Spring Affair leads to .... college?

COLLEGE FUNDS — The proceeds from the sale of tamales and fruit cups at this booth at Saturday’s Spring Affair in Margaretville were being applied to a scholarship fund for Thalia Gil (pictured) and her brother, Sam. — Photo by Dick Sanford

Robin crafts vegan brie and other cheese from plants

By Cheryl Petersen
An alchemist by trade, Lori Robin’s love of cheese has turned into the business of transforming plants into brie. The soft, mild, creamy cheese is made from scratch in Robin’s studio in Fleischmanns.
“I took on the challenge of creating a non-dairy and lactose-free cheese and made it fun,” said Robin.

MRCC Director of Nursing Christina Jones completes NP degree

Margaretville — Mountainside Residential Care Center Director of Nursing Christina Jones recently completed her Family Nurse Practitioner degree.
Mrs. Jones became board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner last December, culmin­at­ing a quest she began about 7.5 years ago.

Roger rolls new reels at CMFF

Margaretville Hospital honored for organ donor work

Margaretville — Margaretville Hospital is among a select group of healthcare providers honored for its promotion of Donor Awareness in local communities.
The hospital earned Gold Level recognition in the Workplace Partnership for Life challenge sponsored by the Health Resources Services Administration. Only 130 hospitals in the country achieved this status, in which hospitals accrued points for promotion of organ and tissue donation over a yearlong period.
The hospital’s work to promote organ donation was also recognized with a rose on a donor-themed float in this year’s Rose Parade.

Norman Van Valkenburgh's new book is out: "Old Stone Walls"

by Bill Birns
Funny, the way you learn things. I never really got the whole concept of real-estate title insurance until I read Norm Van Valkenburgh’s new book, Old Stone Walls, Catskill Land and Lore, Part 2 (Purple Mountain Press, 2014). Now, I’m darned glad I have some.

Nat Thomas show opens at Longyear

Margaretville — Opening this week at the Longyear Gallery is “Spots on the Apple and Other Stories of the Human Condition” featuring new paintings by Nat Thomas of Margaretville. The opening reception will take place Saturday, May 10, from 3 to 6 p.m., and Nat Thomas will be giving a talk about his work on Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m.

Love of parenting makes Barto couple ideal caregivers

By Cheryl Petersen
Helen Steiner Rice (1900-1981) penned:
“A Mother’s love is something
that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away . . .”
“Ever since I was real young, I’ve known I wanted to adopt and help children,” said Gina Barto of Fleischmanns. “I love children and want to be a part of making their lives better.” Gina’s motherly passion extends to three children with her husband, Renard Barto, six adopted children, and currently three foster children.

Miss Lydie is "A-peeling"

Lydia Flachs, the 20-month-old daughter of Kristin and Lucas Flachs of Harpersfield, was fascinated with the art of peeling a newly found Easter egg on Sunday. Kristin is an occupational therapist for a home health care firm that covers all of Delaware County. Lucas is the manager of the sewer treatment plant in Stamford and a Roxbury native. — Photo by Kristin Flachs

Grand Gorge Tire opens to serve community's needs

By Trish Adams
When the Grand Gorge community lost Becker’s Tire Service to a devastating fire on September 27, with it went the steady livelihoods of at least half a dozen people. And, as the only tire service of its volume and diversity in the area, its loss on the verge of winter was sorely felt throughout all our local villages and towns.

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