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Communities honor veterans and hold street fairs over the busy holiday weekend

Numerous parades and salutes to veterans at war memorials throughout our villages made for a festive holiday weekend. Here are some highlights:

World War II veteran Willis Marks of Margaretville was among the Legionnaires who took part in the Memorial Day Parade in Fleischmanns and Margaret­ville on Monday morning. Don Bramley served as driver. — Photos by Dick Sanford except where noted.


Shandaken ZBA sides with County planners against Hanover Farms

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals upheld the recommendations of the Ulster Coun­ty Planning on Wednesday, voting to suspend progress on granting variances to Hanover Farms in Mount Tremper until the owners get approval from the State Department of Transportation (DOT).


Local school budgets pass with RCS building plan approved and Warner elected to MCS board

By Joe Moskowitz
Voters in three area school districts overwhelmingly approved 2014-15 school-year budgets last Tuesday.
One of the schools is also buying a bus, another is going to repair a 75-year-old building, and a third continues to turn over members of its board of education.


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


Hospital enhances emergency services

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Margaretville Hospital is continuing to make improvements to its Emergency Department as part of the facility’s ongoing commitment to enhance patient services.
The hospital recently completed conversion of a waiting area adjacent to the Emergency Department into an office/conference room. This renovation follows the renovation of the former Intensive Care Unit into an expanded Emergency Department (ED) with five private patient beds and a two-bed trauma room.


DEC planning to expand bear hunting in Catskills

Albany — The hunting season for black bears in the Catskill Region over the next 10 years will be significantly expanded under a new management plan announced last week by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).  The plan outlines the principles and methods used to monitor and manage black bear populations in New York and provides strategic guidance for the DEC’s activities.  The plan includes several proposed hunting rule changes.


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.


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.


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