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Roosevelt, Burroughs and the Trip that Saved Nature, Part Four

Chapter Four: The First National Park
When President Roosevelt and John Burroughs arrived at Gardiner, Montana, on April 8, 1903, Yellowstone had already been a national park for over 30 years.
On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses Grant signed the law that made Yellowstone a national park. It was the first national park in the United States and even in the world. But while Congress had established five other national parks between then and 1903, it still wasn’t quite clear exactly just what a “national park” was.


Auxiliary Thrift Shop features March sales

The Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary will be holding a March Out Like a Lamb Sale starting March 22 and running through March 31.
All spring/summer items will be on sale for half off regular prices. Great deals and many items to choose from! The Auxiliary Thrift Shop is located at 850 Main Street, Margaretville. Hours are: Monday-Saturday from noon-4 p.m. For additional information, please call 845 586-3737.


Grandy art opening at Fairview Library on Saturday

Elaine Grandy will be hosting an art opening on at the Fairview Public Library on Saturday, March 22 from 12:30-2 p.m. The public welcome. The library is located at 43 Walnut Street, Margaretville. Info: 845 586-3791.


Organic Valley Coop reps speak with regional dairy farmers

By Cheryl Petersen
Representatives from the Organic Valley Cooperative recently spoke to regional farmers interested in a future of organic farming.
Attendee and Arkville farmer, Sally Fairbairn said, “Our farm has been in my husband’s family for 100 years. We graze dairy heifers and I wanted to look into the option of going organic.” After the meeting, Fairbairn added, “Twenty years ago, organic dairying would be very difficult, but this information shows that a support system has been set up to make it workable.”


Roosevelt, Burroughs and the Trip that Saved Nature, Part Three

Chapter Three: The Nature-Loving City Boy
Theodore Roosevelt – “TR” to his friends, never “Teddy” – was born a city boy, but he quickly developed a fascination for nature.
In part, it was because of his uncle, Robert Roosevelt, a nature writer who helped start several groups to oppose irresponsible hunting.
And, in part, it was because he saw a dead seal at the market.


David France will keynote Catskills Film Festival

Organizers of the Catskill Mountains Film Festival (CMFF) have announced that Academy Award nominated director/producer and journalist, David France will deliver the keynote address at the festival. The festival is being held on May 2, 3, and 4 in Delhi.


Maple Event March 15 at NYPA

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Mine Kill State Park will host a free backyard maple sugaring event on Saturday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa visitors center.
Join the fun and learn how to choose and tap the proper tree, collect the sap and turn it into maple syrup at home. One lucky visitor will win an eight-ounce jar of genuine Catskill maple syrup.
Admission and parking are always free, but reservations are required. Call 518 827-8690 for reservations or more information.


Roosevelt, Burroughs and the Trip that Saved Nature, Part Two

CHAPTER TWO: A BEST-SELLING NATURE WRITER
John Burroughs loved to write, and he loved the outdoors.
He was born on his family’s farm near the small town of Roxbury in New York’s Cat­skills, those low, green mountains where, in Washington Irving’s story, “Rip Van Winkle,” the ghosts of Henry Hudson’s men bowled to make the thunder.


Paulina Cowan spends spring break helping rebuild in New Orleans

Paulina Cowan of Roxbury is one of 13 students from The College of Saint Rose who are spending an Alternative Spring Break in New Orleans helping citizens of the city continue to rebuild in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The 13 students are volunteering with lowernine.org in the Lower Ninth Ward, one of the hardest-hit parts of the city. They are helping homeowners rehabilitate and build homes in what remains the most devastated neighborhood in New Orleans.


Auxiliary meets March 13

The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will hold a General Meeting on Thursday, March 13 from 3-4 p.m. in the Club Med Room at Mountainside. All members are welcome. The board’s Executive Committee will meet from 4-5 p.m.
Mountainside is located at 42158 State Route 28, Margaretville.


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