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Middletown Board debates signage, appointment process

By Matthew J. Perry
Given a light docket, the Middletown Town Board spent most of its meeting time last Tuesday night debating two issues: what action, if any, can be taken against the proliferation of temporary advertising signs along highways in the township, and the proper procedure for recommending and then appointing new members to the town’s planning board.


Mettawee Theatre Company plays free show

Stamford — The Mettawee River Theatre Company returns to Stamford for the 26th year of appearing in the area through the auspices of The Roxbury Arts Group.
Presented this year by RAG 76 MAIN!, the company is coming with a brand new production, “Beyond the High Valley – a Quechua Story.” The performance will take place on Wednesday, July 22, at 8 p.m. on the Cyr Center lawn in Stamford. Admission is free.


Actors sought for 10-minute plays

Open auditions for actors and actresses of all ages will be held at The Roxbury Arts Group’s 76 MAIN! Performing Arts Center located at 76 Main Street in Stamford, on Tuesday evening, July 28 at 7 p.m.


Margaretville priest arrested; faces 20 counts in sex case

By Brian Sweeney
The pastor at the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Margaretville was arrested Thursday on 20 counts stemming from his alleged sexual misconduct involving six males aged 11-19.
The Very Rev. James McDevitt voluntarily turned himself in at the Middletown Town Court in Margaretville on Thursday morning where he was charged with six counts of second-degree sexual abuse, seven counts of forcible touching, six counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of third-degree sexual abuse.


Klezmer tunes will be featured at Fleischmanns

Fleischmanns - The sounds of Klezmer music will be heard in the Skene Library in Fleischmanns on Sunday, August 2 at 2 p.m.
The Saints of Swing, led by bandleader David Winograd, is an extraordinary collection of musicians providing an ultimate experience in classic Klezmer music. Richard Chiger, who has been singing klezmer since he was a small child, brings a fresh, warm, vibrant and authentic interpretation to this kind of music.


Work progresses on Dollar General on Main St, Margaretville

By Brian Sweeney
Work is progressing rapidly on construction of a Dollar General store scheduled to open in Margaretville on October 15.
The Dollar General store will be located on a parcel adjacent to the Margaretville Post Office, several hundred yards west of Margaretville Central School.


Free concert in Andes features "Blind Mice"

Andes — Friends of Ballantine Park will present a free concert in Ballantine Park, Tremperskill Road, county Route 1, on Saturday July 25 from 2-4 p.m. featuring Blind Mice, three singer-songwriters playing their own acoustic music in three-part harmony.


Bovina Fire Department to mark 60th anniversary

Bovina Center — Bovina Day, and the 60th anniversary of the Bovina Fire Department, will be marked this year by a night and day of events beginning this Friday, July 17 when an old-fashioned melodrama will be presented in the Bovina Town Hall.


Storyteller to appear at Andes

Andes — Writer, humorist, voice actor, and all around oddball, Mitch Rapoport, will be reprising his role of Egbert Einstein (Albert’s curmudgeonly cousin), and performing a coming-of-age story about bigotry taken from his manuscript, “Empty Songs and Vacant Melodies,” and a short cerebral writing entitled, “Bellicose Bravado,” at a gathering of the Andes Roundtable, a group of people who meet weekly in Andes to “stimulate our minds and strengthen our friendships.”


Catskill Center (CCCD) marks 40th anniversary with daylong party

Arkville — The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development will celebrate its founding 40 years ago with a family festival at the Delaware & Ulster Railroad Park in Arkville on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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