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ACS hosted Senior Citizens’ Dinner

By Eddie Donoghue
Catskill Mountain News

Tradition is alive and well in Andes where the annual Senior Citizens’ Dinner was held this past Friday at Andes Central School (ACS) for over the 50th time.

Nearly 40 senior citizens, many of which are Andes residents and ACS graduates, gathered at the school for a holiday styled dinner served to them by middle school and high school volunteers. The meal, which included a main course of roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, vegetables, and an apple crisp à la mode for dessert, was prepped by the school’s cooking club and cooked by the cafeteria staff.

“It was excellent. Delicious— I mean really good,” said one diner, Lorraine Vausse, ACS class of 1963. “It’s very nice they do this for seniors. I’ve been coming for quite a few years,” she said, adding, “My parents came here too.”

Another in attendance was Andes Supervisor, Bud Gladstone. “It’s really good to see seniors get out here. They deserve acknowledgment,” he said. Despite being eligible for the dinner “for quite a while” Gladstone said it was only his second time at the event, with the special reason this year being to bring his mother.

Holiday music

As dessert was winding down, and the dishes were mostly collected, Kellie Daino, the ACS Music Director led the preschool through 2nd grade chorus out for a performance of “Keep It Light” followed by a performance of “Winter Lights” by the grade 3-6 chorus.

Organized and run by Confidential Secretary and District Treasurer, Jan Stevens, and Family and Consumer Science and Business teacher, Kathy Whittaker, the event ran smoothly and had a festive atmosphere.

“The whole school loves this day. The kids love to come down and wait on our guests, it’s their way to give back,” Stevens said, adding how elementary students created favors for the diners to take home.

Peter James DePierro, a senior, was one of the student volunteers. Having volunteered for this event since the 8th grade, he said, “I do it because it’s really nice for the holidays. To have the seniors come here and socialize with each other is really good for the community.”

He talked about the hard work it takes him and his fellow students to prepare, serve, and clean for the event, but added, “It’s hard but we try to do our best.”

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WWII Radio Christmas show

Phoenicia – A re-creation of a live radio broadcast on Christmas Eve 1943 will be held on three consecutive weekends at the Phoenicia Playhouse starting on Friday, Dec. 1 and running for three weekends.  All veterans get in free.

World War ll Radio Christmas opens at The Phoenicia Playhouse on Friday Dec. 1st and runs for three weekends. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.

The Phoenicia Playhouse will celebrate this holiday season by transporting it’s audiences to a live performance of a 1940s radio show at Christmas during- WWII. World War ll Radio Christmas recreates the experience of watching alive radio play with live music, sound effects, comedy and drama- at Christmastime during the height of the Second World War.

The play is set during a period when, for the first time ever via the magic of radio,our nation was able to come together and share the experiences of our soldiers who were at war in far-flung corners of the globe. Radio also allowed us to express our collective optimism, hope and grief, and to provide comfort during that difficult time.

World War ll Radio Christmas teams director John Remington, who appeared most recently in Prelude to a Kiss, with a cast of mostly newcomers to the Phoenicia Playhouse stage. The ensemble includes Paul Tomasko who sang the leading tenor roles with The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players for 20 years; local actress and playwright, Willow Harrington; Jacob Anspach, who most recently was seen in Dark of the Moon at Rhinebeck Center for the Performing Arts and Geneva Turner.

World War ll Radio Christmas stars the husband and wife team of Brian Flynn and Amy Schiebe.

For info call 845.688.2279 or visit: Tickets are $20, $18 for students and seniors.

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Office for the Aging open house

Delhi — There will be an Open House celebration of the Delaware County Office for the Aging/NY Connects and the Delhi Dining Center on December 13 from noon until 5 p.m. at their new location, 97 Main Street, Delhi.

Delaware Opportunities and the Delaware County Office for the Aging work together for the provision of congregate and home delivered meal. This program is designed to provide delicious, healthy meals for the homebound as well as seniors who come to dining centers for the meals, socialization, and recreation. This program hosts six dinging centers, and will continue to do so until 2018.The event is open to the public and includes tours of the new office, and the senior dining facility.

This event is a celebration open to the public, and will be help at 97 Main Street, in Delhi.

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Small Works show open at RAG

The Roxbury Arts Group’s annual Small works exhibit is one through Jan. 6, 2018.

