Local children's author takes on mult roles for 'Zobo'

By Joe Moskowitz
Christopher Durham is an actor, an artist, and one of the very few New York State licensed wildlife rehabilitators in New York City. Sometimes he lives there. Sometimes he lives here, and Sunday, people in his second home, Roxbury, were the first to see what Durham is doing now.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, especially little boys and girls, introducing Zobo. That is the name of his new book for children. The first kids met Zobo Sunday during a reading and book signing at the Roxbury General Store. 

Golden eagle tagged and released as part of study

By Brian Sweeney
A locally based project to study the habits of Golden Eagles added a new dimension on Saturday when one of the eagles was captured and outfitted with a tracking device.
After a few unsuccessful attempts this past week, project leader Scott VanArsdale from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation set up around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday at a designated “watch” location off Tremperskill Road, Andes. An immature golden was one of the early birds to come into the setup area and was trapped before 7 a.m.

"Think Spring" silent auction underway at Fairview Library 'til March 1

Come visit Fairview Public Library to view and participate in “Think Spring,” a silent auction full of goodies to chase away the winter blues.
The auction, a fundraiser to benefit the library’s community programs and services, is now underway through March 1. Items include works of art, a luxury spa gift basket, “Tea for Two,” handcrafted gift cards, a snuggle cave for pets, fitness items, home decor, baskets of kitchen goods, and more. “

Sweet (tooth) satisfaction to help repair historical society's roof

Shoppers can satisfy their sweet tooth while supporting the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) by stopping by a bake sale at the Freshtown plaza on Bridge Street, Margaretville this weekend.
Brownies, pies, gourmet cupcakes and more will be offered at the sale, which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 between the supermarket and CVS. Get there early before it’s all gone, and help HSM raise money to put a new roof on its Cemetery Road Hall.
Donations of baked goods can be dropped off at the sale between 9 and 10 a.m., or call 607 326-4817 to make other arrangements.

Andes Methodists flipping pancakes this Saturday

The Andes United Methodist Church will be serving a pancake breakfast, with “all the trimmings,” on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the church’s fellowship hall on lower Main Street. There will be a free-will offering.

Chicken & Ribs at Arkville VFD this Saturday

The Arkville Fire Department will hold at Chicken and Ribs Barbecue in front of the firehall on Route 28 on Saturday, Feb. 15 starting at 11 a.m. until sold out.

Tickets available to see Rockettes show in NYC on May 3

The Margaretville Community Christmas Project is sponsoring a trip to New York City to see the new production “Heart & Lights,” featuring the Rockettes, on Saturday, May 3.
The charter bus outing will include tickets to the show at Radio City Music Hall and then allow participants approximately four hours of shopping and dining.

Heart of the Catskills helps seniors find and care for the perfect pet

Are you 60 years of age or older? Have you been looking for that very special cat or dog for a loving companion, but unable to afford the expense of vet bills, spaying/neutering, etc.?

Well, your search may be over. You may qualify to adopt a senior homeless cat or dog living at the shelter.

Through a grant from the Werner Dannsheimer Testament Fund, we are able to provide:

Self-Publishing and book marketing workshop on March 9

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) will once again present its Self-Publishing and Book Marketing workshop with Simona David at the Roxbury Public Library, 53742 St. Rt. 30, on Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 1 to 4 p.m.
This workshop will provide in-depth market analysis and industry research with a focus on self-publishing terms, packages and fees. It will offer insights into formatting and design practices, and discuss marketing tips for self-published authors. Its aim is to familiarize participants with basic concepts and processes involved in book production and publication.

Snowmobile racing gets motors running

By Cheryl Petersen
Encased in the fog of snowmobile exhaust and the roar of revving engines, a large crowd was hyped. Cabin fever relieved. Outdoors, at the Walton Fair grounds, Curtis Roberts and his grandfather, Sandy Scudder ,came from Margaretville to race in the Hamden Hill Ridge Riders Club snowmobile races.
“I entered in two classes,” said Curtis. “The 500 stock class and the vintage class.” Roberts operates a Polaris TX 440, purchased in the 1980s. Last year the snowmobile took two second places in the state of New Hampshire at the Northeastern races.

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