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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

DEP employee indicted for second-degree murder of a co-worker

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By Jay Braman Jr.
On Tuesday, an Ulster Coun­ty Grand Jury indicted the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) employee accused of fatally shooting a co-worker on February 3, according to the district attorney’s office.David ReeseDavid Reese

David N. Reese, 53, of 297 Flat Creek Road, Gilboa, was in­dict­ed for second-degree murder in the Feb. 3 shooting death of Aron J. Thomas, 33, of Olive­bridge, at the department’s Smith Avenue office in midtown Kingston.


O'Neal's eyesore goes down the drain

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RAZED — The former O’Neal’s Plumbing and Heating store on Main Street, Margaretville was knocked down this week by Ed Norwick and Diego Pesa. The store, which previously operated for many years as Wilson’s Plumbing, had not operated since 2008. The building was damaged by flooding from Hurricane Irene in 2011 and had become an eyesore along the village’s Main Street. Kingdon Gould Jr. of Arkville recently purchased the store and attached apartment house. The apartments are being renovated.


Officials still treading water over Margaretville Swart Street bridge repairs

By Joe Moskowitz
Margaretville residents, who have been waiting since 2011 to be able to drive over the Swart Street Bridge, will have to continue waiting and Delaware County, which owns the bridge, still doesn’t know how much longer that wait will be.
Bridge to Nowhere: When it comes to getting around Swart Street, you still have to drive around your elbow to get to your thumb. The bridge fix is still up in the air, almost three years later. Photo by Joe MoskowitzBridge to Nowhere: When it comes to getting around Swart Street, you still have to drive around your elbow to get to your thumb. The bridge fix is still up in the air, almost three years later. Photo by Joe Moskowitz


Hackers target local card holders

By Joe Moskowitz
Dozens of area people and several local banks are struggling with a wave of stolen credit and debit card account numbers.
Arkville resident Terry Johnson told the News Monday that within minutes after using his bankcard locally, someone in Florida made a purchase using his account number. His bank’s security system spotted the transaction right away and there have been no more unauthorized charges on his account.


Budget, building and high-tech on the horizon for Roxbury Central School

By Trish Adams
It’s the season of school budget votes, and Roxbury Central School finds itself in a perfect trifecta of opportunity, challenge and necessity. 
At its next budget meeting on March 26, Superintendent Thomas O’Brien and the board will be demonstrating the ins and outs of the 2014-15 budget, which must not exceed a 0.9 percent increase in the tax levy. Due to arcane formulas and exceptions, the increase allowed is not even the “two percent” number you hear in the news.


Customers shocked by high electricity bills

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By Joe Moskowitz
If you’ve looked at your electric bill lately, it’s probably been a shocking experience. In the past several months, the cost of keeping your lights on has probably doubled, or tripled, and in some cases it’s even more.
Uta Gundelach owns the Arkville Laundromat. She told the News this week that her normal monthly electric bill is about $250, but within the past two months, it has ballooned to nearly $900 a month.


Scrapping the VW Parts inventory

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Some of the junk cars at the former Fleischmanns VW facility on Wagner Avenue were hauled away by a Kingston recycler this week. Lot owner William Hrazanek is due to appear in Middletown Town Court next week to answer criminal charges. The State Department of Environmental Conservation, after conducting raids on this and two other Hrazanek properties, is accusing him of 11 violations. Some carry fines of up to $37,000 and/or a year in jail. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz


Hanover Farms seeks zoning variance to re-open

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Planning Board informed Hanover Farms representatives Wednesday that they must apply for a variance from town zoning law in order to proceed with plans to reopen their Mount Tremper farm stand on Route 28 after being shut down by a State Supreme Court decision last November.
At the same session, the planners had several concerns about the farm stand that they want to see rectified, most notably traffic safety.


Sundaes in Grand Gorge rising from the ashes

By Joe Moskowitz
A Grand Gorge tradition is rising from the ashes. Sundaes, that sweet seven-day-a-week fixture on Route 23 is being rebuilt.
Workers from C&B Construction near Syracuse are busy putting up the frame. Local contractors will be hired to do all of the interior work.
Owner Walt Carman said he hopes to have everything up and running within a couple of months. Just in time for summer ice cream season.


Sugar Season "marches" on


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