In This Place

The News historically decorates its pages in the months of May and June with photos of the high school graduates of our local area schools. More...

Posted 6/27/2017 11:35 PM


This past weekend, Memorial Day, we remembered men and woman who gave their lives in service to our nation. Simultaneously celebratory and reverent, we are called to honor their lives and the sacrifice they made, and the loss their families suffered. More...

Posted 5/30/2017 08:47 PM

In This Place

There are so many aspects of our modern society that we take for granted, largely because we forgot that it was not always so. More...

Posted 4/18/2017 08:47 PM


This week I step in to the giant-sized shoes of Trish Adams and take on the authorship of In This Place. The Catskill Mountain News has long had sections and pages reminding us, in one way or another, of the past. More...

Posted 4/4/2017 09:26 PM

Long Remembered

The Rev. Lincoln R. More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:09 AM

Over the Hill and into the Woods

I had no knowledge (I promise!) of the startling and sad news about Kirkside Retirement Home closing when I prepared this week’s column. More...

Posted 3/7/2017 09:43 PM

Guess Again!

Actually you shouldn’t need even three guesses to figure out the year (ending with a “7”) that these news items appeared one February, since both copy and ads all hail from the same year. More...

Posted 2/21/2017 10:39 PM

Injury, Insult and Indictment!

by Trish Adams If you were playing “Guess What Year” for last week’s column, then the answers are 1907 for copy, and 1937 for the ads. More...

Posted 2/7/2017 07:12 PM

Working Hard & Easy Money

I thought those of you who travelled to Washington this past week or tuned into inaugural goings-on would enjoy a snapshot of our nation’s capitol from 1937 (right), when the New Deal had created a smorgasbord of inspiring and expensive public works More...

Posted 1/24/2017 09:45 PM

Those Enterprising Halperns

by Trish Adams  This week, thanks to some input from Robert Halpern, I was inspir- ed to go all the way back in the archives to review just a bit of the long history of these enterprising merchants, who were business anchors not only in Fleischm More...

Posted 1/3/2017 10:11 PM

‘Tis the Season

By now, you are all in full blown shopping panic or recovering from holiday indulgences; in either case you’ve got little time or patience for reading the fine print of the past. More...

Posted 12/21/2016 12:48 AM

Post-Turkey Perambulations

by Trish Adams  Enjoy a few wide ranging memories from the years 1936 and 1966, post-turkey. Or go hunt up your own at nyshistoricnews!  November 27, 1936   More...

Posted 11/29/2016 10:12 PM

The Lazy Historian

As dedicated Catskill Mountain News readers well know, I am what is known in the business as a lapsed columnist, otherwise known as a deadbeat. More...

Posted 11/15/2016 08:54 PM

Courting Mystery

In my usual serendipitous search for the sports and pleasures of summer, I stumbled on what seem- ed a red-letter moment in the history of tennis in Margaretville. More...

Posted 7/19/2016 09:02 PM

Joys of June

Our dive into the impact of the Pepacton reservoir over the past month makes for very interesting history, but it can certainly be a downer, particularly for those with memories of living through it. More...

Posted 6/7/2016 10:09 PM

Miller Time

Our community this week says farewell to one of its most enduring institutions, Miller’s Drug Store, which has been in the Miller family for more than 50 years and has been a pharmacy in the village for almost 150 years. More...

Posted 5/24/2016 09:14 PM

Dead Reckoning

Poet Dylan Thomas eloquently wrote “After the first death, there is no other,” but what about when your cemetery dies? More...

Posted 5/10/2016 08:31 PM

Shadow on the Land

With the News’ year-long series examining the storied relationship between our villages, New York City and our mutual watershed struggles, I thought it would be instructive to look at the earliest days of the development of the reservoir which has af More...

Posted 4/26/2016 07:20 PM

In This Place: April 6, 2016

The Past is a Foreign Country

That almost proverbial phrase, “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there” is actually the opening line from The Go-Between, a novel by L.P. Hartley. More...

Posted 4/5/2016 05:36 PM

In This Place: March 23, 2016

Can Spring Be Far Behind?

Here are some images from this time of year from the archives, all reminders of what we can anticipate — or dread! More...

Posted 3/22/2016 09:16 PM

In This Place: March 16, 2016

The Pluck of the Irish

Whether they stir the heart with pride, or make you cringe at the facile stereotypes, these tidbits of Irish-ness from the pages of the News do at least highlight the tenacity and colorful character that eternally enlivens the offspring of the Emeral More...

Posted 3/15/2016 06:31 PM

In This Place: March 2, 2016

Spring of Learning

This time of year, 110 years ago, an ardent campaign was begun to rebuild Margaretville’s high school. More...

Posted 3/1/2016 06:38 PM

In This Place February 17, 2016

Dug Himself in Too Deep

Floundering around as usual for a timely topic, I once again fell on some amazing fodder for you budding crime or mystery writers. More...

Posted 2/16/2016 05:57 PM

In this Place: February 3, 2016

Cold Case Investigation

In the run up to Valentine’s Day, I was going to share some tales of love gone wrong — a topic reported in lurid detail in the early part of the 20th century until the 1920s or so, when a respect for personal privacy or the perceptions of newsworthin More...

Posted 2/2/2016 09:26 PM

In This Place: January 20, 2016

Flood of Memories

This week marks the 20th anniversary of one of our region’s — and especially Margaretville’s —most devastating floods. More...

