"Trucking" with Santa

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FIREHOUSE CHRISTMAS FUN —Over 100 kids brought their parents to visit Santa at the Roxbury Firehouse on Saturday including Trevor, Derek, and Jordan Fronckowiak.  Photos were taken by Catskill Images and refreshments were abundant. Fire Chief Allen Hinkley was so impressed with the turnout that he decided to make it an annual event. Planning for next year is already in the works. — Photo by Jill Ribich, Catskill Images

Phoenicia Hotel neighbor irked by lingering mess

By Jay Braman Jr.
The owner of the property behind the site of the former Phoenicia Hotel has had enough of the waiting and hoping for a clean up of the rubble next door. She wants to build an oversized fence between her land and the heap of debris that was the former hotel.
Trouble is, the law only allows for a fence to be six feet tall, and Lawrence Webster, who bought her property just one month before the historic hotel went up in flames two years ago, told the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals that she needs one to be eight feet high to shield the unsightliness.


Roxbury Stock to close in June

By Matthew J. Perry
Five regional Stock Building stores, including the location in Roxbury, will close in mid-June.
Katie Cralle, a spokeswoman for Stock Building, confirmed that stores in Roxbury, Walton, Oneonta, Sidney and Richmondsville will either be sold off or closed.
“Stock will be exiting or closing stores in select under-performing markets in order to focus on those markets with the strongest prospects for growth,” reads an official statement from the company.


Middletown weighing local law to crack down on illegal dumping

By Julia Green
There will be a public hearing held by the Middletown Town Board on Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Middletown Town Hall to address a proposed local law that would regulate the use of the town transfer station.
The Town of Middletown Transfer Station and Recycling Center Law was proposed by the Town Board in response to recent and ongoing abuses of dumping privileges at the transfer station. Last spring, the town received a bill from the county for $8,000, thanks to the illegal dumping of 42 tons of construction and demolition materials at the transfer station.


Shandaken cop naps alleged killer

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Buffalo man has been charged with second-degree murder after being captured by a quick-thinking Shandaken Police detective last week.
An Erie County medical examiner’s autopsy of Constance A. Shepherd, 42, revealed the cause of death to be a deep laceration to her neck, leading police to rule the death a homicide. Chief Anthony Palombo said the cut was caused by a “sword-sized knife” that was located in another room of the Shepherd’s house in the Town of Tonawanda, a suburb of Buffalo.


More campers planning Catskill hikes this year

By Jay Braman Jr.
It might be the economy, or perhaps fuel prices, or even the lure of the region or all of the above, but one thing is for sure: there will be more visitors to the Catskills this summer.
The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced an increase in reservations for campsite space statewide, both in the number of campers and the length of stay planned.


Local school budgets approved

By Julia Green
What they asked for, they got.
All three area school budgets that were proposed for the 2009-2010 school year were approved in Tuesday's vote, in which all propositions were given the green light and all unopposed candidates for Board of Education seats were elected.


Burdick to be honored by Delaware County Democrats

Delhi — When the Delaware County Democratic Comm-ittee holds its annual dinner on Saturday, June 20 at the SUNY Delhi Hospitality Center, it will present its “Peg Pandick Woman of the Year” award to Pandick’s current successor as the county election commissioner.


Business in the spotlight at annual chamber dinner

By Julia Green
The newly christened Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards dinner last Wednesday at The Andes Hotel to honor a number of its members for their accomplishments and commitment to local business.
“Each one of our businesses make up the fabric of our community,” said Carol O’Beirne, executive director of the chamber. “We have been able to grow our chamber at a time when other chambers are shrinking.”


Cooperative venture places spotlight on "wellness"

By Brian Sweeney
The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center has completed a whirlwind of events to commemorate Wellness Week. The auxiliary has the goal of promoting spiritual, social and emotional wellness through an ongoing series of community events.
This year featured almost daily activities as the auxiliary continued to work in cooperation with a growing number of organizations that has similar goals.
John Riedl, who chairs the auxiliary’s wellness committee, said his group was very pleased with the Wellness Week programming.


First Ride-n-Peak event rolls smoothly

By Julia Green
Ninety-eight riders turned out for Saturday’s first-ever Catskill Scenic Ride-n-Peak event in Margaretville, a bike event to benefit the Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care Association.
“It went very well,” said Carol O’Beirne, executive director of the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce. The chamber was one of the collaborators for the event, along with the MARK Project, the KAATS Foundation, The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Plattekill Mountain and Delaware County Tourism.
“Feedback was extremely positive and people wanted to see more of the same kind of event,” O’Beirne added.


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