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ROXBURY — Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Mini-Essays and Short Stories Summer, a six-week long workshop with Jane Seitel, July 20 – August 24. The class will be held online Tuesdays, from 3 to 5 pm. Once they register and pay, participants will be given instructions on how to join the class.

Mini, micro, flash, personal essays and short shorts may be small, but they’re mighty! Whether you choose to write fiction or nonfiction, the way you express yourself can be crafted into a literary jewel you can pass down to preserve family history, or hone for publication. In class we’ll consider possible enhancements to your pieces, how to make the words sparkle. We’ll read and discuss stellar examples which show the craft. We’ll work on mini warm-up exercises in class that you can use to start your piece at home. We’ll share our new efforts in a nurturing place. We’ll offer appreciations and insights. We’ll suggest possibilities to enhance your essays and stories. By the end of our time together, you’ll have polished work that will delight you.

Jane Seitel is an Expressive Arts Therapist, writer and teacher, living in Apex, North Carolina. She currently teaches writing and literature courses at The Osher Institute at Duke University, in person and online. She received her MFA in Poetry from Drew University, her MEd from Lesley University and her BA in English (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Miami, FL. She teaches literature as well as writing in her classes. She loves to teach Mixed Genre classes because individual choice of form allows the student to more fully enjoy and engage in the process of writing and revision. She personally uses writing as both a meditation practice and a honed craft. Her awards include The Charlotte Newberger Prize (Lilith Magazine) and awards from national and international publications including Voices Israel, Kakalak, So To Speak, The Orison Review and others.  Her creative non-fiction and poetry have been included in Prairie Schooner, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Split This Rock, Bird’s Thumb, The Florida Review, Midstream, Minerva Rising, The Stillwater Review, Poetica, as well as several anthologies. She works for environmental protection and animal preservation. In her youth, she enjoyed many an enchanted summer in the Catskills.

To register, e-mail To register online, visit Class fee is $120. Registration deadline is July 13.

Writers in the Mountains is a 501 ( c ) (3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing. Learn more at

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‘Of Paper, On Paper’ Show Opens at Longyear

MARGARETVILLE — Longyear Gallery of Margaretville is pleased to announce its new exhibition “Of Paper / On Paper,” featuring 20 Longyear artists. Opening on Saturday, April 17 and continuing through Sunday, May 9, this special exhibition will accompanied by a group show of the artwork of all other Longyear Gallery members.

A first Longyear Gallery exhibition of its kind, “Of Paper/ On Paper” features works by Robert Axelrod, Marcia Clark, Gail Freund, Elaine Grandy, Louise Kalin, Hedi Kyle, Meg Leveson, Helane Levine-Keating, Patrice Lorenz, Alethea Maguire, Frank Manzo, Helene Manzo, Gary Mayer, Elaine Mayes, Richard Kirk Mills, Wayne Morris, Victoria Scott, Amy Silberkleit, Gerda van Leeuwen, and Corneel Verlaan. Paper variety Each artist has chosen work to display that features the variety of ways paper can be crucial to the final product. In drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media or in pure paper pulp artwork, Longyear artists show how paper shapes expression.

These works display luminosity, absorbency, texture, weight, color, and tactility. From Gail Freud’s surprising works on sandpaper to Hedi Kyle’s fascinating paper constructions to Wayne Morris’s evocative charcoal drawings and Elaine Grandy’s innovative collages, for example, visitors to the gallery can witness how each artist comes to this exhibition with a very different and sometimes unrecognizable concept of how paper can be a driving force.

As Richard Kirk Mills states, “Paper, being plant fibers birthed in a water slurry, carries diverse signifiers: it can be rich and tactile or cheap as newspaper, heavier than canvas or as fragile as tissue. It can provide luminosity to transparent color or darkness from which light emerges. It is easily cut and folded or shaped, even sprayed.”

Each artist has their own technique, and, as Patrice Lorenz straightforwardly says, “I love drawing on paper!” “Of Paper / On Paper” will be on view during limited hours on Saturdays and Sundays each weekend from 12-4 p.m. Upcoming shows Future Longyear Gallery exhibits include two solo exhibitions featuring Longyear artists Deborah Ruggiero and Gary Mayer, running from May 14-June 7, followed by two solo exhibitions featuring Marilyn Silver and Gerda van Leeuwen, running from June 12 -July 5.

