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Thrift Shop fashions all the rage of Hospital Auxiliary show

By Dorothy Jennings
Anyone laboring under the misconception that women are the weaker sex has never witnessed Black Friday’s annual shopping frenzy offering super sales beginning as early as Midnight following Thanks-giving dinner. News reports screening women frantically battling over a marked down item in Wal-Mart or Bloomingdale’s will testify to the tenacity of shopaholics possessing a shared trait near and dear to the hearts of most ladies, a bargain!
And there were bargains galore on Saturday afternoon during the Fifth Annual Fashion Show sponsored by the Auxiliary of the Margaretville Hospital. Ranging from sporty attire to elegant gowns, there was something for every taste.


Final Yankee Stadium game comes 76 years after first visit

Willis Marks attended first game during 1932 season
By Julia Green
At 86 years of age, Margaretville native Willis Marks has a few different “claims to fame” to his name.


Horizons show opening at Longyear

Opening this week is a new collective show by the Longyear member artists, featuring Transitory Horizons, a solo exhibition by Ann Lee Fuller. The artists’ reception will take place at Longyear Gallery on Saturday, September 27, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Ann Lee Fuller describes her work as being “a combination of literal and abstract, a meeting of contrasts.” Her well known work is inspired by the shifting weather of the Catskill Mountains rural landscape with its transitory horizons and unique moments of light created when sky meets land.


Civil War comes to life at School House program

By Julia Green
Saturday, Sept. 20 marked the 145th anniversary of the conclusion of the Battle of Chickamauga, a Civil War battle that signaled the end of a Union offensive in Tennessee and Georgia. Because the Union advance was stopped, the battle was considered a Confederate victory, though it was one of the deadliest of the war, claiming over 34,000 lives.
Traveling historian Charles Slater of Margaretville was joined by Jim Hitchcock as Abraham Lincoln and Ron Galley as Confederate soldier James Thadeus Holtzclaw at a Civil War program at the Stone School House in Dunraven on Saturday, the focus of which was the Battle of Chickamauga.


Autumn concert Saturday at Skene features local resident James Krueger

James Krueger will give a free one-hour concert/reading entitled “Autumn: A Celebration of the Season in Words and Song” at the Skene Memorial Library on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. Hailed by judges as “an extraordinarily talented writer with a real talent for poetic imagery,” Krueger is a two-time honor award winner in the Great American Songwriting Contest.


Gillibrand supporters rally in New Kingston

More than 40 people joined Alan Dee and Frank Buffone at their New Kingston residence Saturday afternoon for a “Farm Country Rally for Gillibrand.” Representative Kirsten Gillibrand is running for reelection to New York’s 20th U.S. Congressional District.


Fall Foliage Hike planned at Model Forest

Fall foliage enthusiasts are invited on a guided hike through Frost Valley YMCA’s Model Forest in Claryville on Sunday, Oct. 5 starting at 1 p.m. Members of Frost Valley’s Natural Resources Department will lead the free hike, which has been scheduled to coincide with the height of autumn’s splendor.


Hundreds of supporters rally to "Save Belleayre"

By Jay Braman Jr.
Locals residents, business owners and employees of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center came out in droves Saturday morning to a rally put on by the Coalition to Save Belleayre, the organization that blew the whistle on what many consider to be life-threatening budget cuts proposed for the state-run facility.


Fall festival leaving Belleayre; will be hosted at Arkville's D&U

By Jay Braman Jr.
Following an announcement last week that the annual Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Fall Festival was being cancelled, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) quickly followed up with another announcement, saying that the popular event would instead be moved to Arkville.
The 29th annual Belleayre Fall Festival will be held Columbus Day weekend, but at a new location thanks to a partnership announced last week by the DEC and the Delaware and Ulster Railroad. The festival will take place on October 11-12 at the Delaware and Ulster Railroad on Route 28 in Arkville.


Officials debate gas drilling on Catskill Watershed lands

By Matthew J. Perry
A public hearing held last Wednesday in New York City provided a forum for renewed calls of opposition to gas drilling within the city’s watershed system and its filtration avoidance agreement.
“This is an industrial activity that is incompatible with the delicate watershed where nine million New Yorkers get their drinking water,” said City Councilman James Gennaro, a primary organizer of the hearing. He has requested that the state place a year-long moratorium on gas exploration within the watershed.


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