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NARROWSBURG, NY — Music, art, and the environment take center stage at Riverfest on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Narrowsburg, overlooking the Upper Delaware River.
At 12:30 p.m., festival-goers will have an opportunity to bid live on about five dozen original works of art created especially for the occasion at the Riverfest poster auction. The posters can be previewed at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) gallery on Main Street and online at www.artsalliancesite.org.
For more information on Riverfest, turn to page 20.

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Honoring those who help others

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Honesdale Council approves police contract

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Wayne searches for homeless residents

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New proposal for Narrowsburg School

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Honesdale prescription drop-off box

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River creates $10 million benefit

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IDA reports to Liberty board

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