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

Best Service Winner: NBT Bank

By Jay Braman Jr.
Old-timers around Margaretville might remember People’s National Bank, on the corner of Main and Bridge streets, but for most, it was and always has been the NBT Bank.
NBT, a company doing business since before the Civil War, bought People’s National Bank decades ago and it has been a Main Street mainstay ever since.
You Can Bank on It: Finch enjoys her job as NBT Bank branch manager and it shows. She's been there since 1973 and most of her six other colleagues have been there for more than 15 years.You Can Bank on It: Finch enjoys her job as NBT Bank branch manager and it shows. She's been there since 1973 and most of her six other colleagues have been there for more than 15 years.

Best Service Winner: Fred Miller, Pharmacy

By Jay Braman Jr.
Fred Miller, the proprietor of Miller’s Drug Store on Main Street in Margaretville, speaks with pride in his voice when he talks about his business’s unusual distinction.
“We’re the only independent pharmacy left in Delaware County,” he said. “All the other ones are the chains.”Fred Miller, owner of Miller's Drug StoreFred Miller, owner of Miller's Drug Store

"Deep Water" documentary to be screened at Blue Deer Center

The 45-minute documentary “Deep Water,” which celebrates the history of the Catskill Water System, with rare archival film footage and historic photographs, will be shown at the Blue Deer Center on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

Martha Graham dancers lead an evening of dance at Roxbury Arts Group March 8

The Roxbury Arts Group and The Byrdcliffe Performing Arts Organization have joined together to present “An Evening of Contemporary Dance,” featuring three principal dancers from the Martha Graham Company on Saturday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Roxbury Arts Center, located at 5025 Vega Mountain Road.
The American people have ferverently renewed their love affair with dance; it’s popularity recently heightened and brought back into vogue through television shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With the Stars.”

Maple bake-off set for March 22 in Fleischmanns

As the days get longer and daytime temperature rises above 32 degrees, the age-old tradition of tapping maple trees is about to begin. Whether done with the old fashion metal taps and a metal bucket or the new plastic taps that hook into plastic tubing, the sap will be running and the new maple syrup, once known as liquid gold, will be ready soon.
Everyone loves maple syrup on his or her waffles, pancakes and French toast. On the weekend of March 21, 22 and 23, Fleischmanns First, along with the NY State Maple Syrup Producers, will be celebrating the new season’s maple syrup production with weekend long activities and events.

Auxiliary announces March sales events

The Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop will be holding a March “In Like a Lion Sale starting March 1 and running through March 8.
All winter-weight apparel will be priced at half off regular prices. Skis to pajamas included. Some specialty items excepted. Drop in for some great deals!
The Thrift Shop will be holding a March Out Like a Lamb Sale starting March 22 and running through March 31. All spring/summer items will be on sale for half off regular prices. Great deals and many items to choose from!

Catskill Mountain photos by Hansen on view at the CWC

An exhibition of 23 photographs by Edward C. Hansen is on display through April 15 at the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC), 905 Main Street.
“Catskill Mountain Views” can be seen from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The public is warmly invited to stop in.
The show features a wide range of imagery: a sweeping summer vista from Wittenberg Mountain, a rising moon over Harpersfield, a handsome goat, a storm approaching Margaretville Cemetery, a hang glider soaring above Stamford.

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