The show features 25 area artists. The show, slated for the Walt Meade Gallery of the Roxbury Arts Center features works that are sized 12 x 12 all of which can be purchased for holiday gift giving or private collections.

“The Small Works exhibit gives viewers the opportunity to tour the gallery multiple times during the same exhibit and see new work with each visit,” says Annie Schwed, Gallery Coordinator at RAG. “When a piece is purchased, the patron takes it home, and a new work is placed on the wall.”

The show continues until January 6, 2018. The Walt Meade Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am– 3:00 pm, and by appointment.

For more information about this and all Roxbury Arts Group events, visit or call 607.326.7908.

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Holiday show at Longyear Gallery

OPENING UP — An Artist’s Reception for an annual Holiday Show will take place at Longyear Gallery in Margaretville on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 3-6 p.m.

Margaretville – “The Holiday Show” opening this week at Margaretville’s Longyear Gallery is more than an art show; it is a vibrant, attractive, and community oriented activity. The annual event features the artwork of all Longyear Gallery members. An Artist’s Reception will take place Saturday, Dec. 2, from 3-6 p.m.

As in previous Longyear Gallery Holiday Shows, Longyear artists will be presenting their watercolors, prints, monotypes, photographs, drawings, ceramics, objects, and small oil paintings in “The Holiday Show.” Any purchases may be taken home at the time of sale rather than when the exhibit is over.

Longyear Gallery is a cooperative art gallery that first opened in Margaretville in Fall 2007. Its members include artists Robert Axelrod, Marcia Clark, Janice De Marino, Neil Driscoll, Ann Lee Fuller, Elaine Grandy, Robin Halpern, Jennifer Jefferson, Louise Kalin, Hedi Kyle, David Leveson, Margaret Leveson, Helane Levine-Keating, Patrice Lorenz.

Frank Manzo, Helene Manzo, Anthony Margiotta, Gary Mayer, Elaine Mayes, Richard Kirk Mills, Christopher Moore, Wayne Morris, Tom Rapin, Victoria Scott, Marilyn Silver, Gerda van Leeuwen, Linda Varian, Corneel Verlaan, Ros Welchman, and Ellen Wong.

There are monthly group shows, featured artist shows, talks given by featured artists, an invitational show in which artists invite other artists, and a winter holiday show.

“The Holiday Show” will run December 1-31. Longyear Gallery is located Downstairs in The Commons, 785 Main Street, Margaretville. Hours are Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays 11-4 pm, and Saturdays 10-5 p.m. and by appointment.

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Upcoming Community Events

Friday, Nov. 3

The Prattsville Community Church will host a Thai Food Dinner Buffet, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Proceeds from the dinner will support the work of Stephen and Naomi Conti who will go to Chiang Mai, Thailand to teach English within Hope House orphanage for the next two years.

Andes Central School will present a production of Annie with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 4

The Fleischmanns Community Church will host a Turkey Dinner fundraiser at the church on Main Street in Fleischmanns. Turkey with all the trimmings along with homemade pie for dessert will be served from 5:00 until 6:30 p.m. Takeouts will be available starting at 4:30 p.m.

The Lanesville Church will celebrate its Harvest Roast Beef Supper at the church, Rt. 214 Lanesville. Takeout service is offered from 4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Eat in dining is offered from 5:15 – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 5

Catskill Mountain Classic Car Club hosts its annual Toys for the Children drive. Classics, hotrods, motorcycles, trucks, and even every day rides will be welcomed and refreshments will be available. Participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the event, which runs from Noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Big Indian firehouse. For more information, call 845.254.4238 or 845.594.7936.

Tuesday, Nov. 7

Election Day lunch will be served at the Andes Firehouse on County Route 1. Homemade soups, chili, sandwiches and homemade dessert will be served from 11:30 a.m. until gone. From 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. a dinner of Chicken and Biscuits will be served with mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, salad, a drink and a choice of homemade desserts. For info call 845.676.4053.

