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WHIRLING AND TWIRLING — Rides are always a big part of the excitment at the Delaware County Fair in Walton. These brave souls were among the 78,000 visitors who enjoyed the festivities at this year’s fair. Enjoy more photos from the fair in our Features section. — Photo by Dick Sanford

Middletown Planning Board mulling over Comprehensive Plan

By Matthew J. Perry
After more than a decade in limbo, the vision of a comprehensive plan for the Town of Middletown is taking shape in extensive discussions on the planning board, although it remains an open question what the final result will look like.


Andes planners near major subdivision OK

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By Matthew J. Perry
The Andes Planning Board held a public hearing Monday on an 88-acre, eight-lot subdivision on land owned by Harold Cole above the Andel Inn on Route 28. Several neighboring landowners attended the hearing to review site maps and ask questions of Cole and Doug Wooden, acting surveyor, but no objections to the project were raised.


Humane Society gift store has year-round home

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Like lost and abandoned pets, some of the best gifts just need to find their right “forever” homes. Thanks to the ambitious vision of its board, the tireless muscle of many volunteers and the generosity of landlord, Andy Wos, the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society (HCHS) now has a more permanent home for its own gift store at 119 Main Street in Andes, next to Hogan’s General Store. 


Area schools feel pinch of fuel increases

By Matthew J. Perry
As school administrators in the region prepare budgets for the coming year, unprecedented increases in fuel costs are pushing officials to concoct evermore creative solutions to meet projected expenses.
At present, schools in Roxbury, Margaretville and Andes appear to have absorbed roughly 50 percent increases in the price of heating oil and diesel fuel without accompanying cuts in scholastic programs. But, with prices continuing to climb, officials are concerned that projected costs might have to be revised upward later in the year.


Belleayre supporters call Greene charges "economic genocide"

Neighboring county says state funding gives advantage to Belleayre Mtn.

By Jay Braman Jr.
Outrage and frustration continue to mount in the Catskill Region following two major announcements impacting Belleayre Mt. Ski Center.
With Greene County officials issuing renewed calls for audits of Belleayre and with the announcement of a major public/private partnership to expand New York State owned and operated Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks, Belleayre supporters coined the phrase ‘economic genocide’ to describe what they see happening locally.


Margaretville zoning issues are focus of May 19 meeting

By Julia Green
There will be an open meeting of the Margaretville Village Board at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 19 in the village clerk’s office to discuss changes in the village’s zoning laws.
Nicole Franzese of the Delaware County Planning Board will be on hand to explain and discuss what has been a contested, and at times, confusing issue for village residents. Also on hand will be the village’s attorney, David Merzig.


Shandaken considering new sidewalks for its portion of Smart Growth funding

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board is looking for ideas on how to use their share of $88,000 in state grants. The details surrounding a $500,000 pot of gold are sketchy, said Supervisor Peter DiSclafani Monday night, but right now it looks like the state has earmarked that amount to fund projects along the Route 28 corridor between Olive and Andes. The fund could be divided up between all the communities along that substantial stretch of highway, with each guaranteed a minimum of $42,000 and up to $88,000.


Suspects freed in murder case

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By Julia Green
The four men who were arrested and charged in the assault of SUNY Delhi student Tyshawn Bierria are to be released due to a lack of evidence.
Olanrewaju Ogunwuyi, 21, Raymond Brightman, 21, William Dorsey Jr., 22, and Jack Daniel Boampong, 19, all of New York City, were arrested and charged with one count each of first-degree gang assault and one count each of second-degree attempted murder, both class B felonies. There was speculation that charges could be upgraded to murder following the death of Bierria on Thursday.


Andes Planning Board seeks smart growth ideas

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Train depot rehab among considerations for development funds By Matthew J. Perry The Andes Planning Board has taken lead agency role in the town‚  application for a share of the state‚ Smart Growth funding plan, which will spread $500,000 among six townships in the Central Catskills. Before the June 20 deadline, the town must drum up a project that suits the details of the grant. Several complications, not least of which is a tight time constraint, will have to be faced down.


Governor's office looking at watershed tax debate

By Jay Braman Jr.
It was a feel-good evening Tuesday in Margaretville at the headquarters of the Catskill Watershed Corporation.
Many local mover and shakers joined with New York City counterparts, both current and former, to congratulate the CWC’s longstanding president, Perry Shelton, who was retiring that night from the position and from his tenure as founding father of the movement to protect the watershed region when the trouble began back in the early 1990s.


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