
Nora Todd got an early Christmas gift of free food and plenty of it, courtesy of the Margaretville Rotary Club, with some help, via a discount, from Freshtown Marketplace.
The food wasn’t entirely free. Todd did have to spend a dollar for a raffle ticket. Her winning ticket was one of more than a thousand tickets sold by the Rotary Club as a fundraiser. Sales were brisk the final weekend of the raffle sale as it was the beginning of the hunting season and Rotary member Sallie Van Benschoten said hunters were very generous.

Longyear opens Holiday show with reception on Saturday, Dec. 14

Margaretville — Opening this week at Longyear Gallery is the annual gallery “Holiday Show” featuring the artwork of all Longyear Gallery members. An artists’ reception will take place Saturday, Dec.14 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Special holiday small works, framed and unframed, will also be available in the gallery where Longyear artists will be presenting their watercolors, prints, monotypes, photographs, drawings, ceramics, objects, and small oil paintings.

Open Eye offers two short Christmas plays Dec. 21-21 with free admission

Margaretville — Two short Christmas plays, “Silent Night” by Walt Vail and “Dulce Domum” by Amie Brockway, will be performed at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, on Saturday, Dec. 21 and Sunday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. The matinee performances include caroling, cookies, and cocoa, and are recommended for all ages. There is no admission charge.

Frost Valley hosts Holiday Dinner Friday, Dec. 13

Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville will host its first Community Holiday Dinner and Gathering on Friday, Dec. 13 from 5-8 p.m.

This free event will include a buffet dinner from 6-7:30 p.m. Among the featured activities planned, as part of the social event, will be: candle making, ornament making, face painting, cookie decorating and more.

Got an Ugly Sweater? GRLIC wants to see it!

Roxbury — The Greater Roxbury Learning Initiative Corp (GRLIC) and The Public Lounge & Restaurant want to know How Ugly is your Holiday Sweater?

On Thursday, Dec. 19, GRLIC will host an ugly holiday sweater contest. There will be prizes awarded and fun gifts for all.

Categories include: Ugliest Holiday Sweater, Best Holiday Headwear and most festive! Come join in all the fun at The Public Lounge & Restaurant on Thursday, Dec. 19 starting at 6 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the door.

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