Thursday, Nov. 9

The Andes Public Library will honor veterans with a showing of Hacksaw Ridge, based on the true story of Desmond Doss, the army medic who saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. Veterans, friends, and family are welcome for an hour of fellowship starting at 6:00 p.m. with the movie starting at 7:00. Light refreshments will be served or bring a snack to share. Donations to the library at 242 Main St. are appreciated. For more information, call 845.676,3333 or visit

Andes Central School will host a Veterans’ Day ceremony and breakfast for all Andes veterans and their families at 9:00 a.m. Breakfast will follow the ceremony to thank them for their service. There is no charge for attending but advance reservations requested at 845.676.3166 Ext. 103. Those attending should park behind the school and come into the gymnasium.

Saturday, Nov. 11

Middletown Legion Post 216 hosts the Veteran’s Day Dinner starting with social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Nov. 29

The public is invited to a Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center open house from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Staff will showcase the new facility with tours and meet the staff sessions. Door prizes and giveaways will be offered at the event, located at 41861 St. Hwy. 10 in Delhi. For more information,

Thursday, Nov. 30

Foothills District Good Scout/Boy Scout Award Dinner honoring retiring Delaware County Sheriff Tom Mills. Silent auction at 5:30 p,m, dinner and program at 6:15 p.m. Alumni Hall, SUNY Delhi. For information on dinner and program, call 607.746.4577 or visit

Friday, Dec. 1

The Delaware and Ulster Railroad will be hosting a Delaware County Chamber of Commerce eat and meet breakfast from 8:30-10:00 a.m. Delaware and Ulster Railroad General Manager Wes Coates will talk about the role the railroad continues to have in the local economy and the plans for 2018. Weather permitting, there will be a short train ride. Advance reservations are required.

Andes residents over the age of 55 are invited to the Annual Senior Citizen Dinner at 1:00 p.m. Attendees can park behind the school of they need to use handicapped parking, or can park on the street. Residents looking to be present should call the school at 845-676-3166 ext. 103 to make a reservation for free.

Saturday, Dec. 2

Irma Mae Griffin’s History of the Town of Roxbury and Thrift Shoppe merchandise will be the focus of the Annual Holiday Bazaar at the Roxbury Library. Shoppers will also be offered the opportunity to participate in the RLA “Sunflower Splendor” quilt raffle. Santa will visit from 10 a.m.-noon. Located at 53742 State Highway 30, the Library is directly opposite the town’s United Methodist Church on Main Street. Donations of new or gently used gift items are welcome. Info 607.326.7901.

The Heart of the Catskills Humane Society hosts a Holiday Celebration and Tree Raffle from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will be live holiday music, a bake sale, holiday gift shopping and light fare. Admission includes one raffle ticket, and children accompanied by a parent enter free. This event will be located at the Delaware County Historical Association, Route 10, Delhi. Info: 607-746- 3080 or email

“The Holiday Show” is opening this week at Margaretville’s Longyear Gallery. The annual event features the artwork of all Longyear Gallery members. An Artist’s Reception will take place from 3-6 p.m. Longyear Gallery is located Downstairs in The Commons, 785 Main Street, Margaretville. Open Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Union Grove Distillery will host Dandelion Geothermal for informative sessions at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. Attendees may enjoy a free cocktail and a question and answer session. For more information contact Transition Catskills at

Tuesday. Dec. 5

The Greater Roxbury Business Association (GRBA) hosts its traditional Holiday Party at Public Restaurant and Lounge on Bridge Street in Roxbury, NY. The annual membership meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. the GRBA Member of the Year Award will be announced.

Southern Tier Solar Works will host a forum about how to go solar without installing panels on your home. This presentation is free and will include refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. This event will be held at the Andes Hotel located at 110 Main St., Andes, 13731. Please RSVP to

Thursday, Dec. 7

The American Legion Post 216, will host a Pearl Harbor 76 th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Legion Hall in Margaretville. The public is invited to witness this solemn event.

Saturday, Dec. 9

Prattsville Community Church hosts its Christmas Parmesan Dinner and Show with Singer/ Songwriter Julie Nevel. Gather at the church at Rt. 23 Main Street, Prattsville from 5-7 p.m. RSVP to Ken Aurigema at 518.821.1261, and check out:

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Village Spruce Up

HEAVY LIFTING — Matt Sluiter, above, hauls brush away as part of volunteer cleanup in the Village of Margaretville on April 23. Sluiter Agency, Inc. was well represented in the project, with Peter Sluiter, below, also lending helping hands with some raking duties to spruce up the village. — Photos courtesy of Diane Galusha

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