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SPECIAL NIGHT — The Rev. Richard Dykstra of Roxbury, right, is all smiles after receiving the Margaretville Hospital Keene A. Roadman Citizen of the Year Award on Saturday evening at the Harvest Moon Ball. The event was sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. Also pictured during the presentation are event Chair Karen Kolar and Hospital Board Member Tom O’Brien.— Photo by eOneMedia.com

Charges brought against David Reese in DEP shooting

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The man accused of killing Olivebridge resident Aron Thomas inside New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) offices in Kingston last Monday will see his case go before a grand jury soon.
Following a preliminary hearing on Monday, a Kingston City judge determined there is enough evidence against Gilboa resident David Reese to proceed to a grand jury hearing.
Reese is charged with second-degree murder. Reese pled not guilty during an arraignment in Kingston City Court and was sent to the Ulster County Jail without bail.


NY SAFE Act targeted at Delhi forum

By Cheryl Petersen
Along with many other volunteers, Stephen Morganstern handed out voter registrations, petitions, and information on the rights of firearm owners during last Saturday’s well-attended forum.
“I became active last summer,” said Morganstern. “Last August, there was a hostage incident in Bovina Center, right next door to our house. Catskill Mountain News covered the story well. The whole hostage incident was so unbelievable it got me active as a firearm owner.”


Farm bill with food stamp cuts could hurt locals

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By Joe Moskowitz
President Obama signed a $956 billion dollar farm bill into law last Friday, a measure that supporters and opponents say could have profound impact on the Catskill Region.
Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, voted against the bill, while Senator Shuck Schumer, also a Democrat, voted in favor of it.
Gillibrand opposed it because of cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), often known as food stamps.


Golden eagle tagged and released as part of study

By Brian Sweeney
A locally based project to study the habits of Golden Eagles added a new dimension on Saturday when one of the eagles was captured and outfitted with a tracking device.
After a few unsuccessful attempts this past week, project leader Scott VanArsdale from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation set up around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday at a designated “watch” location off Tremperskill Road, Andes. An immature golden was one of the early birds to come into the setup area and was trapped before 7 a.m.


Conservation is key to Phoenicia's water system in the extreme cold

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Phoenicia Water District is not getting the breaks it needs to be free of winter worries. Bone chilling temperatures continue to shorten the water supply for the small hamlet, and the winter’s influx of skiers in search of hot food and good cheer taxes the system even more.


Shandaken board passes resolution in support of CMRR

By Jay Braman Jr.
Admitting that the effort has had a chilling affect on his relationship with Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley got just enough votes Monday to pass a memorializing resolution that calls for an end to the legal battle between the county and the Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR).


Trailways Service suspended Thursday Feb. 13

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All service between Utica, Oneonta, Delhi, Phoenicia, Woodstock, Kingston and all intermediate stops is canceled on Thursday Feb. 13, 2014. For more information and latest updates, visit www.trailwaysny.com and click on the "Important Announcements" box on the left. All NY Trailways travel information will be posted there as soon as it is available.


DEP employee charged with killing co-worker with local ties

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Gilboa man allegedly shot and killed a co-worker inside the Kingston offices of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) early Monday morning.
DEP worker murdered: Aron J. Thomas of Olivebridge was killed by a co-worker on Monday morning the the DEP office in Kingston.DEP worker murdered: Aron J. Thomas of Olivebridge was killed by a co-worker on Monday morning the the DEP office in Kingston.
Kingston City Police say David N. Reese, 53, of Gilboa in Schoharie County was taken into custody at the DEP building shortly after allegedly Aron J. Thomas, 33, of Olivebridge was shot dead.


Norman Zullin, Fleischmanns business owner, killed in snowmobile accident in Idaho

This story in last week’s News about a local man killed in a snowmobile accident in Idaho contained factual errors. Norman B. Zullin, 43, not Norman Zullin Jr., 41, was killed in the accident.
The story implies that Mr. Zullin was no longer involved in several local businesses, which is not the case. Mr. Zullin and his family own and operate Zullin’s Outdoor Furniture, Zullin’s Garage and Countryside Apartments, all located on Route 28 between Arkville and Fleischmanns. The News regrets the errors, which have been addressed in this updated story.

By Joe Moskowitz
A winter vacation to what locals call “snowmobile country,” ended in tragedy Saturday as a former Fleischmanns man was killed when his snowmobile was struck by a car.
Norman Zullin, 43, was snowmobiling in Island Park, Idaho, near the edge of Yellowstone National Park, when, according to a statement from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department, he failed to yield to traffic on US Highway 20.


Motel owners seek tax breaks for Best Western project

By Joe Moskowitz
Proposed tax exemptions a the planned 62-room hotel on Route 28, Margaretville will be the subject of a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at noon at the Middletown Town Hall.
The Delaware County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) will conduct the hearing. The IDA is considering whether to undertake the project, which is being by proposed by Margaretville Lodging LLC.
Principals in that corporation are Carol and Peter Molnar. They are planning to raze the current Margaretville Motel and construct a 62-room hotel on the premises.


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