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Summer Fairs and Festivals



For more than a century, the well-known Walton Fair has been a source of amusement for people of all ages. Like many summer fairs, this was an opportunity for people to experience many things that they may or may not have experienced before. Nowadays, the Delaware County Fair in Walton is full of rides, small and large vendors, and animal […]

Roberts to pen ‘In This Place’


The News is pleased to return “In This Place” to its pages this week. The column is being curated from News archives for the summer by Sarah Lynn Roberts, a young writer with a passion for our region’s history. Roberts grew up in Bovina Center and has lived her entire life there in her great-grandparents’ former home in the hamlet. […]

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This time of year I feel free to fully celebrate the joys and blessings of the holiday season (I’m not being anti-Christmas here; I’m just encompassing all the holidays from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve!). While we begin to stress about finding the right gifts, baking enough sweets, attending enough gatherings, and just getting it all done, I thought I’d […]

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This past weekend we celebrated Veteran’s Day, honoring men and women who served in our country’s armed forces and managed to make it back home. In this week’s “In This Place” we read their letters from time spent AWAY from this place… how grateful I am that they took the time to write home, and that the Catskill Mountain News […]

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Many families in our area still do a lot of things the “old fashioned way,” from mundane chores to extraordinary feats of what is modernly referred to as “homesteading.” Some folks harvest and prepare their own firewood, some raise their own food (meat, fruit and vegetables), some build their own homes from scratch. For me, there is something deeply gratifying […]

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I love when I find a great story that printed on exactly this day in the past, and this week did not disappoint me. On October 18th, 1973, the front page of the Catskill Mountain News broadened its horizons a bit with this story of Margaretville USA/Odda Norway relations. October 18, 1973: Norwegian Principal Brings Word From Exchange Student “Hans […]

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I have been watching the newest documentary series by Ken Burns detailing the Vietnam War, and have been thinking about many of the conflicts we have fought throughout our nation’s history. In looking through the Catskill Mountain News issues of October 4 from 1902 to 1973, I found this one from 1912 detailing a 50-year reunion of veterans of the […]

“Look, Mom, I’m on TV!”



By Kate Van Benschoten September 20, 1973: MCS Has Team Appearing On TV Quiz Show “Margaretville central school will have a student team competing next week on the TV quiz show, ‘Answers Please.’ The show will be taped at Schenectady Wednesday evening, and will be telecast over Channel 6 Saturday evening, Sept 29. Although Channel 6 is not on the […]

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For teenagers, the end of summer is generally regarded as the last “hoorah” of one period and a fresh beginning with a new school year. But fifty years ago, an end of summer dance brought a tragedy that many still remember today. Five local teens, all good kids with wonderful families, lost their lives in one terrible moment, and would […]

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On this day, one hundred and ten years ago, there was a front page story that pulled me right in. “Big Fire Near Griffin’s” was the top headline, and the details did not disappoint. It’s worth a reprise! The boarding house owner, Ellsworth Reynolds subject of the story, has many descendants in our area today. It’s the kind of story […]


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