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To The Editor:
My name is Eleanor Aulino. I am better known as “Ellie.” I am president of the Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center Auxiliary.

This is a brief history of my wonderful years in the Catskills. My late husband, Ralph, and I were born and raised in northern New Jersey. In 1961, upon an invitation from Dr. Louis and Eleanor Serafini, we spend a delightful weekend at their second homestead on 94 acres in the Dry Brook Valley.

Before we had a second chance to decide, we purchased two separate parcels of land. We knew this was our mountain haven. For 38 years we skirted about and eventually settled down. We enjoyed 38 years of marriage until Ralph’s death in 1993. His heart attack caused us to sell our marina and luncheonette in south Jersey and we headed for the valley. We thought surely we had the best of two worlds before us.

Knowing of Ralph’s inoperable condition, he said I should consider going into the real estate field. I did and have been for 26 years. It was an easy decision to remain in the valley. I have been blessed to have many great and wonderful friends.

Participating in community events, hospital and nursing home, my church and helping others has always been my goal. This is why I want to impress the need of community and how much it means to belong.

The 2012 MH/MRCC Luncheon and Fashion Show fundraiser that was held Saturday, Sept. 15 at Hanah Resort and County Club, is a perfect example. As president the second time around, I need to say how proud I am of all the volunteers who worked so hard to put on a class-act show. Let us all thank co-chairs Tammy Conine, Connie Jeffers, Sue Adams, and the committee, the 24 models of men, women, teens and children for their magnificent performance. Individual and outstanding table centerpieces by Bonnie Schaedle and the beautiful items of the silent auction and especially the wonderful guests of the hospital nursing home staff, and to bless the hearts of the guests from the surrounding communities.

The guests were shining stars that came out to support this great cause. Thank you sincerely and come join us at the beautiful refurbished Thrift Shop. God bless you all.

Ellie Aulino,
President,
Auxiliary MH/MRCC.