Tom Turkey goes a'courting

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The spring romance season is in full swing for turkeys and these Toms offered a brilliant display as they tried to impress the females. — Photo by Brian Sweeney

Margaretville Hospital earns police recognition

Margaretville Hospital received a Special Recognition Award from the New York State Police on May 28 in honor of the facility’s work during the April 2007 shootings involving three police officers. Chief Executive Officer Ed Morache accepted the award on behalf of the hospital in a ceremony in Albany. The certificate was presented “In recognition and acknowledgement of outstanding service to the division of state police.”


New Shandaken tower plan offered by Verizon officials

Company has several cell sites in town

By Jay Braman Jr.
First, Shandaken couldn’t get a cell tower in town if it tried. Now it appears towers might be popping up in unexpected places. It was announced last week that Verizon has asked for permission to build its own 130-foot tall tower, called a monopole, near the town hall in Allaben.


Company sues Emerson Resort for alleged payment shortfalls

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Town of Shandaken has found itself named as a co-defendant in a lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court by an electrical contractor seeking to collect $136,255 for work done at the Emerson Resort and Spa last year.
Whitman Electric, Inc. filed the suit on April 24 naming several people and entities including local businessman Dean Gitter, who spearheads the Emerson and the planned Crossroads Ventures Resort /Spa, and other companies with which he is involved. The suit also names other contractors who appear to have liens against the Emerson.


Pilgrim Holiness Church marks two anniversaries

Historic church was built in 1908 and reconstructed in Grand Gorge 50 years ago

By Julia Green
The Pilgrim Holiness Church in Grand Gorge commemorated the 50th anniversary of the reconstruction of its sanctuary building on Saturday with a day of celebratory activities, including a 10 a.m. service followed by lunch at the Grand Gorge Civic Center. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the original construction of the building in June 1908, which first served an Advent Christian congregation.


Roaming buffalo spotted throughout area; reports say many animals have been shot

By Julia Green
A mother buffalo, accompanied by her calf, was one of three of the large animals that were shot over the past week after reportedly escaping in April from a farm in the Bovina/Bloomville area. According to a Bloomville source, who asked to remain anonymous, 13 of the animals escaped as they were being unloaded by their owner, reportedly a New Hampshire resident, at a Bloomville area farm where they were going to be pastured. Seven of the animals were reportedly shot by the owner immediately after they got loose, two were shot last week in the Bovina area and one, the nursing mother, was killed Monday in Bull Run.


Superintendent named for Margaretville Central School

By Brian Sweeney
Anthony Albanese of Scotia has been hired as the superintendent of the Margaretville Central School District.
Mr. Albanese was selected from more than 40 candidates who applied for the position. He will succeed John Riedl whose retirement becomes effective July 1. Mr. Riedl has been MCS superintendent since 2002.


Phoenicia sewer proposal causing more controversy

By Jay Braman Jr.
The City of New York has extended the deadline for Phoenicia to decide whether it wants to accept a $17-million sewer deal, prompting residents on both sides of the issue to spout off at a town board meeting Monday.
Shandaken Supervisor Peter DiSclafani told the audience that he and Councilman Vince Bernstein met last week with city officials, who agreed to spend $12,000 to study a plan to use a different type of treatment system in Phoenicia.


MARK Group celebrates 30 years of service

By Jill Ribich
The MARK Group celebrated its 30th anniversary with a gala dinner and party at the upper lodge of the Belleayre Ski Center Saturday evening. The event was attended by over 150 past and present board members, founders, supporters, and recipients of the work of the MARK Group.


Merchants report strong holiday sales despite gas prices

By Matthew J. Perry
Will $4 a gallon gas wreak havoc on tourism in the Catskills this summer?
For many, it’s a premature question. Predicting the strength of a summer tourism season in a region with erratic weather patterns and no beaches is always a dicey proposition. There are good and bad years, and the best any merchant can do is take care of customers and coax them to return.


Mt. Tremper farm stand flap heats up with lawsuit flap

By Jay Braman Jr.
The owner of a controversial farm stand, which is said to be in violation of the local zoning code, has taken his case out in the open this week, claiming that in the court of public opinion he has been found innocent and should be left alone.
Al Higley, representing his son’s Mount Tremper-based produce stand called Hanford Farms, appeared before the Shandaken Town Board Monday with an attorney and several supporters. The visit comes as Hanford Farms faces a court appearance for allegedly being in violation of the town’s laws.


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