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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.


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.


Rag Baskets demo Saturday at Market

Halcottsville — Katherine Somelofski will demonstrate the art of making rag baskets on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market at the Round Barn in Halcottsville.
Katherine’s “Rag Works” use strips of new and recycled fabric wrapped around ropes to weave objects from Apple baskets to Zephyr lily vases.


Opening reception Saturday at Andes gallery

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Andes — Chace-Randall Gallery will present new works by Woodstock artists Mariella Bisson and Meredith Rosier from Aug. 21 to Sept. 27. The exhibition is comprised of waterfall imagery in watercolor by Bisson and drawings in conte, pastel, gouache and ink by Rosier. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.


Esopus tuber drowns in Phoenicia accident

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Kerhonkson man drowned in a tubing accident Sunday afternoon in the Esopus Creek in Phoenicia.
According to Shandaken Police, Peter Debaun, 55, was tubing with a group on the creek when he fell from his tube in strong rapids and his legs became stuck in underwater rocks.


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.


KIDSTOCK at Belleayre; free family fun on Sunday

Highmount — KIDSTOCK® will take over at Belleayre Mountain on Sunday, Aug. 23 starting at 1 p.m. with a full afternoon of family-friendly music and an interactive festival to benefit the Friends of Snuffy Food Pantry Program.


Concert planned at OSBC Saturday

Denver — Lovers of contemporary folk music are in for a special treat when Juno award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter David Francey and songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Craig Werth appear at RAG’s Old School Baptist Church in the Denver Vega Valley on Sunday, Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 and $10 for seniors.


Bob Marley's band, The Original Wailers, brings popular reggae tunes to Belleayre

Highmount — The Original Wailers, Bob Marley’s band that propelled the infectious beats of reggae music into the international prominence, will perform at the Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m.


Catskill Center to lead Scenic Byway Project

Arkville — The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development will lead the effort in pursuing a Scenic Byway designation for a 50-mile stretch of Route 28 in the Catskill Mountain Region.
A designation will stimulate local economies through tourism and recreation and open the door to federal and state moneys. The Central Catskills Collaborative, a group of seven communities along the Route 28 Corridor, recently contracted with The Catskill Center to guide the development of a Corridor Management Plan, a requirement in the Scenic Byway nomination process.


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