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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

Hackers target local card holders

By Joe Moskowitz
Dozens of area people and several local banks are struggling with a wave of stolen credit and debit card account numbers.
Arkville resident Terry Johnson told the News Monday that within minutes after using his bankcard locally, someone in Florida made a purchase using his account number. His bank’s security system spotted the transaction right away and there have been no more unauthorized charges on his account.


Budget, building and high-tech on the horizon for Roxbury Central School

By Trish Adams
It’s the season of school budget votes, and Roxbury Central School finds itself in a perfect trifecta of opportunity, challenge and necessity. 
At its next budget meeting on March 26, Superintendent Thomas O’Brien and the board will be demonstrating the ins and outs of the 2014-15 budget, which must not exceed a 0.9 percent increase in the tax levy. Due to arcane formulas and exceptions, the increase allowed is not even the “two percent” number you hear in the news.


Customers shocked by high electricity bills

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By Joe Moskowitz
If you’ve looked at your electric bill lately, it’s probably been a shocking experience. In the past several months, the cost of keeping your lights on has probably doubled, or tripled, and in some cases it’s even more.
Uta Gundelach owns the Arkville Laundromat. She told the News this week that her normal monthly electric bill is about $250, but within the past two months, it has ballooned to nearly $900 a month.


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.


Sugar Season "marches" on


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.


Arkville Recreational Center is 'springing up' rapidly

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By Brian Sweeney
Progress on the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville is moving along on schedule with a May target date for the facility’s grand opening.
Shaping Up: Snowbirds returning this spring will be amazed at the progress made on the construction of the Arkville Recreational Center. — Photo by Dick SanfordShaping Up: Snowbirds returning this spring will be amazed at the progress made on the construction of the Arkville Recreational Center. — Photo by Dick Sanford


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