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Margaretville man charged in kidnap attempt

A Margaretville man was arrested in New Jersey on Thursday after he allegedly tried to kidnap a man he believed was seeing his ex-girlfriend.
Police say Thomas A. Filupeit, 52, attempted to enter the man’s house shortly before 11 p.m. carrying a knife, duct tape, string, and a pillowcase containing plastic handcuffs and cloth. His attempts failed, however, when police arrived at the home before he could enter.


CCCD lauds defeat of state land tax plan

Arkville — After months of grassroots organizing and negotiations, Catskill Moun-tain communities located on State Forest Preserve lands can breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to state property tax payments on state lands.


CWC annual meeting is April 28

Margaretville – The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) will hold its 12th Annual Meeting of member towns on Tuesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. at CWC offices, 905 Main Street, Margaretville.
Results of the election of representatives from Schoharie and Ulster counties to the CWC Board of Directors will be announced. A slide show of CWC achievements over the past year will be shown, and the floor will then be open for questions and comments from representatives of member towns and villages.


Uncle Rocks rolls into Andes Library

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Andes — The taxes are done. The kids don’t have school all week. And we’re taking care of dinner. Do you need more of an excuse to get out and have a rollickin’ good time with the family? We didn’t think so. That’s why the Andes Library invites you to a free “Rock Out with Uncle Rock” pizza party on Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Uncle Rock, aka Robert Burke Warren, has been dazzling audiences of all ages with his inspiring music that seamlessly bridges the gap between adult and children’s music.


News takes four prizes in NYPA contest

The Catskill Mountain News took two prizes for advertising and two editorial prizes in the New York Press Association’s 2008 Better Newspaper Contest.
Advertising Manager Doris Warner took a first-place award for Best Small Space Ad and won a second-place award in the Best House Ad/Ad Campaign category.


Negligence lawsuit dismissed in Brinkerhoff shooting case

By Brian Sweeney
A judge has dismissed a $100 million negligence lawsuit filed by the widow of a New York State trooper killed in a 2007 shootout in Margaretville.


Congressional district race remains too close to call

A race in the 20th congressional district to fill the seat vacated by Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand remains too close to call Tuesday night. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Scott Murphy leads Republican Jim Tedisco by a mere 59 votes, 77,344 to 77,285.


Asbestos discovered in OCS auditorium

By Jay Braman Jr.
After a stall earlier this month, the $1.2 million auditorium renovation project at the Onteora High School is back on track following bid awards made by the school board last Wednesday.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that asbestos has been discovered in the auditorium.


New old lights shine in Pine Hill's library

Pine Hill — The rooms in Morton Memorial Library are newly aglow with three antique pendant lights provided by a business two doors down on Elm Street, Cloudspinners Antiques.
The existing ceiling fixtures had obsolete fittings and one was completely broken, leaving an aisle and bookshelves dark. To replace them, the trustees turned to Pete Di Modica and Chandra Lencina of Cloudspinners.


State land tax freeze dropped from budget

By Jay Braman Jr.
New York will continue to pay its fair share of local taxes on forest preserve, and other state-owned lands, under a budget deal worked out over the weekend, but the deal won’t be final until the budget is approved.
That’s according to officials with the Adirondack Mountain Club, who have been fighting a tax-cap proposal since it was announced by Governor Paterson earlier this year.


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