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Local author reads from her book Never Too Young! in Kingston

Local author reads from her book Never Too Young! in Kingston

Saturday, March 30: Aileen Weintraub tells the inspiring stories of early achievers in Never Too Young! 50 Unstoppable Kids Who Made a Difference. The book became a best-seller when it debuted on Amazon, and won a Parents’ Choice Award. The Accord-based author has written more than 50 children’s books, with her next, Secrets of the American Museum of Natural History, due out this spring.

Famed writer/arborist William Bryant Logan to read from Sprout Lands in Rhinebeck

Famed writer/arborist William Bryant Logan to read from Sprout Lands in Rhinebeck

Thursday, Mar. 28: Once, farmers knew how to make a living hedge and fed their flocks on tree-branch hay. Rural people knew how to prune hazel to foster abundance: both of edible nuts and of straight, strong, flexible rods for bridges, walls and baskets. Townspeople cut their beeches to make charcoal to fuel ironworks. Shipwrights shaped oaks to make hulls. No place could prosper without its inhabitants knowing how to cut their trees so they would sprout again. Pruning the trees didn’t destroy them; rather, it created the healthiest, most sustainable and most diverse woodlands that we have ever known.

Woodstock 50 festival lineup announced; headliners include The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Dead & Company

Woodstock 50 festival lineup announced; headliners include The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Dead & Company

The full lineup for this summer’s Woodstock 50 festival has been announced. Scheduled for August 16-18 in Watkins Glen, the festival is promoter Michael Lang’s anniversary event marking the original Aquarian Festival from 1969. The event will have three stages and three smaller “neighborhoods,” each with their own food and programming and “glamping” opportunities.

Hyde Park hospitality at the hopping CIA

Hyde Park hospitality at the hopping CIA

Culinary Institute of America retools restaurants to become less intimidating, more community-friendly, in keeping with the mission of Waldy Malouf. “The building, the whole campus can be a little intimidating. The reality is that we see about 300,000 visitors a year. The CIA is the largest tourist attraction in this region.”

How to control stink bugs

How to control stink bugs

Saturday, Mar. 16: If you suck them up with a vacuum or Dustbuster, you’ll have to live with their malodorous presence for days thereafter. Yes, we’re talking about stink bugs, those shield-shaped pests who come by their common name honestly, emitting a foul odor as a defense mechanism when threatened or disturbed.