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Fleischmanns playground is ready for fun


TEAMWORK — Volunteers turned out in force last weekend to complete construction on a new playground at the Fleischmanns Village Park on Wagner Ave. The long-awaited project will be paid for in part by FEMA funds and in part by donations raised in the community over a period of several years. The playground will not be open to the public before Saturday because a poured rubber surfacing material being installed as a safety mechanism must stand and cure for a few days before use.

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Timberland Properties teams with HCHS on Coldwell Banker's "Home for Dogs" Project

Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties and the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society, part of the Adopt-a-Pet.com network, are partnering to help find “forever” homes for dogs in Delaware County.
The partnership continues the momentum of the Coldwell Banker “Homes for Dogs Project,” which was launched earlier this year with the brand’s national television commercial, “Home’s Best Friend.”

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McIntosh Auction marks 40th year in business

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Going. Going. Going. Just over 40 years ago, Chuck McIntosh picked up an auction gavel when the assigned auctioneer didn’t show up. He’ll pick it up again this weekend, as he does most weekends because, despite floods and e-Bay, changing demographics and the gradual disappearance of antique dealers, McIntosh Auction Services is still going strong.

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Mountain Flame business still growing after 35 years

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Their first house in the region had no plumbing. The fact that they had to carry water and use an outhouse didn’t deter Marcia and Brian Olenych when they moved to Bovina with their young son in 1978. It turned out that plumbing was the least of their problems.

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MCS students win big at OVA competition

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer & Brian Sweeney
Competing against 13 other schools, some with enrollments of as many as 7,100 students, Margaretville Central School artists took first place in the 2015 Olympics of the Visual Arts (OVA) drawing competition in Saratoga on Saturday.
Alana Moskowitz, Itahy Silva and Lindsay Day created a “hexa-yurt” in which they drew women of different cultures to win not just first place, but also most creative overall.

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MCS girls take awards at Family, Career & Community competition

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From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth: Chapter Eight

Editor's Note: This is the last of eight chapters of “From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth," a Newspaper in Education program made possible through a partnership with local schools and the Catskill Mountain News. The New York State United Teachers and New York Newspapers Foundation funded this serial story in papers and classrooms across New York State. The entire series can be read here in our Features section.

Chapter Eight: Ratification

The two branches of the suffrage movement had parted ways. The National American Woman Suffrage Association, now headed by Carrie Chapman Catt, believed it was best to work in a traditional political manner, while the National Women’s Party, headed by Alice Paul, felt only public confrontation would bring change.
But their disagreement did not stop things from moving forward.


Mountainside showcases upgrades and honors staff at Open House

CELEBRATING — Margaretville Health Foundation Board Chair Heather Brighton, left, and foundation board member Don Bramley, back row right, helped showcase the work of Mountainside Residential Care Center (MRCC)  staffers and physical improvements of the facility in an afternoon reception in April. Joining Brighton were MRCC Administrator Philip Mehl, social worker Heather Greene, front left, activities director Michelle Powers front center, and Foundation Development Coordinator Liz Warren, front right.<br />
— Photo by Joan Lawrence-BauerCELEBRATING — Margaretville Health Foundation Board Chair Heather Brighton, left, and foundation board member Don Bramley, back row right, helped showcase the work of Mountainside Residential Care Center (MRCC) staffers and physical improvements of the facility in an afternoon reception in April. Joining Brighton were MRCC Administrator Philip Mehl, social worker Heather Greene, front left, activities director Michelle Powers front center, and Foundation Development Coordinator Liz Warren, front right.
— Photo by Joan Lawrence-Bauer

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Interpretative signs installed on Andes Rail Trail

The Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) installed four new interpretive signs on the Andes Rail Trail recently, thanks to a grant from Parks and Trails NY. The interpretive signs highlight the history and physical features of the area the trail travels through, enhancing the experience for trail visitors. 

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Lure of farming a powerful draw for Alan White

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Goats are bleating. A peacock is wailing. Dogs are barking and the guinea hens chirp. The alpacas just munch and stare. All of this greets you long before Alan White appears at his farm in Halcott Center.
These alpacas will feature prominently in former CCCC Executive Director Alan White's new "retirement" career. — Photos by Joan Lawrence-BauerThese alpacas will feature prominently in former CCCC Executive Director Alan White's new "retirement" career. — Photos by Joan Lawrence-Bauer


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