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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

Reps optimistic, cautious over gas leasing in region

By Matthew J. Perry
Three members of the state’s attorney general’s office came to Delhi on Dec. 16 to discuss landowners’ rights and remind local residents that while natural gas speculation is experiencing a lull, the subject is still of vital importance to local communities.


ACS budget figures add up, despite state aid projections

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By Matthew J. Perry
When Governor Paterson unveiled an austerity budget last week that would include $9 billion in budget cuts, there was plenty of pain to go around. Education administrators, noting a proposed $700 million reduction in state aid to schools, could be forgiven if they felt singled out for abuse.


Preholiday snowstorms welcomed by ski areas

By Jay Braman Jr.
The economy might be down, but this year’s unexpected bounty of natural snow is doing lots to offset the problems local ski areas face.
At Belleayre, faces were long in the fall when it was announced that New York State, which owns and operates the facility, was tightening its belt and cutting back on Belleayre’s operating budget.


Regional visioning process starts with $90,000 for corridor towns

By Jay Braman Jr.
A $90,000 state grant is being used to help communities along the Route 28 corridor from Andes to Olive get an idea of what they would like the corridor to become.


DEC prods supervisors for additional resort info

By Jay Braman Jr.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials have begun contacting the leaders in towns and organizations that have a stake in the outcome of the Belleayre Resort review.
The description of those exchanges differ between the supervisors of the two towns most affected by the project, but it appears that both were contacted and interviewed by DEC personnel about the project and how it might affect their respective communities.


Town makes new laws, interprets others

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Town of Shandaken government is taking a look at its laws. Some are new, another is being reviewed and interpreted to perhaps pave the way for at least one controversial project, and still another is being scrutinized to see if there’s a way to change it that would allow one popular business, whose owner is currently at odds with town officials, to continue.


Going, going, gone! Auction raises funds for Community Christmas Project

By Julia Green
Margaretville’s Community Christmas Project held its annual Jimmy DiGiacomo Auction at the Inn Between on Sunday evening raising over $5,500 to benefit the Christmas project.
“With the economy the way it is and the weather being kind of blustery and cold, I think we did OK,” said Marilyn Pitetti, chair of the auction committee. “I think a lot of people who would have showed up didn’t because of the roads, but we did OK.”


Margaretville Rotary Club honors George Levy

By Julia Green
At its annual holiday party at the Binnekill Square Restaurant on Sunday, the Margaretville Rotary Club honored Dr. George Levy with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship award. Levy was presented with a certificate, lapel pin and medallion as emblems of the award.
Dr. Levy, a dentist who practiced locally for many years, joined the Margaretville Rotary Club in 1970 and has been a faithful member for the past 40 years. He served as the organization’s president in 1975.


Andes tax official lauded for reassessment efforts

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By Matthew J. Perry
Two members of the state’s office of real property services traveled to Andes Tuesday to present an award to Tina Moshier, the town’s tax assessor, at the town board’s monthly meeting.
Arnold Jones and Jim Laponte, managers in the state’s real property Newburgh office, praised Moshier and Andes in general for their 2008 effort to reassess local property values and update information on land parcels that previously had been spotty.


Freshtown Supermarket to bring fresh village look

By Brian Sweeney
A public hearing on renovation plans for the A&P plaza will be held by the Margaretville Village Planning Board on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in the village offices. The Mount Vernon-based PSK Supermarkets purchased the A&P plaza last year. The company plans to take over the space occupied by the A&P and convert the store to a Freshtown Supermarket.


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