ParksvilleUSA: The Hudson Valley String Quartet

July 12, 2014 - 7:30pm

ParksvilleUSA: The Hudson Valley String Quartet

A program of Beethoven, Haydn and Gershwin beautifully played by The Hudson Valley String Quartet

The ParksvilleUSA Music Festival concert series continues with more extraordinary music with The Hudson Valley String Quartet on Saturday, July 12 @ 7:30PM.

The ParksvilleUSA Music Festival has a special treat planned for you this July as The Hudson Valley String Quartet showcases their variety of musical styles just for you. The quartet is comprised of Tara Goozee (violin), Donna Kushner (violin), Lauren Buono (viola) and Jeanne Fox (cello) – all residents of the Hudson Valley. They have fused their love of the region with their love of music, dedicated to performing and teaching locally to enhance the cultural climate of their community.  Read more


All in the Family: The Lyric Quartet

June 7, 2014 - 7:30pm
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All in the Family: The Lyric Quartet

Viennese Operetta/Broadway Musicals


ParksvilleUSA Music Festival 2014

May 18, 2014 (All day)
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ParksvilleUSA Music Festival 2014 Season

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ParksvilleUSA Music Festival: Coyote Anderson

May 18, 2014 - 3:00pm

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Table limit: New York State releases minimum investment figures for casinos

Photo by Flickr user Mark Menzies; published under Creative Commons license.

Casino developers hoping to land one of four prized licenses from New York State will have to prove that they're investing enough in the project. But although the state's minimum investment figures are in the hundreds of millions of dollars, they're not likely to prove an obstacle to deep-pocketed casino developers, many of whom have already unveiled plans to spend much more than the state's required minimum figures.  Read more

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This weekend: Foodstock at the Villa Roma

This Saturday, Sullivan County celebrates food, wine and public radio at Foodstock, an annual fundraiser for WJFF Radio Catskill. The event, held at the Villa Roma Resort in Callicoon, features a smorgasbord of tastings from local chefs, farmers, bakers, cheesemakers, wineries, distillers and more. 

Among this year's dozens of vendors are a few exciting fresh faces on the Catskills local food scene -- like Roscoe's Northern Farmhouse Pasta, creators of a mouthwatering wild ramp ravioli, and Wurtsboro's Aaron Burr Cidery, whose founder Andy Brennan has been dubbed "New York's hottest cider producer" by Grub Street  Read more

Livingston Manor teacher arrested for embezzlement

More than $10,000 that should have gone toward caps and gowns for next year's graduating seniors, senior pictures, yearbooks and a class trip went into a Sullivan County teacher's pocket instead, police say. 

On Thursday, May 8, state police arrested 46-year-old Sandra Taggart of Livingston Manor, a special education teacher for the Livingston Manor Central School District. Taggart was the advisor for the class of 2015, and was responsible for managing funds raised by the class. Police say Taggart siphoned off more than $10,000 from a class fundraising account. 

Taggart faces charges of third-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and petit larceny. 

While the case is resolved, Taggart has been placed on administrative leave with pay. A substitute teacher has been appointed to cover her classroom duties, and temporary co-advisors have been appointed to advise the class of 2015.  Read more

Four injured in Trailways bus crash

Above: An injured victim being treated at the scene of this morning's bus accident on Route 17 in Ramsey, N.J. Photos by Boyd A. Loving; courtesy of the Cliffview Pilot.

A flying car wheel smashed through the windshield of a Pine Hill Trailways bus bound from Kingston to Manhattan on Route 17 around 7:30 this morning, injuring four people, according to several downstate media reports. 

The wheel flew off a Lexus that was driving north, in the opposite direction from the bus, the Cliffview Pilot reports. Two people aboard the bus were critically injured in the accident, and two others sustained head injuries.

One of the injured victims was airlifted to a hospital, and a few others were transported by ambulance, reports.  Read more

From the Forest: Fruitful Forests

By Ryan Trapani

This spring I spent a lot of time pruning old apple trees. They were neglected old trees that either the previous landowner planted or the current one forgot about, or simply a seedling that began its life through a deer’s rumen. In any case, there they were. They were alive and managed to fruit every other year or so. Trees like these may seem trivial, but to wildlife – and some eager apple pickers – they serve an extremely beneficial role. Deer, for instance, rely upon apple trees immensely. Some trees hold onto their apples longer than others and can feed deer well into the winter when food reserves are at their lowest. Everything seems to like apple trees. Birds can take advantage of apples while still hanging on the tree. Once the fruit falls, all partake. Rabbits and voles eat the bark. Deer eat any buds or twigs they can reach. Insects and diseases feast on the leaves, fruit or bark as well. Deer hunters who choose not to eat the fruit can instead wait nearby and harvest a deer or bear on their way to and from the trees.   Read more

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