All exhibitions also include a members’ group show. Longyear Gallery is located Downstairs in The Commons, 785 Main Street, Margaretville. Special attention will be paid to keep all visitors to the gallery as well as members safe. In view of health precautions at this time, entry to the gallery will be restricted to the parking lot entrance only, all visitors will be expected to wear masks and socially distance, and there will not be a traditional Artist’s Reception.

For more information, please see Longyear Gallery’s website,,, email the gallery at, or call 845 586-3270 during gallery hours.

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‘Secrets of Kelly Hollow’ Revealed on History Hike

MILLBROOK — Renowned forest historian Dr. Michael Kudish will lead a hike on State trails at Kelly Hollow in the Millbrook valley Saturday, May 15 to reconstruct his search for a massive though short-lived sawmill and railroad. “Secrets of Kelly Hollow,” sponsored by the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, will feature a 3.5 to 4-mile hike to the site of the industrial operation, as well as to the remnants of five 19th century homesteads.

Tragic stories HSM president Diane Galusha will be along to share the tragic and unusual stories of the families, several of them immigrants, who occupied those hardscrabble farms. They were the Gavetts, Wards, Newtons, Andrews and of course the Kellys whose abandoned farm became the base of operations for the lumber and sawmill enterprise.

To make this event covid-safe, attendance will be limited. To secure your spot on this unique tour, send $10 per person to HSM, PO Box 734, Margaretville, NY 12455. FMI, e-mail: history; 845 586-4973. Rain date is Sunday, May 16. James Owen purchased the timber on the abandoned Kelly farm in 1907.

In 1908, he constructed a forest railroad to bring the logs nearly a mile over rough terrain to be sawn into lumber and hauled to Arena, perhaps to be shipped to market on the new Delaware & Eastern Railroad. Dr. Kudish made 12 visits to the hollow to locate the route of the timber train, which “sped around curves and over trestles” according to the Catskill Mountain News Oct. 23, 1908. The News predicted it would be ‘a perfect success,’ but the timber was depleted by 1909 and the mill and railroad were dismantled. In the intervening 110 years, the forest has all but consumed every trace of human use and occupation at Kelly Hollow.

Information about HSM events and programs can be found at

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McIntosh Auction Set for 47th Season

MARGARETVILLE — It’s been a very long and challenging winter for everyone, including the guys at the Mcintosh Auction Service. Chuck, Roger and Marty are now looking very forward to a busy 2021 auction season, slated to begin on Saturday, May 1 at the American Legion Hall in Delhi.

“We haven’t presented an auction since last October and we are very anxious to get going,” says owner, Chuck Mcintosh. “We had an auction scheduled for late November, but we decided to postpone it, in order to insure the safety of all concerned.”

Record span

In 47 years in the auction business this is the longest time that McIntosh Auction Service has ever had between auction sales. It’s not that the guys have not been busy, as they have continued to buy quality antique and collectible items for future auctions, as well as booking several major estate auctions. They have looked at a lot of items, and made an effort to acquire only the best available, with the goal of presenting auctions that their large following of collectors and dealers will not want to miss. They have passed a lot of items that might have formerly been of interest, in order to have things that people are now anxious to buy.

The market is constantly changing, as are people’s wants and needs. Items that used to be highly collectible are no longer desirable, as other items have come into vogue. Highly specialized, small collectible items, items pertaining to local history, and functional accent items continue to remain in high demand. In keeping with their customers’ preferences, the May 1 auction will feature many items from the above areas.

The highlight of this auction will be an almost perfect, all original 1856 Jay Gould Map of Delaware County, along with an original picture card of Jay Gould. Amazing map Chuck commented, “While we have sold many Jay Gould maps over the years, to find on in this condition is truly amazing, and having an original Jay Gould CDV (picture card) is a very interesting, and somewhat rare addition. The map will be complimented by a large collection of late 1950s-early 1960s Topps baseball cards and related vintage baseball items. The cards will be broken up into years and sold in large lots. The auction will also feature US coins, vintage Lionel trains, collectible pottery, antique furniture, lamps, and vintage military collectibles from WW II through Vietnam. Military collectibles continue to be highly desired, and this auction will feature a selection of uniforms, medals, and a large collection of vintage photographs taken by a soldier who served in Viet Nam.

