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Thrift Shop styles all the rage at fashion show

By Dorothy Jennings
Thrift Shop devotees were treated to an extravaganza on Saturday afternoon at the sixth annual Fashion Show hosted by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center held at the Purcell Center.
Spearheaded by Eleanor Barrack, this fun occasion commands a loyal following of dedicated bargain hunters, and was sold out a week prior to show time.


Andes girls' soccer coach gets a shave to keep a promise

When it was finally finished, Andes Girls’ Soccer Co-Coach Tom Little had a strange tingling sensation above his upper lip. The Andes coach lost his moustache at a school-wide assembly Friday, fulfilling a preseason promise he had made to his team.


Roxbury opens "Doors" to artists

By Julia Green
Part-time Roxbury resident Herrat Sommerhoff sees the value in recycled materials. As an artist, Sommerhoff has exhibited in the United States and in Europe artwork created from recycled materials. As a local CROP teacher, she uses all recycled materials. And her latest project takes recycling to a new place altogether: doors.


Local baseball standout recalls career highlights

By Gene Fix
I recently read the article about Patrick O’Connell pitching a perfect game last spring. I was given this article by Ron Tweedie. My name is Gene Fix and I graduated from Margaretville Central School in 1963. I played baseball under Coach Glen Reither.


Congressional Gold Medal awarded posthumously to wartime pilot

By Julia Green
In the pocket of Ruth (Franckling) Reynolds’ flight slacks, there could always be found a 1922 silver dollar. The edges were beaten and dented from hours spent bouncing it on the hard concrete while she and other Women Airforce Service Pilots waited for the fog to lift so that they could take off.
And, when they were finally able to take to the skies, they had no idea the history they were making.


Fleischmanns Tennis Tournament Sindy Becker fondly recalls 34 years at the helm as true "labor of love"

By Sindy Becker
Janus is the Roman god of doors and thresholds. Positioned in the present, his dual visage faces backward, to the past, as he gazes forward to the future. For the first time in more than three decades. I have not spent this week in a frenzy of activity, making preparations to orchestrate the Fleischmanns Tennis Tournament. Dubbed by Mark Birman “a labor of love,” the love ultimately required more labor than I, and my forever right-hand man Malcolm were physically able to sustain. The luxury of time without pressure allows me the opportunity to Janus-like reflect on what has occurred these past 34 years, and project as to what may be.


Mountainside Residential Care Center marks 15th year

Margaretville — Mountainside Residential Care Center, an 82-bed skilled nursing facility, is marking its 15th anniversary.
Mountainside (MRCC) had its origins as part of a skilled nursing facility housed within the Margaretville Hospital, but the need for greater nursing home capacity was soon apparent. Plans for a separate facility were developed and in 1994 Mountainside was opened adjacent to the hospital.


Next generation opens Roberts' Auction in Arkville

By Brian Sweeney
Ed Roberts Jr. got his first taste of auctioneering at the age of eight. During the following decades he spent a good deal of time assisting with Roberts’ Auction, which was owned by his parents, Sandy and Ed Roberts Sr.
While he helped out with the Fleischmanns-based business, Ed’s primary occupation was contracting. He later added the installation of overhead doors as a specialty. Like many physically demanding careers, the work took a toll on Ed.


Millions of miles later, "Bud" retires from mail delivery route

By Julia Green
When Highway Contract Mail Carrier Bud Searles arrived at the Arkville Post Office Tuesday morning, postmaster Brenda Finch-Hasay was waiting to bid him farewell.
When he arrived at the Margaretville Post Office, a group of five postal employees was waiting with a card and offers of freshly-brewed coffee. In Halcottsville, postmaster Lori Camillone leaned over the railing to give him a hug and a parting gift. In Roxbury, a local resident stopped by the post office to wish him luck, and the owner of Fane’s Family Deli gives him a cup of coffee on the house.
Tuesday marked Searles’ last day as a mail carrier after driving the Kingston to Roxbury mail route for 46 years – and the responses from the postal employees in Arkville, Margaretville, Halcottsville and Roxbury left no doubt that he’s leaving behind some pretty big shoes to fill.


Animal hospital to open after yearlong hiatus

By Julia Green
The three-and-a-half thousand pet owners who used to take their furry family members to Crossroads Animal Hospital along Route 28 in Arkville will be thrilled to learn that the practice is reopening its doors after a yearlong hiatus.
“We are officially open and the hospital is doing 100 percent of its posted hours,” said Dr. Kevin Oppenheimer.


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