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

Catskill Mountain News 2013 Best Service Award Profiles in Excellence

Each year, the Catskill Mountain News profiles a number of winners in its Best Service Awards Contest. The stories below, written by Jay Braman Jr. with photos by Dick Sanford, provide a glimpse into the business philosophies and customer service offerings that have earned these enterprises the support of loyal customers. An entire list of this year's winners can be found in our News section. Don't forget to congratulate your friends and colleagues, and winners — give yourself a well-earned pat on the back.

Best Service Winner: Steve Yaekel, Margaretville Liquor Store

By Jay Braman, Jr.
Lots of things have happened since 1960.
The times certainly changed as things like a presidential assassination occurred, a man walked on the moon, disco music was actually popular, the Soviet Union fell, something called a personal computer appeared and the list goes on.
But what hasn’t changed is the fact that the Margaretville Liquor Store is run by the Yaekel family.
Steve Yaekel, Margaretville Liquor StoreSteve Yaekel, Margaretville Liquor Store

Best Service Winner: Gary Rosa, Attorney

Attorney Gary Rosa hung his shingle out on Main Street in Margaretville in 1987. Since then he has provided all types of legal service for folks from all over the region, especially, he says, those from Andes, Bovina, and Roxbury.
Andes, Bovina and Roxbury. He has no idea why that is, but he is certainly not complaining.
“They’ve always been good to me,” he said. “I like to think it’s because they like the service.”
Gary Rosa, AttorneyGary Rosa, Attorney

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