Features and Upcoming Events

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.


New CMN Poll asks "Where do you call home?"

By Trish Adams
A new poll on the Catskill Mountain News website (www.catskillmountainnews.com) lets readers identify their home base. With more than 15 choices, from around the hills to around the tri-state area and even a “snowbird” connection, the hope is that hardly any readers will have to choose “other.”


Writers in the Mountains host workshops about writing your own story

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces its popular six-week workshop The Significance of Story: Threads of Revelation with Carol Little at the Andes Public Library, Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m., from April 7 to May 12.
Says Little, “Every person’s story is unique, no matter what shared experiences we have had.  We are changed and shaped by what we experience—by our choices, our circumstances, and by things that simply happen as we maneuver through life. Stories have personal meaning, turning points and markers.


Spring It On show opens at the Longyear Gallery

Opening this week at Longyear Gallery is “Spring It On,” a group show featuring the work of Longyear Gallery members. The artists’ reception will take place on Saturday, March 8, from 3 t 6 p.m.
The works on display will include new work by Longyear’s 26 members, who each work in different media, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, ceramics, collage, and photography.
“After such a long, cold, and difficult winter, we’re hoping our new show will be a harbinger of spring at last,” notes local artist Corneel Verlaan.


Roosevelt, Burroughs and the Trip that Saved Nature

“Roosevelt, Burroughs and the Trip that Saved Nature” is a Newspaper in Education program made possible through a partnership with local schools and the Catskill Mountain News. The New York State United Teachers, New York Newspapers Foundation and the Wyoming Press Association are funding this serial story (which begins today and runs for 8 weeks) in papers and classrooms across Wyoming and New York State.
Students will be learning about conservation while enjoying this non-fiction story about two friends’ visit to Yellowstone National Park in 1903.


Taking Wing: Students rapt by raptors

Here's looking at you, kid!Here's looking at you, kid!
Roxbury Central School fourth-graders were treated to a wildlife lecture and bird-of-prey demonstration Tuesday morning by Bill Robinson of Saugerties, a retired science teacher and wildlife expert. Robinson kept his audience in rapt attention as he showed off several hawks and a turkey buzzard that he had raised from a chick. The program was made possible by a grant attained by RCS teacher Barb Cella and Fleischmanns resident Carl Shader, a long-time friend of Robinson’s. The program included flight and feeding demonstrations. More information about the program is available at robinsonswildlifelectures.com. — Photo by Dick Sanford


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