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WHIRLING AND TWIRLING — Rides are always a big part of the excitment at the Delaware County Fair in Walton. These brave souls were among the 78,000 visitors who enjoyed the festivities at this year’s fair. Enjoy more photos from the fair in our Features section. — Photo by Dick Sanford

Stephen Hodge named Delaware County Democrat of the Year

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By Cheryl Petersen
With a special appearance by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, the Dela­ware County Democratic Din­ner afforded a lively evening for the party faithful from around the county Saturday evening. The line-up of speakers included Stephen Hodge, Democrat of the Year, and keynote speaker, Democratic Congressional candidate, Sean Eldridge.
Stephen and Lois Hodge at the Democratic Dinner. — Photo by Cheryl PetersenStephen and Lois Hodge at the Democratic Dinner. — Photo by Cheryl Petersen


Communities honor veterans and hold street fairs over the busy holiday weekend

Numerous parades and salutes to veterans at war memorials throughout our villages made for a festive holiday weekend. Here are some highlights:

World War II veteran Willis Marks of Margaretville was among the Legionnaires who took part in the Memorial Day Parade in Fleischmanns and Margaret­ville on Monday morning. Don Bramley served as driver. — Photos by Dick Sanford except where noted.


Shandaken ZBA sides with County planners against Hanover Farms

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals upheld the recommendations of the Ulster Coun­ty Planning on Wednesday, voting to suspend progress on granting variances to Hanover Farms in Mount Tremper until the owners get approval from the State Department of Transportation (DOT).


Local school budgets pass with RCS building plan approved and Warner elected to MCS board

By Joe Moskowitz
Voters in three area school districts overwhelmingly approved 2014-15 school-year budgets last Tuesday.
One of the schools is also buying a bus, another is going to repair a 75-year-old building, and a third continues to turn over members of its board of education.


Onteora school budget passes easily; Phoenicia elementary wood boiler approved

By Jay Braman Jr.
Voters in the Onteora School District easily ushered in a nearly $52-million spending plan for the 2014-15 school year, elected two newcomers and one incumbent to the school board and approved a plan to install a wood-fired heat system for the Phoenicia School.


Central Catskills Chamber honors top businesses and entrepreneurs

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The Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Dinner on May 21 at Hanah Resort and bestowed honors on the top businesses this year. Here's a lineup of the winners:

Susan and Jim Kelly, proprietors of Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm in Halcottsville, were honored with the Tourism Property of the Year. From left are: Carol O’Beirne, Chamber executive director; Susan and Jim, and Glen Pedersen of WIOX Radio in Roxbury, president of the chamber’s board of directors. — Photos by Dick Sanford


Mud and rockslide closes Route 42

By Jay Braman Jr.
A mud and rockslide has closed state Route 42 between the Town of Shandaken in Ulster County and the Greene County Town of Lexington until further notice.
All traffic is being diverted through the hamlet of Phoenicia onto state Route 214, which goes over the county line and into the Town of Hunter.


Fleischmanns bridge resolution delayed

By Jay Braman Jr.
It was during Hurricane Irene when the Bridge Street bridge in Fleischmanns was lost, and ever since there’s been much debate as to what to do next.
Some have said replace the span. Others say to leave well enough alone and not rebuild because there are two other ways to cross the creek. There’s also a compromise plan to build a pedestrian-only span to give easy access to the Wagner Avenue area near the village park.


Construction on new court begins in Andes

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By Cheryl Petersen
The Andes Town Board met for its regular monthly meeting last week Tuesday. All council members were present for the meeting at town hall. The board reviewed a report noting that that a host of culverts were placed by the Andes Highway Department in the last 30 days, dealt with pool business, and became acquainted with Ben Decker, owner of BHDecker Construction, soon to start building the new court room facility in Andes.


Ulster Co. Planned Board fears Higley's farm stand is unsafe

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Ulster County Planning Board has reviewed plans for the reopening of the Hanover Farms store on Route 28 in Mount Tremper and has warned the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals that if those plans are passed as submitted, it would not be safe.
Hanover Farms is in front of the zoning board and looking for several variances from town law in order to reopen the store as it now stands. A meeting/public hearing on the subject is set for Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at town hall in Allaben.


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