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RUPCO's latest award means $1.6 million in direct spending for Ulster County housing

Kingston — A $500,000 grant announced by Governor David Paterson’s office last week brings total home buying and home repair resources currently available in Ulster County to $1.6 million in direct spending for the purchase and post purchase re-habilitation of Ulster County homes.
Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO) officials believe that the latest grant announcement plus other resources in-house will help them top last year’s total investments of $1.8 million spent for 34 new homeowners and 75 rehabilitated homes.


3-D Archery Shoot set for Saturday

Claryville — Frost Valley YMCA’s Outdoor Sporting Program will hold a 3-D Archery Shoot on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Competition categories are offered for each target from cub, novice, youth, traditional, women, hunter, open, to pro and top bow classes.


Tomato blight a growing problem in northeast

By Julia Green
JR Lawrence’s vegetable garden in the back yard of his Swart Street, Margaretville home is a source of a variety of summer vegetables. Cucumbers, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, beans, carrots, beets, peppers and squash all line the perimeter of his yard, interspersed with floral plants like dahlias and black-eyed Susans.
There is one crop that will be noticeably missing from his late-summer produce, however: tomatoes.
About a month ago, Lawrence’s six tomato plants fell victim to late blight, a disease of which plant pathologists have reported an outburst in the region this summer.


Congressional Gold Medal awarded posthumously to wartime pilot

By Julia Green
In the pocket of Ruth (Franckling) Reynolds’ flight slacks, there could always be found a 1922 silver dollar. The edges were beaten and dented from hours spent bouncing it on the hard concrete while she and other Women Airforce Service Pilots waited for the fog to lift so that they could take off.
And, when they were finally able to take to the skies, they had no idea the history they were making.


Auxiliary volunteers earn accolades

The sun was shining on the 41st annual Antique, Craft & Flea Market sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center on August 1. This was another banner year with many vendors participating and patrons coming through the gates.


Marshall Tucker concert canceled

Delhi — Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Marshall Tucker Band concert scheduled for August 15, 7 p.m. at Clark Sports Center, SUNY Delhi has been canceled.


Crossroads threatening to back out of land sale

By Jay Braman Jr.
The developers of a proposed $400 million resort in Shandaken are asking the Ulster County Legislature to grant a right-of-way over county land that lies between their holdings and more than 1,200 acres of property they plan to sell to the state.


Blues Maneuver will rock Stamford's 76 MAIN! venue

Stamford — The Blues Maneuver, one of the Catskill region’s premier dance bands for more than a decade, will perform at the newly reopened Carriage House at RAG’s 76 MAIN! in Stamford on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m. In what promises to be the dance of the summer, the six-piece band will rock the place with their eclectic repertoire ranging from ’40s tunes to swing, Motown and classic R&B. Admission is $10.


Phone calls are a scam

It has come to the attention of the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office that a fund-raising phone campaign is being conducted and that callers are claiming to be employees of the Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office is not involved in this solicitation campaign and does not ever solicit funds from the public over the phone.


Catskill Center to lead Scenic Byway Project

Arkville — The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development will lead the effort in pursuing a Scenic Byway designation for a 50-mile stretch of Route 28 in the Catskill Mountain Region.
A designation will stimulate local economies through tourism and recreation and open the door to federal and state moneys. The Central Catskills Collaborative, a group of seven communities along the Route 28 Corridor, recently contracted with The Catskill Center to guide the development of a Corridor Management Plan, a requirement in the Scenic Byway nomination process.


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