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Richie Havens

Richie Havens: Hearing the truth going by

By MARY GREENE

BETHEL, NY - “In retrospect,” said Richie Havens, “my generation was the last to ‘speak only when spoken to.’ In addition, we had rock and roll—the primal scream.”

Richie Havens is coming again to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts—a place he’s had an influence in shaping. The legendary folk singer was on the list of performers during the original 1969 Woodstock festival, and he rocked the half-million young people digging the scene on the muddy field with his refrain of “freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom.” The power of that concert was “the highest level on the plateau,” said Havens in a phone conversation conducted on August 10, “and reaching the top of it was a coming together generally across the world.”

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Local hero battles legacy of Vietnam War

The Agent Orange connection

By FRITZ MAYER

LIBERTY, NY - Eric Neumann is a survivor. Within the space of a year in Vietnam in 1968 and ’69, he was wounded by shrapnel three times?once so badly that he lost part of a lung and he required a four-month stay in Japan to heal. Each time he was wounded, however, the doctors patched him up and sent him back to the war. He was awarded three purple hearts and a bronze star for heroism in battle.

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Kauneonga Lake wins the big one at Renaissance

46 community projects on display

By FRITZ MAYER

BETHEL, NY—The beautification group Bethel First took the top prize of $50,000 for their multi-year effort to improve the community of Kauneonga Lake. The project includes the creation of a farmer’s market, a nature walk, rebuilding the veteran’s park and other improvements.

With new buildings and businesses moving to the hamlet this year, the hamlet has taken on a totally new appearance and business activity has been rejuvenated.

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