The desire for vintage model railroad items also remains strong, and vintage Lionel and American Flyer trains have become one of the specialities of McIntosh Auction. Diverse items It is interesting to note that the diversity of items to be sold at this auction is highlighted by the age comparison between the 1856 Gould Map and the rare 1956 Blatz Beer baseball advertising statue.

Despite a difference in age of 100 years, both are highly desirable items., and are expected to bring spirited bidding. In addition to the May 1 auction, Mcintosh Auction has already scheduled two major, on-site estate auctions. The first one on May 15 & 16 will feature items from a 100+ year old DeLancey homestead that has been in the family for three generations. July will feature a four-day, on-site auction that will be a dispersal of a lifelong, local collector of high quality antiques. Mcintosh Auction will continue to run a traditionally formatted auction, with no on-line, or computer bidding.

While Mcintosh Auctions are advertised all over the world through the Internet, bidding must be done in-person, through competitively bid absentee bids, or pre-arranged phone bids. It is not unusual to have several phones going at once for highly desirable items, and for phone bidders to be active from as far away as Japan, California, and the United Kingdom. Keeping it fair

The auction has chosen not to accept on-line computer bidding in order to be more fair to their many long time customers, who choose to attend the auctions in person. The May 1 auction begins at 10:30, with a preview on Friday afternoon, and before the auction on Saturday morning at the American Legion on Page Avenue, Delhi. (Please remember masks, and social distancing will remain in effect to keep us all safe). To preview, visit or (auctioneer 18080).

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Humane Society Spring Auction Goes Virtual

DELHI — April is the month the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society (HCHS) would normally hold its annual Spring Dance and Silent Auction, but they are doing things a little differently this year. HCHS’s 22nd annual Spring fundraiser will be an online auction held Wednesday, April 21 through Friday, April 30.

There will still be a variety of wonderful auction packages for you to bid on, with package themes that include: rustic décor, gardening, gourmet cooking, local artists, dog and cat packages, and Fun in the Catskills with gift certificates to local restaurants, golf courses, skiing, and tubing. We also have a handmade Laurel Burch quilt package, some “pawsome” designer bags (Michael Kors, Fossil, and Coach). Just in time for summer, BBQ and grilling packages! In honor of the bees, they have Bee Kind, with wonderful bee-related items.

You can view and register to bid on these packages, make a donation toward the event, or sponsor a dog or cat spay/neuter on the auction website: All auction items online will be purchased with credit cards and picked up at HCHS per auction guidelines.

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Event Happenings

Saturday-Saturday, July 3-10 Liberal Arts Roxbury Gallery is delighted to present Human Connections: Portraits of a Community/Exhibit and Fundraiser,

July 3-10. featuring portrait works by artist Esther de Jong. Opening July 3, all the portraits will be hanging together for one week at Liberal Arts Roxbury Gallery, 53525 NY-30, Roxbury. On July 10, from 4-7 p.m. you can join the closing party and purchase your portrait by donating to the arts organization of your choice. Visit:

Through-Sunday, July 4 The Margaretville Firemen’s Field Days returns to the village park. Rides, fireworks (July 3&4), live music, car show, chicken BBQ, games and more. Visit the Margaretville Fire Deparmtment Facebook page for details on nightly ride specials. See ad this page for details.

Saturday, July 3 “Wild Saturdays” continue on at John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge at 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury with several free programs. Bring a lawn chair on Saturday, July 3 at 1 p.m. Enjoy Jim Rauter Presents: “From the Porch on the Fourth–Old Time Mountain Fiddle Tunes.” Info at: Saturday, July 3 An opening reception for an exhibit by Claire Gilliam Alphabet will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the 1053 Main Street Gallery in Fleischmanns. The show will run through August 8. More information at:

Through July 5 Longyear Gallery of Margaretville is pleased to announce two new solo exhibitions, “Revelation,“ featuring the art of Marilyn Silver, and “Duology,” featuring the art of Gerda van Leeuwen, continuing through Sunday, July 5. Info:, send email to:, call 845 586-3270.

Saturday, July 10 The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown will present its 8th Living History Cemetery Tour Saturday, July 10 at Margaretville Cemetery. Tours will depart every 20 minutes between 4 and 6 p.m. Attendance is limited so tour time reservations are required. They may be made by calling 845 586-4736.

