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MCS students, alumni traveled to Ecuador, Galapagos

By Brian Sweeney
A group of Margaretville Central School students and alumni recently experienced a nine-day travel adventure to Ecuador, including several days at the Galapagos Islands. The trip was organized by MCS science teacher Alan Seidman and his wife, Leslie. The couple began planning the excursion several years ago as their “dream trip when they retired” from teaching. The Seidmans have postponed retiring from their careers in education, but the trip was “a go” a year-and-a-half after 21 people agreed to participate.


Zimbabwe comes to the Commons with Labor Day weekend fund-raiser

Who would have imagined any connection between a southern African country, where life expectancy is just 34 years, and the lush mountains of New York? But over the past three years, Hobart resident Dennis Gaboury has been building links between our community and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city. He has accomplished this by founding ZimKids, a project that helps feed, clothe and educate Bulawayo’s orphans, encourages their creativity and teaches them about the dignity of work.


Telephone Co. traces roots to 1916

The Margaretville Telephone Co. is in the process of being sold, as detailed in a front page story. Following is a short history tracing the expansion of the company.
The Margaretville Telephone Co. was started in 1916 when John A. Birdsall purchased from the Bell system the local exchange. Three years earlier, the local phone exchange, with seven subscribers, was located on the Lockwood home (later the site of Kelly’s Hotel).


Simply Barbra comes to Roxbury Arts Group

Steven Brinberg has toured the world as Simply Barbra, and on Saturday, June 28, he stops in at The Roxbury Arts Group for a special cabaret appearance. This will be a night of unparalleled glamour and sophistication, at once witty and moving. And, unlike many star impersonators, this man can really sing!


Andes students host Manhattan pen pals

By John Bernhardt
It was the classic tale of City Mouse/Country Mouse last week at Andes Central School. Andes played host to guests from New York City, students attending the School of Law and Social Justice located in Washington Heights. The visit was sponsored by the Catskill Center as part of their “Green Connection,” a collaborative grant program funded by Catskill Watershed Corporation bringing together students from urban and rural settings in an effort to develop a deeper understanding of the Watershed and the importance of man’s greatest resource.


Pilgrim Holiness Church marks two anniversaries

Historic church was built in 1908 and reconstructed in Grand Gorge 50 years ago

By Julia Green
The Pilgrim Holiness Church in Grand Gorge commemorated the 50th anniversary of the reconstruction of its sanctuary building on Saturday with a day of celebratory activities, including a 10 a.m. service followed by lunch at the Grand Gorge Civic Center. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the original construction of the building in June 1908, which first served an Advent Christian congregation.


ACS valedictorian looks forward to fall at Princeton University

By Matthew J. Perry
Andes Central School, graduating nine students this year, has proven yet again that good things can come out of small packages.
Cheyenne Tait, the valedictorian for the class of 2008, has managed to draw a connecting line between a rural Catskill school district and the elite heights of education.


Andes Outdoor Club takes New Hampshire excursion

 

By John Bernhardt

As the calendar changes to April most folks in Delaware County have long since lost their enthusiasm for snow. People are itching for a couple of warm days and the chance to peel away the last layers of “cabin fever” and get started on some outside activities.


Early kitchen wizards on display

At Middletown hall through end of May

Back in the days before electric appliances did most of the work of slicing, chopping and dicing, the well-equipped kitchen contained a variety of hand-forged‚ÄÇchoppers, or chopping knives. Fran Faulkner of New Kingston has placed some of these unusual implements on display at the Middletown Town Hall on Route 28 between Margaretville and Arkville.


Sweet gift of maple syrup is a spring joy to behold

By Ryan Trapani
Trees give us lots of things. These long-living perennials help provide us with everything from fiber for our homes to hard mast in the form of hickory, acorn, chestnut, and butternut for many types of wildlife.


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