Celebrate National Poetry Month at Fairview Library

Do you have a knack for writing poems, jingles, or rhymes? Do you have a favorite verse that you'd like to share? Come join us at the Fairview Public Library in Margaretville to celebrate National Poetry Month for April! We will be covering the wall outside of the children's room with posterboard so everyone can scrawl their lyrical thoughts free-form and create a wall of poetry.  We hope that you will grace our wall witih your poem. Come see us at 43 Walnut St./ Margaretville, NY 12455. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 845-586-3791.

Vermont couple crashes small airplane in Catskills field, walks away unscathed

Above: Julian Joffe's Beech A36 airplane crash-landed in a farmer's field in South Kortright on Thursday, April 2. Photo by Julian Joffe, taken after the crash.

A Vermont couple flying a small fixed-wing single-engine airplane crashed into a farmer's field in South Kortright on Thursday, April 2, and walked away from the wreck unscathed.

Julian Joffe, the pilot, and his wife, Kerry Joffe, were the two occupants of the airplane, according to Bob Cavanaugh, the chief financial officer of Pad Print Machinery of Vermont. Julian Joffe is the CEO of the company. 

Left: A Beech A36 aircraft. Photo by Alan Radecki via Wikimedia Commons. 

"They landed in a farmer's field," Cavanaugh said. "They skidded for about a quarter mile. The farmer has been in the process of helping them get out of the field and closer to town where they can work with the authorities and get holed up for the night."

Cavanaugh said that both Joffes were unharmed, and contacted him soon after the crash to say they were OK.

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Gone fishin': Anglers celebrate on a freezing opening day

Above: Boys Fishing, by Amanda Lee Popp. Submitted to the 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest. 

April Fool’s day is the first day of fishing season in New York state, and it's playing a freezing cold joke on hopeful anglers vying to catch the first trout of the year.

It's a cold and icy beginning to trout season, with a high of only 38 degrees and snow falling over Cairns Pool on the Beaverkill, according to the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum’s Facebook page. Nevertheless, trout were reportedly caught there today, the center reports.

Above: The ice-covered Upper Delaware River on Monday, March 30. Photo by Tony Ritter, via Twitter.   Read more

Wednesday Night’s Show: Stories From the Forest with Hoppy Quick

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesdays 6PM – 7PM
WIOX ROXBURY 91.3FM or www.wioxradio.org

Hoppy Quick has become well-known in the Catskills for his realistic chainsaw carvings, especially his bears. However, on Wednesday night’s show Hoppy will talk to us about all the interesting people he has encountered from childhood to the present, both working or playing in the woods. We’ll cover maple sugaring, forest characters, old-timers, coon-hunters, sawyers, woodsmen, farmers, trout fisherman, & more. The statute of limitations has long run its course, so who knows what we’ll cover. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ www.wioxradio.org to meet Hop – Catskill Mountain Woodsman.  Read more

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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The Margaretville Health Foundation has established a Planned Giving program offering numerous financial and tax advantages to those who participate. A planned gift is any major gift, made from the assets of a donor- in lifetime or at death-as part of your overall financial and estate planning. Our goal is to create an endowment fund that sustains the hospital and nursing home for thelong term.

Our focus is for maintaining, improving and innovating long term sustainabilityfor the Margaretville Campus. The Margaretville Health Foundation’s planned giving program is something that you can create to benefit you and your family today and establish a legacy, while also ensuring that vital human care programs are available for generations to come.

There are 3 types of planned gifts:

• Outright gifts that use appreciated assets as a substitute for cash

• Gifts that return income or other financial benefits to the donor in return for the contribution

• Gifts payable upon the donors death  Read more

Death of prominent Margaretville businessman leaves many questions

Above: The Margaretville Motel, which was slated to receive $1.3 million from New York State after being developed into a Best Western hotel. Plans for the project are now uncertain. Photo by Julia Reischel.

Peter Molnar, a prominent local businessman who owned a financial consultancy and a set of properties and lodging businesses in the Delaware County village of Margaretville, was missing for days before his body was found in a room in one of his own motels on Saturday, March 21, police said.

Left: Peter Molnar, in a photo on his LinkedIn page. 

Molnar, 57, had told his family he was going on a business trip, and left home on Monday, March 16, according to State Police investigator Jeff Moore. Molnar stayed in touch with his family throughout the week.

But Molnar’s actual whereabouts from Monday until Saturday, when his body was found, are unknown, Moore said.  Read more

Stamford man flees police barefoot with 'limited clothing' for miles over snow-covered mountain

Above: Wooded mountain terrain on the border of Delaware and Schoharie counties where a 25-year-old man spent hours fleeing police on Friday, March 27. Photo via Google Earth.

A 25-year-old Stamford man jumped out his window and fled into the woods wearing "limited clothing" when probation officers came looking for him about a probation violation on the morning of Friday, March 27, police say.

Jesse E. Papas had no shoes and wore only "limited clothing," but he led sheriff's deputies, probation officers, a New York State Department of Conservation police officer and a trained police dog for miles on frozen snow over a mountain and into the next county before being caught, according to a Delaware County Sheriff's Office press release.

Ozzie, a trained drug-sniffing police dog that works with the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, was key to the chase, police say:  Read more

Letter to the Editor: Why no cell phone tower in Andes?

To The Editor:

Is there a good "honest" explanation for the fact that there is No cell phone tower in Andes, NY, yet?

After all it is now the year 2015.

Cell use has proven over and over again that is very useful and important in emergency situations, as well as a convenient method of useful and time saving in every day communication.

I hope someone will answer this, or better yet, help promote the installation of a badly needed tower. I will be watching for any and all responses


Nick Potenzia


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