Railway museum plans train repair barn at Phoenicia


By Jay Braman Jr.
The Empire State Railway Museum plans to erect a large train repair barn at the museum site on Station Road in Phoenicia, and museum officials say it has nothing to do with the Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) being kicked out of Kingston last year.
The museum has received a zoning variance to build a 96-foot long, 40-foot wide, 26-foot tall barn over the railroad tracks that pass by the museum (the old Phoenicia Station), and along Sta­tion Road. The new building will be constructed and used for the restoration of historic railcars currently stored and deteriorating in the weather on the tracks.

NBDC to acquire 6 Bank of America branches in Sullivan County


Walton — Delaware Bancshares, Inc. announced Tuesday that its wholly owned banking subsidiary, the National Bank of Delaware County has entered into a purchase and assumption agreement to acquire six branch banking locations in Sullivan County from Bank of America.
The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions, is expected to make NBDC Bank one of the top three deposit market share leaders in the region.

Grand Gorge Pizza Palace to re-open under new owner

By Joe Moskowitz
It was not a particularly good winter for Grand Gorge, but there are signs that things are improving.
About a month after owner Nick Malaxos closed the door on the Pizza Palace, Will Quack­enbush stepped in and, within the next two weeks, hopes to reopen the pizza business.
Will is often referred to as “Hot Dog Will” because he sold hot dogs from a stand across Route 23 from the Pizza Palace.

Rep. Gibson's son takes a pass on standardized tests


By Joe Moskowitz
This is the week that many teachers, students, and educators dread. Students in grades three through eight are taking assessment tests. New York State has been administering the math and English Language Arts assessment tests for years, but because of the federally funded Race to the Top, and the state mandated Common Core requirements, the tests have become considerably more diffi­cult in recent years.

Hops Harvesters made right in Roxbury

By Cheryl Petersen
The basic ingredients of beer are water, malt, hops, and yeast. “As a hobby, I brew beer at home,” said Steve Steenland of Steenland Manufacturing. “A couple of years ago, I visited Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown and toured an old hops farm.” That visit may have plant­ed the seed for a mechanical hops-harvesting machine that Steenland and his father are now manufacturing in their Roxbury machine shop.
HOP TO IT: Steve Steeland poses next to the hops harvester that he and his father invented and manufacture in Roxbury. — Photo by Dick SanfordHOP TO IT: Steve Steeland poses next to the hops harvester that he and his father invented and manufacture in Roxbury. — Photo by Dick Sanford

Card fraud continues to ring up big hassles


By Joe Moskowitz
Death and taxes aren’t the only sure things that people are talking about in these parts were talking about over the past week.
Those two old topics of conversation have been pushed aside by the weather and credit-card fraud. The winter that won’t go away, it snowed on each of the first five days of spring, and credit-card fraud, everyone seems to know someone who has been hacked, are the hot topics of conversation on everyone’s lips. And the weather is running a distant second to what appears to be a blizzard of local credit card fraud.

DEP employee indicted for second-degree murder of a co-worker


By Jay Braman Jr.
On Tuesday, an Ulster Coun­ty Grand Jury indicted the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) employee accused of fatally shooting a co-worker on February 3, according to the district attorney’s office.David ReeseDavid Reese

David N. Reese, 53, of 297 Flat Creek Road, Gilboa, was in­dict­ed for second-degree murder in the Feb. 3 shooting death of Aron J. Thomas, 33, of Olive­bridge, at the department’s Smith Avenue office in midtown Kingston.

O'Neal's eyesore goes down the drain


RAZED — The former O’Neal’s Plumbing and Heating store on Main Street, Margaretville was knocked down this week by Ed Norwick and Diego Pesa. The store, which previously operated for many years as Wilson’s Plumbing, had not operated since 2008. The building was damaged by flooding from Hurricane Irene in 2011 and had become an eyesore along the village’s Main Street. Kingdon Gould Jr. of Arkville recently purchased the store and attached apartment house. The apartments are being renovated.

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