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Mt.Tremper man arrested in Boiceville bank robbery

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By Jay Braman Jr.
A Mount Tremper man who served a 22-year term at Attica Correctional Facility finds himself back in jail after he allegedly robbed a bank down the street from his residence last week.
Nicholas Liakis Jr, 54, of 5455 Route 212, allegedly entered the Community Bank on Route 28 in Boiceville shortly before noon on Wednesday, Feb. 26 with a handgun and demanded money. Police say he quickly fled the scene and drove to his home, which is about two miles west of the bank, and left the car out in front of his residence.


MARK Project obtains $250,000 for small business development

By Brian Sweeney
The MARK Project has announced the addition of $250,000 for its Small Business Development Fund.
The fund, which offers a combination of mini-grants and low-interest loans was established after Hurricane Irene to assist businesses in the Town of Middletown, will now extend the program to the towns of Roxbury and Andes. Projects in Bovina and Pine Hill will also be considered, according to MARK Executive Director Peg Ellsworth.


Shandaken considers moving town offices to Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
A new idea has pushed to the front of the line in the ongoing effort to decide how to spend $3 million that Shandaken has been given under the state’s NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program.
The money is supposed to be used to make towns more resilient to future flood events and provide economic benefits as well.
With that in mind, Town Supervisor Rob Stanley started to take a hard look at the decaying town hall, located in Allaben, that holds his office and the town’s highway garage next door. While neither got wet during the infamous flooding that came with Hurricane Irene in 2011, the government hub is actually located right in the floodway of the Esopus Creek and Stanley thinks the best way to spend the $3 million is to relocate everything.


MTC strikes Kelly Corners land deal with the County

By Cheryl Petersen
A mutually beneficial deal was struck between Delaware County Public Works and Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) at the county board of supervisor’s meeting last Wednesday.
“MTC needed to expand their service and backup,” said Glen Faulkner, general manager of MTC. “Kelly Corners is a central location to add electrical equipment and a generator.”
MTC approached Wayne Reynolds, county public works commissioner, and asked if there was a place to install a generator and build a 12-foot by 12-foot building on county property at Kelly Corners.


Roxbury Business Association encourages "dreamers" at its series of mixers

By Joe Moskowitz
In Roxbury, they’re looking for a few good dreamers. The Greater Roxbury Business Association (GRBA) is even willing to pay an imaginary million dollars for just one good idea.
And the ideas at this point are just dreams. But if people talk about their dreams, who knows what might happen? That’s the concept behind a series of mixers sponsored by the GRBA.
Big Dreams: Abby Liddle holds a million dollar “dream” check that she would use to build a miniature golf in the community. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzBig Dreams: Abby Liddle holds a million dollar “dream” check that she would use to build a miniature golf in the community. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz


Bowling for Others

Bowling for a Cause: Margaretville Bowl Junior Bowlers recently conducted a bowl-a-thon, which raised $664 for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  St. Jude is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers.  St. Jude is the only pediatric research center where no family ever has to pay.Bowling for a Cause: Margaretville Bowl Junior Bowlers recently conducted a bowl-a-thon, which raised $664 for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  St. Jude is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers.  St. Jude is the only pediatric research center where no family ever has to pay.


Boat rental and steam cleaning vendors sought for 2014 season

Do you enjoy outdoor recreation? Do you like meeting new people and encouraging them to explore the wonders of the Catskills?
Consider starting a new business, or adding to an existing one, by renting and/or steam cleaning canoes, kayaks, and sailboats for use on four New York City reservoirs in the Catskill-Delaware Watershed.


Andes Clinic marks first anniversary

By Cheryl Petersen
The first anniversary for the Andes Clinic is just round the corner. As part of Bassett Healthcare Network, the Andes Clinic opened March 25, 2013 and has now reported 2,300 visits. “The clinic is meeting the need for primary care,” said Dr. Susan Fiore. “It’s been so well received that this spring we will be expanding services.”
TEAMWORK: Among the staff at the Andes Clinic are, from left, Shirley Roth, Karyn Basile and Dr. Susan Fiore. — Photo by Cheryl Petersen.TEAMWORK: Among the staff at the Andes Clinic are, from left, Shirley Roth, Karyn Basile and Dr. Susan Fiore. — Photo by Cheryl Petersen.


Judd Hirsch left blowing in the wind on turbine project

By Joe Moskowitz
The Town of Denning Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) has decided that it’s best to wait another month before making a final decision on whether actor Judd Hirsch should be allowed to construct a 176-foot tall wind turbine on his property in the town.
The ZBA was scheduled to make a decision at a meeting last week but tabled the matter for a month because only three members who were familiar with the issue showed up for the meeting.


Margaretville Village working on a taxpayer-friendlier budget this year

By Joe Moskowitz
Village of Margaretville officials are working on a fiscal year 2014-15 budget that will be much friendlier to taxpayers than was last year’s package.
The tentative budget calls for a total tax hike of only $7,339, or 1.98 percent. Last year’s preliminary spending plan called for a whopping 25 percent tax increase. It was finally whittled down to a still-frightening 14.54 percent increase.


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