Public Hearing for Higley's set for May 8

By Jay Braman Jr.
Area residents will get a chance to speak up on Al Higley’s efforts to reopen his store in Mount Tremper, which is now shut down by State Supreme Court order.
On Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m., the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at town hall on Route 28 in Allaben.

Bridge gets a checkup


BRIDGE CHECK — Workers for the State Department of Transportation are doing some minor repair work on the Bridge street bridge in Margaretvllle. A DOT worker who doesn’t wish to be identified because he isn’t authorized to speak to the news media said the bridge is actually in “pretty good shape.” He said it needs some minor work, but he said it is in far better shape than it looks and is safer than some other bridges in the area. He said a coat of paint would make it look better, but the state doesn’t have enough crews to do that right now.— Photo by Joe Moskowitz

Hrazanek's flood buyout quest a race against the clock

By Joe Moskowitz
Fleischmanns businessman and property owner William Hrazanek is racing against a clock that is about to tick down to zero.
On May 20, two of his Fleischmanns properties, the former Bailey Manufacturing plant on Depot Street and the VW Parts facility on Wagner Avenue, will go on the foreclosure auction block on the steps of the Delaware  County Courthouse in Delhi.
Fleischmanns native and former Wall Street tycoon Kenneth Pasternak holds first mortgages on both properties and has won judgments totaling more than $1 million against Hrazanek for non payment.

Roxbury Arts Group announces DEC grant recipients


Roxbury — Two exciting announcements from the Roxbury Arts Group puts a spotlight on the important work being done by this non-profit organization, as well as the artists who live and work in our region.

Central Catskills Chamber will hold recognition dinner on May 21


Margaretville — The Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce will celebrate and recognize four members of its organization at its Annual Awards Dinner to be held on Wednesday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Hanah Mountain Country Inn and Resort. Each year the CCCC proudly celebrates members who have a proven record of providing quality service, exceptional experiences and a commitment towards excellence.

Catskill Mountains Film Festival schedule


A complete schedule of the Catskill Mountains Film Festival this weekend is attached as a PDF file here. It also appears on the back page of this week's Catskill Mountain News' print edition. Future auteurs of the world, take note!

Ulster Sheriff's deputy shoots alleged perpetrator after chase


By Jay Braman Jr.
A 20-year-old man, shot twice in the chest on April 15 by a yet-to-be-identified police officer, has been charged with a variety of offenses.
In a prepared statement the day after the shooting, police described the incident as follows:

Delaware County supervisors OK bed tax proposal


By Cheryl Petersen
Delaware County Supervisors moved forward last week to implement a bed tax. Funds garnered from the proposed two percent hotel, motel, and bed and breakfast room occupancy tax in Delaware County will be used to promote tourism. “But, we must understand, the funds will help prevent us from increasing property tax,” said Stamford Supervisor Mike Triolo.

3 Million awarded to Margaretville for flood relief

By Joe Moskowitz
It took a village and its school to impress the governor. But in the end, Margaretville is $3 million richer for the effort.
During a ceremony in Albany last Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the village would receive an additional $3 million in Rising Community funding.

Village truck purchase stalled by tight finances

By Joe Moskowitz
A special meeting of the Margaretville Village Board was called on Monday to deal with some rather routine business, but in an age when governments have to be careful with every dollar, and tough choices have to be made, a simple task like buying a truck means something else may not get done.

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