Features and Upcoming Events

Martin Lerner Gallery opens in Roxbury

By Julia Green
A new art gallery opened its doors in Roxbury in June and already boasts a remarkable calendar of exhibits scheduled through December. The Martin Lerner Gallery, located on Route 30, is the first gallery owned by Lerner, who spent 20 years working for Konica Minolta Business Solutions in photo imaging and whose primary background is in retail. His artistic side, however, emerges through his own avocation: photography.


Pickleball a barrel of fun for Andes players

It’s a hybrid of racquet sports, a unique combination of badminton, ping-pong and tennis. Invented in 1965 by two fathers, Bill Bell and Joel Pritchard, looking for a diversion to slow the whining of their bored children during a summer in Puget Sound, pickleball was named for the Pritchard family dog, Pickles, a frisky cocker spaniel who loved racing onto the playing court and stealing the ball as the children played.


"Peanuts" comes to life on Andes stage

By John Bernhardt
It was a weekend of laugh-filled entertainment as Charles Schulz’s world famous Peanuts Gang came to life on the Andes Central School stage. Large, brightly colored panels depicting each of the main characters of Schulz’s famous “Peanuts” comic strip were the backdrop of an often hilarious, always spirited performance of Clark Gesnar’s stage adaptation of a concept album he had originally produced.


Tabletop fashions featured at RAG June 19 fund-raiser

Roxbury — Back by popular demand: “Over the Tops Tabletops” in June! For eight years, The Roxbury Arts Group has been collaborating with inventive table designers on their biggest fund-raiser of the year. Last year’s intimate, low-key evening in October captured the golden ambience of the fall season.


"Demon on Wheels" documentary focuses on racing passion

By Brian Sweeney
A documentary film tracing the longtime car racing experiences — past and future — of a Catskill Mountain native will continue filming this week in Margaretville and Andes. The 80-minute film explores Mike Ondish’s decades-long fascination with the Mustang GT 500 KR, “the vanguard of performance in the muscle car era.”


Margaretville graduate will spend a year in Thailand as Fulbright Teaching Assistant

By Julia Green
Roughly 230 miles north of Bangkok in lower northern Thailand sits a city called Phitsanulok. The capital of Phitsanulok Province, which stretches to the Laotian border, the name of the city means “Vishnu’s Heaven.”
It is here that Fleischmanns native Claire Cella will spend the next year as a teaching assistant, thanks to an English Teaching Assistantship Award from The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.


Ed Perazone honored on 80th birthday

By Margaret Inge
A crowd of family and friends gathered at the Roxbury Arts Group on Saturday afternoon to celebrate Ed Perazone’s 80th birthday. While many traveled from afar, it was all a surprise for Ed.
Ed is probably best known as one of the founding partners of Alta Log Homes and the engineering genius behind their distinctive designs.


Arkville-produced American Airgunner" hits bull's-eye with cable TV audience

By Brian Sweeney
A new cable TV show with a steadily growing audience is being filmed near Arkville.
American Airgunner premiered on the Sportsman Channel last July. The show is designed to re-introduce the world of airguns and the airgun lifestyle to millions of hunters, target shooters and airgun enthusiasts throughout the USA.


4th annual Team Trivia Challenge tested knowledge and raised funds

The fifth Team Trivia Challenge occurred at The Roxbury Arts Group’s Hilt Kelly Hall on Saturday, May 1. The fund-raiser is held annually to benefit the restoration of the historic Fleischmanns United Methodist Church, also known as the Fleischmanns Community Church.


Wounded Marine gets hero's welcome in Grand Gorge

By Julia Green
When Grand Gorge native Joshua Williamson was 10 years old, he wanted to be a Marine.
When he was 14, a 15-year-old neighbor lied about his age to join the service and was shipped to Korea, but was soon sent back to the United States when they learned his age. Three years later, that same neighbor re-enlisted – a determination that made an impression on Williamson, who was struck by the fact that a young man would enlist twice during wartime.


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