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

Shandaken super plugs $5K in proposed budget

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken’s 2014 budget proposal calls for a small jump in the tax levy but a big jump in the salaries of the town’s top elected officials. Under the plan, which is still tentative and will be discussed on Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in town hall, taxes would go up only 0.3 percent.
The town supervisor’s salary would jump 16.67 percent and the highway superintendent’s salary would go up 7.11 percent.


Resident, 91, escapes burning home

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By Joe Moskowitz
It is a scene that has become all too familiar of late; firefighters desperately trying to save a  structure that was already lost to flames before they could get there.

It was early Sunday morning and Hank McCann of Dunraven felt a little cold. He went into the basement of his Ben Meeker Road mobile home to add some wood to the fire. But when he got there he saw wires arcing and flames that had spread well beyond the furnace and were about to engulf his entire home.


'We Are What We Are' gaining critical praise

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By Brian Sweeney
“We Are What We Are,” a film shot in locally last year, opened in New York and Los Angeles over the weekend to excellent reviews.
Director Jim Mickle’s movie had its world premier at the Sundance Film Festival and then screened at 2013 Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight. The movie received award nominations at both venues. One of the film’s young stars, Julia Garner won the Best Actor prize at Fantastic Fest in Texas.


Candidate forum this Saturday in Fleischmanns

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Since residents of the Village of Fleischmanns are Town of Middletown voters too, Fleischmanns First is hosting a Town Supervisor Candidate’s Forum following its regular meeting this Saturday morning at the La Cabanna Restaurant on Main Street. Town supervisor candidates, Marjorie Miller and Nelson Delameter, will attend and participate in the forum.

Each candidate will make a presentation of not more than 20 minutes and then field questions and answers. Fleischmanns Mayor Todd Pascarella will moderate. Delameter will present at 10 a.m. and Miller at 10:40 a.m.


Beckers Tires destroyed

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A fire of undetermined origin broke out at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Friday morning, September 27 and totally destroyed Becker's Tire Service, located on Route 30 in Grand Gorge.

Firemen from Grand Gorge, Roxbury, Margaretville, Prattsville, and Stamford found the building totally involved when they arrived at the scene. Fighting the fire was complicated by hundreds of burning tires which were stored in the building. Fireman used foam to combat the burning rubber. Firemen were still at the scene at 8 a.m. Friday morning wetting down hot spots in the building.


Miller easily wins primary

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By Joe Moskowitz
Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller won a decisive victory over challenger Nelson Delameter in last Tuesday’s Democratic primary, but both Miller and Delameter are aware that the big prize goes to the winner of their November showdown.
Miller easily won Tuesday’s balloting, 164 to 44. “I did what I always do. I worked hard and I didn’t take any voters for granted, Miller told the News. The supervisor said she was pleased with her margin of victory, but noted that it was “just a primary”, and the bigger contest lies ahead.

Turnout hurt challenger


Comptroller sites Fleischmanns for lack of water system oversight

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By Jay Braman Jr.
According to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the Fleischmanns Water Department bank account will run bone dry in a couple of years unless drastic measures are taken. So says an audit by the comptroller’s office released late last month.
According to Ann Singer, the comptroller’s chief examiner, the objective of the audit was to assess the financial management of the village’s water fund and address the following related question.

Poor management


DEC proposes 'intensive use' for land next to Belleayre

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By Jay Braman Jr.
After months of preparation, New York State’s plans for what to do with the 1,204 acres of land in Big Indian that were acquired at the end of 2011 from the Belleayre Resort developers have been made public.


Dalski, Sanford run to fill Roxbury Board seat

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By Brian Sweeney
The Roxbury Central School District will hold a special election on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 3-9 p.m. to fill a board of education vacancy.
Candidates to fill the position are Ed Dalski of Denver and Ed Sanford of Roxbury. The Parent-Teacher-Student Association will host a “Meet The Candidates” reception on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Roxbury Arts Group auditorium on Denver-Vega Road, Roxbury.


Historic barn to be saved; used for weddings

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By Dick Sanford
An historic and very visible dairy barn in the area began a transformation towards becoming a player in the region’s newest economic craze Tuesday when contractors began the process of saving and renovating the large barn on Peter and Carol Molnar’s property located at the top of Margaretville Mountain overlooking of the village.


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