Features and Upcoming Events

Heart of the Catskills helps seniors find and care for the perfect pet

Are you 60 years of age or older? Have you been looking for that very special cat or dog for a loving companion, but unable to afford the expense of vet bills, spaying/neutering, etc.?

Well, your search may be over. You may qualify to adopt a senior homeless cat or dog living at the shelter.

Through a grant from the Werner Dannsheimer Testament Fund, we are able to provide:


Self-Publishing and book marketing workshop on March 9

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) will once again present its Self-Publishing and Book Marketing workshop with Simona David at the Roxbury Public Library, 53742 St. Rt. 30, on Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 1 to 4 p.m.
This workshop will provide in-depth market analysis and industry research with a focus on self-publishing terms, packages and fees. It will offer insights into formatting and design practices, and discuss marketing tips for self-published authors. Its aim is to familiarize participants with basic concepts and processes involved in book production and publication.


Snowmobile racing gets motors running

By Cheryl Petersen
Encased in the fog of snowmobile exhaust and the roar of revving engines, a large crowd was hyped. Cabin fever relieved. Outdoors, at the Walton Fair grounds, Curtis Roberts and his grandfather, Sandy Scudder ,came from Margaretville to race in the Hamden Hill Ridge Riders Club snowmobile races.
“I entered in two classes,” said Curtis. “The 500 stock class and the vintage class.” Roberts operates a Polaris TX 440, purchased in the 1980s. Last year the snowmobile took two second places in the state of New Hampshire at the Northeastern races.


Longyear "Artists Choose Artists" show opens

By Cheryl Petersen
Displayed side-by-side is artwork of members and non-members of Longyear Gallery in Margaretville.
“It’s fun,” said Elaine Grandy, member. “Longyear has hosted the Artists Choose Artists’ show for five years as an invitational to guest artists to exhibit their artwork.”


High Tea at Fairview Library celebrates Downton Abbey's fourth season

By Cheryl Petersen
A day before the fourth season of “Downton Abbey” premiered on January 5, fans and tome lovers, gathered for High Tea, cucumber sandwiches, and scones at Fairview Library in Margaretville.
Library Director Susan Carver has been a devoted follower of Downton Abbey, a PBS Masterpiece drama, since its inception. “The Dowager Countess of Grantham, played by Maggie Smith, gets all the best lines,” said Carver. “Each set design is impeccable and the writing is exquisite.”


Ponies visit to cheer Kirkside residents

Roxbury — Two ponies from Rosemary Farm Sanctuary in Bloomville made a visit to Kirkside Retirement Home in Roxbury on January 1 to help spread some holiday cheer.
Residents, staff and their families got to pet the two rescued horses that made the trip to Roxbury, adorned in colorful seasonal blankets.


John Auran, Mountainside resident, travels to Kindertransport reunion in Germany

Margaretville — Mountainside Residential Care Center resident John Auran recently traveled to his native Germany for the first time in 75 years to reunite with participants in the Kindertransport program.


For Sue Doig, a nightmare ordeal transforms into a miraculous recovery

By Brian Sweeney
For many people, a 60th birthday is a bittersweet milestone. Don’t try telling that to Andes resident Sue Doig — she has never had a better celebration.
Sue’s 60th birthday on Oct. 11 was the day she returned home following a lengthy medical ordeal, the outcome of which many are labeling under the heading of “miraculous.”


International Explorers enjoyed European adventure

By Brian Sweeney
Seven Margaretville Central School students recently returned from a tour of some of Europe’s most illustrious cities.

“A lot of ground was covered in a short eight-day trip this year,” commented MCS teacher/organizer Brigitte Nagle.

The travelers included Crystal Colon, Lindsay Day, Thalia Gil, Mirasol Guevara, Tiffany Nobile, Brianna Perrone and Itahy Silva. The trip took place from July 1-8.
The group’s initial tour stop took them to Paris, France.


Memorial Day address resonates

By Patt Svoboda
Scripture tells us that there is no greater love than a man laying down his life for his friends. The men and women that we honor and remember today, have proven that they are not just friends to us as Americans – but they are friends to men and women in countries around the world.


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