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Norman Van Valkenburgh's new book is out: "Old Stone Walls"

by Bill Birns
Funny, the way you learn things. I never really got the whole concept of real-estate title insurance until I read Norm Van Valkenburgh’s new book, Old Stone Walls, Catskill Land and Lore, Part 2 (Purple Mountain Press, 2014). Now, I’m darned glad I have some.


Nat Thomas show opens at Longyear

Margaretville — Opening this week at the Longyear Gallery is “Spots on the Apple and Other Stories of the Human Condition” featuring new paintings by Nat Thomas of Margaretville. The opening reception will take place Saturday, May 10, from 3 to 6 p.m., and Nat Thomas will be giving a talk about his work on Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m.


Love of parenting makes Barto couple ideal caregivers

By Cheryl Petersen
Helen Steiner Rice (1900-1981) penned:
“A Mother’s love is something
that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away . . .”
“Ever since I was real young, I’ve known I wanted to adopt and help children,” said Gina Barto of Fleischmanns. “I love children and want to be a part of making their lives better.” Gina’s motherly passion extends to three children with her husband, Renard Barto, six adopted children, and currently three foster children.


Miss Lydie is "A-peeling"


Lydia Flachs, the 20-month-old daughter of Kristin and Lucas Flachs of Harpersfield, was fascinated with the art of peeling a newly found Easter egg on Sunday. Kristin is an occupational therapist for a home health care firm that covers all of Delaware County. Lucas is the manager of the sewer treatment plant in Stamford and a Roxbury native. — Photo by Kristin Flachs


Grand Gorge Tire opens to serve community's needs

By Trish Adams
When the Grand Gorge community lost Becker’s Tire Service to a devastating fire on September 27, with it went the steady livelihoods of at least half a dozen people. And, as the only tire service of its volume and diversity in the area, its loss on the verge of winter was sorely felt throughout all our local villages and towns.


Catskills Film Festival set for May 2 - May 4

By Joe Moskowitz
In just two weeks SUNY Delhi will host the Catskill Mountains Film Festival, the brainchild of Hamden filmmaker Jessica Vecchione.


Community Living Skills self advocates deliver Easter baskets

Arkville — An active group of four self advocates from Community Living Skills brought joy and happiness to several residents of the Kirkside Home for Adults in Roxbury and Mountain Laurel Gardens in Arkville on April 17.
Easter Smiles: Sheila Rosa (seated) was thrilled to receive an Easter gift when self advocates from the Community Living Skills Center made a visit to the Mountain Laurel Gardens apartments in Arkville. Standing, from left, are: Kelly Piskacek, Roseanna Starkweather and Maria Villacorta. — Contributed photoEaster Smiles: Sheila Rosa (seated) was thrilled to receive an Easter gift when self advocates from the Community Living Skills Center made a visit to the Mountain Laurel Gardens apartments in Arkville. Standing, from left, are: Kelly Piskacek, Roseanna Starkweather and Maria Villacorta. — Contributed photo


Roosevelt, Burroughs and the Trip that Saved Nature

Chapter Eight: The People's Country

When their two weeks in Yellowstone were over, John Burroughs and Theodore Roose­velt went their separate ways.
Burroughs went to visit friends in Washington State, where he had promised to speak at some schools before heading home to Slabsides.
For Roosevelt, there was much more travel­ing left, but, first, he was asked to make a speech at the north entrance to the park, where a great stone arch was being built.


Tales of an Unseasoned Homeowner

By Trish Adams
This Catskill Mountain News’ Spring Home Improvement section in our print edition comes exactly one year too late for me. But I can still attest to its potential value to you, and even better, tell you how to prevent some of the dumb misconceptions that have delayed my taking full advantage of the tremendous talent, resources and know-how in the whole “home improvement” cosmos that abound in our area. This special section can be found only in our newstand edition, not on-line.


Roosevelt, Burroughs and the Trip that Saved Nature: Part Seven

Chapter Seven: The Nature Fakers
We don’t know everything that Theodore Roosevelt and John Burroughs discussed on their trip to Yellowstone. After all, they were on the train together for several days and then in the park for two whole weeks.
But one thing they talked about was “nature fakers.”
A month before their trip, Burroughs had had an article published in the Atlantic Monthly, a popular and important magazine, about writers who claimed to write about nature but made up foolish things about animals that simply weren’t true.


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