Two charged for drugs, weapons after traffic stop

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Margaretville — State police arrested two people on drug and weapons charges following a traffic stop in the Town of Middletown on April 10.
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DEP: No trains along the Ashokan

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By Jay Braman Jr.
New York City officials reiterated this week they will not support the Catskill Mountain Railroad’s (CMRR) plan to establish a tourist train between Kingston and Highmount.
Fighting to keep alive a 30-year-old dream of running a tourism based train up and down the old Ulster and Delaware rail line, the company has faced major opposition since 2013 when Ulster County, which leases the line to CMRR, announced plans to throw them off the tracks for good, sell the steel lines for scrap and build a rail trail instead.

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Fleischmanns friction evident as board reorganizes

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
More than two dozen residents and business owners pack­ed the Skene Library in Fleischmanns Monday night for the annual reorganizational meeting of the village board.
With newly elected Mayor Don Kearney and Trustee Lew Grocholl joining incumbents Harriett Grossman, David Yates and Ben Fenton, board members heard presentations from the MARK Project, Delaware Operations and Delaware Engineering.
While unanimous decisions were the rule of the evening, discord did appear when discussion turned to re-appointment and budget matters.

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Sen. Seward delivers key funds for Kirkside Retirement Home

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Roxbury —The 2015-2016 state budget includes $150,000 to assist Kirkside A Retirement Home of Distinction in Roxbury, as result of work performed by State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta).
“Kirkside Retirement Home plays a vital role in the lives of area senior citizens and is a cherished part of the Roxbury community,” said Senator Seward. “Ensuring Kirkside is able to continue operating and offering services contributes greatly to the health and well being of the residents and markedly enhances the local quality of life.”

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Catskill Park Coalition gets half a million from the state

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By Jay Braman Jr.
A group of Catskill Park advocates has helped to secure $500,000 in this year’s New York State Budget.
The money will be used for a variety of things in the region, from a grant program for local businesses to land acquisition.

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For Pine Hill stormwater system, foresight is 20/20

By Jay Braman Jr.
While awaiting plans for a stormwater system that would serve Pine Hill, the Town of Shandaken wants to start now on plans for what the hamlet will become once that work is completed.
Volunteers are being sought to participate in what is being called the “Pine Hill 20/20 Visioning.” Participants, starting immediately, would work to create a vision of what they would like to see for the hamlet and help move ahead any outcomes of the several brainstorming session planned.

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No challengers yet for area school board elections

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
School board elections in 2015 will be decidedly low key if current trends hold. With nominating petitions due Monday, April 20 in all local schools, most incumbents look to run for re-election and no challengers have yet appeared.

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Chichester fire claims pets, leaves family homeless

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The aftermath of an Easter’s eve blaze that claimed two pups and the belongings of a local family shows that little is left of their Chichester home the following day. Read more in our front page story below. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.The aftermath of an Easter’s eve blaze that claimed two pups and the belongings of a local family shows that little is left of their Chichester home the following day. Read more in our front page story below. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.
By Jay Braman Jr.
Fire has taken its toll many times in the region this past winter season, and now with spring comes another disaster, this time in Chichester where flames engulfed an old home atop Sunshine Hill on Route 214 on Saturday night.

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Area educators and parents have kids opting out of tests

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
A group of local people who believe that their children are over-tested will have their kids sit out next week when third- through eighth-graders across the state start taking annual exams in English language arts (ELA) and math.
And while there seems to be nearly universal agreement that test results are being used unfairly against teachers, some parents believe that the “opt out” movement is not the best way to fix that problem.
Jennifer Clark, a parent and substitute teacher, is among those who will refuse participation in the standardized tests.

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Quick actions by dining patrons save woman from choking

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
A DEP Police Officer and a local caregiver came together last week to save the life of a Highmount woman who was choking on her food in an area restaurant.
Mabel West, 85, was enjoying a meal at the Crazy River Café in Margaretville when a piece of her sandwich became lodged in her throat. “I knew I was in trouble,” West said, recounting the incident this week. “But I was trying to be polite and ladylike and take care of it myself.”
GRATEFUL— Highmount resident Mabel West is flanked by Karen Barton and Bruce Mateer this week during a get-together at the Crazy River Cafe &amp; Deli on Route 28, Margaretville. The patrons assisted Mrs. West last week after a piece of food became lodged in her throat. Mr. Mateer performed the Heimlich Maneuver to free the obstruction.<br />
— Photo by Joan Lawrence-BauerGRATEFUL— Highmount resident Mabel West is flanked by Karen Barton and Bruce Mateer this week during a get-together at the Crazy River Cafe & Deli on Route 28, Margaretville. The patrons assisted Mrs. West last week after a piece of food became lodged in her throat. Mr. Mateer performed the Heimlich Maneuver to free the obstruction.
— Photo by Joan Lawrence-Bauer

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