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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.


Fifth anniversary marked at Chace-Randall Gallery

By Dick Sanford
Chace-Randall gallery owner and director Zoe Randall celebrated the fifth anniversary of her business with a champagne reception Saturday night for friends, customers and several of the artists whose work is currently hanging in her Andes gallery.


Martin Lerner Gallery opens in Roxbury

By Julia Green
A new art gallery opened its doors in Roxbury in June and already boasts a remarkable calendar of exhibits scheduled through December. The Martin Lerner Gallery, located on Route 30, is the first gallery owned by Lerner, who spent 20 years working for Konica Minolta Business Solutions in photo imaging and whose primary background is in retail. His artistic side, however, emerges through his own avocation: photography.


Pickleball a barrel of fun for Andes players

It’s a hybrid of racquet sports, a unique combination of badminton, ping-pong and tennis. Invented in 1965 by two fathers, Bill Bell and Joel Pritchard, looking for a diversion to slow the whining of their bored children during a summer in Puget Sound, pickleball was named for the Pritchard family dog, Pickles, a frisky cocker spaniel who loved racing onto the playing court and stealing the ball as the children played.


"Peanuts" comes to life on Andes stage

By John Bernhardt
It was a weekend of laugh-filled entertainment as Charles Schulz’s world famous Peanuts Gang came to life on the Andes Central School stage. Large, brightly colored panels depicting each of the main characters of Schulz’s famous “Peanuts” comic strip were the backdrop of an often hilarious, always spirited performance of Clark Gesnar’s stage adaptation of a concept album he had originally produced.


Tabletop fashions featured at RAG June 19 fund-raiser

Roxbury — Back by popular demand: “Over the Tops Tabletops” in June! For eight years, The Roxbury Arts Group has been collaborating with inventive table designers on their biggest fund-raiser of the year. Last year’s intimate, low-key evening in October captured the golden ambience of the fall season.


Margaretville graduate will spend a year in Thailand as Fulbright Teaching Assistant

By Julia Green
Roughly 230 miles north of Bangkok in lower northern Thailand sits a city called Phitsanulok. The capital of Phitsanulok Province, which stretches to the Laotian border, the name of the city means “Vishnu’s Heaven.”
It is here that Fleischmanns native Claire Cella will spend the next year as a teaching assistant, thanks to an English Teaching Assistantship Award from The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.


"Demon on Wheels" documentary focuses on racing passion

By Brian Sweeney
A documentary film tracing the longtime car racing experiences — past and future — of a Catskill Mountain native will continue filming this week in Margaretville and Andes. The 80-minute film explores Mike Ondish’s decades-long fascination with the Mustang GT 500 KR, “the vanguard of performance in the muscle car era.”


Arkville-produced American Airgunner" hits bull's-eye with cable TV audience

By Brian Sweeney
A new cable TV show with a steadily growing audience is being filmed near Arkville.
American Airgunner premiered on the Sportsman Channel last July. The show is designed to re-introduce the world of airguns and the airgun lifestyle to millions of hunters, target shooters and airgun enthusiasts throughout the USA.


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