Sunday, July 11 The 2021 Annual Meeting of the John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge will be held 11 at 2 p.m. at Woodchuck Lodge, Burroughs Road, Roxbury. Members are, as always, welcome to join, and to learn about the past year’s accomplishments in and around the lodge. To learn more about the JBWL and to become a member, visit:

Friday, July 16 A Blood Drive sponsored by Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary will be held from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at the Margaretville Fire Department, 77 Church Street. Please call 1- 800 -RED CROSS or visit to schedule your appointment. Walk-ins are Welcome! Come to give between July 7-31 for your chance to win gas for a year, a $5,000 value! There will be three winners. Terms and conditions apply. Visit: for details.


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Library Vols Create Pollinator Garden

MARGARETVILLE — Fairview Library on Wal-nut Street, Margaretville is among a growing number of area organizations to install a pollinator garden.

Library Director Doris Warner said her board was approached by the Catskill Scenic Byway Committee to participate its initiative to create pollinator gardens throughout the area members were eager to participate. Similar gardens as part of this project in the Margaretville area can be found near Freshtown and the Village Park.

“The library was happy to participate and the initiative was spearheaded by board member In-grid van der Leeden and student liaison to the board, Amaal Bahnas, a Margaretville Central School student,” Doris recalled.

Ingrid and Amaal embraced the concept and designed the garden in front of the library. Most of the plants were donated and came from the gardens of local residents. Several donations helped to get the other materials like mulch and gravel.

Over two days hardworking volunteers re-moved the grass and transformed the new garden area. Those hard at work included Fairview Library Board Members Ingrid van der Leeden, Connie Jeffers, and Stephen Finkel, Former Board Member Dean Hunter, and MCS students Amaal Bahnas and Sydney Asher.

Still to come are a garden bench and a bike rack.

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Balsam Lake Mtn. Fire Tower Reopened

ARKVILLE – The Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower (BLM) in Arkville will be reopened its top cab for visitors to stand tall above the treetops on Saturday, Aug. 1. Volunteers from the Catskill Center in Arkville will be present at the tower on weekends and holidays now through Columbus Day.

To protect other visitors and the volunteers staffing the tower, hikers are required to wear a face mask when climbing on the tower, to use hand sanitizer before and after climbing the tower, and only members of the same party should climb together. Earlier in the season the tower had remained closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fire tower volunteers will be available to provide information and hand sanitizer.

The current steel tower is 47-1/2 feet tall and was built on the mountain in 1919 for forest fire surveillance (the first original tower at BLM was built in 1887). Located on the summit of Balsam Lake Mountain, which stands at 3,729’ in elevation, the fire tower looks out over the central Catskills and offers a wonderful vista in all directions.

There are two main trailheads that can bring hikers to the top of Balsam Lake Mountain. One is located on Mill Brook Road from the north. It is a 5.9-mile out and back hike with an elevation gain of approximately 1,147 feet. A second trailhead is located on Beaverkill Road from the south and is the shortest distance to the top at 3.5-miles roundtrip and with an elevation gain of about 1,188 feet.

For both hikes it is suggested that hikers have the 10 essentials with them, such as a trail map and 2-3 liters of water, to prepare for a few hours out in the backcountry (full list here: ( For COVID-19 safety, the Catskill Center asks that visitors to the mountain please bring a mask and hand sanitizer with them.

“The hikes that lead to the top of Balsam Lake Mountain can be either day hikes or overnight backpack hikes, and a drive around that area of the Catskills (Arkville) offers scenic mountain views, covered bridges, and a network of other trails. The state campgrounds nearby can be great to visit for the day, too,” said the Catskills Center’s Visitor Experience Coordinator Olivia Bernard.

The five backcountry Catskill Park Fire Towers are owned and maintained by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) with support from the Catskill Center. A sixth Catskill Park Fire Tower is now located on the grounds of the Catskills Visitor Center (, having opened in the Fall of 2019. You can learn more about the Fire Towers of the Catskill Park on the Catskill Center’s website at

The volunteer program at the Hunter Mountain Fire Tower is a part of Catskill Center’s Catskill Fire Tower Project. A program that began in the 1990s to restore and maintain the five original historic Catskill Fire Towers, the Catskill Fire Tower Project keeps towers staffed on weekends and holidays from May through October.





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