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DRESSING FOR A CAUSE — Margaretville residents Lissa Harris, right, (a jellyfish — winner of the most creative costume) is pictured with Julia Reischel (sailor) at the annual Harvest Moon Ball on Saturday at The Andes Hotel. Proceeds from the fund-raiser benefit the ACS Dollars for Scholars program. In our print edition this week, be sure to take a peek at our full page of Hallowe'en safety tips, sponsored by local businesses.— Photo by Joe Damone

The Year in Review

All too soon, it's time to take a look back at another Catskill year flown by. The CMN would like to thank its reporters Jay Braman, Jr., Brian Sweeney, Joe Moskowitz and Geoff Samuels — all stories precised here are their work unless otherwise noted. March - April and May - June reviews are also posted in our News section. The full versions of all these news "bites" are archived here on our website. Next week we'll bring you highlights from July-December 2013.


CMRR isn't giving up on "rails"

By Jay Braman Jr.
Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) officials have issued a follow up statement to one made earlier this month about their reaction to news that the City of New York will put up $2.5 million to build an 11 and-a-half mile long rail trail on City property along the Ashokan reservoir.
According to CMRR spokesman Harry Jameson, some published reports gave the impression that CMRR has abandoned plans to have a train running along that section of railway.
He says nothing could be further from the truth.


Kingdon Gould to raze and rehabilitate Main Street eyesore

By Brian Sweeney
The new owner of a former plumbing store in Margaretville plans to raze the building in an effort to clean up a Main Street eyesore.
Kingdon Gould Jr. of Arkville recently purchased the vacant storefront and adjoining apartment from Anthony Strutt and Christin Lau of the United Kingdom.The store, located at 851 Main Street, had been unoccupied since they purchased the property in December 2009. Previous owners Jim and Pam O’Neal had closed the retail business in the spring of 2008.


Andes residents learn of higher flood insurance premiums and new transfer station decals

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By Cheryl Petersen
New transfer station decals are available and must be placed on vehicles by January 1 in the Town of Andes.
The regular December Town of Andes Board meeting included a report from Councilman Bud Gladstone on the new National Flood Insurance Plan regulations saying, “The Feds estimate a 25 percent increase in premium costs per year until the national flood insurance fund becomes self-sustained.”


Beth McKellips, new WAC farm-to-market manager

By Cheryl Petersen
At Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC) headquarters in Walton, Beth McKellips works from her desk to promote economic development within all the counties included in the New York City Watershed. With her Irish/German background, comes a healthy persistence.
“The McKellips name is Irish. Dad is 100 percent Irish and mom is German,” said McKellips. “They tease me about being stubborn and I remind them of my heritage, a mix of two determined cultures, Irish and German.”


Contest lights up the season

All lit up: Photo by Dick SanfordAll lit up: Photo by Dick Sanford

ALL LIT UP — In conjunction with the Holiday on Main & Shop Local Campaign, a lighting contest for businesses and homes in the Village of Margaretville was held this season.


ACS board reviewing plans for walking bridge

By Cheryl Petersen
Board members reviewed a variety of designs to reconstruct the walkway bridge to the school campus at Andes Central School at their monthly meeting last week. Architect Mike Bellows gave a presentation depicting the many possibilities and costs.


Margaretville Car Wash, closed since last summer, finally set to get cleaning again

By Joe Moskowitz
If you can find a clean car in the Margaretville area, chances are it recently returned from out of the area or it was rained on last weekend.
Local car owners don’t suffer from a lack of pride of ownership, they suffer from not having a place to wash their cars, But hopefully, the Margaretville Car Wash will reopen soon. 
After closing last summer, Margaretville Car Wash owner Frank Busciglio was hoping to have it back up and running in October, but the problems he ran into were far worse than he expected, and he had expected quite a few.


Denning man gets 25-year prison term for killing girlfriend

By Jay Braman Jr.
On March 6 of this year, emergency service personnel responded to a call on Woodfield Road in a secluded portion of the already secluded Town of Denning.
Upon arrival they found 37-year-old Jamielynn Bleakley, a woman who in the past had reported domestic violence in her home. She was face down in the snow at the bottom of a small set of steps. She was wearing sweatpants, sneakers, and a T-shirt. She was covered with a blanket and sheets of plywood.


Shandaken seeks to fill planning board seat

By Jay Braman Jr.
As a new year draws closer, the Town of Shandaken is trying to get its planning board up to full membership.
The planning board consists of seven volunteer members, each with staggered seven-year terms. The board is responsible for hearing cases regarding special use permits, site plan review, lot line adjustments and subdivisions. It then must make determinations on whether those permits should be granted and what conditions or restrictions should be placed within such permits to protect the town and the quality of life of its residents.


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