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Women's history coming to life for MCS students

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
History will come to life for Margaretville Central School students in 5th, 7th and 8th grades this spring thanks to teacher Karen Underwood and a state­wide serial news story from the New York News Publishers Association. “From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth” is an eight week, chapter by chapter serial story about women’s suffrage and other social issues around getting women the right to vote.


Skillcats takes pride in assisting with Fleischmanns' rebound

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
In a village that faces many challenges, John Mulloy sees a bright future. With his Skillcats Construction Services business, Mulloy is playing a big part in creating that future. Sitting in the closed-for-the-winter Zoom Gallery on Main Street on a cold and snowy March day, Mulloy’s soft but sure conviction is demonstrated by what he’s accomplished in the decade since he and his wife Gloria bought a home in Fleischmanns.


Young Adult Patroller program gets kids involved on the slopes

STARTING YOUNG — Belleayre Ski Center members of the National Ski Patrol YAP program show their colors as they wind up a successful ski season. Shown left to right are Dan Miller, Sam Schneider, Lizzie Brown, Steve Koproski, Molly O’Brien, Ryann Terwilliger and Allan Palombi, who volunteered and trained at Belleayre Mt. this year. — Photos by Joan Lawrence-BauerSTARTING YOUNG — Belleayre Ski Center members of the National Ski Patrol YAP program show their colors as they wind up a successful ski season. Shown left to right are Dan Miller, Sam Schneider, Lizzie Brown, Steve Koproski, Molly O’Brien, Ryann Terwilliger and Allan Palombi, who volunteered and trained at Belleayre Mt. this year. — Photos by Joan Lawrence-Bauer
By Joan Lawrence-Bauer


From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth: Chapter Three

Editor's Note: This is the third 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 Three: A Split Among Allies
It’s really not surprising that the five women who gathered at Jane Hunt’s house in Water­loo, NY, to plan the Seneca Falls Convention were abolitionists.
After all, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott had met at the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London eight years earlier, and that was where they first began to talk about holding a convention to talk about women’s rights.


From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth: Chapter Two

Editor's Note: This is the second 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 Two: Speaking for Herself
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a newlywed in 1840, when she met Lucretia Mott.

Mott was an unusual woman for those days. She not only had a high school education, but was a minister in the Society of Friends, a religious group also known as the “Quakers.” In a time when women rarely spoke at public meetings, Lucretia Mott was known for her speeches at gatherings of people who opposed slavery.
Now she and her husband, James, were travel­ing to London for the World Anti-Slavery Convention, which was also where Elizabeth and Henry Stanton planned to spend their honeymoon.


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.


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