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Earth Day and Arbor Day to be celebrated at NYPA

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North Blenheim — The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will mark Earth Day and Arbor Day this year with a variety of activities at its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project visitors center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27.
On Saturday, enjoy free screenings of episodes of “Planet Earth” (2007) at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.


Fishing collection to benefit Fairview Library

An extensive collection of fly-fishing gear, sporting gear and fishing collectables will be sold by McIntosh Auction Services on Saturday April 26, 2014 for the benefit of The Fairview Public Library. The auction will begin at 11:30 AM. The collection has been donated to the library by Cheryl Stelter’s family, Stephen Finkel of New Kingston and their daughter Sayde Finkel, currently living in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Bag Ali presents its collection on May 14

Margaretville — Bag Ali will present its Fabulous Spring Collection of Handbags and Accessories at Margaretville Hospital on Wednesday, May 14 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the hospital lobby.


NYS Deer show no signs of Chronic Wasting Disease

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Albany — Testing of more than 2,500 samples of deer statewide found no deer infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.  CWD continues to pose a threat to New York’s wild white-tailed deer as Pennsylvania discovered CWD in both captive white-tailed deer and wild, free-ranging white-tailed deer in 2012.  Since 2002, DEC annually has tested hunter-harvested white-tailed deer for CWD. The last confirmed case of CWD in New York was in 2005.   


Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Stamford

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A raccoon has tested positive for rabies in Dela­ware County. This is the first animal testing positive for rabies in 2014, according to Heather Warner, health education coordinator for Delaware County Public Health Services.
The raccoon attacked a dog in the Village of Stamford. The raccoon was dispatched and sent to NYS State Rabies Laboratory for testing. The owner of the dog reported that the incident occurred during the day, a strange behavior for raccoons. The positive test results were received Thursday March 13. Delaware County had no animals testing positive for rabies in 2013.


Junkyard owner seeks FEMA buyout

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By Joe Moskowitz
Fleischmanns businessman William Hrazanek may have an ally in the Federal government, but time and the State of New York may not be on his side. 
Hrazanek, owner of Fleisch­manns VW and other auto salvage businesses, claimed he lost millions of dollars worth of auto parts when Hurricane Irene damaged two properties he owns in Fleischmanns. He is seeking a flood buyout from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA).

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Cold spring leaves sour taste for maple producers

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By Joe Moskowitz
Most people who live in the northeast have a pretty good idea how maple syrup is traditionally made. Sugar maple trees are tapped, their sap flows on warm days, it is collected and then reduced by boiling to the point where the result is syrup. Maple sap become maple syrup when it reaches a boiling point of 7.1 degrees Fahrenheit over the boiling point of water. 
But there are those who do things a little differently.


Senator Schumer calls for investigation into skyrocketing electric rates

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By Jay Braman Jr.
As many in the region remain in a state of shock over ever-rising electric bills, United States Senator Chuck Schumer has called for an investigation into those increases.
Meanwhile a local state senator is blaming the hikes on a lack of natural gas.


State Budget offers local taxpayers relief on school taxes

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By Joe Moskowitz
The State of New York has a new budget in place and while not everyone is happy about it, there appears to be some good news in it for local taxpayers.
One of the biggest financial complaints area school administrators have had is what’s known as the state’s Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). GEA goes back to the state’s deficit-filled years starting with the economic collapse in 2008. In order to pay its other bills, the state took back money it had promised school districts.


Shandaken board replaces planning chair

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board has removed longtime Planning Board Chairwomen, Joanne Kalb, from that position.
Supervisor Rob Stanley made the announcement at Monday night’s town board meeting. Kalb, who will remain on the board, has been replaced as chair by planning board member Donald Brewer.
After the meeting Stanley said that the planning board has some big cases coming before them in the near future, notably the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park project and also the controversial Hanover Farms business in Mount Tremper.


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