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From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth: Chapter One

Editor's Note: “From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth” 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 and New York Newspapers Foundation are funding this serial story (which begins March 11 and runs for 8 weeks) in papers and classrooms across New York State. Students will be learning about the women’s suffrage movement and also about other changes in society — the abolitionists, the labor movement, and social activism — that influenced those who sought the vote for women.
The author has provided a monitor­ed discussion blog to allow students to comment or ask questions as they read the story. It’s available at www.weeklystorybook.com/suffrage. Students can also participate in a poster contest.
We hope you and your family find “From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth” an enriching and engaging adventure in the tradition of “serial” journalism.


Nappi Tile & Marble offers many stylish renovation options

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
“Hard work pays off!” That’s one of the messages JoAnne Nappi hopes to pass on to the next generation. The cheerful entrepreneur, who runs Nappi Tile and Marble with her husband Tom, knows first-hand, having built a thriving business on the combination of hard work, high quality products and great service with attention to detail.
READY TO ASSIST — JoAnne Nappi of Nappi Tile and Marble near Oneonta is always available to offer her expertise regarding what kinds of products customers may want for their projects. — Photo by Joan Lawrence-BauerREADY TO ASSIST — JoAnne Nappi of Nappi Tile and Marble near Oneonta is always available to offer her expertise regarding what kinds of products customers may want for their projects. — Photo by Joan Lawrence-Bauer


Tinderbox Stoves and Fireplaces burning brightly in Fleischmanns

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
“You build a business like you build a house,” says Kim O’Brien. “You start with the foundation and add layer, upon layer until you get it where it needs to be.” One look at The Tinderbox Stoves & Fireplaces in Fleischmanns and it’s clear the O’Briens are great builders.
And while lots of dreamers set up shop in the Catskills, few build the foundations under those dreams the way Keith and Kim O’Brien have.
WARMING UP — Kim and Keith O’Brien sit in the showroom of their Fleischmanns business, The Tinderbox. — Photo by Joan Lawrence-BauerWARMING UP — Kim and Keith O’Brien sit in the showroom of their Fleischmanns business, The Tinderbox. — Photo by Joan Lawrence-Bauer


Best Service Awards: Contractors

Category: Contractors
1. Beaverdam Builders, Roxbury

Roxbury-based Beaverdam Builders has earned the reputation as one of the region’s finest construction businesses since Steve Walker founded the company in 1980.
Whether performing pains-taking restoration work or build­ing modern designer homes, Beaverdam Builders is well known for its attention to detail. Steve points out that he and his crew are committed to providing a quality product, no matter the size of the project. Experience and a willingness work closely with customers are key ingredients to company’s success.
READY TO BUILD — The crew from Beaverdam Builders in Roxbury has decades of experience in renovation projects and new construction. From left are: Matt Walker, Shane Hubbard, Andy Walker, Steve Walker and Bonnie Walker.READY TO BUILD — The crew from Beaverdam Builders in Roxbury has decades of experience in renovation projects and new construction. From left are: Matt Walker, Shane Hubbard, Andy Walker, Steve Walker and Bonnie Walker.


Best Service Awards: Unique Retail

Category: Retail – Specialty
1. Handmade with Love, New Kingston

From the mountains of Kentucky to the mountains of the Catskills, Lisa Scalf has blended country skills and values with city savvy talents to create an amazing career. Her work as a patternmaker for major fashion designers including Marc Jacobs, Nanette Lepore, Duckie Brown, and Zac Posen requires a combination of both design and engineering skills. And while she has created dresses worn by celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Angelica Huston, Jennifer Garner, and Natalie Portman, Scalf also makes unique handbags and aprons here in the Catskills.
TOP QUALITY — These bags are just a few of the creations from Handmade with Love, owned by Lisa Scalf of New Kingston.TOP QUALITY — These bags are just a few of the creations from Handmade with Love, owned by Lisa Scalf of New Kingston.


Best Service Awards: Carpenter

Category: Carpenters
2. Cole & Griffin, Arkville

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
It’s all about family for Cole and Griffin Construction, a local contracting firm that now employs its third generation of family members in the business. And Gina Griffin, who followed her father and brother-in-law into the business, is proud to work with her nephew as he continues the tradition of high-quality work for their custom­ers. “Keeping it in the family has worked well for us,” said Griffin.


Best Service Awards: Convenience Store

Category: Convenience Stores
1. Dollar General, Margaretville

By Brian Sweeney
The Dollar General store in Margaretville has rapidly gain­ed popularity as a shopping spot for a wide variety of items.
“Our company format is list­ed as general merchandise convenience store, but we are shop­ped for everything,” explained Manager Linda Ballard.
She indicated that the variety of goods offered and low prices have proved to be a winning combination.
READY TO ASSIST — Employees, from left, Brittany McAdams, Dawn Hamil and Candace Rosa  are among the staff who keep things running smoothly at the Margaretville Dollar General.  — Photo by Dick SanfordREADY TO ASSIST — Employees, from left, Brittany McAdams, Dawn Hamil and Candace Rosa are among the staff who keep things running smoothly at the Margaretville Dollar General. — Photo by Dick Sanford


Best Service Awards: Veterinarian

Category: Veterinarians/Animal Care
1. Brookside Veterinary Hospital, Arkville

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Cats, dogs, birds, and a host of exotic pets and farm animals live healthier lives since the arrival of Dr. Laraine Caliri and her team to Arkville. Since opening the full-service hospital and kennel in 2012, Dr. Caliri has built a practice serving nearly 1,500 owners of more than 2,000 different animals. A tour of the hospital makes it obvious why the Brookside Veterinary hospital team took first place in the News’ Best in Service awards this year.
GOOD CARE — Dr. Laraine Caliri, left, and one of her assistants take care of a feline patient at Brookside Veterinary Hospital on Route 28, Arkville. — Photo by Joan Lawrence-BauerGOOD CARE — Dr. Laraine Caliri, left, and one of her assistants take care of a feline patient at Brookside Veterinary Hospital on Route 28, Arkville. — Photo by Joan Lawrence-Bauer


Best Service Awards: Bed and Breakfasts

Here in our feature section, you'll find profile stories of several businesses that won prizes in the 2014 Best Service Awards contest. Each year, the News profiles a selection of winners to provide a more detailed view of what makes these companies stand out for their customers.

Category: Bed & Breakfasts/Inns
1. River Run
2. Margaretville Mountain Inn
3. Meadowood – tie
3. Spillian – tie
3. Breezy Hill – tie

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
The history and culture of the Catskill Mountains are alive and well in the bed and breakfast inns that serve countless visitors, and increasingly, residents, of a region known as America’s First Wilderness. From the modest Meadowood Inn in Arkville to the majestic Spillian in Fleischmanns, innkeepers provide way more than just a pillow for the weary traveler. And from the antique filled River Run Bed & Breakfast to the awesome vistas of the Breezy Hill Inn, delivering a top quality guest experience keeps people coming back year in and year out.


Lew and Karen Kolar: A community love story

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
She laughs at his jokes. He finishes her sentences. Lew and Karen Kolar have been life partners since their wedding in 1989. But since August, the local power couple has been professional partners as well. As the manage­ment team running Margaret­ville’s Catalog Outlet store, the Kolars bring a combination of experience (his) and enthusiasm (hers) to Main Street at a critical juncture in the community’s history.
Lew and Karen at WorkLew and Karen at Work


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