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Andes welcomes new pastor

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The Presbyterian Church of Andes (town) welcomes their new pastor, the Rev. Dr. Steven R. Swanson, to the pulpit Sunday, Sept. 6.


Gas drilling forum planned in Andes

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Andes —  “What you need to know about gas drilling in the Catskills,” an issue that generates strong feelings both for and against, will be presented by Wes Gillingham, of Catskill Mountainkeeper, and writer/researcher Anne Saxon-Hersh at the Andes Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.


Fund-raising golf tourney Sept. 12 at Shephard Hills

The Second Parkinson’s Patriotic Tournament, a golf tournament to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Shephard Hills Golf Course in Roxbury.
The red-white-blue scramble tournament will be played with a four-person captain and crew format, and six holes each will be played from the red, white and blue tees; mulligans and skins will also be featured. The $60 entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart rental, and dinner.


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.”


"Artist and His Work" opens at Longyear

Opening this week at Margaretville’s Longyear Gallery is “The Artist and His Work: A ‘Not Quite’ Retrospective” featuring the paintings of local artist John Hopkins. The Artist’s Reception will take place Saturday, Aug. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m.


"Artistic Nature" exhibition on display at CWC

Margaretville — “Artistic Nature,” an exhibition of 25 watercolors and acrylic paintings by Sharon Suess of Halcottsville, is on view at the Catskill Watershed Corporation in Margaretville through October 9.


OCS secretary is charged with taking fund-raiser money

By Jay Braman Jr.
State police have arrested an Onteora High School employee and charged her with felony grand larceny and related charges, alleging that she stole over $9,000 that school groups accumulated by holding fund-raisers.
Elizabeth Sopata, 45, of Kingston was charged on Aug. 4.


Congregation Bnai Israel to mark 90th anniversary

Fleischmanns — Congregation Bnai Israel of Fleischmanns will celebrate its 90th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 6, at 2 p. m. with a gala program of history, song and dance.
Tim Mulvaney, master of ceremonies, David Schneiderman and June Meinstein will offer a chronology of events in the life of Congregation Bnai Israel and of Fleischmanns.


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