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August 2012

‘Struck:” a work in progress at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL’s Tannis Kowalchuk and Brett Keyser will perform a work-in-progress presentation of their newest original play, “Struck,” on Sunday, September 2 at 7 p.m. at NACL Theatre, 110 Highland Lake Rd.  Read more

Dance party at Wurtsboro Music Festival

WURTSBORO, NY — KC and The Sunshine Band will headline a star-studded dance party with Taylor Dayne and Martha Wash at the Wurtsboro Music Festival at the Wurtsboro Airport on Thursday, August 30.

KC and the Sunshine Band is famous for disco hits like “That’s the Way (I Like It)” and “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty.” Multi-platinum recording artist Dayne’s three albums for Arista Records, “Tell It to My Heart,” “Can’t Fight Fate” and “Soul Dancing,” produced 12 Top 20 singles.  Read more

Eleanor Curran showcases paintings

STARLIGHT, PA —The gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake will feature oil and acrylic paintings by Eleanor Curran as well as watercolors, photography and clayboard by the members of the Big D Arts and Crafts League during September.  Read more

One more outing Under the Moon

WHEN: Saturday, September 1 at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Callicoon Creek Park, Callicoon, NY.

COST: Suggested donation $5, $10 for a family, under 12 free.

CONTACT: mneville@ptd.net

CALLICOON, NY — Following a successful season, the organizers of the Under the Moon in Callicoon concert series have arranged for one more event than originally anticipated, concluding on Labor Day weekend with a night of music this Saturday at the Callicoon Creek Park on Dorrer Drive, behind Lower Main Street. Bring the kids, chairs, blanket and a picnic to see the summer off in style.  Read more

It’s Harvest Festival time

WHEN: Sunday, September 2 from 11 to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, corner of Hurd and West Shore roads in Bethel, NY.

COST: Admission free; parking $2

CONTACT: BethelWoodsCenter.org or 866/781-2922.  Read more

August 23, 2012 - August 30, 2012

JANE LEAH ALLEN

Jane Leah Allen of Port Jervis, NY died Friday, August 24, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Place, with her family by her side. She was 77.

Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis on Tuesday, September 4, from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m. at the funeral home with a burial in Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Place Healing Garden Fund, 160 E. Main Street, Port Jervis, NY 12771.  Read more

Transformation in progress

Transformation—it’s one of today’s buzz words, latched onto by many organizations dealing with myriad pressures, such as global competition, the state of the economy and new technology.

We use the word a lot in economic development. The question to be asked is whether there is strategic action behind it, or whether it is merely used as a marketing tool. Care must be taken as to whether the transformative actions are needed and the proposed outcomes are good.  Read more

The ebb of civilization

Arnold Toynbee wrote in “A Study of History” that Rome collapsed because of “stasis” between the barbarians at her borders; with Roman armies no longer making forward progress, it allowed the hostiles opportunities for counterattack. “When a frontier between a more highly and a less highly civilized society ceases to advance,” he said, “the balance does not settle down to a stable equilibrium but inclines, with the passage of time, in the more backward society’s favor” (Oxford 1947 rpt., p.10).  Read more

Honoring seniors

The Older Americans Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 1965, defines a senior citizen as any person who is 60 years of age or over. AARP benefits begin at age 50; 70 is the mandatory retirement age for some profession; and current Social Security rules mandate payment of retirement benefits at various ages (and months) ranging from 66 to 67. Even Regal Cinemas in Kingston allows you to pay a senior rate at age 60. Other movie theatres have similar rules.  Read more

Dissenters on climate change

That was a laughable letter written by Ms. Jane W. Prettyman. She trots out those academics that believe in global warming, or climate change, or whatever they are calling it today. This gives the impression that all scientists are in agreement with her stand. Not so.  Read more