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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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Andes couple funds a point-of-interest kiosk for Palmer Hill view

By Cheryl Petersen
A kiosk dedication represented the snowball effect in reverse. After five years of building on creativity and generosity, the final product, a point-of-interest kiosk, was unveiled on top of Palmer Hill in the Town of Andes on Saturday, Aug. 30.


Fleischmanns couple's daughter born in car at the hospital parking lot

By Brian Sweeney
A Fleischmanns couple had an adventure to remember when their child was born in their car — in the hospital parking lot.
Ashton and Brian Grocholl had been attending a birthday party on August 13 and everything was proceeding as normal, three days before the due date of their second child.
They left the party at his family’s house around 10 p.m. and Ashton’s contractions started at midnight.
“I said we’d better go and we headed to Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown,” Ashton recalled.


A Day at the Fair


FAIR SHOWING — Animals are always among the highlights at the Delaware County Fair. This young lady was showing off a prize sheep last week.


LENDING A HAND —These youngsters enjoyed trying their hands at this milking exhibit at the Delaware County Fair in Walton. The fair drew more than 78,000 visitors this year, despite unseasonably cool weather. Visitors also enjoyed a variety of rides, live music and an assortment of traditional fair food and refreshments.


NO BULL — This young fellow enjoyed some mechanical “bull” riding at the Delaware County Fair in Walton.— Photos by Dick Sanford


Grand celebration was held for a baby grand piano in Bovina

By Cheryl Petersen
Last fall, the congregation at the United Presbyterian Church in Bovina Center set a goal. They decided to replace the church’s upright piano with a baby grand. Funds were raised, pianos were researched, and an Essex baby grand was delivered on June 6. The Reverends Garrett and Marena Vittorio Schind­ler welcomed the new piano.

IN TUNE — Revs. Garrett and Marena Vittorio Schindler at Bovina’s United Presbyterian Church. — Photo by Chery PetersenIN TUNE — Revs. Garrett and Marena Vittorio Schindler at Bovina’s United Presbyterian Church. — Photo by Chery Petersen


Queens Mountain Inn latest venture for Roxbury business owners

By Brian Sweeney
Four years after establishing an art gallery on Roxbury’s Main Street and a year since launching a café, Martin Lerner and his wife, Yung Yung Tsuai, have ventured into the lodging business with the opening of the Queens Mountain Inn.

PEACEFUL — The Blue Room is one of four lodging spaces offered at the Queens Mountain Inn on Main Street, Roxbury.  — Photo by Jill Ribich, Catskill ImagesPEACEFUL — The Blue Room is one of four lodging spaces offered at the Queens Mountain Inn on Main Street, Roxbury. — Photo by Jill Ribich, Catskill Images


Fairview Public Library celebrates its 40th anniversary

It’s hard to believe, but it has been 40 years since the Fairview Public Library (Fairview) was formally chartered in September 1974.
The library’s history prior to becoming chartered ranges from a loft above a residential garage on Maple Street, to an upstairs business suite at the corner of Main and Walnut to the former high school building on Church Street to lying in wait for six years. The library charter serves the Town Middletown, which includes the villages of Margaretville and Arkville and hamlets of Halcottsville, Denver, and New Kingston. Being chartered enabled the library to become part of the Four County Library System.


England, France, Italy stops on tour for MCS, RCS students

Twenty-six students, teachers and chaperones from Margaretville and Roxbury recently returned from a 12-day adventure that saw them visit three countries including the cities of London, Paris, Florence, Rome, Sorrento and the Island of Capri.  
Students during their visit to Paris' Eiffel Tower.Students during their visit to Paris' Eiffel Tower.
The group departed on July 4 and hit the ground running shortly after landing in London. They started their adventure with a walking tour of London, visiting Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden.  


Blue Barn changes with the times

By Jay Braman Jr.
What a difference three and a-half-decades make.
When Faye Storms opened Blue Barn Antiques in Shandaken in 1979, Jimmy Carter was in the White House, disco was cool, and around the Cats­kills the deer-hunting season was by far the biggest tourism event on the calendar.
Now, instead of scores of blaze orange adorned visitors carrying rifles, Shandaken sees more bearded hipsters holding iPhones.


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