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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

EPA wants to stop trucks from blasting soot

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By Joe Moskowitz
If you are driving along on a quiet road and a diesel truck in front of you suddenly starts to roar and pour out thick, black smoke, you may have just been “sooted.”
The phenomena is commonly called “Rollin’ Coal” and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it’s illegal and wants it stopped. The soot is created because far more fuel is being pumped into the engine than it can cleanly burned.


Hanover Farms moves to Shokan; controversy in Shandaken remains

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Against a backdrop of uncertainty over the fate of a request to reopen their Mount Tremper store, the owners of Hanover Farms have announced they are leaving town.
A sign in front of the long-closed farm stand, states “FARMSTAND REOPENING AT OLD BANK IN SHOKAN!”


Fourth of July weekend was "booming" for local businesses

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By Joe Moskowitz
The weather was as spectacular as were the 4th of July fireworks. And, with the 4th of July weekend beginning on a Friday, creating an early start, many local business are celebrating after one of the best holiday weekends in years.
BOOMING — Two nights of fireworks are always a hit at the Margaretville Firemen’s Field Days at the Village Park. The fireworks and field days also create the kind of holiday crowds that boosted area business traffic throughout the weekend. — Photo by Joe DamoneBOOMING — Two nights of fireworks are always a hit at the Margaretville Firemen’s Field Days at the Village Park. The fireworks and field days also create the kind of holiday crowds that boosted area business traffic throughout the weekend. — Photo by Joe Damone


Boiceville bank robber pleads guilty

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Mount Tremper man who was arrested in February for robbing a bank in Boiceville has plead guilty to the crime and faces up to 16 years in prison.
Last week, Nicholas Liakis Jr., 54, of 5455 State Route 212, made his plea in Ulster County Court.


Veterans receive honorary MCS diplomas

By Joe Moskowitz
Saturday, June 28 was Graduation day at Margaretville Central School was June 28. It was a day when those 17-, 18-, and 19-year olds go from being a kid in school to embarking on his or her next step in education, start a career, or possibly join one of the armed forces.
Along with the Class of 2014, there were three other MCS degree candidates who were somewhat older. Their high-school careers had been interrupted by military service while their country was at war.
WELL EARNED — Three area men, from left, Barry Lewis, Denny Bruno and Milton Laub, received honorary diplomas as Margaretville’s graduation on June 28 as part of “Operation Recognition,” which spotlights veterans whose education was interrupted by service to their country. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzWELL EARNED — Three area men, from left, Barry Lewis, Denny Bruno and Milton Laub, received honorary diplomas as Margaretville’s graduation on June 28 as part of “Operation Recognition,” which spotlights veterans whose education was interrupted by service to their country. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz


Chad Storey named new Shandaken Police Chief

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board unanimously ushered in local policeman Chad Storey as the town’s new police chief, effective July 19.
Storey’s appointment follows the retirement of current Chief James McGrath, who is stepping down later this month.


DEC still grappling with options to deal with bear population

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By Brian Sweeney
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation this week closed the pub­lic comment period on a bear-management plan that would include an “early firearms” hunting season in the Catskills.


CMN on-line poll reveals a far-flung readership

by Trish Adams

Despite having more than a dozen choices in our "Where Do You Call Home" on-line poll, a considerable 13 per cent of the Catskill Mountain News' readership eluded our demographic radar and had to respond "Other." With more than 300 votes, the results are in, and it appears CMN readers are all over the map.


Highlights of local graduation ceremonies

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Graduation services were held last Friday and Saturday in Andes, Margaretville, Roxbury and Onteora.
Here are some highlights:
Josephine DeSanto (valedictorian) and Jonathan Andrews (salutatorian) enjoy the moment at Friday night’s graduation at Andes Central School. — Photos by Dick SanfordJosephine DeSanto (valedictorian) and Jonathan Andrews (salutatorian) enjoy the moment at Friday night’s graduation at Andes Central School. — Photos by Dick Sanford

Valedictorian Michael Conroy accepts his diploma from Margaretville Building Principal Linda Taylor.Valedictorian Michael Conroy accepts his diploma from Margaretville Building Principal Linda Taylor.

Salutatorian Joshua Riley, left, and Valedictorian Joseph McAfee were happy graduates at Roxbury on Saturday.Salutatorian Joshua Riley, left, and Valedictorian Joseph McAfee were happy graduates at Roxbury on Saturday.


Delaware County will elect a second County Judge

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By Cheryl Petersen
Discussion on the costly and detrimental effects of invasive species in Delaware County didn’t thwart an upbeat mood at the Delaware County Board of Supervisors meeting in Delhi on June 25.
Optimism, or rather relief, was felt as Delaware County Judge Carl Becker spoke to board members and thanked them for advocating for another county judge. “The state legislature approved 25 new judges in the state, one of which will come to Delaware County. The judge will be dedicated to Family Court,” said Becker, the only presiding county judge to date.


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