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Volunteers tackle Bushkill Stream cleanup

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England, France, Italy stops on tour for MCS, RCS students

Twenty-six students, teachers and chaperones from Margaretville and Roxbury recently returned from a 12-day adventure that saw them visit three countries including the cities of London, Paris, Florence, Rome, Sorrento and the Island of Capri.  
Students during their visit to Paris' Eiffel Tower.Students during their visit to Paris' Eiffel Tower.
The group departed on July 4 and hit the ground running shortly after landing in London. They started their adventure with a walking tour of London, visiting Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden.  

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Blue Barn changes with the times

By Jay Braman Jr.
What a difference three and a-half-decades make.
When Faye Storms opened Blue Barn Antiques in Shandaken in 1979, Jimmy Carter was in the White House, disco was cool, and around the Cats­kills the deer-hunting season was by far the biggest tourism event on the calendar.
Now, instead of scores of blaze orange adorned visitors carrying rifles, Shandaken sees more bearded hipsters holding iPhones.


Zoom Gallery set for new shows

Fleischmanns — Zoom Gallery is now fully stocked and showing the work of several local artists for the summer of 2014. The gallery’s Room 1 contains the work of Martha Jean who has been a lifelong painter, teacher, and curator of art.
Zoom Gallery exhibits include the work of Marty Carey, creator of the Earth Week poster above.Zoom Gallery exhibits include the work of Marty Carey, creator of the Earth Week poster above.


New direction for Todd Mountain Theater

Todd Mountain Theater Project is following up the success of last summer’s residency program with a second residency, hosted by artistic director Suzanne Pred Bass from June 28 through July 5.


Auxiliary contributes another donation to MMH


Margaretville Hospital Executive Director Sandra Horan, left, accepted a check last week from the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center President Rita Herbst. Between the check presented on June 12 and a donation made in March the auxiliary has contributed $90,000 in its current fund-raising campaign. The money is being earmarked for renovations to the hospital’s radiology department. — Photo by Brian Sweeney


Spillian gets "Buzz" as a real-life castle attraction

By Joe Moskowitz
If you want to stay in a castle, your choices are limited but it just so happens there is one nearby. It sits on top of a mountain in a magical land called Fleischmanns.
The castle is called Spillian and the website BuzzFeed says it is one of 13 real-life Disney Princess Castles that you can stay at in the United States.
The dining hall at Spillian, a Fleischmanns-based retreat, looks for all the world like the grand room in the Disney animated feature “Beauty and the Beast.” — Photos by Joe MoskowitzThe dining hall at Spillian, a Fleischmanns-based retreat, looks for all the world like the grand room in the Disney animated feature “Beauty and the Beast.” — Photos by Joe Moskowitz


Onteora top grads headed to Harvard

By Jay Braman Jr.
Onteora Central School has announced that Cassandra Hastie is the valedictorian and that Micah Yannatos is the salutatorian of the Class of 2014.


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