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RCS students get a lift from climbing towers, giant swings on field trip

Claryville —   Climbing towers and giant swings raised the bar on leadership and teambuilding skills for 56 Roxbury Day School seventh- and eighth-graders during a recent trip to Frost Valley YMCA camp in Claryville. During the one-day program, students conquered challenges such as scaling a 20-foot climbing wall, completing a ropes course and testing their composure on the Giant Swing in an effort to hone their cooperative skills in a relaxed setting.


Brothers perform with youth ensemble

Cedric and Curtis Taylor, sons of Ken and Amy Taylor, Margaretville, joined other members of the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble in presenting their spring concert, Sunday, June 7, at Anderson Theatre, Hartwick College. This was their fourth and final public appearance for the 2008-09 school year. The quality of the concert was a testament to the dedication and talent of the ensemble members and a tribute to the parents and supporters who made it possible.


"Perspectives" by Christie Scheele opens in Andes

Andes — Chace-Randall Gallery presents “Perspectives,” new paintings by Christie Scheele opening June 12 and hanging until July 12. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, June 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.
A landscape painter whose primary influences are Mark Rothko and Louise Nevelson, Christie Scheele is best known for her minimalist composition of strong interlocking shapes and the silky surfaces she achieves by layering delicate coats of oil paint on linen.


Head Start students get jump on art lessons

By Julia Green
Ben Stiller’s latest museum installment, “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” hit theaters on May 22, but some local schoolchildren enjoyed their own take on the concept last Wednesday.
Arkville Head Start students participated in “Family Night at the Museum” Wednesday morning at the Arkville Firehall. The event incorporated “Picturing America,” an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that offers a set of 40 high-quality, color reproductions of American art that range from paintings, sculpture, photographs and architecture to book arts, decorative arts and fine crafts.


Margaretville native Max Finberg named to Obama administration post

By Julia Green
In 1988, Max Finberg was walking the hallways of Margaretville Central School, preparing to graduate and head to Tufts University near Boston. Now, 21 years later, he’s walking the streets of Washington, D.C., as the newest appointee to a post within the Obama administration. Finberg, the son of Mike and Joanne Finberg of Margaretville, was recently named Director of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Acupuncturist brings services to Margaretville

By Julia Green
Choir practice isn’t the only thing going on in the Margaretville United Meth-odist Church during the week these days. Now, on Friday afternoons, the church is home to an acupuncture clinic offered by Julia Rose, a licensed acupuncturist and board-certified Chinese herbalist who operates the Phoenicia Healing Arts Center.
Rose was working in her Phoenicia-based private practice when, last spring, she started a sliding scale clinic after hearing of others that had been successful.


Kory Ancona earned symposium invite

By Julia Green
Margaretville Central School senior Kory Ancona became the first MCS student to participate in the 24th annual Upstate New York Junior Science and Humanities Research Symposium in Albany on March 30 and 31. The annual event brings together some of the best and brightest young minds from around the state; over 400 students from more than 40 schools between Westchester County and Western New York presented original scientific research at the symposium.


Fran Faulkner home after three-month world cruise

This is the final installment of the chronical of a three-month trip of a lifetime embarked upon by New Kingston resident Fran Faulkner.
After our wonderful tour of Athens, Greece, we sailed through the Ionian Sea and the Strait of Messina. Our ship took us close to the volcano island of Stromboli, which had recently erupted, and we took several photos. We then docked at Civitavecchia, the port for Rome, Italy.


Fleischmanns' Mexican Community is focus of new documentary film

By Julia Green
Over two decades ago, Hamden resident Jessica Vecchione left the city life and the advertising rat race behind in favor of organic farming in Orange County. At the time, she could never have known how that decision would impact her life.
Now, more than 20 years later, she is putting the finishing touches on “Bienvenidos a Fleischmanns: An Immigrant Community in Rural America,” a documentary film about the Hispanic immigrant population in Fleischmanns that will be screened at La Cabaña this weekend.


Preservation’s underway for Bovina’s historic Russell’s Store

By Matthew J. Perry
The rumors have been circulating that the end is near for yet another of a dying breed; the rural general store.
But preservation of the store in question, Russell’s, which sits at the eastern edge of the hamlet of Bovina near the intersection of county routes 5 and 6, is the expressed intent of the Bovina Historical Society, the MARK Project of Margaretville, and any number of private citizens. Nevertheless, with interested parties moving cautiously into alignment, Russell’s indeed may be shuttered temporarily before re-emerging as a combine of general store, hub of local craftsmanship and, it is hoped, the new home of the post office.


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