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14 November 2018 05:15PM
Richard Moody

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/ancram-hold-public-budget-hearing-nov-15

The town is scheduled to hold a public hearing on its final $1.45 million budget plan for 2019, which decreases property taxes almost 1 percent because of increased revenue from sales taxes and interest rates.

The public hearing is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the town hall, 1416 Route 7.

The budget plan proposes decreasing the property tax levy 0.99 percent, despite the property tax levy cap being set at 2 percent this year. …

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https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/ancram-hold-public-budget-hearing-nov-15

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6 September 2018 09:05AM
Gina Hyams

www.spencertownacademy.org

Spencertown, New York–Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents its fifth annual Regional Juried Art Show. On Sunday, October 7, there will be an opening reception from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the exhibit will remain on display through October 28. This year’s theme is “Light and Shadow: the Artist’s Eye, Perceptions, and Choices” and the guest juror is Bruce Bergmann. Gallery hours will be Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free and most of the artworks are for sale; a portion of the proceeds benefits the Academy.

“We had a great response this year with artists from throughout the region submitting their work. We are excited about the range of mediums including ceramic, woodcut, oil, acrylic, pen and ink, silk-screen, and a silverpoint drawing,” says Lynn Rothenberg, member of the Academy Gallery Committee. “The variety and quality of the selected works makes for an exciting show.”

This year’s guest juror, Bruce Bergmann, received a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute. He went on to work with galleries in SoHo, Chelsea, and the Upper East Side, all while doing his own studio work. In 2003, he opened his own gallery, BCB ART on Warren Street in Hudson, New York. Bergmann has devoted himself to showing the work of international, national, and regional artists. He has extensive experience as a jurist in the Hudson Valley.

The artists to be featured in the Juried Regional Art Show include Karen Andrews (West Stockbridge, MA), Fern Apfel (Kinderhook, NY), Kim Bach (Hudson, NY), Deborah Bayly (Poestenkill, NY), Irja Boden (Ghent, NY), Arlene Boehm (Hudson, NY), Patrick Brown (Valatie, NY), Frank Curran (Kinderhook, NY), Mary Anne Davis (Spencertown, NY), Elizabeth DiPalma (Ghent, NY), Mary Jo Downey (Alplaus, NY), Diane Fader (Kinderhook, NY), Stephanie Frank Sassoon (Ghent, NY), Patricia Frik (Housatonic, MA), Peter Fritsch (Copake, NY), Page Ginns (Valatie, NY), Laura Hammond Toonkel (Millbrook, NY), Eden Hart (Catskill, NY), Valerie Hoffman (Elizaville, NY), Linda Horn (Spencertown, NY), Karen Hummel (Stuyvesant, NY), Marta Jaremko (Delmar, NY), ML Kammel (Tyringham, MA), Gwenn Mayers (East Chatham, NY), Alice McGowan (South Egremont, MA), Bob Newman (Spencertown, NY), Andrew Pellettieri (Kinderhook, NY), Georgia Ranney, (Valatie, NY), Scott Reynolds (Hudson, NY), Mary Ellen Riell (Schenectady, NY), Michael Rose (Walkill, NY), Lori Rothstein (Ancram, NY), Joel Schiller (Chatham, NY), Jody Schoenfeld (Valatie, NY), Laura Shore (Altamont, NY), Amy Silberkleit (Gilboa, NY), George Spencer (Kinderhook, NY), Allison Steel (Old Chatham, NY), Rose Tannenbaum (Great Barrington, MA), Amelia Toelke (Chatham, NY), Marlene Vidibor (Ghent, NY), Betsy Wallin (Kinderhook, NY), and Steven Wildermuth (Ghent, NY).

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital Region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.spencertownacademy.org or call 518-392-3693.

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Captions:
1. “Meadowdale Road” by Laura Shore
2. “Morning-Bard Garden #3” by Arlene Boehm
3. “Landscape” by Frank Curran
4. “Yellow Bowl, Eggs” by Alice McGowan
5. “The Road Back” by Peter Fritsch
6. “French Pear Alleé on Pheasant Lane” by Deborah Bayly

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31 December 2017 05:15PM
John Isaacs Design
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21 June 2017 10:22AM
Olana State Historic Site

www.olana.org/calendar

Master storyteller Tom Lee is a professional storyteller with twenty years’ experience performing traditional stories, folktales and myths for adults and for children in museums and libraries. This special tour is what happens when your questions about Olana get layered with myths, stories and more questions. You will learn many truths- but you might be surprised how you get there.

