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Father-and-daughter team Bob and Jenny Sobas from East Branch caught this five-pound brown from shore on a Krocodile Spoon last weekend. — Photo by Al Carpenter, Al’s Sport Store

Brush fires keep volunteer firemen on the run

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Area volunteers responded to pair of brush fires this week, extinguishing the blazes before they could cause significant damage.
 Firefighters work to control a brush fire that broke out Sunday on Redkill Road in the Town of Roxbury. The volunteers extinguished the fire with a big turnout of personnel. The blaze was stopped about 20 feet from a house. The fire spread across severalRedkill Flames: Firefighters work to control a brush fire that broke out Sunday on Redkill Road in the Town of Roxbury. The volunteers extinguished the fire with a big turnout of personnel. The blaze was stopped about 20 feet from a house. The fire spread across several

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Phoenicia Elementary proposes a high-tech wood biomass heating system

By Jay Braman Jr.
If voters approve, the Phoenicia Elementary School will be heating with wood next year.
No, there won’t be a big Vermont Castings stove set up in the gym or any such thing, but rather a hi-tech biomass system that is fueled by wood pellets that school officials say it will make for a more environmentally friendly school.

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Junior Pultz marks 72 years in the Fleischmanns VFD

By Joe Moskowitz
It was a bright, sunny day last Sunday when the Fleischmanns Fire Department’s siren started wailing. Charles “Junior” Pultz jumped in his car and drove to the fire hall to see if he could help, just like has been doing that since he was 16 years old. Junior was 16 years old in 1952, 72 years ago!
 Charles”Junior” Pultz receiving a Congressional seal from Representative Chris Gibson. Pultz has been a member of the Fleischmanns fire Department for 72 years. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzSeven Decades of Service: Charles”Junior” Pultz receiving a Congressional seal from Representative Chris Gibson. Pultz has been a member of the Fleischmanns fire Department for 72 years. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz

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Grand Gorge Tire opens to serve community's needs

By Trish Adams
When the Grand Gorge community lost Becker’s Tire Service to a devastating fire on September 27, with it went the steady livelihoods of at least half a dozen people. And, as the only tire service of its volume and diversity in the area, its loss on the verge of winter was sorely felt throughout all our local villages and towns.

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Catskills Film Festival set for May 2 - May 4

By Joe Moskowitz
In just two weeks SUNY Delhi will host the Catskill Mountains Film Festival, the brainchild of Hamden filmmaker Jessica Vecchione.

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Roxbury's Old Bank Building gets a "spirited" facelift

Fresh Start for a New BusinessFresh Start for a New Business

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Drug and child abuse growing concern for Delaware County officials

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By Cheryl Petersen
Awareness overload was dealt with along with regular business at the Delaware County Board of Supervisors meeting on April 9. Three resolutions were passed to bring awareness to Crime Victims’ Rights Week, National Public Health Week, and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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Motorcyclist dies of injuries after crash near Grand Gorge

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By Brian Sweeney
A 55-year-old New Windsor man was killed Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle crash on Route 30 near Grand Gorge.

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MCS fashions a victory at the Olympics of Visual Arts

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville students brought home the gold from the Olympics of the Visual Arts (OVA) competition held April 10 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.
Team members included: HS team is Katlynn Shamro, Bianca Molnar, Courtney Scheffler, Mary Greene, Sage Finkle, Kaylee Sanford and Kayla Laise. Art teacher Michele Dietz was the team’s advisor.

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Shandaken business climate sparks lively debate at town meeting

By Jay Braman Jr.
It’s a song often heard throughout the region. A song of despair voiced by members of the local business community who complain about how bad things are going and about how not enough is being done to make things better.
Last week those points were made loud and clear by Russell Roefs, a retiring businessman in Shandaken, who aimed them squarely at the town board during a lively session reminiscent of the meetings of the old days when spirited debate about any and everything was common.
But what he got in return was not what he expected.

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