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Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson bringing "Good Vibrations" to fest

Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson, one of American popular music’s greatest composers, will rock the Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount on Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m. The Beach Boys took the American music scene by storm in the 1960s, creating some of rock-n-roll’s most memorable tunes. Brian Wilson was the driving force behind the band and his multi-faceted contributions rank among the most important elements of rock music.


Catskill Center annual meeting set for July 19

The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development will hold its 39th Annual Membership Meeting on the grounds of the historic Erpf House in Arkville on Saturday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Catskill native and author Bob Steuding will speak about the social history of the high peaks from his forthcoming book being published by Purple Mountain Press, The Heart of the Catskills.


French dessert cooking class at RAG

Don’t have lunch on Saturday, July 12. Come to The Roxbury Arts Group at noon and participate in a French Dessert Cooking class with Flora Hogman. You will learn how to make crepes, and to flip them in the pan. You will also make cherry clafouti and flambéed bananas. Then you get to eat everything up.


Catskills author signs books Saturday at Skene

Skene Memorial Library and The Greater Fleischmanns Museum of Memories host a brief book talk and signing by Catskills author John Ham. His new book, One Hundred Years on ‘Resort Ridge;’ The Legendary Mountain Hotels of the Northern Catskills, has just been published.


Archery shoot and BBQ July 12 at Frost Valley

Frost Valley YMCA’s Outdoor Sporting Program will hold its annual 3-D Archery Shoot and Barbecue on Saturday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is great fun for the entire family. Frost Valley’s new 28-target 3-D course is located at 2244 Frost Valley Road in Claryville.


Belleayre supporters blast commission idea

By Jay Braman Jr.
Belleayre supporters reacted swiftly to the state legislature authorizing the creation of a commission that will evaluate whether state-owned recreational facilities constitute unfair competition to privately run golf courses, ski centers and camping sites.
With the idea coming from Greene County ski centers Hunter and Windham, whose operators say state-owned Belleayre gets to sell cheap tickets because taxpayers pick up the slack, there’s now a county vs. county battle brewing between Greene and Ulster, with the latter’s legislative chairman calling for a boycott of Hunter and Windham.


Memorial and highway markers honor slain trooper

By Julia Green
Beneath an American flag flying at half-mast and a solemn gathering of his fellow state troopers, family members and friends, a dedication ceremony was held Sunday afternoon unveiling a memorial to slain New York State Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff, who was shot to death in the line of duty in Margaretville last April.
The memorial, a five-foot tall jet-black granite stone from India, features Brinkerhoff’s likeness as well as a passage about his life and the events that led to his death. It is located in front of the Middletown Town Hall building on Route 28.


Margaretville cop's job on hold pending state paperwork review

By Brian Sweeney
The new Margaretville constable has been put on a leave of absence until the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services reviews the paperwork for his hiring.
Harold Fox began part-time work as Margaretville constable on June 2, but was placed on leave June 24 after a complaint was made questioning the steps followed in his hiring.


Asbestos awareness meeting at RCS July 9

The Roxbury Central School District will hold an Asbestos Awareness Presentation on Wednesday, July 9 at 6 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Roxbury residents approved the Excel Project that will be performed this summer. The project includes the removal of asbestos-containing floor tile and a short span of pipe insulation in the building’s basement.


Rte. 214 and Silver Hollow Road slipping away due to erosion

By Jay Braman Jr.
A precarious section of Chichester’s Silver Hollow Road is at risk of slipping into the drink and state Route 214 is next, residents say, and this week those that live on the dead-end road are warning a host of governments that they would be liable if something happens.
Mack Lipkin and Bruce Barry have sent a letter to everyone from Shandaken Highway Superintendent Eric Hofmeister to Congressman Maurice Hinchey and Governor David Paterson stating that the problem is now years old and that something needs to be done.


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