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Mamma Mia! ABBA - The Tour makes stop at Belleayre Festival Saturday

Highmount — ABBA – The Tour, the high-energy show that has played to packed houses around the world, will provide a sweet pop treat for fans at the Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 5.
ABBA is one of the greatest hit-making groups of all time. They still sell over two million records a year.


Redistricting plans studied for Onteora

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Onteora School Board will be taking a long, hard look at the problem of class sizes in the district over the next few months, and acknowledges that one solution may be redistricting.
At a recent meeting, many board members as well as some administrators agreed that the best class size for the district would be between 18 and 22 students.


Big Indian legend is standing tall

The following is an account of the Big Indian legend by author and 19th-century newspaperman Charles M. Skinner. It appears in his book Myths and Legends of Our Own Land, published in 1896.
“In the Esopus Valley lived Winnisook, whose height was seven feet, and who was known among white settlers as “The Big Indian.”


Twilight on the Rails Saturday at D&URR

There’s no better way to spend a lovely summer evening than on the Delaware & Ulster Railroad listening to great music as you roll along beside the East Branch of the Delaware River. On Saturday, Sept. 5, the Blues Maneuver will take to the rails on the historic D&URR from 6 to 8:30  p.m. for a slow-moving scenic train ride that everyone will enjoy.


Reading Between the Lines planned at Roxbury Library

Roxbury — Beginning in September, the Roxbury Library Association (RLA) will offer a four-month Reading Between the Lines (RBTL) adult book discussion group.


Freshtown celebrations pick up steam; Christmas target date for completion

By Brian Sweeney
Renovations to the new Freshtown Supermarket in Margaretville are in full swing and store officials hope to have all work completed by Christmas.
PSK Supermarkets Vice President Noah Katz said this week the renovations of the former A&P Supermarket on Bridge Street are progressing well. The store reopened as a Freshtown last January. After a number of months of planning, major work on the total overhaul of the store got underway several months ago.


Roxbury opens "Doors" to artists

By Julia Green
Part-time Roxbury resident Herrat Sommerhoff sees the value in recycled materials. As an artist, Sommerhoff has exhibited in the United States and in Europe artwork created from recycled materials. As a local CROP teacher, she uses all recycled materials. And her latest project takes recycling to a new place altogether: doors.


Whet Paint show at RAG on Saturday

Roxbury — Over 40 local artists will participate in The Roxbury Arts Group’s annual Whet Paint on Saturday, Sept. 5. The artists will gather at RAG in the morning, eat a hearty breakfast, choose canvases in various sizes and disperse throughout the area to paint landscapes, village scenes or still-life arrangements before returning to RAG at 4 p.m., wet canvases in hand.


Supremes legend Mary Wilson brings hits to Belleayre Aug. 29

Highmount — Mary Wilson, founding member of the world’s most famous female trio - The Supremes - will bring her hit-filled show to the Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. Mary was among the vocal powerhouses, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, who turned songs like “Baby Love,” “Come See About Me,” “Stop In the Name of Love,” and “Back in My Arms Again,” into timeless classics.


Roadside weed control spraying questioned; DEP uses chemicals near reservoirs it protects

By Brian Sweeney
Days after a citizen complained to the Middletown Board about potential contamination from municipal pesticide use, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection applied pesticides adjacent to the Pepacton Reservoir.


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