BBQ, Bourbon and Bingo to benefit Phoenicia Library

By Jay Braman Jr.
It seems that there’s no end to the creativity of those trying to raise funds for a worthy cause in the Catskills.
The most recent one to draw attention is a Bingo/Barbecue/ Bourbon mash up slated for Sunday, April 27 at the Peeka­moose Restaurant and Tap Room on Route 28 in Big Indian. A benefit for the Phoenicia Library, which burned a couple years back and is now being rebuilt, this shindig promises to be as fun as it is unique.

Auxiliary hosts blood drive March 28

The Auxiliary of Margaret­ville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will sponsor a Blood Drive on Friday, March 28 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Mountainside’s Club Med Room.
Support your hospital and community by donating blood. Walk-ins are welcome.
Please call 1-800-RedCross or visit to schedule an appointment. For additional information please call Eleanor Aulino at 845 586-4029.
Mountainside is located at 42158 State Highway 28, Margaretville.

ARC celebrates "Everybody Can" contest

March is National Developmental Disability Awareness Month. There is no time more fitting to celebrate all that local students have learned about developmental and other disabilities as a result of their participation in the “Everybody Can” contest hosted by The Arc of Delaware County and Delta Kappa Gamma.
RAISING COMMUNITY AWARENESS: Pam Thompson, at left, from contest co-host Delta Kappa Gamma and Barbara Thompson, community relations assistant at The Arc of Delaware County, admire a contest entry. — Submitted photoRAISING COMMUNITY AWARENESS: Pam Thompson, at left, from contest co-host Delta Kappa Gamma and Barbara Thompson, community relations assistant at The Arc of Delaware County, admire a contest entry. — Submitted photo

All Stars named for basketball and skiing

The Delaware League has announced boys’ and girls’ all-star teams in basketball and skiing for the 2013-14 sports season.
Those boys earning first-team recognition in basketball are Matt Finne of Davenport, Zach Perry, and Christian Cooper of Gilboa-Conesville, Kyle Short of Margaretville, Griff Metzko of South Kortright and Gregg Mattice of Stamford.
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Hackers target local card holders

By Joe Moskowitz
Dozens of area people and several local banks are struggling with a wave of stolen credit and debit card account numbers.
Arkville resident Terry Johnson told the News Monday that within minutes after using his bankcard locally, someone in Florida made a purchase using his account number. His bank’s security system spotted the transaction right away and there have been no more unauthorized charges on his account.

Margaretville Senior Meals celebrates 40 years

Anniversary of good eats on St. Patrick's DayAnniversary of good eats on St. Patrick's Day
The Margaretville Senior Meals Site, located in the basement of the Methodist Church and operated by the Delaware County Office for the Aging, celebrated its 40th anniversary Monday with a festive St. Patrick’s Day luncheon.

Auxiliary Thrift Shop features March sales

The Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary will be holding a March Out Like a Lamb Sale starting March 22 and running through March 31.
All spring/summer items will be on sale for half off regular prices. Great deals and many items to choose from! The Auxiliary Thrift Shop is located at 850 Main Street, Margaretville. Hours are: Monday-Saturday from noon-4 p.m. For additional information, please call 845 586-3737.

Organic Valley Coop reps speak with regional dairy farmers

By Cheryl Petersen
Representatives from the Organic Valley Cooperative recently spoke to regional farmers interested in a future of organic farming.
Attendee and Arkville farmer, Sally Fairbairn said, “Our farm has been in my husband’s family for 100 years. We graze dairy heifers and I wanted to look into the option of going organic.” After the meeting, Fairbairn added, “Twenty years ago, organic dairying would be very difficult, but this information shows that a support system has been set up to make it workable.”

Roxbury Business Association mixer planned for March 25

Greater Roxbury Business Association (GRBA) will hold its monthly business mixer and networking event on Tuesday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m., at Roxbury Wine and Spirits store, located in the Old Bank Building, next to Queens Mountain Café in Roxbury.
Dare to Share - Roxbury Dream Campaign will continue with new dreamers and new ideas, and will introduce a panel on tourism, local history and the Catskills’ long-time connection to New York City.

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