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Patriotic Tournament benefits Parkinson's fight

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.


Asian Longhorned Beetle that is threat to Catskills is focus of Sept. 3 program

Arkville — The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development and the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) are hosting a public training on September 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Catskill Center to address the potential threat of an Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation in the Catskill Mountain Region.


Writers in the Mountains has full lineup of classes

Roxbury — Writers in the Mountains (WIM) has planned a full program of classes for the fall. There will be classes for beginning and slightly more experienced poets and a brand new class for those interested in trying their hand at fiction.


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.


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.


RUPCO's latest award means $1.6 million in direct spending for Ulster County housing

Kingston — A $500,000 grant announced by Governor David Paterson’s office last week brings total home buying and home repair resources currently available in Ulster County to $1.6 million in direct spending for the purchase and post purchase re-habilitation of Ulster County homes.
Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO) officials believe that the latest grant announcement plus other resources in-house will help them top last year’s total investments of $1.8 million spent for 34 new homeowners and 75 rehabilitated homes.


3-D Archery Shoot set for Saturday

Claryville — Frost Valley YMCA’s Outdoor Sporting Program will hold a 3-D Archery Shoot on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Competition categories are offered for each target from cub, novice, youth, traditional, women, hunter, open, to pro and top bow classes.


Tomato blight a growing problem in northeast

By Julia Green
JR Lawrence’s vegetable garden in the back yard of his Swart Street, Margaretville home is a source of a variety of summer vegetables. Cucumbers, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, beans, carrots, beets, peppers and squash all line the perimeter of his yard, interspersed with floral plants like dahlias and black-eyed Susans.
There is one crop that will be noticeably missing from his late-summer produce, however: tomatoes.
About a month ago, Lawrence’s six tomato plants fell victim to late blight, a disease of which plant pathologists have reported an outburst in the region this summer.


Congressional Gold Medal awarded posthumously to wartime pilot

By Julia Green
In the pocket of Ruth (Franckling) Reynolds’ flight slacks, there could always be found a 1922 silver dollar. The edges were beaten and dented from hours spent bouncing it on the hard concrete while she and other Women Airforce Service Pilots waited for the fog to lift so that they could take off.
And, when they were finally able to take to the skies, they had no idea the history they were making.


Auxiliary volunteers earn accolades

The sun was shining on the 41st annual Antique, Craft & Flea Market sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center on August 1. This was another banner year with many vendors participating and patrons coming through the gates.


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