There are three city weekly newspapers:
Antratsit Herald (news);
Nedelia ("Week") - mostly advertisements;
Fonar Weekly (“Lantern”) - ads.
It’s common knowledge here that Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), a great Russian writer, used to stay near Antratsit twice in his life.
In 1877 when he was 17 he spent his summer vacations here. In 1887 he spent a month here.
He was a guest of a retired cornet Gabriel Kravtsov who was a landlord in the village of Rogozina Balka (now the settlement of Sadovy) located just two miles outside of the city.
Anton Chekhov helped the cornet’s son Peter to enter the cadet school in Novocherkassk.
The village was located “far from people” out in the steppe of the Donets Plateau.
Peter Kravtsov called the village jokingly “the aul of semi-wild people” (“aul” is a village in the Caucasus and in Central Asia). Anton Chekhov also called the village jokingly “Pecheneg’s farmstead” (The Pechenegs were the nomadic tribes that used to inhabit this area in the 9th through 11th centuries).
The young Anton was enchanted by the beauty of the virgin steppe full of inimitable colors and charm and fell in love with it.
Many of his stories are full of impressions that he got during his stay in the Don Land, among them”An IncidentHappinessPetchenyegThe CossackThe SteppeLights
In 1887 Anton Chekhov stayed in the cornet’s village here for about a month.
Enchanted by the local landscapes Chekhov called this area The Don Switzerland.
The River Nagolchik is the tributary of the Nagolnaya that flows southward towards the Sea of Azov.
I saw the river on my way to the bus terminal and I must say I was shocked to see how polluted its banks were.
The local have left tons of garbage there: empty plastic and glass bottles, plastic bags and what not.
It would be a good initiative to make a spring cleaning of the entire river within the city limits.
I wonder if there would be enough people who are not indifferent and willing to help Mother Nature.
You can see many works of the well-known atist Edward Anishchenko.
They are on the walls of the leisure center.
Also, I saw one of his canvases in the office of the director of the leisure center.
Edward Anishchenko is know for placing himself almost in every picture in different images. I saw one of his pictures (in the director's office) where the artist painted himself as Czar Ivan the Terrible.
During my stay in Antratsit I also visited the leisure center where the city library is located.
The library won two grants: one from the US Embassy and another from LEAP project.
The Internet centers are always full of people and attract a lot of young people from all over the city.
I met the library chief Olga who told me about the library campagns and readers.