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DRESSING FOR A CAUSE — Margaretville residents Lissa Harris, right, (a jellyfish — winner of the most creative costume) is pictured with Julia Reischel (sailor) at the annual Harvest Moon Ball on Saturday at The Andes Hotel. Proceeds from the fund-raiser benefit the ACS Dollars for Scholars program. In our print edition this week, be sure to take a peek at our full page of Hallowe'en safety tips, sponsored by local businesses.— Photo by Joe Damone

Shandaken, NYC settle tax dispute

By Jay Braman Jr.
Following the advice of Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) officials, the Shandaken Town Board agreed Monday to a settlement of a dispute with New York City over the assessed value of the Pine Hill waste treatment plant.


Shandaken Democrats pick slate for fall

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken Democrats came up with a full slate of candidates at their party caucus at the Glenford Park Pavilion last Tuesday evening.
As expected, there were no challenges to incumbent supervisor Peter DiSclafani, seeking his second two-year term. He will face Republican Challenger Rob Stanley, a town councilman now at the end of his first four-year term.


Tomato blight a growing problem in northeast

By Julia Green
JR Lawrence’s vegetable garden in the back yard of his Swart Street, Margaretville home is a source of a variety of summer vegetables. Cucumbers, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, beans, carrots, beets, peppers and squash all line the perimeter of his yard, interspersed with floral plants like dahlias and black-eyed Susans.
There is one crop that will be noticeably missing from his late-summer produce, however: tomatoes.
About a month ago, Lawrence’s six tomato plants fell victim to late blight, a disease of which plant pathologists have reported an outburst in the region this summer.


Man shot in fight at Phoenicia home

By Jay Braman Jr.
An early Sunday morning struggle between two visitors, reportedly brothers, and the owner of a Town of Shandaken home, ended when one of the visitors was shot in the groin inside the home on Route 214 in the Hamlet of Phoenicia.


Esopus tuber drowns in Phoenicia accident

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Kerhonkson man drowned in a tubing accident Sunday afternoon in the Esopus Creek in Phoenicia.
According to Shandaken Police, Peter Debaun, 55, was tubing with a group on the creek when he fell from his tube in strong rapids and his legs became stuck in underwater rocks.


Catskill Center to lead Scenic Byway Project

Arkville — The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development will lead the effort in pursuing a Scenic Byway designation for a 50-mile stretch of Route 28 in the Catskill Mountain Region.
A designation will stimulate local economies through tourism and recreation and open the door to federal and state moneys. The Central Catskills Collaborative, a group of seven communities along the Route 28 Corridor, recently contracted with The Catskill Center to guide the development of a Corridor Management Plan, a requirement in the Scenic Byway nomination process.


Crossroads threatening to back out of land sale

By Jay Braman Jr.
The developers of a proposed $400 million resort in Shandaken are asking the Ulster County Legislature to grant a right-of-way over county land that lies between their holdings and more than 1,200 acres of property they plan to sell to the state.


ACS seeks more capital improvements funds

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By Matthew J. Perry
The Andes Central School (ACS) District will vote on August 11 on whether or not to approve an additional borrowing in excess of $300,000 to support ongoing capital improvement projects. A public hearing on the measure was held Tuesday evening.


Cut! Theater owners cancel renovations; historic Margaretville building up for sale

By Julia Green
Jonathan Starch and David France, owners of the Galli-Curci Theatre building on Main Street in Margaretville, announced last week that they are putting the building up for sale. After four years of stewardship of the building, Starch said in an e-mail Wednesday that he and France “have decided to focus full-time on our other projects.”


Route 28 cell service stalled due to economy

By Jay Braman Jr.
The ongoing saga of cell phone service along the upper Route 28 Corridor continues with no end in sight. These days, everyone’s blaming something on the economy, and now added to that long list is the lack of quality cellular phone service in Shandaken. where poor or no coverage is still not the exception but the norm.


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