Posted 1/19/2016 09:01 PM


In honor of the Dry Brook Community Church celebrating its 150th anniversary, I’ve collected some stories, ads and tidbits from the Catskill Mountain News archives to tell a bit about the church and its members. More...

Posted 6/13/2017 11:05 PM


When I was growing up, the Catskill Mountain News featured history in a straightforward way, called “The Yellowed Pages.” The editor plucked brief tidbits from 75, 50, 25 or 15 years prior to give us the chance to recall what sorts of ite More...

Posted 5/2/2017 10:14 PM

Spring may have officially started, but every other conversation overheard is, “Will spring ever arrive?” It’s muddy; it may still snow (not unusual for the Catskills in April). More...

Posted 4/11/2017 07:28 PM

On the Street

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Posted 4/11/2017 07:28 PM

Parting Shots

What better way to end my contributions to these pages than with my two favorite News personalities: Clarke Sanford and Maggie Scudder. More...

Posted 3/28/2017 08:27 PM

A is for Automobile

In this week’s column, we contrast a few of Editor Clarke Sanford’s columns across the decades. Although Sanford bought the paper in 1904, you’ll notice my column selections begin in 1937. Why? More...

Posted 3/14/2017 07:30 PM

Marching On

Astute readers probably had no trouble pegging the year of last week’s column entries, which was 1927. Throwing in “Birth of a Nation,” which premiered in 1915, was a bit of a dirty trick! More...

Posted 2/28/2017 09:50 PM

Sixties Serendipity

This week I am visiting the neglected realm of 1967, a place and time some of us still remember all too well. I thought it would be nice to read names of some folks who are still with us! More...

Posted 2/14/2017 09:46 PM

Guessing on the Sevens

OK, you historical sleuths, here is your mission: all the items in this week’s column (except the final, dated one from Clarke Sanford) come from a single February 1 front page, in the year . . . Ah, what year? More...

Posted 1/31/2017 08:39 PM

Those Enduring Halperns

Two weeks ago we took a look at the earliest strivings of the entrepreneurial Halpern family. More...

Posted 1/17/2017 06:51 PM

For Auld Lang Syne

I’ll admit that the 1960s is a period in the archives I often neglect. After Clarke Sanford died, the paper seemed to become predictably staid. More...

Posted 12/28/2016 12:47 AM

“Red-dy” or Not, ‘Tis the Season

Our publication date this week marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor: a historical milestone I noted in my December 10, 2014 column, if you would like to revisit it. More...

Posted 12/6/2016 08:55 PM

Be Thankful!

You’ll have to answer the question of what YOU are grateful for yourself, however, one thing on your list can be: short “In This Place” column this week, ha! How often does that happen! More...

Posted 11/22/2016 10:23 PM

New York Icon: Roosevelt

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Posted 8/23/2016 10:48 PM

New York Also-Rans

No matter what your politics, one thing is for certain in this year’s presidential election: you will be voting for someone who identifies as a New Yorker. (NO quibbling about birther stuff! More...

Posted 8/2/2016 09:42 PM

Fifty Years On

“How Time Flies” might also be the name of this column, which looks back at what was happening in our villages exactly 50 years ago this month. More...

Posted 6/14/2016 09:20 PM

In This Place

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Posted 5/31/2016 08:03 PM

How Green Was My Valley

This week we will take a final (for now!) look back at a couple of the lost villages that now lie under the Pepacton Reservoir. These hamlets were obliterated by billions of gallons of water about 60 years ago. More...

Posted 5/17/2016 09:09 PM


This week we continue to take a glance at the building of the Pepacton Reservoir, this time in the post-war period and into the early 1950s, the period when property was finally taken, homes dismantled, and the valley ultimately flooded. More...

Posted 5/3/2016 08:56 PM

In This Place: April 13, 2016

Springtime for Maggie

Now that spring is finally on the way, I thought it was time to see how Maggie Scudder’s clan was faring some 60-odd years ago. Spring cleaning, new calves and some spring fever (well, spring mumps at least) were all in the picture. More...

Posted 4/12/2016 07:01 PM

In This Place: March 30, 2016

Opening Day

It’s that time of year already! (Already?! More...

Posted 3/29/2016 07:41 PM

In This Place: March 9, 2016


My salute to Women’s History Month is a bit “backhanded,” but I thought it would be fun to share with you what passed for a sort of women’s lib 100 years ago, so we could all enjoy how far attitudes to women’s autonomy and equity have come since then More...

Posted 3/8/2016 10:13 PM

In This Place: February 24, 2016

February Flotsam

Here are some items that drifted “downstream” as I was making my way through these late winter days decades ago. Don’t worry, I am not going to rub our noses too much in good snow years; like you, I think this ubermild winter is nothing to dwell on. More...

Posted 2/23/2016 06:57 PM

In this Place: February 10, 2016

Love Won’t Wait

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I hope you will enjoy these stories of elopements — some happy, some quite adventurous and a few of them deemed criminal. More...

Posted 2/9/2016 08:55 PM

In This Place: January 27, 2016


In honor of this week’s Progress edition, I’m taking a look back at some of our most enduring enterprises and endeavors and thinking about what has contributed to their longevity. More...

Posted 1/26/2016 09:19 PM