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Andes board ruling stirs hard feelings over signage

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By Matthew J. Perry
Town planning and zoning boards of appeal are not known as hotbeds of drama. They tend go about their business quietly, mostly because that business, no matter how important it may be to a municipality, is rarely exciting.
But last month members of the Andes Zoning Board of Appeals made a decision that still has the community buzzing, often with anger and frustration. What could have touched off a fractious debate?
A sign. Or a mural. It depends on whom you ask.


"Out of Hand" crafts exhibit opening at Roxbury Arts Group

Roxbury — Over 50 of the finest regional fine-arts craftspeople will be included in Out of Hand, a crafts show presented by The Roxbury Arts Group. The exhibit runs from Nov. 14 through Dec. 19 in both the Old Bank and Walt Meade Galleries. There will be an opening reception in both galleries on Nov. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. Just in time for the holidays, all work will be for sale and available to take away at the time of purchase.


Diabetes Education program planned Nov. 20 at Purcell Center

The Wellness Committee of the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will host a Diabetes Education program on Friday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. at the Purcell Center in Margaretville.


40-year employees among honorees at hospital, Mountainside annual dinner

Margaretville — More than 130 employees and guests attended the 37th annual Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center Employee Dinner held at Belleayre Mountain’s Overlook Lodge on Saturday, Nov. 7.


Vampire movie filming locally; call is out for background roles

By Brian Sweeney
“Stake Land,” a new vampire-themed movie produced by Glass Eye Pix, is currently filming around Margaretville and Pine Hill.
The movie, to be released in 2010, stars Kelly McGillis (“Witness” and “Top Gun”), Danielle Harris (star of Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” movies), Michael Cerveris (“Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant” and the TV show “Fringe”) and Conor Paolo (“Gossip Girl”).


Storytelling Troupe plays in Andes

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Andes — The Community Storytelling Troupe will showcase its cadre of performers at a special performance featuring all the current members of the troupe on Friday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m., at the Hunting Tavern on Main Street, Andes.


Shandaken power shifts to Republicans

By Jay Braman Jr.
Republican challenger Rob Stanley bested Democratic incumbent Peter DiSclafani in last week’s election, and with the win secured by fellow Republican Jack Jordan, who will take a town council seat come January, there will no longer be a Democratic majority on the town board.


Art show hanging at NBT to be auctioned as benefit

Margaretville — A selection of original paintings of area historic sites by East Branch Delaware River Plein Air Painters is on view at NBT Bank in Margaretville through the month of November. The work can be seen during regular business hours.


Holiday Fair Saturday at MRCC

Margaretville — The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will hold its annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Mountainside.


Alta hosting log raisings for up-close building view

Alta Log Homes held a Log Home Raising on October 31 in Halcottsville, to which community members were invited to learn about the process of building log homes and to learn about how such houses become energy-efficient once completed.


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