Philmont, NY
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10 November 2020 01:28PM


Shakespeare & Company
November Reading Series – Kernel of Sanity: Talkback

Friday, November 13 | 9:15pm EST

Shakespeare & Company’s Artistic Director Allyn Burrows moderates a discussion with playwright Kermit Frazier, director Regge Life, and the cast of Kernel of Sanity.

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6 November 2020 08:30PM
LaVonne Elaine Roberts

Total cumulative cases in Berkshire County is 829. No new deaths.

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28 October 2020 08:16PM
Emily Sachar

Negotiation of a settlement is underway that will allow Bard College students to vote Tuesday on-campus while also keeping open the Methodist church on River Road for voters who prefer it.

Red Hook Town Supervisor Robert McKeon mentioned the settlement at the start of the bi-weekly Town Board meeting tonight. He said details were still being worked out. Presumably, the parties negotiating are attorneys for Bard and the Dutchess County Board of Elections (BOE).

Polls are due to be open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Bard, via president Leon Botstein, several students, and the Andrew Goodman Foundation, has been battling for months for an on-campus voting location that would be safer during the Covid pandemic, that would accommodate students with disabilities more readily than the Red Hook United Methodist Church, and that would be physically closer to campus.

But the Republican BOE commissioner, Erik Haight, has been vehemently opposed and has fought Bard every step of the way. He told a State Supreme Court judge, Maria Rosa, nine weeks before the election that there was not enough time to relocate the poll. Bard objected to Haight’s contentions, terming his actions bald-faced voter suppression.

Haight’s argument was especially controversial given that just last week, the DOE, less than two weeks before the general election, moved the polling location for two other Red Hook districts — 7 and 8 — from the town hall, still closed during the pandemic, to the Linden Avenue Middle School.

Late last week, Rosa reversed herself and ordered the District 5 polling location moved from the church to the Bertelsmann Center on the Bard campus. Haight appealed. Earlier today, both Bard and Haight’s attorneys argued the appeal before the Second Department of the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court.

Of the 1,035 registered voters in the election district, 670 (65%) have addresses on Bard’s campus, while 365 (35%) live elsewhere.

Photo: Courtesy Election@Bard, a project of the Bard Center for Civic Engagement

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Governor Andrew Cuomo Issues Orders to Ramp Up Testing, A Key Component of the Governor’s Blueprint to Un-Pause New York

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Cuomo today announced he will issue an Executive Order directing all public and private labs in New York to coordinate with the State Department of Health to prioritize coronavirus diagnostic testing. This action is part of the State’s efforts to ramp up testing, a key component of the Governor’s blueprint to un-Pause New York. The Executive Order will help ensure the 301 laboratories and hospitals in the state that are licensed to perform virology operate in a coordinated fashion to overcome the testing challenges that every state in the nation is now facing.

The Governor also reiterated his call for the federal government to provide unrestricted funding to the states to help stabilize the economy and allow the states to perform reopening functions. The federal government has passed three bills to address this crisis, including the federal CARES Act, all of which contained zero funding to offset drastic state revenue shortfalls.

Cuomo Also:
Reiterated a Call for Federal Government to Provide Unrestricted Funding to States

Launches Awareness Campaign Encouraging Low-Income New Yorkers to Claim Their Economic Impact Payments Under the CARES Act

Confirms 7,358 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 229,642; New Cases in 50 Counties

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26 January 2020 05:03PM
Churchtown Fire Company


The tradition continues. Join us as we celebrate our 42nd Wild Game Supper!

On Saturday, February 8, 2020, the Churchtown Fire Company will be holding our 42nd Annual Wild Game Supper. This festive event features a bountiful wild game meal as well as raffles, games of chance and door prizes.

The Churchtown Fire Company is known for our culinary expertise and for supper we will have numerous hot dishes of locally harvested wild game, refreshments (beer, wine, soda) and homemade desserts.

This fundraising event has become a tradition at the Fire Company and helps supports the Fire Company’s mission of providing Fire Protection and Emergency Rescue Services to the community.

This is an event not to be missed! Get your tickets early.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased from:

Bob Preusser at 518-851-9766
Dave Baylen at 518-291-9161

The Churchtown Fire House is located at:
2219 County Route 27, Churchtown NY 12513

Wild Game Supper
Doors Open at 3:30
Hor D’Oeuvres 4:00
Dinner Served at 5:30

For info Email: cfc@churchtownfire.com

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Free yoga classes for teen girls, ages 11-18, will be offered at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Thursdays, July 14 and July 21, at 6:30 pm.

The classes will be taught by Roberta Roll, who says the sessions will “introduce beginning students to the practice of hatha yoga and meditation in a relaxed, focused and fun way, and will offer students with some experience an opportunity to extend and deepen their practice.”

Sign-up is required. Call 325-4101 to register.

Students should bring their own yoga mats if they have them. Some extra mats will be provided.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library, which is chartered to serve Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale, is located at 9091 Route 22, approximately one mile south of the light at the Hillsdale intersection of Routes 22 and 23. For information on hours and events, call 518 325-4101 or visit the library’s website

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Catskill Community Center


The Catskill Community Center is committed to helping residents and visitors of the greater Catskill community develop and maintain healthy living practices in their daily life. It has been proven that creating opportunities for healthy living can make a community stronger. The motto here at the Catskill Community Center is after all “Healthy Community, Healthy Life”.

