Roxbury News: Oct. 22, 2008

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“Come one, come all, and enjoy our homemade victuals!’ The Reformed Church Women at the Gould Church are serving their annual pot roast dinner in the church basement on Friday, Oct. 24. Seatings are at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Tickets are adults, $10; seniors $8; 6-14 years old, $6; children five and under, free.
Please note that takeouts are available from the Carriage House between 3:15 and 5 p.m. at $10 per person.
A “full house” enjoyed the last evening meal of the season at the Grand Gorge Senior Dining Center at the Civic Center. While diners enjoyed appetizers, Dave Scudder performed on his violin and viola.
Sunday evening Dave and Barbara Scudder attended the annual meeting and dinner of AFM Local 443 at the Holiday Inn in Oneonta.
Billie and Gene Beirne hosted a dinner party last week on Tuesday evening to celebrate the 89th birthday of Elton Ridge. As many will remember, Elton was a former teacher at RCS. Those attending the celebration were Jim and Cindy Whitney, Glenn Whitney, Gloria Stewart, Ann Schultheis, Tom Hinkley and Richard Thompson.
A group of rail enthusiasts from around the world visited the Roxbury Railroad Depot Museum on Wednesday, Oct. 15. A special treat for them was a tour of the 1886 Pullman business car in storage in the old Roxbury icehouse.
If you haven’t yet visited the Roxbury Depot Museum this year, you have one last chance. The last two days of regularly scheduled trains from Arkville for 2008 are Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26. The Depot Museum will be open both days from 11-3:30, except during lunch hour.
The Brady family from Boise, Idaho were visiting in the area this past weekend. George grew up here and visited the library and the railroad depot.
Doris Kelly of Halcottsville recently enjoyed the visit of her son Joe and his wife, Cheryl, from near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Joe grew up locally and graduated from Roxbury Central School. He and Cheryl came back to the Catskills for an annual visit.

Week of Oct. 15
It was Roxbury history in the making. On Saturday, Oct. 11 there were two passenger trains at the Roxbury Depot at the same time, for the first time in at least 54 years.
The regularly scheduled Rip Van Winkle Flyer arrived in Roxbury at about 2:45 p.m. Half-an-hour later, a special train arrived with over 100 members and friends of the Ulster and Delaware Rail Road Historical Society aboard. The UDRRHS was celebrating all things railroad between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. that day. Their first event was “speeder car” rides at Highmount on the famous horseshoe curve. The group then went to Arkville Depot, where they enjoyed barbecued pork ribs and all the fixings.
While in Roxbury, UDRRHS members toured the Depot Museum before returning to Arkville for coffee, dessert and an awards ceremony. The last event of the day was the christening of the newly restored bobber caboose.
Honorees from Roxbury who were recognized for their work at the Roxbury Depot include Doug Kadow, president, and his wife Michelle and daughter, Cassidy, Dave Scudder, Mal Hughes and Howie Futterman.
“A Life Worth Living,” a DVD honoring Dora Fowler of Grand Gorge, was shown on Tuesday evening, Oct. 7 at Roxbury Central School. The event was a fund-raiser for the school’s Parent Teacher Student Association. Some of those interviewed on the film, in addition to Dora herself, were her sister Catherine Van Woert of Milford; former Superintendent Dr. Craig Carr; the present Superintendent of Roxbury Central School, Tom O’Brien; school Media Specialist Maria Johnson and fifth-grade teacher Charles German of Roxbury.
Dora, who says, “I will teach as long as God wants me to teach,” is the eldest teacher in New York State public schools.
The PTSA at RCS requests that community members participate in Price Chopper’s “Tools for School” program. There are four steps to follow after you secure your P.C. AdvantEdge card. At your home computer, type in the number on the back of your P.C. card, on the P.C. Website. Register with Roxbury Central School number 18748. You receive 1,000 free points for giving your e-mail address. When you shop, just swipe your card at the checkout. Points earned are credited to Roxbury Central School.
There’s another dining opportunity coming up on Friday, Oct. 24. The Reformed Church Women at the Gould church say, “Come one, come all and enjoy our homemade victuals!” The annual roast beef dinner in the church basement will have seatings at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Note that takeouts will be from the Carriage House from 3:15-5 p.m. Tickets are: adults, $10; seniors $8; 6-14 years old, $6; children five and under, free.
Volunteers and “sous chefs” are reminded to call Lucci Kelly to let her know when you can help with preparations. You are needed on Thursday, Oct. 23 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or Friday, Oct. 24 between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday guests of David and Barbara Scudder were Muriel Scudder Ross of Oneonta and her three nieces: Phyllis Becker of Oneonta; Donna Van Hoesen of Stamford and Linda Culver of Johnson City, Tennessee. Muriel is a Roxbury native who lived here until age 25. She worked as a waitress for many years at Oneonta’s Bresee’s Department Store. The women were seeking genealogical information which David was able to supply.

Week of October 8
Doris Kelly, Nancy Finch and Esther Snyder, longtime friends, enjoyed lunch at Creekside in Grand Gorge Friday.
Friday evening dinner guests of Vincent and Anne Snyder were Esther Snyder and Greg and Kerry Snyder.
Bob and Shirley Payne and her mother Esther Snyder, had lunch at Grand Gorge Saturday noon. A former co-worker of Esther’s at RCS and neighbor on Lake Street, Cathy Hait, also joined them.