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Global public health supported from Bovina

Now back from helping to fight the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, Dr. Ramona Sunderwirth  is quarantined until January 10 in her Bovina home with many good books and her husband, Car­mineNow back from helping to fight the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, Dr. Ramona Sunderwirth is quarantined until January 10 in her Bovina home with many good books and her husband, Car­mine
By Cheryl Petersen
Minding the protocol of public health safety, Doctor Ramona Sunderwirth is quarantined on her husband’s property in Bovina. “I feel great and have a beautiful second home in which to be isolated,” said Sunderwirth over the phone. “The Department of Health calls me twice a day from Albany and someone visits me once a day to check on me.” Her quarantine ends January 10.


Congregants of five local churches gather to perform Cantata

By Cheryl Petersen
A recurring theme, the ordinary becomes extraordinary, was heard on December 21 at the Andes Methodist Church. Members from five local churches performed the annual Cantata, interlaced with a narration of the nativity story and Christmas hymns.
JOINED IN SONG — The Andes Church Community Choir, under the direction of Diane Krick, performed on  December 21 at the Andes Methodist Church. Members from five local churches performed the annual Cantata, interlaced with a narration of the nativity story and Christmas hymns. — Photos by Joe DamoneJOINED IN SONG — The Andes Church Community Choir, under the direction of Diane Krick, performed on December 21 at the Andes Methodist Church. Members from five local churches performed the annual Cantata, interlaced with a narration of the nativity story and Christmas hymns. — Photos by Joe Damone


25th anniversary brings piece of Berlin Wall out of storage

By Cheryl Petersen
Once a powerful and enduring symbol of the Cold War, pieces of the Berlin Wall are now found in fragments around the world. “We brought home quite a few pieces of the Berlin Wall,” said Roxbury resident Jane Piasek, who visited Germany in 1991.
“Most of the wall was down by time we arrived. Ex-patriots were selling pieces of the wall to the tourists.”
Her trip began when Jane’s father-in-law, Abram, asked the extended family to travel to Europe. “He wanted to see his childhood home in Poland, then travel to Germany, Hungary, and a few other countries,” said Jane. “There was no way I was going to miss that trip.”


Llobets make life-changing journet to Tibet to provide free medical care

Margaretville — Margaretville physicians Paul Llobet, MD and Holly Llobet, MD recently accompanied Charles Kutler, MD of Kingston on a trip to Tibet to provide free medical services to thousands of local residents.
ON THE JOB — Dr. Paul Llobet treats a patient during a recent mission to provide free medical services in Tibet. — Contributed photosON THE JOB — Dr. Paul Llobet treats a patient during a recent mission to provide free medical services in Tibet. — Contributed photos


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.


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


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