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Village of Margaretville passes challenging “Transient Rental Regulations

In a contested vote when it met on Tuesday, Oct 15, the Village Board of Margaretville approved Local Law 1, which will regulate the short-term rental (STR) industry. The law was composed by the Village Planning Board with the help of Delaware County Planning and a public hearing was held to discuss the law on September 18. Trustee Iris Mead […]

Shandaken candidates call for Comprehensive Plan update

Three candidates for Shandaken Town Board participated in a candidates forum Monday, outlining their views of what is important for the community and ideas for resolving some of the issues facing the town. In the third of three candidate events sponsored by the News, Rob Stanley, who is seeking reelection as Town Supervisor, was joined by Republican candidates Ken Booth […]

MARK Project’s Ellsworth updates Roxbury on grant-seeking initiatives

Executive Director of the MARK Project Peg Ellsworth was given permission from the Roxbury Town Board to move forward with an application for a “small town downtown revitalization program” when the group met on Monday, Oct 14. The application will see Roxbury and the Village of Margaretville team up to apply for the grant that is worth a total of […]

Planned well location denied in Andes; move to school grounds likely

The Andes Town Board held a brief meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8, where Supervisor Bud Gladstone gave updates on the town’s search for a location suitable for a well and on the town’s ongoing library reconstruction project. During Gladstone’s monthly update he said he received an email from Tom Suozzo of Cedarwood Engineering that relayed New York State Department of […]


COLORFUL WEEKEND DRAWS — Warm weather, gorgeous leaves and a long holiday weekend combined last week to bring thousands of visitors to the region. Locals and visitors packed restaurants and stores, and enjoyed festivals at Belleayre Mt., the DURR, Roxbury Arts Center, Plattekill and more. Pumpkin painting was popular at Plattekills Family Fall Festival and Plattepalooza, shown here. Contributed photo.

Middletown sets date for public hearing to review 2020 budget

The Middletown Town Board voted to review and adopt its 2020 Tentative Budget as the Preliminary Budget and schedule a public hearing for November 6 when it met on Wednesday, Oct 9. Supervisor Pat Davis reported a strong budget for Middletown saying, “The tax cap for 2020 is 2.529 percent. The budget increase is 2.518 percent. We stayed underneath it.” […]

Defense witnesses implicate former DSS Commissioner Moon in effort to oust Scuderi-Hunter

Two more days of testimony in the hearings to oust Delaware County Social Service Commissioner Dana Scuderi-Hunter completed the prosecution case and advanced defense arguments being made on the Commissioner’s behalf last week. Day five, Tuesday, Oct. 8, was partially reported in last week’s edition of the News and picked up where day four left off, with County Attorney Amy […]


SHANDAKEN PARTIES — Shandaken Town Clerk, Joyce Grant and Town Supervisor Rob Stanley both enjoyed the Pine Hill Block party on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 13. Grant, a Democrat, is running unopposed for re-election and like Highway Superintendent Eric Hofmeister and Assessor Janet Klugiewicz, will appear on both Republican and Democrat lines on the fall ballot. Stanley, running on the Republican […]


WATER DISCOVERY — Catskill Watershed Corporation leader Alan Rosa, was among many local dignitaries on hand last Thursday night when board members from the Water Discovery Center updated the community on the status of the center and sought support from potential funders. The event, which featured a toast with water instead of the traditional champagne, was held at Union Grove […]


MAKING WAY — Bill Walcutt, right and son Kristofer of Walcutt Construction & Excavation took advantage of beautiful fall weather to complete excavation work for a new yoga studio to be built in Roxbury. The site on Hillcrest Drive is expected to be the home of Sound Mountain Yoga Studio, to be constructed by Rich Tait of Grand Gorge. Photo […]

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