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Store owners face challenge of cigarette sales fees

By Jay Braman Jr.
Albany probably didn’t see this coming.
When lawmakers started cooking up a plan to add a huge tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products they knew it was going to pinch smokers, but what about small-business owners?


Zimbabwe salute Saturday at market, RAG

Roxbury — The Roxbury Arts Group salutes Zimbabwe on Saturday, July 10, in an all-day presentation of music, art and film highlighting Zimbabwe artists. The day begins at noon at The Pakatakan Farmers’ Market with a demonstration of the art of the mbira. This will be followed by an evening of film and music at The Roxbury Arts Center.


Margaretville Hospital puts 4WD ambulance into service

Margaretville — Margaretville Hospital has put its first four-wheel-drive ambulance into service.
The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center raised $120,000 to purchase the 2010 Ford ambulance. The vehicle was delivered on June 18 and personnel then began the process of equipping the vehicle for duty.


"Shirley Valentine" returns for two Open Eye shows

Margaretville — The Open Eye Theater will present the return of last season’s hit, “Shirley Valentine” with Patricia Van Tassel on Sunday, July 11 and Sunday, Aug. 1 at 1 p.m. This one-character play follows a middle-aged, working class Liverpool housewife who finds herself so stagnant and in a rut that she is reduced to talking to the wall. When her best friend invites her to join her on a holiday in Greece, she throws caution to the wind, packs her bags and goes.


Hospital exploring options for Family Health Centers

By Julia Green
Speculation has been rife in recent weeks regarding the fate of the two family health centers located in Roxbury and Margaretville that fall under the purview of Margaretville Hospital.
While Margaretville Hospital Executive Director Edmond Morache said that the hospital is considering a number of different options concerning the forward direction of the clinics, nothing has been decided quite yet.


Writer's tour, artist demos, music at farmers' market festival series

Halcottsville — Geology professor Robert Titus, of Hartwick College and Kaatskill Life magazine, will be leading a visit to Dry Brook to explore the creek’s Ice Age history and its record of flood events on Saturday, July 10. The program begins at 9 a.m. at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market on Route 30, Halcottsville and the tour departs at 10 a.m.


Donald H. McGee of Roxbury joins health foundation board

Margaretville — Donald H. McGee has been appointed to the Margaretville Health Foundation Board of Directors. McGee, a retired publishing executive, was twice voted Publisher of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly.


Martin Lerner Gallery opens in Roxbury

By Julia Green
A new art gallery opened its doors in Roxbury in June and already boasts a remarkable calendar of exhibits scheduled through December. The Martin Lerner Gallery, located on Route 30, is the first gallery owned by Lerner, who spent 20 years working for Konica Minolta Business Solutions in photo imaging and whose primary background is in retail. His artistic side, however, emerges through his own avocation: photography.


Broadway superstar Patti LuPone brings soaring talents to Belleayre

Highmount - Patti LuPone, one of the brightest stars in Broadway history, will display her soaring vocal talents in the intimate setting of the Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, July 10 at 8 p.m.
Patti made a triumphant solo concert debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall in “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda,” resulting in a sold-out encore performance and she will perform this show at Belleayre.


Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder plus fireworks show at Belleayre July 3

Highmount – The Belleayre Music Festival will color Independence Weekend “Red, White and Bluegrass” when Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder showcase their amazing repertoire on Saturday, July 3 at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks. Fourteen-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs returns to Belleayre in what promises to be a rousing holiday weekend showcase.


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