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

Best Service Winner: Heidi Condon, New Kingston

By Jay Braman, Jr.
New Kingston, for the uninitiated, is pretty small.
I found it for the first time one summer day when I went up Margaretville Mountain Road, leaving from the village and going over the hill past the Margaretville Mountain Inn and down the other side to where it spills off onto Route 6.
In the few miles between there and New Kingston, I was amazed at the scenery, thinking Lord of the Rings fans that stumbled onto this territory would believe they had actually found the Shire.

Best Service Winner: Brookside Hardware for Auto Sales & Repair and Hardware & Building Supplies

By Jay Braman, Jr.
In the music world these days, it’s what’s known as a mash up.
It’s when you take a couple of popular songs that have nothing to do with one another and combine them into one. The results are often spectacular and memorable.
But long before musicians were doing it, Will Finch at Brookside Hardware came up with another sort of mash up when the entrepreneur in him recognized an opportunity for a local business.
Will Finch, Brookside Hardware & Auto SalesWill Finch, Brookside Hardware & Auto Sales

Best Service Winner: Kyle Holden, Teacher

By Jay Braman, Jr.
When Kyle Holden got home the other day and switched on his answering machine he couldn’t believe his ears.
A message from the Catskill Mountain News informed the local Head Start teacher that he had been voted best teacher in the paper’s annual Best Service Awards contest.
The down-to-earth Holden, who also coaches the girls’ basketball and softball teams at Margaretville Central School, was shocked.
Kyle Holden, Arkville Head Start teacherKyle Holden, Arkville Head Start teacher

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