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Father-and-daughter team Bob and Jenny Sobas from East Branch caught this five-pound brown from shore on a Krocodile Spoon last weekend. — Photo by Al Carpenter, Al’s Sport Store

Challengers step up in supervisor races

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Stanley may run unopposed

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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