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Hunter recalls magical deer pursuit

The following was written by Rich Roosa of Indialantic, FL and recalls his recent hunting experience while he was a guest at Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville.
Opening day on Saturday (November 17) at 8:40 a.m., we were up on Wildcat Mountain (Town of Denning) where I shot a big 10-pointer at about 60 yards.  The girth of his main beams is awesome.  He dressed out at 155 pounds, but he felt like 200 dragging him down the mountain.  The preliminary score on his rack is 132.  It was definitely a religious experience! 


Personal view of Hurricane Sandy relief

By Mike DiBenedetto
I’d like to pass on thanks from all the people who got warm blankets, food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and all the other supplies that were brought down to Coney island and Staten Island on our trips Nov. 10 and November 19.


How I came to love being an election inspector

By Trish Adams
First off, let me be perfectly clear, let there be no misunderstanding: It’s not about the economy, stupid. It’s not even about Job Creation. Being an Election Inspector is all about the food.


Esther Snyder leaves lasting impression at News

By Jennifer Kabat
“Restroom.” That word drives Esther Snyder crazy. So does “school teacher” when it’s spelled as one word or “fundraising” minus the hyphen. She also can be impecunious where dashes are concerned. Last week the Catskill Mountain News lost its “conscience,” as editor Dick Sanford describes her.


Fleischmanns Supermarket boosts inventory

By Pauline Liu
At the Fleischmanns Supermarket on Main Street in Fleischmanns, there are signs of change. The store shelves, that were not always full before, are now packed with groceries. There’s plenty of pet foods, organic bread and even a large shelf full of over-the-counter medications. 


Bobcats are interesting Catskill residents

Bobcats are about twice the size of a domestic cat and usually smaller than the Canada lynx. Their fur is dense, short, and soft and is generally shorter and more reddish in the summer and longer and more gray in the winter. Spotting occurs in some bobcats and is faded in others. The face has notable long hairs along the cheeks and black tufts at the tops of each ear.


Area graduates earn scholarships through German Club donations

Three area high school graduates have been awarded $400 scholarships by the German-American Club of the Northern Catskills, Inc. for their academic excellence and participation in extra curricular activities.  They are Olivia Todd and Patrick O’Connell from Margaretville Central School and Sean Kline from Delaware Academy in Delhi.
Olivia will be attending Hobart and Willam Smith College in Geneva and hopes to become a pediatrician, working in the Catskills. 
Patrick is off to Wagner College in Staten Island and wants to work for the CIA or FBI. 


Local couple making ice cream down on the farm

By Pauline Liu
Jake and Karen Fairbairn of Rider Hollow, Arkville have turned ice cream making into what the couple calls a “cow-to-cone” operation. That in fact, is their slogan for their Lazy Crazy Acres brand. They boast of being just one of four micro creameries in the state.


Betty DeSilva retires after long village career

The Margaretville Board of Trustees honored Betty DeSilva Schebesta on June 20 for her 27 years of service as clerk and deputy clerk of the village. Surprised by the attendance at the dinner of all her children and their spouses, including her son Dan, who had been married two days prior, Betty was welcomed by more than 50 friends and associates.


1,000 pound loss for Margaretville Weight Watchers group

By Pauline Liu
When people say that they’ve “lost a ton of weight,” we know it’s just a figure of speech. However, the skinny on the new Margaretville Weight Watchers group, is it’s not that far from the truth.  To be exact, the group with about 50 core members has collectively lost just over half-a-ton or 1,056 pounds, since the first meeting was held 20 weeks ago.


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