Tom Turkey goes a'courting

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The spring romance season is in full swing for turkeys and these Toms offered a brilliant display as they tried to impress the females. — Photo by Brian Sweeney

Bob Hubbell, community leader, dead at 79


By Bill Birns
The light dimmed in our community last week. Bob Hubbell died.
For nine decades, Bob Hubbell had been a leader in the community: the baby saved by the doctor’s wife; the fire-keeper at school; the student-leader and Eagle Scout; the pillar of the community who helped lead the hospital, fire departments, Rotary, ambulance squad, and countless community organizations and events.

Robert Burr Hubbell, of the Kelly Corners homestead that bears his family name, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 at Albany Medical Center.

Teenager killed in ATV crash Saturday in Halcott


Halcott — A Long Island teenager was killed and a passenger was seriously injured early Saturday when the ATV they were riding on crashed into a tree in the Town of Halcott.

The victim was identified to the News as 17-year-old Frank Travigno. A 16-year-old female who was also riding on the ATV sustained major injuries and was airlifted to Albany Medical Center. There was no report on her injuries as of Tuesday.

Reports indicate that the teenagers were riding on an ATV about 2 a.m. on Saturday on Kaftas Road when the driver failed to negotiate a turn and struck a tree.

Andes Dems have Town Board primary


By Joe Moskowitz
Registered Democrats in the Town of Andes are being asked to make an unusual decision on Tuesday, Sept. 10. They are being asked to choose which one of three men they want to put on the ballot in November as candidates for the town board.

DOH calls for changes to Watershed Agreement


By Joe Moskowitz
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) is telling the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that it must make midstream changes in its current Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD).

The current FAD, which was adopted in 2007 and expires in 2017, must be revised, due in part to the effects of tropical storms Lee and Irene.

Challengers step up in supervisor races


By Brian Sweeney
Supervisors in Bovina, Middletown and Roxbury will face challenges in this fall’s elections, according to filings with the Delaware County Board of Elections.

The deadline for submitting Independent petitions was August 20 and Beatriz Sohni added her name to the Independent line to challenge longtime Republican incumbent Supervisor Tina Molè in Bovina in the November 5 election. Molè is also running as a member of the Independence Party.

Wadler named to Fleischmanns planning board

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Village of Fleischmanns has solved its planning board problems and can now continue the review of an application to open an auto repair shop on Wagner Avenue.
Earlier this month, plans for a public hearing on Thomas Shamro’s plan to open a repair shop at 684 Wagner Avenue was abruptly cancelled when it became clear that there were not enough members on the planning board to legally conduct the meeting.

Stanley unopposed in Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
There will be no race for town supervisor in Shandaken this year.
At the town’s Democratic Party caucus Monday night at Glenbrook Park, Supervisor Rob Stanley, a Republican, had no challengers in his bid for Democratic support and was therefore handed that endorsement with one resounding “aye” vote by the 30 or more Democrats in attendance.
“Rob, you’re our candidate,” said party chairman Nick Alba.

While that means a non-campaigning free ride to a third two-year term for Stanley, there will be a full-blown race for the two town board seats up for grabs.

Seward pushing for Belleayre approval


By Joe Moskowitz
During a visit on Saturday to Margaretville’s Great Outdoor Adventure, New York State Senator James Seward said that when he returns to Albany, he wants to do what he can to get the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to give the final go ahead for the proposed Belleayre Resort.

M-H Fire District seeks to add village


By Joe Moskowitz
The Middletown-Hardenburgh and Margaretville fire districts, after decades of answering the same calls with the same people and the same equipment, may soon officially consolidate.
The Middletown Town Board agreed to schedule a public hearing on September 11 to discuss the merger. The meeting will be a major step toward resolving an issue, which for years has had only one opponent.

Principal reprimanded for 'holding' student


By Jay Braman Jr.
Documents released by the Onteora School District have shed light on the case of Phoenicia School Principal Linda Sella, who was suspended in February and then reinstated on August 7.
At the time of reinstatement last week Wednesday, District Superintendent Phyllis McGill offered no information or explanation of the matter, but she did notify media that documents pertaining to Sella’s reinstatement were available under New York State’s Freedom of Information Law.

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