Arkville celebration on the march

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LEADING THE WAY — Members of Middletown American Legion Post 216 were at the front of Saturday’s Arkville Community Fair parade. Patt Svoboda and Don Kearney led the way. — Photo by Dick Sanford

Tedisco concedes special election; Murphy heads to Congress

By Julia Green
After three weeks of counting and re-counting, the results are finally in: Scott Murphy is set to become the newest member of Congress. Murphy, a Democrat, will become the next congressman to represent New York’s 20th Congressional District following a lengthy election process that has dragged on since the end of March. Murphy’s opponent, Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, conceded the election on Friday, bringing to an end a recount in which election officials spent weeks counting absentee ballots from across the district.


Resort foes fear stimulus money will go to developer

By Jay Braman Jr.
A citizens group staunchly opposed to the Belleayre Resort project views a request for stimulus money to expand the state-owned Belleayre Ski Center with a jaundiced eye. Speculating a number of scenarios, the Catskill Heritage Alliance suspects that, in some way, a portion of the $62 million requested would get funneled across the property line between Belleayre and the private resort, set to be built right next door.


Central Catskills Collaborative has regional planning meeting

Arkville — The Central Catskills Collaborative will host an open meeting to feature the regional planning work of students in the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Throughout the semester, the students have conducted inventory and mapping exercises along the Route 28 Corridor. The public is invited to the Olive Free Library this Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m. to see the presentation, meet the students and view the design studies.


Farm stand law creeps forward

By Jay Braman Jr.
There have been several meetings of Shandaken officials to figure out the controversial new produce stand law, the latest being a special session held last Tuesday by the planning board.
After reviewing the proposal that evening the planners recommended its passage by the town board, but made a couple of minor changes they had asked the town board to consider before adoption.


Fleischmanns Village Board hires consultant to assist with planning

Fleischmanns — The Village of Fleischmanns’ Village Board, recently retained consultant Alan Sorensen and his firm Planit Main Street, Inc. to assist with the creation of a Village Comprehensive Plan. Community participation is vital to the success of the plan’s creation and to this end an informational session for all Village of Fleischmanns residents will be held to solicit public input on Saturday, May 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Skene Memorial Library on Main Street.


Freshtown taking first steps to Margaretville store makeover

By Brian Sweeney
The first steps in the renovation at the new Freshtown Supermarket in Margaretville are underway. Although much of the work is not visible to the shopping public, PSK Supermarkets Vice President Noah Katz said last week that preliminary steps are being taken in the large-scale renovation.


Shandaken man gets up to six years for fatal drunk driving accident

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Shandaken man is expected to get one to three years in prison for killing a passenger in his pickup truck in a drunk driving incident last fall.
Jay Conosa, 44, of 11 Regina Way, in the Broadstreet Hollow area of Shandaken, pleaded guilty Monday in Ulster County Court to second-degree vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault, prosecutors said. Conosa is expected to be sentenced on May 18 to one to three years in state prison on each count.


Immigrant film screening draws crowd in Fleischmanns

By Julia Green
More than 230 people turned out to view “Bienvenidos a Fleischmanns: An Immigrant Community in Rural America,” a documentary film by Jessica Vecchione that was screened at La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant in Fleischmanns on Saturday.
Roughly 70 people attended the afternoon screening while more than 160 were on hand for the evening showing.


Galli-Curci boundary dispute settled after long legal battle

By Brian Sweeney
A legal dispute that stalled plans for the redevelopment of the Galli-Curci Theater in Margaretville for two-and-a-half years was settled out of court on Monday. Margaretville business owner David Budin had originally filed the lawsuit in Delaware County Court claiming he owned, through “adverse possession” a section of the theater property that would be utilized for the renovations. The theater property borders the parcel where Budin lives and the storefront where he operates Del-Sports.


Quick firefighter response saves Hasay Realty office

By Brian Sweeney
Quick response by firefighters is credited with saving a Fleischmanns real estate office from serious fire damage Sunday night.
The fire at Hasay Realty on Depot Street was spotted by a neighbor about 9 p.m. Fleischmanns Fire Chief Todd Wickham said that when volunteers arrived, flames were visible in the basement.


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