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Catskills Film Festival set for May 2 - May 4

By Joe Moskowitz
In just two weeks SUNY Delhi will host the Catskill Mountains Film Festival, the brainchild of Hamden filmmaker Jessica Vecchione.


Community Living Skills self advocates deliver Easter baskets

Arkville — An active group of four self advocates from Community Living Skills brought joy and happiness to several residents of the Kirkside Home for Adults in Roxbury and Mountain Laurel Gardens in Arkville on April 17.
Easter Smiles: Sheila Rosa (seated) was thrilled to receive an Easter gift when self advocates from the Community Living Skills Center made a visit to the Mountain Laurel Gardens apartments in Arkville. Standing, from left, are: Kelly Piskacek, Roseanna Starkweather and Maria Villacorta. — Contributed photoEaster Smiles: Sheila Rosa (seated) was thrilled to receive an Easter gift when self advocates from the Community Living Skills Center made a visit to the Mountain Laurel Gardens apartments in Arkville. Standing, from left, are: Kelly Piskacek, Roseanna Starkweather and Maria Villacorta. — Contributed photo


Roosevelt, Burroughs and the Trip that Saved Nature

Chapter Eight: The People's Country

When their two weeks in Yellowstone were over, John Burroughs and Theodore Roose­velt went their separate ways.
Burroughs went to visit friends in Washington State, where he had promised to speak at some schools before heading home to Slabsides.
For Roosevelt, there was much more travel­ing left, but, first, he was asked to make a speech at the north entrance to the park, where a great stone arch was being built.


Tales of an Unseasoned Homeowner

By Trish Adams
This Catskill Mountain News’ Spring Home Improvement section in our print edition comes exactly one year too late for me. But I can still attest to its potential value to you, and even better, tell you how to prevent some of the dumb misconceptions that have delayed my taking full advantage of the tremendous talent, resources and know-how in the whole “home improvement” cosmos that abound in our area. This special section can be found only in our newstand edition, not on-line.


Roosevelt, Burroughs and the Trip that Saved Nature: Part Seven

Chapter Seven: The Nature Fakers
We don’t know everything that Theodore Roosevelt and John Burroughs discussed on their trip to Yellowstone. After all, they were on the train together for several days and then in the park for two whole weeks.
But one thing they talked about was “nature fakers.”
A month before their trip, Burroughs had had an article published in the Atlantic Monthly, a popular and important magazine, about writers who claimed to write about nature but made up foolish things about animals that simply weren’t true.


Spring suckers always a prize catch for Bob Archibald

By Joe Moskowitz
Bob Archibald chops firewood, does stonework, plumbing, likes to hunt and really loves to go fishing. He said he planned to go fishing today to catch a couple of trout for dinner, but his back was bothering him and he had some bullheads in the freezer, so bad back and all, he stayed home and unloaded some logs to be split for firewood. Besides, it isn’t time yet for his favorite fishing.
That time is when the “suckers” run.
Bob Archibald of Margaretville has always enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, including cutting lots of firewood.Bob Archibald of Margaretville has always enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, including cutting lots of firewood.


Roxbury Arts Group volunteers honored


Roxbury — Kevin Prior of Stamford and Charles Kowalski of Denver received the first annual Nancy Harding Volunteer Service Award from the Roxbury Arts Group, this past Saturday at a volunteer appreciation event held at the Roxbury Arts Center in Roxbury.  Each was in attendance to receive their awards from Nancy Harding, for the whom the award was named after.  


Local Easter services planned

Celebrate Easter at the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church with a 7 p.m. Community Maundy Thursday Service with Pastor Rich Dykstra and Pastor Larry Dunlap leading the service.
On Easter Sunday there will be a 10 a.m. worship celebration at the church.
Church School will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
At Holy Innocents Cathedral in Halcottsville, Easter Sunday Mass will be held at 10 a.m. All are welcome and accepted.
The Interfaith Council and the Margaretville-New Kingston Presbyterian will also hold Holy Week and/or Easter Sunday services. Please check our print edition for specific advertising notices with details.


MARK and CCCD partner for Earth Day celebration

Arkville — The year 1970 was the marking period for the hippie/flower child culture. With a war raging in Vietnam, protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause.
At the same time, Americans were feeding their V-8 sedans with leaded gas, industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press, and air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. Mainstream America seemed oblivious to environmental concerns making “Environment” a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.  


To seniorize or sell? seminar for homeowners

Arkville — For most people, their home is one of their most valuable assets. Therefore, it is a good idea to carefully consider options regarding this asset when reaching retirement age and beyond. Many people prefer to “age in place,” while others are ready to downsize and each scenario raises many questions.


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