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To The Editor:
I have recently attended two wonderful concerts at the Roxbury Arts Group: the Villalobos Brothers and the Jazz Quartet.  

I’d like to thank RAG for providing us with wonderful performances and art exhibits as well as for organizing the Decentralization Grants that provide funds to a large number of artistic endeavors throughout our county and for the art/music programs they have for young people.

Having served on a board of a nonprofit for many years, I know how much work it is to keep things going and to make it happen.  It’s particularly difficult here with our relatively small population and no sure-fire way to get the word out to everyone, not to mention the fact that we have to travel great distances to get to things and there is not a large pool of people to provide financial support.
The Roxbury Arts Group, along with the Belleayre concerts, Honest Brook, Community Chorale, Mt. Tremper Arts, Glimmerglass Festival, Franklin Stage, Open Eye Theater, and our public libraries, among others give a lot to all of us whether we participate or not and all of these organizations work hard to keep going.  

It’s not easy even in a better economy.  I just thought it was worth a mention to show my appreciation.

Marc J. Osterweil,
Margaretville