Here's the Scoop: January 22, 2014

There’s no place like Home Goods...
A little chapter in local history will soon come to a close when Dorothy Maffei steps down as owner of Home Goods of Margaretville (HGM).
In a small town, businesses come and go. In fact, the “go” enterprises somehow seem to outnumber the arrivals. As opposed to mega-malls, shopping in rural areas usually offers a much different type of experience. Stores are often unique. Owners usually know your name.

Properly Chilled?

Chilled crossing guard: Photo by Dick SanfordChilled crossing guard: Photo by Dick Sanford

Crossing Guard Janice Armstrong of Andes, had the right idea, as she wisely layered herself against those balmy -2 degree temperatures on Wednesday, Jan. 8. Like the rest of us, we're sure she was very happy to get back to "room temperature."

Is legalized pot inevitable? Sheriff Mills says yes


By Joe Moskowitz
Delaware County Sheriff Thomas Mills said last week that the first arrest he ever made when he was a rookie patrolman in Oneonta was of an off duty police officer who was smoking marijuana. That was more than 35 years ago.
And now, Mills said he is looking at what he calls “the inevitability” of its recreational marijuana use becoming legal in New York State.

Belleayre resort support strong at Middletown hearing

A large crowd — most solidly in favor of the proposed Belleayre Resort — turned out for Thursday’s Middletown Planning Board public hearing on the project.
Approximately 75 people were in attendance at the Middletown Town Hall to express their opinions on the planned resort in Highmount. The project, first proposed in 1999, currently includes two hotels, lodging units, a spa and a golf course. If approved, the Belleayre Resort would be built in both the Towns of Shandaken and Middletown. The Middletown portion would primarily include the golf course and related structures.

Margaretville Liquor store break-in: not your typical burglary

By Joe Moskowitz

Margaretville Liquor vandalized: Photo by Joe MoskowitzMargaretville Liquor vandalized: Photo by Joe Moskowitz

The Margaretville Liquor Store on Main Street was burglarized early Tuesday morning and the person who did it may have been thoughtful enough to call the storeowner in order to prevent any further losses.
Storeowner Steve Yaekel said that he got a phone call at home at about 12:30 a.m. from someone who told him that the one of the store’s front windows had been broken out.

Wine taken

With demo day near, Shandaken farmstand owners file appeal

By Jay Braman Jr.
The owners of a farm stand on Route 28 in Mt. Tremper, that the state Supreme Court ordered removed, have filed an appeal of that verdict and are taking steps to apply to the Town of Shandaken for a permit to continue to do business.
On November 27, state Supreme Court Justice Mary Work gave the owners of Hanover Farms 60 days to take down their farm stand.
That gives Al Higley, and his son Alfie, until January 25 to remove the structure. But, with 10 days to go, the place looks just like it did on the day that Judge Work signed her decision.

Woodchuck Lodge gains exposure in nationwide Ford magazine

An article in the current issue of My Ford magazine has brought national attention to naturalist John Burroughs and Woodchuck Lodge, his Catskill Mountain retreat in Roxbury.
The article, which spotlights the unlikely friendship of Burroughs and industrialist Henry Ford, appears in a magazine that goes to an estimated four million Ford automobile owners. Countless more viewers can read the story online, and see a short video featuring Woodchuck Lodge Board President Bill Birns and Burroughs’ great-granddaughter Joan Burroughs.

Roxbury filmmaker Roger Ross Williams in the Oscar queue once again


By Joe Moskowitz
For the second time in as many years, a person from the Central Catskill Region is competing for the most coveted prize in the motion picture industry; an Academy Award.
“God Loves Uganda,” a documentary feature by Roxbury resident Roger Ross Williams has been “shortlisted” by the Academy. That means it is one of 15 documentaries out of more than 149 that are qualified to become a finalist.

Hold on to your steering wheel, it's going to be a bumpy ride


By Joe Moskowitz
Roller coasters may be fun at an amusement park, but rapidly changing weather is not very amusing to people who have to drive on roller-coaster like frost-heaved roads that changing weather creates.

Shandaken Leg. Parete named Ulster Co. Chairman


By Jay Braman Jr.
John Parete, the legislator who represents the towns of Denning, Hardenburgh, Olive, and Shandaken, was elected Chairman of the Ulster County Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 7 in the legislative chambers in Kingston by a vote of 13-10.
Parete, known locally as the long-time owner of the Boiceville Inn on Route 28 in the hamlet, has been a high profile and hard-boiled Democrat in Ulster County for decades, but last week it was the Republicans who supported him for chairman while all but two, including his son Richard, in his own party backed another candidate.

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