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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.

Vision loss no obstacle to success for former Margaretville resident

Contributed by Jennifer Cubic
A trip down memory lane brings Danny NovielliDanny Novielli Danny Novielli back to Margaretville. Although Danny currently lives in Arkansas, his grandmother, Aunt Marie and Uncle Joe still live here. Danny was a typical kid growing up in a small town. He loved hanging out with friends while fishing, hunting and riding dirt bikes. He graduated from Margaretville Central School. Danny was 20 when he left Margaretville to join the U.S. Coast Guard. Since then, his life has been anything but reflective of the calm of his childhood.

Andes Community Day

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These 4-H Club members joined many others in the parade in Andes which was one of the highlights of the Andes Community Day. Additional photos from all the festivities may be found in the image gallery.

New Bed & Bath Shoppe nicely filling a local niche

By Dick Sanford
Having opened their Bed & Bath Shoppe in the Binnekill Square complex on Main Street in Margaretville just prior to Memorial Day, owners Jeff and Elizabeth Warren now look back over the summer and think they’ve found a niche in the local retail market.

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"I survived my first year of marriage, and all I got was a souvenir golf ball."

By Julia Green
One’s first wedding anniversary is generally a time of romance. Of wining and dining, flowers and jewelry, declarations of love everlasting. Me, I spent my first anniversary in the company of Tiger Woods. (Not like that.)

Ex-Middletown Superintendent of Highways Bill Russell enjoying life in the slow lane since retiring from position

By Brian Sweeney
Bill Russell, highway superintendent for the Town of Middletown since 1991, is now enjoying retirement since stepping down from his position in late May.Bill RussellBill Russell

Bill began working summers for the town highway department in 1971 and continued part-time work with the town for several years. He attended Ulster County Community College and Delhi Tech and worked a short stint as a park ranger before taking a full-time position on the Middletown highway crew in 1976.

When Superintendent of Highways Jeff Pendell became ill, Bill took over the superintendent’s duties in 1991.

Looking back on his years with the highway department, Bill said he has mostly fond memories of his tenure.

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