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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

Recent NY court ruling on fracking won't impact the Watershed

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By Jay Braman Jr.
News spread quickly across New York Monday of the state’s top court’s decision that New York’s towns are able to use zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracturing within their borders, but that news has little impact within the vast New York City Watershed.
In a precedent-setting ruling that could greatly affect the future of shale-gas drilling in New York, the state Court of Appeals ruled 5-2 in favor of the towns of Dryden and Middlefield, which both passed zoning ordinances in 2011 that expressly prohibited gas drilling and fracking within their town lines.


Fleischmanns Village Park repair work is finally underway

By Joe Moskowitz
Nearly three years after being devastated by Hurricane Irene, work has finally begun on one of Fleischmanns’ major assets, the village park.
The Wagner Avenue park sits next the Bushkill stream and was totally destroyed in the hurricane with the raging water tearing up not just the grass but making the tennis court and playground unusable.
This spring the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) finally approved the village’s project worksheet and rebuilding could begin.


Rev. Dykstra to receive Roadman Citizenship Award

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Rev. Richard Dykstra of Roxbury will receive Margaretville Hospital’s Keene Roadman Hospital Citizen of the Year Award at this fall’s Harvest Moon Ball on Saturday, Oct. 18.
Rev. Richard Dykstra, 2014 Roadman Citizen of the YearRev. Richard Dykstra, 2014 Roadman Citizen of the Year
Rev. Dykstra has served as the minister of the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church in Roxbury since 1981. During his 33 years as an area resident, Rev. Dykstra has been involved in numerous activities to help serve local communities.


Editorial: Governor, Make Resort Call

By Dick Sanford, Editor & Publisher
The year was 1998. A 40-year-old guy named Andrew Cuomo was making a name for himself as a tough prosecutor while serving as New York State’s Attorney General, Google was founded, Frank Sinatra died, Mark McGuire broke Roger Maris’ single-season homerun record, and President Bill Clinton was denying allegations about a relationship with “that woman.”


NYS DEC plans to complete resort review by end of summer

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By Jay Braman Jr.
When it comes to the massive review of the $400 million Belleayre Resort proposed by Crossroads Ventures LLC, many deadlines have come and gone over the past 14 years.
But this time, it appears the end may be near.
According to Crossroads, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will complete their review of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement at the end of summer.
That is several months later than the project's promoters had hoped for, but as they say, better late than never.


Shandaken planners fear NYC's new flood buyout plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Planning Board is expected to take a long-hard look at the details of a controversial plan to allow the City of New York to buy homes and businesses in local hamlets and villages.
At the June meeting of the planning board, rookie member Alan Shiner brought the matter up after reading about it in the Catskill Mountain News earlier that same day. “I think this is going to be very dangerous for our area,” Shiner warned.


Local Assembly district among the worst drawn in New York

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The recently redrawn 101st Assembly District is being used as an example by the New York Public Interest research Group (NYPERG) of one of the worst districts in the state.
Dubbed “The left over lightening bolt,” NYPERG says it stretches from Utica to Newburgh, cutting through local communities in Delhi, Andes, and Hardenburgh, just to name a few.
It takes several hours to drive from one end to the other, NYPERG says, but driving side to side only takes minutes.


Local graduations set for this weekend

Area schools with host graduation ceremonies this weekend as members of the Class of 2014 celebrate the conclusion of their high school careers.
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Commencement at Andes Central School will take place on Friday, June 27 at 7 p.m. under a tent set up behind the building.
Guest speaker will be longtime kindergarten teacher Susie Little. Josephine DeSanto will offer the Valedictory Address and Jonathan Andrews will give the Salutatory Address.


Olivebridge man accused of 21 counts of animal cruelty

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By Jay Braman Jr.
An Olivebridge man was convicted of 21 counts of animal cruelty last week following the death of as many dogs in a barn fire that destroyed the building and its habitants one year ago.
David Delisio was found guilty by a jury in the Town of Olive Court on Thursday. Twenty-one dogs died in a barn fire on Delisio’s property at 82 Mill Road in Olivebridge on June 7, 2013.


Junior Pultz tosses the first pitch for Yankees' Triple A club

By Joe Moskowitz
It was another summer Sunday as Charles “Junior” Pultz, his wife Elaine, and their son Terry, all of Fleischmanns, got in the car and headed to a baseball game in Pennsylvania. They go to baseball games in many places around the Northeast including Class A, the lower-level minor league games in Troy, big league games at the shrine, Yankee Stadium, and one of their favorite places, PNC Field, home of the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Rail Riders. They are the Yankees’ top farm club, one step below the major leagues. Sunday they were playing their International League rivals, the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Pultz family was going to see them play. 
But Junior Pultz got thrown a curve.
When they got to the ballpark, Junior was told that he would have to enter the ballpark through the tunnel toward the field. Then, Terry told him that he was going to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Junior said he turned to him and said, “You must be crazy.”
At the age of 89, Pultz, for the first time in his life, threw a pitch in a professional baseball park, an incredible thrill for life-long Yankee fan.

 Junior Pultz of Fleischmanns, second from left, recently threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a game for the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Raiders, the NY Yankees’ Triple A affiliate. At left is Junior’s son, Terry. Junior Pultz of Fleischmanns, second from left, recently threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a game for the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Raiders, the NY Yankees’ Triple A affiliate. At left is Junior’s son, Terry.


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