Arkville celebration on the march

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LEADING THE WAY — Members of Middletown American Legion Post 216 were at the front of Saturday’s Arkville Community Fair parade. Patt Svoboda and Don Kearney led the way. — Photo by Dick Sanford

State Supreme Court mulls CMRR eviction


By Jay Braman Jr.
As trains roll up and down the tracks between Highmount and Delaware County, rail enthusiasts on the Ulster County side await word from the state Supreme Court as to whether they will be evicted from those same tracks.
In June, Ulster County claimed that the Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR), which has a lease to operate on the county’s tracks until 2016, was in default of the lease terms and was going to be evicted.

Tourism funding pitched to Supervisors


By Cheryl Petersen
Funds from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were received by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors. Foster care was discussed and, with the proposed bed tax in mind, the board observed a presentation on tourism promotion at its meeting in Delhi on October 9.

Fire merger hits minor snag


By Joe Moskowitz
The attempt by the Margaretville and Middletown-Hardenburgh fire districts to merge has run into an unexpected roadblock in the form of the State of New York. John Fairbairn III, who is the attorney for both the Town of Middletown and the Village of Margaretville, says New York State law specifically prohibits such a merger.

New business planned for Arkville building


By Joe Moskowitz
An historic Arkville building that has been unoccupied for several years is about to be filled again.
Last week the Middletown Planning Board approved Margaretville businessman Peter Molnar’s plan to put three new businesses in the building, which most recently was the factory for G. Williker’s children’s clothing.
The 18,000-square-foot building on county Route 38 has a long and storied history. Early television legend Milton Berle used to spend summers in Arkville, as the building was the home of his uncle’s furniture factory. 

Sundaes in Grand Gorge is total loss


Another Grand Gorge business was destroyed by fire when flames swept through Sundaes Restaurant & Dairy Freeze early Monday morning. The building, located on Route 23, and its contents, are a complete loss. Fire fighters from Grand Gorge, Roxbury, Prattsville and Stamford responded to the blaze, which was fully involved when the call came between 3 and 4 a.m.

Mike Triolo new president of CWC Board of Directors


Margaretville — The Catskill Watershed Corp. (CWC) Board of Directors has a new president.
He is Michael Triolo, supervisor of the Town of Stamford, and former economic development director on the staff of the CWC.
Triolo was unanimously elected to the position by fellow board members, including the outgoing President, Georgianna Lepke. The Sullivan County representative has sold her home in Neversink and is relocating to Florida.

Shandaken board hears requests for additions to the budget

By Jay Braman Jr.
Some taxpayers in Shandaken might like the tentative budget plan for next year that keeps taxes down. According to Supervisor/Budget Officer Rob Stanley, if you paid $2,000 in town property tax this year, you will pay $2,012 next year.
Good news for taxpayers yes. But good for town departments?
Some say no.

Last week the town board heard complaints that not enough is being spent to take care of problems.
Leading the way was Phoenicia water commissioner Ric Ricciardella, who warned that another pump was needed for the hamlet’s water system.

Becker's Tire Service building destroyed by fire


By Brian Sweeney
The building housing Becker’s Tires Service in Grand Gorge, one of the area’s best-known businesses, was destroyed in an early morning fire on Friday.

The blaze at the sprawling structure, located adjacent to Route 30 at the entrance to the hamlet, was called in to Delaware County 911 at 12:17 a.m. By the time firefighters began arriving, flames were sweeping through historic building that served as home to Becker’s Tires for more than 40 years.

For the past five years, the business has been owned by Rick and Machelle Haight.

Shandaken super plugs $5K in proposed budget


By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken’s 2014 budget proposal calls for a small jump in the tax levy but a big jump in the salaries of the town’s top elected officials. Under the plan, which is still tentative and will be discussed on Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in town hall, taxes would go up only 0.3 percent.
The town supervisor’s salary would jump 16.67 percent and the highway superintendent’s salary would go up 7.11 percent.

Resident, 91, escapes burning home


By Joe Moskowitz
It is a scene that has become all too familiar of late; firefighters desperately trying to save a  structure that was already lost to flames before they could get there.

It was early Sunday morning and Hank McCann of Dunraven felt a little cold. He went into the basement of his Ben Meeker Road mobile home to add some wood to the fire. But when he got there he saw wires arcing and flames that had spread well beyond the furnace and were about to engulf his entire home.

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