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Dominique Pucci promoted to the rank of Senior Airman



The United States Air Force 423d Security Forces Squadron has announced the promotion of Dominique C. Pucci to the rank of Senior Airman. Pucci was recognized for her accomplishments at RAF Alconbury, United Kingdom. Named as an Outstanding Security Forces Flight Level Airman, Pucci was also recognized as Airman of the Year at the USAFE level. It was another proud […]

Making History



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Ellen Sanford celebrates 104th birthday



Margaretville resident Ellen Sanford celebrated her 104th. birthday on Saturday, surrounded by family and friends. The centenarian, who gave the News a lengthy interview last year when she was just 103, remains happy and healthy in her home at Mountainside Residential Care Center. Not one to be giving long-life advice to others, Sanford nonetheless told the News last year that […]

Celebrating A Legend



HISTORIC FIGURE —Longtime Catskill Mountain News employee Esther Snyder was honored by friends and family on Saturday at the Carriage House Pavilion in Roxbury’s Kirkside Park. Snyder, who served as a typist, proofreader and sometime jokester at the News celebrated her 89th birthday. Her retirement years have been filled with visits from and to those she loves and activities in […]

Golden Glow



MARRIAGE MILESTONE — Robert and Eleanor Barrack celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a gala event at the American Legion Hall in Margaretville on Saturday, September 16. The couple renewed their wedding vows in a ceremony officiated by Father Raphael Iannone of St. Francis deSales in Phoenicia before the party. Married September 16, 1967 at Our Lady of Solace on […]

Class Act



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Fall wedding is planned



David W. Avitabile of Middleburgh and Tracy Ann Jones of Shandaken are proud to announce their engagement to be married this fall. Mr. Avitabile, the son of the late Frank and Daisy Bell Avitabile, is an editor and circulation manager of the Times-Journal in Cobleskill. He was born in Astoria, Queens and graduated from Long Island City High School and […]

How Art Is Made will be the topic at Skene program

Fleischmanns — Skene Library presents How Art Is Made: In the Catskills – Conversation and Book Signing with author Simona David, Saturday, June 3 at 1 pm. How Art Is Made: In the Catskills is a collection of interviews with some of the world’s most accomplished artists who live and work in the Catskill Mountains. Five painters and illustrators, two […]

“Once a Marine, Always a Marine”

Milton Laub will never forget his Marine duties

Not all heroes fired a shot in battle. Many men left their homes to go overseas during World War II, and Milton Laub was one of them. With four brothers already in service in the Army, Navy and Coast Guard, he volunteered with the United States Marines at the age of 17 and spent four years of his life from […]

Patt Svoboda has led an active life both in and out of military service


Patt Svoboda was a teenager in Detroit, Michigan, and before she even graduated from high school, she had dreams of being in the military. She first thought about joining the navy to learn physics and work in submarines with nuclear reactors, but the field was closed to women at that time. When Svoboda joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in […]


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