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

Stanley may run unopposed


By Jay Braman Jr.
By this time next week it will become clear whether or not Shandaken Republican Supervisor Rob Stanley will face a challenger in his bid for a third, two-year term.

At the GOP’s Caucus earlier this month, Stanley was the party favorite. With no opposition, he easily won his party’s endorsement, running on his record of keeping taxes low and his critically acclaimed performance as Shandaken’s man in charge during the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

Great Outdoor Festival Saturday in village


Margaretville — The Central Catskills Great Outdoor Experience Festival will be held along Main Street, Margaretville on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The focus of the event, which has free admission, will be the many outdoor activities available in the Catskill Region. The day will include numerous theme-related events from vendors who will set up shop along Main Street.

Foreclosure process underway for Hrazenek's Arkville junkyard


By Joe Moskowitz
Troubles continue to mount for Fleischmanns resident and auto salvage yard owner William Hrazanek. Leonard Maxim, now of South Carolina, has begun the process to foreclose on the junkyard Hrazanek bought from him and operates on Maxim Lane in Arkville. One source told the News that Hrazanek was served foreclosure papers at about the same time that the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) raided the Arkville yard and two Fleischmanns properties that are owned by Hrazanek.

Middletown to cease workshop sessions


By Joe Moskowitz
It was a busy evening for the Middletown Town Board last Tuesday. In addition to its “routine” business,” the board tackled issues which could change the way both the board and Middletown residents conduct business.

Standoff in Bovina comes to an end


By Joe Moskowitz
A hostage taking that began Sunday morning, followed by an armed standoff with dozens of police officers in Bovina Center, ended tragically early Monday morning when the hostage taker, Bovina resident Justin Geraghty, 32, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident began early Sunday morning. Neighbors of Geraghty say someone apparently ran over his puppy and that incident triggered Geraghty’s rage and the events that followed.

The Scene in Bovina

Police PresencePolice Presence

LINED UP — Police presence was strong in the Town of Bovina on Sunday and Monday after a local resident took a couple hostage. He released the pair, but has remained in their house in a standoff with police. — Photo by Dan Flanagan


The AftermathThe Aftermath

Peter Mullen and his wife, Victoria Charkut, look over the scene in Bovina on Sunday afternoon shortly after they were freed as hostages. The standoff with a lone gunman began Sunday morning and reportedly ended Monday morning. Check back for updates. — Photo by Dan Flanagan

Hostage stand-off in Bovina


By Joe Moskowitz

UPDATE: At about 5:30, the husband was brought to the Bovina General Store by New York State Police where he was reunited with his wife. He was unharmed. It is still unclear if the hostage was let go by "Justin" or if he managed to escape.

There is a breaking news story going on in Bovina Center. Delaware County Sheriff’s deputies and New York State Police are being held at bay by a gun wielding man who may or may not have a hostage.

Local communities tabbed for up to $3 million in aid

By Joe Moskowitz
The Village of Margaretville and the towns of Hardenburgh and Shandaken in Ulster County could each receive up to $3 million from the Federal Government, by way of the State of New York.
The money will go for economic development and to prevent the type of physical and financial damage caused two years ago by Hurricane Irene from ever happening again.

County Fair set for Aug. 12-17

The 127th Delaware County Fair will run from Monday-Saturday, Aug. 12-17 at the fairgrounds in Walton.
Among the highlights this season will be:
• Monday, Aug. 12: Amusement rides open at noon. Demolition Derby at 7 p.m.
• Tuesday, Aug. 13: Free grandstand all day and night. One hour of free Midway rides from 11 a.m.-noon. 4-H Parade and Firefighters’ Parade at 6:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, Aug. 14: Children’s Day – reduced rates on rides until 5 p.m. NYTPA Modified Tractor Pull and Truck Pull.

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