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Father-and-daughter team Bob and Jenny Sobas from East Branch caught this five-pound brown from shore on a Krocodile Spoon last weekend. — Photo by Al Carpenter, Al’s Sport Store

Shandaken considers moving town offices to Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
A new idea has pushed to the front of the line in the ongoing effort to decide how to spend $3 million that Shandaken has been given under the state’s NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program.
The money is supposed to be used to make towns more resilient to future flood events and provide economic benefits as well.
With that in mind, Town Supervisor Rob Stanley started to take a hard look at the decaying town hall, located in Allaben, that holds his office and the town’s highway garage next door. While neither got wet during the infamous flooding that came with Hurricane Irene in 2011, the government hub is actually located right in the floodway of the Esopus Creek and Stanley thinks the best way to spend the $3 million is to relocate everything.


MTC strikes Kelly Corners land deal with the County

By Cheryl Petersen
A mutually beneficial deal was struck between Delaware County Public Works and Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) at the county board of supervisor’s meeting last Wednesday.
“MTC needed to expand their service and backup,” said Glen Faulkner, general manager of MTC. “Kelly Corners is a central location to add electrical equipment and a generator.”
MTC approached Wayne Reynolds, county public works commissioner, and asked if there was a place to install a generator and build a 12-foot by 12-foot building on county property at Kelly Corners.


CATSKILL MOUNTAIN NEWS 2013 BEST SERVICE AWARDS WINNERS

The Catskill Mountain News this week officially announces the winners of its annual Best Service Awards contest.
News readers responded in large numbers to vote for their favor businesses, organizations and public servants.
The complete list of winners follows. Be sure to enjoy the profiles of some of the winners in our Features section. Congratulations!

HOME SERVICES
Cleaning Service:
1. Barb Short
2. Maid My Day

Contractors:
1. The Powell Company
2. Second Nature
3. Giorgi Contractors

Electrical:
1. Blizzard Electric
2. Hinkley Electric


Flood funding options unveiled by committee

By Joe Moskowitz
For the past six months, a committee of community leaders has been trying to figure out how to spend $3,000,000 in the Village of Margaretville to help alleviate flooding. Monday night, a crowd of more than 50 people found out how the money might be spent, and were given the opportunity to express their opinions on the committee’s plans.


Hobart man faces multiple charges after robbery, getaway

A 41-year-old Hobart man was arrested on multiple charges following a robbery car chase involving Village of Delhi Police and State Police on February 21.
Delhi Police arrested Jamel Wilson on counts of Robbery Third, Petit Larceny and Harassment Second, stemming from the alleged burglary at the Country Store in Delhi. State Police additionally charged Wilson with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance Seventh.


Margaretville Hospital's Ambulatory Dept. gets significant upgrades

Margaretville Hospital officials and board members toured the recently completed renovations to the hospital’s Ambulatory Department on February 20.
All Better: Members of the boards of Margaretville Hospital and the Margaretville Health Foundation, along with staff, toured the renovated Ambulatory Department at an open house on Thursday. Among those reviewing the upgrades were, from left: Outpatient Coder Marnie Allen, Hospital Board Members Jenny Liddle and Don Bramley, OR Technician Jim Baker, Director of Nursing Marilyn Donnelly and Hospital Executive Director Sandy Horan.All Better: Members of the boards of Margaretville Hospital and the Margaretville Health Foundation, along with staff, toured the renovated Ambulatory Department at an open house on Thursday. Among those reviewing the upgrades were, from left: Outpatient Coder Marnie Allen, Hospital Board Members Jenny Liddle and Don Bramley, OR Technician Jim Baker, Director of Nursing Marilyn Donnelly and Hospital Executive Director Sandy Horan.

The Ambulatory Department is where outpatient endoscopy procedures are performed by Kevin Dodd, MD, a gastroenterologist who sees patients at the hospital two to three times each month. The Department also cares for wound care patients who need dressing changes and those patients who require outpatient IV infusion treatments.


Local pair charged in heroin bust after thruway stop

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By Joe Moskowitz
A man and a woman from Margaretville and a man from Saugerties are being held in a downstate jail, and if convicted, they could be behind bars for years.
State police say that when they stopped a car driven being by Joshua Levine, 36, of Margaretville on Sunday, they found 695 grams of heroin packaged in glassine bags. The bags were marked “5-Star.”


Extra bear hunting season in Sept. proposed by DEC

By Jay Braman Jr.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a draft species management plan for black bears last month that includes a plan to reduce the Catskill bear population by adding an extra hunting season in September, but not everyone likes the idea.
There are about 8,000 black bears in the state, with over half of them living in the Adirondacks and about a third living in the Catskills.


Crowds and large snowfalls create 'good' problems at Belleayre

By Joe Moskowitz
Plenty of fresh snow at just the right time. A long holiday weekend. Some people have the entire week away from work. It sounds like the perfect formula for people in the ski business. And the crowds were huge, but at Highmount’s Belleayre Ski Center on Sunday, some people thought there was too much of a good thing.
An estimated 5,000 people tried to ski or snowboard at Belleayre on Sunday.  That is all the mountain can handle, but it’s not unusual for a  holiday weekend. However on Sunday, the mountain didn’t handle it that well.


Few questions over hotel tax breaks for proposed Best Western

By Joe Moskowitz
Nine years ago, an attempt by Margaretville businessman Peter Molnar to get tax breaks in order to construct a 62-unit hotel on Route 28 between Margaretville and Arkville drew dozens of signatures on a petition against his request.
Angry speakers stood up at an Industrial Development Agency (IDA) public hearing to question why he should be extended such a privilege.
But on Tuesday, just 10 people showed up to a similar meeting, only a few questions were asked and the entire hearing lasted just 18 minutes.


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