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Scrapping the VW Parts inventory

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Some of the junk cars at the former Fleischmanns VW facility on Wagner Avenue were hauled away by a Kingston recycler this week. Lot owner William Hrazanek is due to appear in Middletown Town Court next week to answer criminal charges. The State Department of Environmental Conservation, after conducting raids on this and two other Hrazanek properties, is accusing him of 11 violations. Some carry fines of up to $37,000 and/or a year in jail. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz


Hanover Farms seeks zoning variance to re-open

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Planning Board informed Hanover Farms representatives Wednesday that they must apply for a variance from town zoning law in order to proceed with plans to reopen their Mount Tremper farm stand on Route 28 after being shut down by a State Supreme Court decision last November.
At the same session, the planners had several concerns about the farm stand that they want to see rectified, most notably traffic safety.


Sundaes in Grand Gorge rising from the ashes

By Joe Moskowitz
A Grand Gorge tradition is rising from the ashes. Sundaes, that sweet seven-day-a-week fixture on Route 23 is being rebuilt.
Workers from C&B Construction near Syracuse are busy putting up the frame. Local contractors will be hired to do all of the interior work.
Owner Walt Carman said he hopes to have everything up and running within a couple of months. Just in time for summer ice cream season.


Margaretville Senior Meals celebrates 40 years

Anniversary of good eats on St. Patrick's DayAnniversary of good eats on St. Patrick's Day
The Margaretville Senior Meals Site, located in the basement of the Methodist Church and operated by the Delaware County Office for the Aging, celebrated its 40th anniversary Monday with a festive St. Patrick’s Day luncheon.


Andes' Mariah Ruff named top female hoop player in the state

By John Bernhardt
From the moment she picked up a basketball as an elementary student on the hardwoods of the tiny court at Andes Central School, the people who watched her play understood they were seeing something special. Even so, few could have predicted the incredible heights to which Mariah Ruff’s basketball game would one day climb. Last weekend, the Basketball Coaches’ Association of New York announced Mariah Ruff as the 2014 “Miss Basketball,” the top high school girls’ basketball player in any class, at any level in New York State.
High Flying: Mariah Ruff, an Andes native, here in action for her Oneonta High School team.High Flying: Mariah Ruff, an Andes native, here in action for her Oneonta High School team.


John Hubbell elected new Margaretville Village trustee in vigorous write-in campaign

By Joe Moskowitz
An unusually spirited write-in campaign resulted in the election of a new trustee in the Village of Margaretville on Tuesday.
Village resident John Hubbell received 58 write-in votes to earn a seat on the board. Incumbent trustee Dave Budin, who was the only candidate on the ballot, received 40 votes, enough to retain his seat.
Other write-in candidates who received votes included Lou Hamway with 20, Andrew Weiss with three, Robert Manshaffer with two, and Fred Miller and Lauren Davis, who received one vote each. A total of 76 votes were cast.


DEC gives Belleayre Mountain another 270 acres

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has determined how it will divide up the 1,200 acres it bought from the developers of the proposed Belleayre Resort for $5.6 million.
After the 2011 purchase, the state needed to classify those lands and has spent the last two years deciding how the property will be used. On March 12 it was announced that the process was complete.


Bovina board asked to revisit its residential wind turbine ban

By Cheryl Petersen
The hard winter escalated the problem of plowing snow on county Route 6 through Bovina Center this year, initiating a response by the town board. A change order was reviewed concerning the Bovina bridge project. And, residents asked the board to revisit the ban on wind turbines in the town, all at the town board’s meeting last week.


Proposed county bed tax to be discussed at March 25 meeting

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The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, along with Town of Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller, is sponsoring a meeting on Tuesday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Middletown Town Hall, 42339 State Highway 28, to discuss the potential bed tax law for Delaware County, as well as other options for increasing tourism marketing for the County.


Arkville VFD has 75 calls last year, elects 2014 officers

The Arkville Fire Department responded to 75 calls last year, according to the organization’s Annual Report for 2013.
Volunteers responded to 27 medical emergencies last year, the most common call for the department. AFD members were summoned nine times for calls involving hazardous conditions and also answered nine automatic alarms.
The AFD answered eight calls for motor vehicle accidents and had six mutual-aid-to-the-scene responses. Department members had four public service calls, responded to three structure fires and provided mutual aid standby on three occasions.


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