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Students from Margaretville and Roxbury enjoyed a 12-day worldwind tour of Europe this month, including this stop at the ruins in Pompeii. Read more about their most excellent adventures in our Features or News sections! — Contributed Photo.

Fire wrecks Brookside Hardware; owner vows to bring back business

Fire wrecks Brookside Hardware; owner vows to bring back business

Employees escape after blast ignites rambling structure near Margaretville

By Brian Sweeney
Brookside Hardware, a fixture on Route 28, Margaretville for 20 years, was destroyed by a towering fire Wednesday afternoon.
The blaze apparently began when gas fumes from Brookside’s motor vehicle shop were ignited by a spark from a coal-burning stove. Three explosions ensued and fire spread rapidly throughout the sprawling structure.


Brookside burns

Brookside burns

Brookside Hardware was quickly engulfed in flames Wednesday after a gas tank exploded and created a fireball that soon ignited the entire building. The quick-spreading fire was battled by members of more than a dozen area fire squads using water from the East Branch of the Delaware River. Before it was a hardware store, the building had been a creamery, a plumbing supply store and a restaurant. Officials continue their investigation today.


Tourism group plans march to counter Belleayre's foes

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By Jay Braman Jr.
To steal a phrase from a popular American movie, “They’re mad as hell and they’re not gonna take it anymore.” That phrase can best be used to describe the feelings of the membership of the Belleayre Region Lodging and Tourism Association, which held a special meeting Monday to discuss an ever-burgeoning threat to the livelihoods of its membership.


Margaretville planners recommend zoning change that would allow for new retail building construction

Village board expected to vote on proposal at March meeting

By Brian Sweeney
The Margaretville Planning Board has recommended that the village board approve a zoning amendment change that would allow new retail buildings to be constructed within the municipality. If approved by the village board, the zoning change would pave the way for a Family Dollar store to be built adjacent to the post office.


Eminent domain started for village bulkhead access

By Brian Sweeney
The Village of Margaretville is moving ahead with eminent domain proceedings to obtain a small parcel needed to gain access to the village bulkhead for repair work.
The bulkhead is located at the junction of the East Branch of the Delaware River and the Binnekill stream.


State trims Belleayre trail plans; many disappointed with switch

By Jay Braman Jr.
For what may be the first time, opponents and supporters of the proposed Belleayre Resort have something in common. Key players from both sides are disappointed over the news that the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which operates Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, has dropped a major element, three miles of new trails on the eastern side, known as the Cathedral Glen section of the mountain, from the highly-publicized $45 million expansion plan for the facility.


DEC releases final plan for Belleayre Resort review

By Jay Braman Jr.
The much-anticipated final scoping document for the environmental reviews of two major development projects on the western edge of Ulster County, one a private plan for a resort complex and the other a public plan to expand the state-owned Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and attach it to the resort, has been released.


Paws for the Cause Rummage Sale to benefit HCHS

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Whether you’re looking to clear a closet or fill it with something nearly new, look no further than the Paws for the Cause Rummage Sale on Saturday, March 29 to benefit the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society.


"Fishing History" talk is March 15 at Fairview Library

“Fins and Flies: A History of Fishing in the Catskills,” an illustrated talk by angling experts Ed and Judy Van Put, will be held Saturday, March 15, just two weeks before the opening of fishing season.


Roxbury supervisor favors wind power, but will let the process run its course

By Julia Green
More than 20 years of service in the political arena has taught Roxbury Town Supervisor Tom Hynes to let his supporting governmental agencies do their jobs. Although Hynes does not hesitate to express his personal opinion in favor of the installation of a wind farm along the Moresville Ridge when asked, he is content to stay on the sidelines and allow the agencies involved to shoulder the responsibility of the decision-making process.


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