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Albany Diocese condemns obituary and mass for accused former priest

In an unusual move, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany condemned an obituary and mass for a former priest who died last week as "highly insensitive" to the people he is accused of sexually abusing while he was a minister.

Former priest Robert H. Purcell, who died in the Delaware County village of Margaretville on Thursday, July 17, was permanently removed from the ministry in 2011 after an investigation by the Albany Diocese's Sexual Misconduct Review Board into charges that he had sexually abused minors.

In its investigation, the Diocese "found reasonable grounds to believe" that Purcell sexually abused minors, including a victim in Margaretville from 1995 to 2001, according to Ken Goldfarb, the director of communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, in a statement emailed to the Watershed Post today.  Read more

This Weekend: Catskill Forest Festival

Participants competing in a logging game at the Catskill Forest Festival. Photo courtesy of the Catskill Forest Association.

The fourth annual Catskill Forest Festival will celebrate the region’s forests this weekend by inviting people to participate in fun that promises to also be educational.

The festival, held in Margaretville Village Park on Saturday, July 26, will provide an array of family fun including music, games, horse rides and a food, beverage and vendor tent. 

In the spirit of the festival, vendors will be selling an assortment of crafts made from wood and other forest materials including hand-crafted furniture, boats, wood and pellet stoves and furnaces. Present will also be vendors selling maple products. 

The festival will be host to educational presentations by experts on subjects pertaining to the importance of New York forests such as bringing back near extinct trees and woody biomass opportunities for heating communities. There will also be talks about the history of the eastern golden eagle and forestry for wildlife.  Read more

Wednesday Night’s Show: Catskill Forest Festival

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesday’s 6PM – 7PM
WIOX ROXBURY 91.3FM or  Read more

The Hold Steady, Lily & the Parlour Tricks, Big Data, AND MORE at Belleayre Music Festival!

August 30, 2014 - 6:00pm

Highmount, NY — The 2014 season wraps up in ultra-cool style with The Hold Steady headlining a packed lineup of Brooklyn@Belleayre bands at the Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 30 starting at 6 p.m.

Joining the hard-rocking The Hold Steady will be up-and-coming bands Big Data, Lily & the Parlour Tricks and Joni Fatora. This concert begins at 6 p.m. and will be held on several stages. Come celebrate Labor Day Weekend as the Belleayre Music Festival presents “Brooklyn at Belleayre,” featuring some of Williamsburg Brooklyn’s brightest upcoming bands, DJs and brands. This festival-style event will be a great way to hear the coolest, cutting edge music and to sample some iconic Brooklyn brands.

Williamsburg has become a notable home for live music and an incubator for new bands. Beginning in the late 1980s, a number of unlicensed performances, theater and music venues operated in abandoned industrial buildings and other spaces in the streets surrounding the Bedford Avenue subway stop. Gradually, a music scene developed with musicians and artists who had varied approaches and opinions and all the bands sounded completely different.  Read more

COLIN QUINN - "Unconstitutional" at Belleayre Music Festival

August 23, 2014 - 8:00pm

Comedy in the Catskills III will be featuring Colin Quinn, previous SNL cast member, presents "Unconstitutional" at Belleayre Music Festival!

For tickets and more information call 845-254-5600 ext. 1344


845-254-5600 ext. 1344

NORBERT LEO BUTZ-Broadway's Leading Man at Belleayre Music Festival

August 16, 2014 - 8:00pm

Broadway's Leading Man, Norbert Leo Butz will be joining the Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, August 16th @ 8pm!

For tickets and information call 845-254-5600 ext. 1344 or visit the Conservatory Office at 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount, NY 12441.

845-254-5600 ext. 1344

Music of Brazil & Argentina, Romero Lubambo & Pablo Aslan's Tango Orchestra

August 9, 2014 - 8:00pm

Hot Latin Nights II-Music of Brazil & Argentina featuring Romero Lubambo Quintet featuring Pamela Driggs & Pablo Aslan's Tango Orchestra & Dancers!

For tickets and information call 845-254-5600 ext 1344

845-254-5600 ext. 1344

Pedrito Martinez Quartet-Music of Cuba at Belleayre Music Festival

August 8, 2014 - 8:00pm

Hot Latin Nights II-Music of Cuba will be featuring Pedrito Martinez Quartet at Belleayre Music Festival on Friday, August 8th @ 8pm.

For tickets call 845-254-5600 ext. 1344.

181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount, NY 12441.

All tickets are $26!

845-254-5600 ext. 1344

Hot Latin Nights II-Music of Mexico at Belleayre Music Festival

August 7, 2014 - 8:00pm

Belleayre Jazz Club-Hot Latin Nights II-Music of Mexico, featuring Alberto Solis and Gil Gutierrez! Thursday, August 7th @ 8pm

For tickets call 845-254-5600 ext. 1344

All tickets are $26

845-254-5600 ext. 1344

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