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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

Shandaken Board mulls mid-year spending requests

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board heard a plan last week from a group of Phoenicia parents asking for some town support to install a large piece of playground equipment in the Phoenicia Park behind the post office.
The $12,000 “Star Climber,” according to the group’s spokesperson, Heather Roberts, would be a great addition to what many consider an under equipped park.


Burn ban proposal revised by DEC

By Jay Braman Jr.
After a one-year review, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released a revised plan for regulating open burning.
In an effort to reduce the impacts of pollutants such as dioxins, particulate matter and carbon monoxide and to limit the risks of wildfires, the DEC announced plans last June to extend a ban on open burning statewide beyond the current ban for any municipality with a population of 20,000, a law in effect since 1972.


Margaretville cop submits letter of resignation

By Julia Green
After only a year on the job, Harold Fox, the police officer hired by the Village of Margaretville, submitted a letter of resignation this week to the village board. The board has yet to accept his resignation.
“We received a letter of resignation on June 4, and since it’s a personnel issue it’s something that I’m going to bring before the board on Monday evening (June 15) in executive session to discuss,” said Margaretville Mayor John Van Benschoten.


Dollar General store planned for village

By Brian Sweeney
Work is set to begin on a Dollar General store adjacent to the Margaretville Post Office.
Special permits and a sign variance have been issued by the Village of Margaretville allowing for the project to commence.
The Dollar General is being constructed on a parcel that was originally proposed as the site for a Family Dollar store, a competing chain.


Construction delays expected from Mt. Tremper bridge work

By Jay Braman Jr.
New York State Route 28 corridor travelers should plan an extra few minutes to their commutes for several weeks. Work crews assembled a temporary traffic light early Monday morning in Mount Tremper on the state-owned highway.


Phoenicia Hotel neighbor irked by lingering mess

By Jay Braman Jr.
The owner of the property behind the site of the former Phoenicia Hotel has had enough of the waiting and hoping for a clean up of the rubble next door. She wants to build an oversized fence between her land and the heap of debris that was the former hotel.
Trouble is, the law only allows for a fence to be six feet tall, and Lawrence Webster, who bought her property just one month before the historic hotel went up in flames two years ago, told the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals that she needs one to be eight feet high to shield the unsightliness.


Hinchey, Murphy, DiNapoli among Democratic Dinner guests

Delhi — Several invited guests will be in attendance at the Delaware County Democratic dinner on Saturday, June 20 at the SUNY Delhi Hospitality Center.
Those expected to speak to those gathered are state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli; Representatives in Congress Scott Murphy (D-20-Glens Falls) and Maurice Hinchey (D-22-Hurley); June O’Neil, the state Democratic committee chair; and Irene Stein, who chairs the state Rural Democrats.


Margaretville native Max Finberg named to Obama administration post

By Julia Green
In 1988, Max Finberg was walking the hallways of Margaretville Central School, preparing to graduate and head to Tufts University near Boston. Now, 21 years later, he’s walking the streets of Washington, D.C., as the newest appointee to a post within the Obama administration. Finberg, the son of Mike and Joanne Finberg of Margaretville, was recently named Director of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Roxbury Stock to close in June

By Matthew J. Perry
Five regional Stock Building stores, including the location in Roxbury, will close in mid-June.
Katie Cralle, a spokeswoman for Stock Building, confirmed that stores in Roxbury, Walton, Oneonta, Sidney and Richmondsville will either be sold off or closed.
“Stock will be exiting or closing stores in select under-performing markets in order to focus on those markets with the strongest prospects for growth,” reads an official statement from the company.


Middletown weighing local law to crack down on illegal dumping

By Julia Green
There will be a public hearing held by the Middletown Town Board on Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Middletown Town Hall to address a proposed local law that would regulate the use of the town transfer station.
The Town of Middletown Transfer Station and Recycling Center Law was proposed by the Town Board in response to recent and ongoing abuses of dumping privileges at the transfer station. Last spring, the town received a bill from the county for $8,000, thanks to the illegal dumping of 42 tons of construction and demolition materials at the transfer station.


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