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Consistent products, customer service keys to good business

Each year, when the winners of the Catskill Mountain News Best Service Awards are announced, we profile some of the recipients. This year we chose top voter getters who have been in business a long time and whose attention to detail has earned them a loyal following.

First Place -
Insurance Providers
Mang Insurance,

Winners of the 2010 Catskill Mountain News Best Service Awards

Following are the winners chosen in the 2010 Catskill Mountain News Best Service Awards Contest. Congratulations to all those who won and thanks to our readers for taking the time to cast ballots.


Cleaning Services:
Kountry Moon
Maid My Day
Laura O’Connor

Chris Von Hassel
Absolute Construction

Schumans celebrate 65th Anniversary

The Schumans - 2010The Schumans - 2010 celebration was held Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010 at the Roxbury Firehouse in honor of Emily and Andrew Schuman’s 65th wedding anniversary.

Emily and Andrew Schuman were married August 26, 1945 at the Jay Gould Reformed Church in Roxbury.

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.

Yellowed Pages: Aug. 4, 2010

Wed., July 26, 2000

"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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