Saturday, June 24
11:30AM | Individual: $15 | Ages 10+

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1 March 2017 10:45AM

www.ancramoperahouse.org

Though summer is still a ways away, Ancram Opera House is busily planning its 2017 season, which will kick-off in June.

The Ancram Opera House is happy to report that it has been awarded a NYSCA Decentralization Grant which will assist in supporting programming this year.

AOH is also pleased to announce an exciting collaboration with The Olana Partnership and Olana NY State Historic Site. Olana’s Education Program has commissioned AOH to develop an immersive theater performance about Frederic Church and the historic landscape and grounds of Olana. Playwright Darrah Cloud, based in Pine Plains, is collaborating with AOH co-directors Jeff Mousseau and Paul Ricciardi on this project.

In February, Jeff Mousseau was in Mexico City for rehearsals with performer Indira Pensado on a bilingual adaptation of AUNT LEAF, a play by Barbara Wiechmann. The production is geared for families and young audiences and will be presented as a workshop at the Opera House this fall or sometime in 2018. The project is being supported by a grant from the Martha Boschen Porter Fund through the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

At the moment, AOH is putting together its summer line-up. Audiences can certainly expect to see more locals sharing personal experiences in REAL PEOPLE REAL STORIES, as well as an eclectic mix of theatre and new music. The Opera House also plans on offering several classes and continues its partnership with the Ancram Summer Camp.

In the meantime, the days are indeed getting longer. Soon enough, audiences will be relaxing on the front porch of the Opera House, waiting to take a seat in the theater.

(Photo: Indira Pensado and Jeff Mousseau rehearsing at Centro Nacional del las Artes in Mexico City.)

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15 February 2017 02:53PM
Carol Peckham

keepinganeyeonafforablecare.blogspot.com/2017/02/insurers-desert-sinking-aca-can-it.html

No doubt about it, the ACA is in trouble. The insurance industry lost several billion dollars between 2014 and 2016 from their engagement in the ACA. During 2017, 15 new insurance issuers will enter the market, but 83 are dropping out, which reverses the previous trend of new insurers outnumbering those who exit. Of note, the number of dropouts this year reflects withdrawals from many states by a few large carriers, notably United Health and Aetna, which account for 43 of the 83 exits. The loss of insurers also varies widely from state to state. Nevertheless, in 2017 36% of the national marketplace will be served by only one insurer. Some regions may have no carriers at all.

Why Did This Happen?

To find out click here.
http://keepinganeyeonafforablecare.blogspot.com/2017/02/insurers-desert-sinking-aca-can-it.html

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1 July 2015 01:41PM

ps21chatham.org/2015-programs/film/

Since its inception in 2006, PS21 has featured music and dance-themed films on Tuesday nights. This week’s film “Genghis Blues” was winner of eight festival awards and a 1999 Oscar nomination for Best Feature Documentary, from New Zealand.

San Francisco bluesman and composer Paul Peña makes a musical pilgrimage to the land of Tuva in this documentary by Roko Belic with Richard Feynman, B.B. King and Kongar-ol Ondar. The eerie throat singing will haunt you long after the movie ends.

This film will be introduced by Frank Farnham, adjunct professor of communications at FIT, NYC.

88 min   

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10 March 2015 04:15PM
Claverack Library

Sunday, April 12​​​
​​​3PM​​​​ at the Claverack Library, 629 Route 23B

Do you wonder how our library grew into the beloved institution standing on the corner of routes 9H and 23B? Claverack resident John Lee has spent many years researching Claverack and Columbia County history and genealogy. He will present the Claverack Free Library and Reading Room in its historical context, the meaning of a community library, its founders and early supporters, from the steps leading to its creation and early organization to the present day, as we stand poised to expand to meet the 21st century needs of our community.

Bring your questions; stay for refreshments.

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