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Joshpe book recalls life of rural doctor

Stamford — Dr. Glen Joshpe, a well-known and now retired Stamford physician, has written and published his autobiography. Joshpe practiced internal and family practice medicine for 33 years. He served as president of the Delaware County Medical Society for many years and was medical director of Community Hospital of Stamford, and subsequently Robinson Terrace Nursing Home.


Ambulance request in Shandaken budget

By Jay Braman Jr.
The budget process has begun this year in Shandaken with two of the most expensive departments hitting the ground running, asking for new vehicles, and another department head asking for extra, unbudgeted help for this year.
That was the case at a recent special meeting of the town board. The meeting was called to make a decision on the long-hovering tax issue for the City-owned Pine Hill sewer plant, but Supervisor Peter DiSclafani warned the budget season has apparently started as well, noting ambulance department personnel in the audience along with the town’s tax assessor, both with funding requests.


"The Case for Israel" plays in Fleischmanns

Fleischmanns — Congregation Bnai Israel will show the documentary film,“The Case for Israel,” based on the book by Alan Dershowitz on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. The film presents background information on the state of Israel, and deals with its problems and offers interviews with Israeli leaders.


Square dancing for all levels classes and dances planned

Roxbury — Is square dancing, a dying tradition?  Not any more.  Catskills Folk Connection, in collaboration with The Roxbury Arts Group, is presenting four dances this fall plus two workshops for beginners.  The Catskills’ regional treasure, Hilt Kelly and his band, The SideKicks, will play for the monthly dances at venues in Delaware and Greene counties.


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.”


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.


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