Our Summer Mind and Body Wellness Series will consist of five types of classes available each weekday from 6pm – 7pm, for a 6 week session. Yoga on Mondays, To Be Determined on Tuesdays, Meditation Circle on Wednesdays, Qi Gong on Thursdays, and Circuit Training on Fridays. Session begins Monday July 11th. Each session will cost $25 per class, or $100 for all 5 classes through the 6 weeks. That breaks down to be $5.00 per class with one week free, or 1 week AND one class free when you participate in all five!

Each Monday Yoga will be led by our latest addition to the Community Center Team, Ms Julia Shea. Ms Shea was trained at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and the Nosara Yoga Institute, and has been practicing yoga for 19 years. She also offers private sessions and group instruction out of her home studio as well as can be found leading other yoga groups throughout the greater Hudson Valley.

Our Tuesday slot here in the Wellness Series is to be determined at some point this week. Wednesdays however, we welcome Ms. Meredith Cavanagh as she coordinates a relaxing meditation circle open to all ability levels. Meditation has been proven to encourage successful healthy lifestyles and Ms Cavanaghs experience as a Rieki practitioner with The Healing Arts Studio enables her to better assist participants in the fine art of meditation.

Anita Ahlberg will be adding an additional class in Qi Gong on Thursday evenings, 6pm – 7pm. Mrs. Ahlberg has been guiding members of all abilities in Qi Gong for over a year here at the Catskill Community Center as well as other adult organizations in the town of Catskill. Qi Gong is known as a form of “moving meditation”, also known to encourage successful healthy lifestyles.

Finally on Fridays, Marie Daley of Muscle Hypertrophy Llc will offer coordinated circuit training that will be adapted to fit the needs and abilities of those participating. Circuit Training is a series of exercises performed consecutively in a moderate to high intensity aerobic atmosphere.

Contact The Catskill Community Center at (518) 719-8244, visit our website, or stop by and see us at 344 Main St, Catskill for information on registration.

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The Free Columbia Puppet Theater Presents: Momo The Time Titan
an Open Air Puppet Show

Based on the Children’s Story- ‘Momo’ by Michael Ende

An enthralling tale of an orphan girl who has made her home in a ruined amphitheater on the outskirts of a bustling, nameless city. Momo has a unique gift – in her presence troubles become less burdensome, conflicts are resolved, and imaginations take flight. But Momo’s world is threatened when mysterious gray men appear, promising wealth and success to people who hurry through life now, saving time and depositing it in a Timesaving Bank. Realizing that all that is precious – life itself – is at risk, Momo sets out on a perilous mission to defeat the men in gray. This is truly a story for our times, an imaginative fantasy and a tale of suspense with far-reaching implications about the quality of life today.

The story will be told with a variety of puppetry techniques and styles. All puppets have been built for this show by members in the troupe.

All Shows at 7 pm

List of Public Shows

Friday July 22 Village Green, Philmont NY
Saturday July 23 Mettabee Farm and Arts, Hillsdale NY
Monday July 25 Green Meadow Waldorf School, Chestnut Ridge NY
Tuesday July 26 Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, Phoenixeville PA
Thursday July 28 Town Hall Park Great, Barrington MA
Friday July 29 Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson NY
Sunday July 31 Heartbeet Life Sharing, Hardwick VT
Monday August 1 Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne VT
Tuesday August 2 Great Song Farm, Redhook New York
Wednesday August 3 Krank Park, Albany NY
Friday August 5 Village Green, Philmont NY

Music by Don Jamison
Direction by John McManus
Show for All ages
Bring lawn chair or blankets
In case of rain call 919-357-7622, 1 hour before show
For more information freecolumbia.org

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Virginia Martin


What does the Bindlestiff Circus after-school program mean to kids? Especially kids who haven’t found anything much else to like about school?

It means a lot. So, let’s keep it going.

Rob Caldwell says:

“I like having a circus nearby. I like that they teach circus arts to the community especially the children of our community at the Hudson Boys and Girls Club and at the Morris Memorial in Chatham. A few years ago, when Stephanie Monseau started the Bindlestiff After School Circus Arts Program at the Morris there were two or three kids enrolled and barely any children in the town who could ride a unicycle or juggle. There are now over thirty children in the program.

“I haven’t spoken to anyone who knows why, but the grant for the Bindlestiff After School Circus Arts Program in Chatham has been withdrawn. I like Chatham. I like the mayor, I like the kids and I love a number of the Chatham bartenders. I know that these are generous people with a good perspective and a peaceful demeanor.”

Give a little to keep Bindlestiff going in Chatham. Do it. Do it for the kids.

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Investments in infrastructure and agriculture are the cornerstones of Columbia County’s future, said federal and state lawmakers at the 4th annual Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast at Columbia-Greene Community College.

The guest speaker, US Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, said Friday that the county’s agriculture and tourism nexus has grown greatly in the last 20 years.

“Locally I see an agricultural sector that really is witnessing a renaissance,”
Gibson said. “It’s part of the success story in Columbia County, part of our future.”

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1 January 2015 12:54PM
Enid Futterman-2

Bobby Previte and friends played (and sang!), people sparkled and smiled and hugged, WGXC made some much-needed, well-earned bucks, and all was right in Hudson last night.

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