NewsShed: Two Row Wampum campaigners sail (and ride) into Kingston

Kingston welcomed the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign yesterday, as a supporting contingent of Dakota Unity Riders rode down Broadway and a flotilla of paddlers arrived at the Rondout waterfront, accompanied by a replica of a Dutch fur-trading ship called the Onrust. The campaign is making its way down the Hudson River to New York City, where a ceremony will be held August 9 to mark the 400th anniversary of a treaty between Dutch settlers and the Haudenosaunee. Photo by Linda Eklund Sexton.

Happy Friday, Catskills. Looks like the weekend weather is shaping up to be cool, with highs in the low 70s and even down into the 60s at higher elevations, and scattered showers around the region.

How do ya like them apples? Dressel Farms in New Paltz announced yesterday that the first early Jersey Mac apples of the season have come in. Is it that time of year already?

The family that protests together stays together: Local folksinger Robert Burke Warren, a.k.a. Uncle Rock, has a story out in the latest Chronogram about activism as a family bonding activity.

The monthly Food Truck Festival in Saugerties is abruptly homeless, after being smacked by the town with zoning violations at its usual spot at Fiber Flame Studio on Route 212. Got a big parking lot? Want to host a monthly food truck festival? Give organizer Marc Propper a call.

Can an aquifer and a parking lot coexist? Woodstock's clean-water regulations are frustrating the plans of a couple of local businessmen in the Bearsville Flats

In not-so-clean water news: Fecal bacteria levels in the Wallkill River are too high for Riverkeeper to measure.

The Catskill Watershed Corporation gave Fleischmanns junkyard owner William Hrazanek over $84,000 to fix up his businesses after Irene roared through town. Now they say Hrazanek never did the repairs, and they want their money back.

Vogue recently took a field trip to visit the Beekman Boys in Sharon Springs. They really loved the goat milk soap.

House Speaker John Boehner will be in our neck of the woods next week, as the guest of honor at an August 6 fundraiser for Congressman Chris Gibson in Liberty. Looks like Boehner is helping Gibson beat the bushes for donations to wage an anticipated battle against potential Democratic candidate Sean Eldridge

Two days later, on August 8, Gibson will face a more skeptical local audience: The Congressman will participate in a livestreamed Q&A with Freeman reporter Ariel Zangla at 11am. If you have questions for Gibson, you can email them to [email protected].

The city of Kingston has forced the eleventh-hour cancellation of a soup kitchen benefit planned for Sunday at San Severia, a tentlike event space that sits on city-owned land. From an announcement on Facebook from Queen's Galley director Diane Reeder:

As is the case for so many of the people we serve living paycheck to paycheck, we too have survived this challenging summer season going week to week counting on fundraisers to raise what we need to keep going.

This concert was our funding for next week.

A 19th-century wooden tower at Onteora Park in Hunter was destroyed by fire on Wednesday.

Not everybody thinks the Greene County IDA's proposed business park in Coxsackie is a great idea.

Two New Paltz residents and an inmate at the Ulster County Jail were arrested on felony drug charges after county police found that oxycodone had been smuggled into the jail.

Future hunters of New York State: You can now take the state's required hunter safety course online. (You'll still need to do the "field day" part of your hunter training in person, though.)

The menu at the Mine Kill State Park snack shack is getting really fancy these days.

Meet the Suburban Knights: A bunch of young Saugertiesians who like to do ninja battle with one another. Sometimes with big sticks.

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