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Local team leads Relay for Life fundraising effort

By Brian Sweeney
The Country Cutting Gallery team once again was the leading fund-raiser for the Delaware County Relay for Life held Saturday in Delhi.
TEAM PLAYERS — The Country Cutting Gallery team was easily the top fund-raiser in Saturday’s Delaware County Relay for Life event held Saturday at Delaware Academy in Delhi. From left are team members Kathy Johnson (captain), Mike Porter and Christy Goodell. The Country Cutting Gallery team raised nearly $16,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society. Organizers expect the entire event to raise more than $70,000.— Photos by Dick SanfordTEAM PLAYERS — The Country Cutting Gallery team was easily the top fund-raiser in Saturday’s Delaware County Relay for Life event held Saturday at Delaware Academy in Delhi. From left are team members Kathy Johnson (captain), Mike Porter and Christy Goodell. The Country Cutting Gallery team raised nearly $16,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society. Organizers expect the entire event to raise more than $70,000.— Photos by Dick Sanford


From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth: Chapter Seven

Editor's Note: This is the seventh of eight chapters of “From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth," 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 in papers and classrooms across New York State.

Chapter Seven: A New Century, A New Generation
The young suffragists who joined in at the start of the 20th Century had an advantage that had been won by the women who came before them: Education.
Sojourner Truth had been illiterate, and even those who had good educations for the time had grown up when few colleges would let women attend.


From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth: Chapter Six

Editor's Note: This is the sixth chapter of “From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth," 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 began March 11 and runs for 8 weeks) in papers and classrooms across New York State.

Chapter Six: The Struggle for the States


LaFever Excavating: A Proud Family Tradition

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Life is lived by the seasons for Jonathan LaFever of Bovina. As he neared the end of a successful maple syrup season recently, he and his mother, Susan, sat down with the News to talk about what’s next for the family business that was started by LaFever’s great-grandfather, Howard, in 1947.


Top three MCS seniors pursue lofty higher ed goals

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
With a debate about the quality of secondary education in New York State raging around them, three Margaretville Central School seniors proved recently that graduation from a rural school with limited resources was no barrier to acceptance at the most prestigious colleges in the country.


From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth: Chapter Five

Editor's Note: This is the fifth chapter of “From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth," 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 began March 11 and runs for 8 weeks) in papers and classrooms across New York State.

Chapter Five: More Women Join the Struggle
Emancipation of the slaves was only one change the Civil War had brought about. Though they still did not have the vote nationwide, women had gained a great deal from the efforts they had made during the war.


Accordion enthusiast Hollice Straut passionate about his instrument

By Brian Sweeney
Far Side comic author Gary Larson once wrote, “Welcome to Hell. Here’s Your Accordion.” The joke always gets laughs, largely because of the widespread misconceptions that have long been associated with this instrument.
Margaretville resident Hollice Straut is doing his part to bring long overdue respect to the accordion. A longtime enthusiast, Hollice has been donating his time and playing skills in concerts at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville and at both the Robinson Terrace nursing home and assisted living facilities in Stamford.
SERIOUS HOBBY — Margaretville resident Hollice Straut has been playing the accordion since he was a teenager. He often donates his time giving concerts at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville and at the Robinson Terrace long-term care facilities in Stamford.
— Photo by Brian SweeneySERIOUS HOBBY — Margaretville resident Hollice Straut has been playing the accordion since he was a teenager. He often donates his time giving concerts at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville and at the Robinson Terrace long-term care facilities in Stamford.
— Photo by Brian Sweeney


From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth: Chapter Four

Editor's Note: This is the fourth chapter of “From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth," 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 began March 11 and runs for 8 weeks) in papers and classrooms across New York State.

Chapter Four: One Amendment Calls for Another


Mattress Barn fully stocked to supply bedding and furniture needs

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
“It really was a barn at one time,” said Ted Tallman this week, in the Pine Hill Mattress Barn store he has owned since 1992.
Started by his stepfather Al Walker, the Mattress Barn has been delivering high quality, reasonably priced home furnishings to full- and part-time residents since 1980. “We might look a bit primitive, but keeping our costs under control allows us to keep our prices under control,” said Tallman. “That’s important to our customers.”


McDowell & Walker celebrate 60th anniversary this week

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
McDowell & Walker, a leading firm in the agricultural supply market place, will celebrate 60 years of service to Delaware and six other New York State counties at its Delhi location this Saturday, April 11.


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