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Shandaken taxes set to rise 3.9%

By Jay Braman Jr.
This week, Shandaken Supervisor/Budget Officer Rob Stanley unveiled his preliminary spending plan for the year 2015, a plan that calls for a nearly four percent jump in the tax levy.


VW Parts fire ruled accidental

By Jay Braman Jr.
The fire that destroyed the garage at the beleaguered VW Auto Parts complex in the middle of Fleischmanns in August was not arson.
That’s the ruling by Delaware County Fire Investigators, who spent hours in the charred aftermath trying to determine what did cause the blaze.
According to Steve Hood, director of the Delaware County Office of Emergency Services and its Fire Investigation Team, the cause was discovered quickly on the same day as the fire. “We knew that evening what started it,” he said.


ACS welcomes five new teachers

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Andes Central School has welcomed five new staff for the 2014-15 academic year.
WELCOME ABOARD — Andes Central School has five new staff members for the 2014-15 academic year. In the front row, from left, are: Chelsea Guy, Karli Tait, Jessica Young. Back row: Dawn Brown and Cindy Bramley. — Photo by Dick SanfordWELCOME ABOARD — Andes Central School has five new staff members for the 2014-15 academic year. In the front row, from left, are: Chelsea Guy, Karli Tait, Jessica Young. Back row: Dawn Brown and Cindy Bramley. — Photo by Dick Sanford


Chace-Randall to close after current show

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By Cheryl Petersen
Receptive to the future of possibilities, Chace-Randall Gallery in the Hamlet of Andes is showcasing its last exhibit before closing its doors for good at the end of this year.
“Curator’s Choice” is on exhibit until December 30. Curator Zoe Randall selected an array of art styles, now displayed artistically in four viewing rooms. “The line, palette and mix of media seen in the gallery can be seen in my own home,” said Randall.


Belleayre Resort review extended to Dec. 8

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The review of the Belleayre Resort will continue on until December as involved groups have been given 10 times the normal amount of time to comment on the conclusions reached by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).


Water rate changes on tap in Fleischmanns

By Jay Braman Jr.
If you are a full-time resident in the Village of Fleischmanns, chances are you are paying too much for water.
On the other side of the coin, if you are a summer resident, you are probably paying too little.
While, in reality, it is a bit more complex than that, the bottom line is that village officials believe the current arrangment is unfair and they are at work now to make changes to the water district’s billing to even costs out.


RCS adds six new staff members

There are six new staff members at Roxbury Central School this year. 
WELCOME ABOARD — Six new staff members have joined the staff at Roxbury Central School for the 2014-15 academic year. In front row, from left, are: Beth McLaughlin, Julia Manetta and Laura Gervais. Back row:  Stefani Albano, Elaine Smith and Maureen Burton — Photo by Dick SanfordWELCOME ABOARD — Six new staff members have joined the staff at Roxbury Central School for the 2014-15 academic year. In front row, from left, are: Beth McLaughlin, Julia Manetta and Laura Gervais. Back row: Stefani Albano, Elaine Smith and Maureen Burton — Photo by Dick Sanford


Tax issues top agenda for County Supervisors

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By Cheryl Petersen
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors held their regular monthly meeting at the county’s Public Safety Building on September 23.
Annual reports were presented by the Sheriff’s Office and Cornell Cooperative Extension. The Delaware County Child Support Program was awarded “Most Improved in the State” and the supervisors resolved to establish an option for towns to seek county participation in town litigations involving real property assessment challenges.


French Alpine goat mauled and another disappears after bear attack

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The owner of the Copperhood Retreat and Spa in Shandaken is sick with worry this week as she continues to search for her pet goat that ran away in a panic after a confrontation with a black bear.
Elizabeth Winograd, owner of the spa, said that on Wednesday evening, September 24, security cameras recorded a black bear at the barn where she keeps farm animals, including two French Alpine goats named Asha and Sasha.
What happened in the barn remains unclear, but the next morning both goats were gone.


Hospital offers Swing Bed program

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Jodi Carson RN is now the hospital's Case Manager in charge of the Swing Bed Program.
Margaretville Hospital, which is a Critical Access Hospital, offers a Swing Bed Program as an alternative to prolonged acute hospitalization or short-term nurs­ing facility placement for post-acute extended care. The Swing Bed program provides skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services. This may include IV therapy as well as physical/ occupational and speech therapy.


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