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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

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.


Route 28 corridor project seeks uniform street signs

By Jay Braman Jr.
An unfunded mandate requiring the replacement of local street signs was spun into gold this week.
Well, not really gold. Actually yellow. And brown.


$2.2 million Route 28 project ready for paving

By Jay Braman Jr.
There’s $2.2 million in Federal Stimulus dollars headed to the Town of Shandaken, where electronic road signs signal the beginning of a repaving project for Route 28.
The signs, located just west of Phoenicia and east of mount Tremper, announce that the project will begin on Aug. 10.


Aerial photo flight spots fire on couple's property

By Julia Green
Aerial photography: it’s all the rage these days. People have aerial snapshots of their homes, hometowns, alma maters, favorite vacation spots… a favorite location, shown from a bird’s eye view and framed to hang on the wall of their home.
That was undoubtedly what Eleonora and Rolf Bruderer had in mind when they drove to Sidney on July 17 to charter a small plane to fly over the Vega Valley where their house is located. And, while they didn’t end up with the experience they had imagined, they wound up with a heck of a story.


Hospital Auxiliary plans 41st antique and flea market

The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will hold its 41st annual Antique and Flea Market featuring antiques, crafts, and general merchandise on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Margaretville Village Park.
Proceeds from the antique flea market will directly benefit the local health care facilities affiliated with Margaretville Hospital. A hospital-sponsored Health Fair will be held during the market offering free blood pressure testing and blood sugar screening.


Official: DRBC flood regs "bad" for county

By Matthew J. Perry
Hard on the heels of an environmental impact study that outlined the withering effects of land acquisition in the Catskill Watershed, the county board of supervisors received another warning call last Wednesday concerning water regulation and its effects on the local economy and infrastructure.


Part-time resident among those busted in FBI sting of Jersey officials

By Jay Braman Jr.
Mariano Vega, a part-time Fleischmanns resident who was involved in the Fleischmanns First movement, has been charged in a probe that netted 44 New Jersey officials and others on corruption and money laundering charges.
Vega, who is City Council President in Jersey City, New Jersey, is one of 44 people arrested in New Jersey and New York last Thursday in a broad-ranging corruption and international money laundering investigation that led to charges against two New Jersey Assemblymen and mayors of Hoboken, Secaucus and Ridgefield. The FBI and IRS investigation also ensnared rabbis from the Syrian Jewish communities in Deal and Brooklyn on money-laundering charges.


Rob Stanley endorsed by GOP

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken Republicans unanimously endorsed councilman Rob Stanley Thursday to run for town supervisor in the November election.


Middletown Board debates signage, appointment process

By Matthew J. Perry
Given a light docket, the Middletown Town Board spent most of its meeting time last Tuesday night debating two issues: what action, if any, can be taken against the proliferation of temporary advertising signs along highways in the township, and the proper procedure for recommending and then appointing new members to the town’s planning board.


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