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Part of the VW Parts Inc. complex at the intersection of Wagner Avenue and Main Street, Fleischmanns went up in flames late Tuesday afternoon. More photos in our front page story.— Photo by Brian Sweeney

Margaretville Hospital offers flu season advice; H1N1 vaccines available at Family Health Centers

Margaretville — With flu season underway, Margaret-ville Hospital has issued some guidelines for procedures to follow if an illness is suspected.


Vampire movie filming locally; call is out for background roles

By Brian Sweeney
“Stake Land,” a new vampire-themed movie produced by Glass Eye Pix, is currently filming around Margaretville and Pine Hill.
The movie, to be released in 2010, stars Kelly McGillis (“Witness” and “Top Gun”), Danielle Harris (star of Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” movies), Michael Cerveris (“Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant” and the TV show “Fringe”) and Conor Paolo (“Gossip Girl”).


County gears up for flu threat

By Julia Green
Across the country, sniffles and low-grade fevers have led to increased vigilance and alarm in recent weeks, as national awareness of the H1N1 virus – known colloquially as “swine flu” – continues to grow.


Shandaken power shifts to Republicans

By Jay Braman Jr.
Republican challenger Rob Stanley bested Democratic incumbent Peter DiSclafani in last week’s election, and with the win secured by fellow Republican Jack Jordan, who will take a town council seat come January, there will no longer be a Democratic majority on the town board.


Andes board ruling stirs hard feelings over signage

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By Matthew J. Perry
Town planning and zoning boards of appeal are not known as hotbeds of drama. They tend go about their business quietly, mostly because that business, no matter how important it may be to a municipality, is rarely exciting.
But last month members of the Andes Zoning Board of Appeals made a decision that still has the community buzzing, often with anger and frustration. What could have touched off a fractious debate?
A sign. Or a mural. It depends on whom you ask.


Margaretville defeats CV-S to claim Section IV title

The Margaretville Blue Devils defeated top-seeded Cherry Valley-Springfield 2-1 on Saturday to claim the 2009 Section IV Class D championship title.
The Blue Devils held a 1-0 lead at halftime off an early goal by Javier Martinez, who struck again in the second half to give Margaretville a two-goal lead.


Margaretville defeats Candor 5-0

The Margaretville boys soccer team defeated Candor in the Section 4 Class D semi-final game Wednesday at the Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta. Margaretville, seeded number 2 in their division, will face Cherry Valley-Springfield, the number 1 seed, in the championship game on Saturday. CV-S defeated Morris to advance. Go Blue Devils!


Local election results

One of the two seats up for grabs on the Middletown Town Council will be decided by the absentee voters. After votes were tallied from Tuesday's election, counts showed incumbent Michael Finberg had won one of the two seats available on the town council; Democratic candidate John Bernhardt and Republican Jacob Rosa were tied for the remaining seat.


Harvest Brunch Buffet and Auction set for Sunday at Open Eye

Margaretville — The Open Eye Theater’s annual Harvest Brunch Buffet and Auction takes center stage on Sunday, Nov. 8 from 12 to 3 p.m. at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville. What’s become a local tradition — the homemade brunch — includes irresistible custom-made pancakes with fresh butter and pure maple syrup, along with breakfast meats, baked salmon, fresh fruit, salads, breads, a variety of luscious pies and many other locally baked sweets.


Habitat for Humanity to assist fire victims

Habitat for Humanity has announced a partnership with Margaretville Central School teacher Shana Eaglefeathers to build a home for her and her five children. The family lost all of its possessions when its Bovina mobile home was destroyed in a fire on Sept. 24. The children range in age from 14 to four.


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