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Beading, felting demos at market Saturday

Halcottsville — Beading and felting demonstrations will be offered at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market in Hal-cottsville on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon. As part of the free activities, Sandy Valk will demonstrate how she combines fabrics and beading to create beautiful hats and bags.


"Amish Project" debuts at RAG

Roxbury — Actor and playwright Jessica Dickey is bringing her powerful play “The Amish Project” to The Roxbury Arts Group as this summer’s offering from Todd Mountain Theater Project (TMTP).
“The Amish Project,” written and performed by Jessica Dickey, will be at The Roxbury Arts Group August 6-9 and August 13-16. Thursday to Sunday at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Her riveting writing and acting recently garnered rave reviews in New York City during a successful run at The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.


$2.2 million Route 28 project ready for paving

By Jay Braman Jr.
There’s $2.2 million in Federal Stimulus dollars headed to the Town of Shandaken, where electronic road signs signal the beginning of a repaving project for Route 28.
The signs, located just west of Phoenicia and east of mount Tremper, announce that the project will begin on Aug. 10.


Burroughs focus of new ECCC show

Arkville — The Catskill Center Erpf Gallery has announced its third gallery show of the season – “Jody Primoff, John Burroughs and Woodchuck Lodge” – featuring works by Roxbury artist and writer, Jody Primoff. 
The public is invited to attend the gallery opening on August 8 from 5-7 p.m. at the Erpf Gallery in Arkville.  The show runs through Oct. 3, with a lecture by Primoff on September 26 at 2 p.m. at the Catskill Center.


Aerial photo flight spots fire on couple's property

By Julia Green
Aerial photography: it’s all the rage these days. People have aerial snapshots of their homes, hometowns, alma maters, favorite vacation spots… a favorite location, shown from a bird’s eye view and framed to hang on the wall of their home.
That was undoubtedly what Eleonora and Rolf Bruderer had in mind when they drove to Sidney on July 17 to charter a small plane to fly over the Vega Valley where their house is located. And, while they didn’t end up with the experience they had imagined, they wound up with a heck of a story.


Music Festival planned Aug. 8 at Margaretville Village Pavilion

The Community Music & Arts Network will host a free, all ages, alcohol-free acoustic music festival on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 3-9 p.m. in the Margaretville Pavilion behind Freshtown.
The event will includee barbecue chicken, arts and crafts, face-painting, and other festival vendors will also be available. This event is made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program administered in Delaware County by The Roxbury Arts Group and Performance Plus of Stamford.


Official: DRBC flood regs "bad" for county

By Matthew J. Perry
Hard on the heels of an environmental impact study that outlined the withering effects of land acquisition in the Catskill Watershed, the county board of supervisors received another warning call last Wednesday concerning water regulation and its effects on the local economy and infrastructure.


Ladysmith Black Mambazo plays Belleayre

Highmount - Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the band that skyrocketed to international prominence after backing Paul Simon on his “Graceland” album, plays the Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m.


Young artist opera recital Tuesday at RAG

Roxbury — Eve Gigliotti, a radiant mezzo-soprano and a 2009 member of the Glimmerglass Opera’s Young Artist Program will present a recital featuring works by Purcell, Rossini, Debussy and Bolcom on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Jay Gould Memorial Church, Main St., Roxbury.
The performance, presented by The Roxbury Arts Group, will be followed by a reception in the gazebo of Kirkside Park.


New ACS superintendent brings diverse experience to district

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By Matthew J. Perry
Dr. Robert Chakar, 41, has nearly eight years of experience as a building principal and almost 20 years as a teacher and administrator. Still, barely three weeks into his tenure as the superintendent of Andes Central School, he freely admits he sees a learning curve ahead.
“There are a lot of similarities between the job of superintendent and principal,” he says. “In both jobs you’re really a figurehead, interacting with the community and kids. You deal with the school district’s budget. As a principal I had to build budgets... but this will be the first time I’m actually signing off on a budget.”


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