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Storycrafters concert planned for Friday at Andes auditorium

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Andes — The musical storytelling duo “The Storycrafters” will be the featured performers in a free concert at the Andes Central School this Friday at 6:30 p.m. Described on the “Today" show as “two wonderful storytellers captivating children,” The Storycrafters (aka Jeri Burns and Barry Marshall) have been performing together for over 15 years. With their inimitable tandem style of telling, The Storycrafters tastefully weave music and story together in performances that have wowed audiences around the world.


Cabaret artists Dell, Brown will return to Andes Hotel

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Andes — “The Best of Times” songs and lyrics by Jerry Herman will be presented by cabaret artists Patricia Dell and Kent Brown, at The Andes Hotel, on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. This wonderful evening of song features selections from Herman’s hit shows such as “Hello Dolly,” “Mame,” “Milk & Honey,” “Mack and Mabel” and others.


Unique nighttime hike set at YMCA

Claryville — A unique Nighttime Hike offering a chance for star gazing and watching nocturnal animals is set at Frost Valley YMCA on Saturday, Nov. 1 starting at 6 p.m. Reid Bauer of Frost Valley will lead the hike, helping participants overcome a fear of the dark by exploring how humans and animals adapt to the nighttime environment. The excursion will also be dedicated to learning how to view planets, stars and constellations with both the naked eye and telescopes, which will be provided.


Community input sought for Middletown Comprehensive Plan

Margaretville — All residents, property owners, civic groups, businesses and government officials are invited and encouraged to participate in a special “planning and visioning” workshop to shape the future of the Town of Middletown. The event will be held on Nov. 1 at the Margaretville Firehall starting promptly at 11 a.m. This is a public planning session and the entire community is encouraged to participate.


CCC in the Catskills subject of book talks

The 75th anniversary of the New Deal and its impact on the Catskills is celebrated in a new book whose author will speak at upcoming events in Fleischmanns and Arkville. Diane Galusha, author of Another Day, Another Dollar: The Civilian Conservation Corps in the Catskills, will provide an illustrated talk Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. at Skene Memorial Library, Main St., Fleischmanns, and Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development in Arkville. The Catskill Center talk is preceded by a book signing at 1 p.m.


Theme weekends for scouts, youths set at Frost Valley

Claryville — Special theme weekends for Girl Scouts, Brownies and Youth Groups are planned this fall in the heart of the Catskill Mountain High Peaks at Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville.
Due to popular demand, Frost Valley has added a second Adventure Badge Weekend for Friday through Sunday, Nov. 7-9. This weekend is geared toward Juniors, Cadets and Seniors and has been scheduled because the Nov. 14-16 Adventure Badge Weekend was quickly filled to capacity.


Ghost Coach rolls Saturday

Roxbury’s Victorian Ghost Coach emerges from the shadows on Saturday evening, October 25, to take its intrepid passengers on a spectral moonlit quest in this historic hamlet.
Roxbury’s rich history is a natural breeding ground for spooky melodrama, legend and secrets told only from the grave. Such notorious Victorian horrors as Jack the Ripper and Lizzie Borden have also been known to “resort” to this storied hamlet — expect some haunting “cameo” apparitions!


German Club toasts October celebration

By Marion Hohn
The Catskill Mountains, in all their fall splendor, were alive with the sound of German music Saturday when members of the German-American Club of the Northern Catskills held their ninth annual Oktoberfest at Belleayre’s Discovery Lodge in Highmount.
More than 700 people enjoyed an authentic Bavarian celebration complete with music by Bud Gramer, the Adlers and folk dancing demonstrations by Germania Almrausch.  Bratwurst and Leberkaes were served with homemade potato salad and sauerkraut as well as hot pretzels, Black Forest cake and other German specialties.


DEP position on gas drilling still vague

By Matthew J. Perry
While The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner spoke volumes before the state assembly at an October 15th public hearing in Albany, New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) representative presented the equivalent of a few sound bites.
DEP Deputy Commissioner Paul Rush followed DEC’s Peter Grannis to the microphone and spoke for less than 10 minutes. The questioning period that followed was also brief. Grannis, by comparison, testified for nearly two hours.


Town board passes new historic district boundaries

By Patricia Adams
Roxbury held a meeting Monday to hear public comments about the historic preservation district proposed by Roxbury’s preservation commission. The district, which closely follows the hamlet’s 2003 listing on State and National Register of Historic Places, is the first step in establishing basic standards to protect the hamlet’s significant historic properties and its historic character.


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