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Part of the VW Parts Inc. complex at the intersection of Wagner Avenue and Main Street, Fleischmanns went up in flames late Tuesday afternoon. More photos in our front page story.— Photo by Brian Sweeney

Food stamp cutbacks taking a toll locally

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By Joe Moskowitz
Government agencies call it SNAP, which stands for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. Consumers use SNAP benefits by swiping their Electronic Benefits Transfer card to pay for purchases, much like using a debit or credit card.
To about 47 million Americans, those letters of the alphabet mean the difference between good nutrition and going hungry. But putting a meal on the table recently became more difficult for many people in America. On November 1, all SNAP benefits, the official name for food stamps, were reduced by five-and-one-half percent.


Shokan auction/warehouse destroyed by fire

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By Jay Braman Jr.
A strong fire erupted in an auction warehouse in Shokan Monday morning, claiming both the building and its contents before being brought under control.

Fire fighters responded to the call at about 8:40 a.m. and wrestled the blaze down in about an hour. But then, the building’s owner, Russell Oakes, called the fire company back at around 2 p.m. because flames began kicking up again.


Congressional action hikes flood insurance premiums

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By Joe Moskowitz
Area property owners with flood insurance my have already received the bad news, and if Congress doesn’t act, or if their policy lapses, the news could get worse, much worse.
In an attempt to stabilize the finances of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), Congress recently passed the Biggert-Waters Act. The first phase  went into effect on October 1.


Flooding at Shandaken, Hardenburgh will be topic at meeting

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Meetings are being held in the region about the New York Rising Storm Recovery Program.
On Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Belleayre Ski Center, state officials will be on hand to discuss and take comments on the program that was developed in the wake of tropical storms Irene and Lee in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012.


Investigators seek link in Grand Gorge fires

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By Brian Sweeney
Investigators are trying to determine if there’s a link between a Grand Gorge man arrested last week for an attempted break-in and two recent devastating fires in the hamlet.

James S. Hartley Jr., 25, was charged on Friday with third-degree criminal trespass after he allegedly tried gaining entry into the Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES early on the morning of October 14.


Miller cancels debate with Delameter

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By Joe Moskowitz
With less than a week to go until Election Day, Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller has cancelled a debate that was scheduled for Friday, Nov. 1 at Margaretville Central School.

The debate would have been the only public forum between the Democratic incumbent and her challenger, Republican Nelson Delameter. According to Middletown Republican Committee Chairman Chuck Freas, a representative of the Miller campaign sent him an email canceling the debate, criticizing the Republicans for alleged personal insults and accusing the Republicans of “character assassinations.”


Belleayre/Plattekill gearing up for season

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The region’s two ski centers are busy making improvements to their operations for the upcoming ski season.
Belleayre’s General Manager, Tom Tar said this week that Belleayre is gearing up and getting ready for another incredible season.


Margaretville eCenter put on sales block

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By Joe Moskowitz
The plan for a Margaretville business incubator has died, not many months after it was hatched. The former Masonic Lodge building on Main Street that was renovated to house the Margaretville eCenter is for sale, listed for about half the amount of money that was spent on renovating it.
The Delhi-based Catskill Development Foundation is selling the building because it is losing money and, as Mary Beth Silano, one of the people behind the project says, one of the main objectives of the project is already obsolete.


Catskill Mountain News profiles candidates for local offices

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By Cheryl Petersen
Election Day is on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The Catskill Mountain News profiles candidates for town government positions which feature multiple candidates for a position.

In additon to town balloting, voters across New York State will also weigh in a proposition asking whether up to seven casinos should be allowed to be buiilt — including two in the Catskills.

Town of Andes

Town Council


Delaware Supervisors to tour flood repair areas

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By Cheryl Petersen
An invitation was extended to the supervisors to visit stream restoration projects in the Town of Middletown.
The projects were completed after the devastation of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. A roof repair estimate of $1 million for a main Delaware County Public Works facility dashed the supervisor’s hopes to maintain the building. And, Stephanie Joedicke, county paralegal assistant, was awarded employee of the month.


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