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RCS students get firsthand look at wildlife

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Squeals and giggles filled the Roxbury Central School gymnasium last Wednesday when several elementary classes were treated to a real-world lesson on animal adaptations for survival.
Screams of delight were quick­ly hushed to whisper level as noted wildlife lecturer Bill Robinson pulled a red-tail hawk from its crate, and explained how it catches and kills prey.
UP CLOSE — Roxbury students in these photos look on in amazement during a program last week designed to educate the students about wildlife. — Photos by Joan Lawrence-BauerUP CLOSE — Roxbury students in these photos look on in amazement during a program last week designed to educate the students about wildlife. — Photos by Joan Lawrence-Bauer


Amy's Take-Away and Catering has taken off

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Amy Jackson has lots of skills. A professional actress, cook, gardener, and promoter of good causes, Jackson focuses on her cooking these days, making soups and special menus for Amy’s Take-Away and Catering in Lanesville. The entrepreneur, who lives and works at the former H.D. Lane General Store, is as much storyteller as chef and her enthusiasm for what she does is infectious.
Jackson found her way to the Catskills in 1997 after years in Texas where she worked with Urban Harvest.


Computer whiz has answers for what ails your devices

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Who ya gonna call? If the problem is with your computer, the answer is not Ghostbusters! The answer, for people between Delhi and Woodstock, is probably Igal Gofman. And whether the computer is a PC or a Mac, Gofman can help with anything from a fried motherboard to a sticky keyboard. The entrepreneur who once worked for Interpol, tracking drug traffickers from Mexico to the US, has seen it all. Nothing in the computer world intimidates him.


Former "wild child" happy to settle down in the Catskills

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Lizzie Douglas bounces on the chair, ever so slightly, as she speaks. Her energy is hard to contain. As the manager of the Foothills Shoe Co., Douglas brings that energy to work on Margaretville’s Main Street every day. And when she’s not selling shoes, Douglas is developing a weekly radio program for WIOX or helping one of many non-profits to “jazz up” a fundraising event.


CMN reporter shares personal recollections of Gov. Mario Cuomo

By Joe Moskowitz
On January 1, New York welcomed back Governor Andrew Cuomo, as he took the oath of office to begin his second term as the state’s chief executive. That same day, the world said goodbye to former Governor Mario Cuomo, Andrew’s father, who served three terms as governor and died at the age of 82.
I am thankful for the opportunity to share some of my personal recollections about the governor who always just called me Moskowitz. I had already been in the news business for several years, including working in two state capitals, before I started working at WNYT in Albany.


Global public health supported from Bovina

Now back from helping to fight the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, Dr. Ramona Sunderwirth  is quarantined until January 10 in her Bovina home with many good books and her husband, Car­mineNow back from helping to fight the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, Dr. Ramona Sunderwirth is quarantined until January 10 in her Bovina home with many good books and her husband, Car­mine
By Cheryl Petersen
Minding the protocol of public health safety, Doctor Ramona Sunderwirth is quarantined on her husband’s property in Bovina. “I feel great and have a beautiful second home in which to be isolated,” said Sunderwirth over the phone. “The Department of Health calls me twice a day from Albany and someone visits me once a day to check on me.” Her quarantine ends January 10.


Congregants of five local churches gather to perform Cantata

By Cheryl Petersen
A recurring theme, the ordinary becomes extraordinary, was heard on December 21 at the Andes Methodist Church. Members from five local churches performed the annual Cantata, interlaced with a narration of the nativity story and Christmas hymns.
JOINED IN SONG — The Andes Church Community Choir, under the direction of Diane Krick, performed on  December 21 at the Andes Methodist Church. Members from five local churches performed the annual Cantata, interlaced with a narration of the nativity story and Christmas hymns. — Photos by Joe DamoneJOINED IN SONG — The Andes Church Community Choir, under the direction of Diane Krick, performed on December 21 at the Andes Methodist Church. Members from five local churches performed the annual Cantata, interlaced with a narration of the nativity story and Christmas hymns. — Photos by Joe Damone


25th anniversary brings piece of Berlin Wall out of storage

By Cheryl Petersen
Once a powerful and enduring symbol of the Cold War, pieces of the Berlin Wall are now found in fragments around the world. “We brought home quite a few pieces of the Berlin Wall,” said Roxbury resident Jane Piasek, who visited Germany in 1991.
“Most of the wall was down by time we arrived. Ex-patriots were selling pieces of the wall to the tourists.”
Her trip began when Jane’s father-in-law, Abram, asked the extended family to travel to Europe. “He wanted to see his childhood home in Poland, then travel to Germany, Hungary, and a few other countries,” said Jane. “There was no way I was going to miss that trip.”


Llobets make life-changing journet to Tibet to provide free medical care

Margaretville — Margaretville physicians Paul Llobet, MD and Holly Llobet, MD recently accompanied Charles Kutler, MD of Kingston on a trip to Tibet to provide free medical services to thousands of local residents.
ON THE JOB — Dr. Paul Llobet treats a patient during a recent mission to provide free medical services in Tibet. — Contributed photosON THE JOB — Dr. Paul Llobet treats a patient during a recent mission to provide free medical services in Tibet. — Contributed photos


Arkville will always be home for Lynn Johnson

By Joe Moskowitz
The hamlet of Arkville, in fact the entire Central Catskills Region, would be a very different place were it not for Lynn Johnson. Lynn retired in 1997 from Arkville-based Titan Drilling, the business he helped start, but along the  way, he left a much larger footprint.


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