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An ode to Pete Seeger

An ode to Pete Seeger

Music lives in the ether now. We can have it anywhere. We need never lose anything again. Still, place matters. Being together, singing and dancing together, the same dirt on all our shoes — it matters. I’m sure Pete would agree.

The story of the Woodstock Rescue Squad

The story of the Woodstock Rescue Squad

Woodstock had no emergency rescue squad in 1973, when the president of Rotron had a heart attack at the Woodstock Golf Club. In the 45 minutes it took for an ambulance to arrive from Kingston, the man died. The following year, the Woodstock Fire Department agreed to add a fifth company to its volunteer services, and the Woodstock Rescue Squad was formed.

Mary Frank’s Refuge at Zang

Mary Frank’s Refuge at Zang

Mary Frank, who will be feted at the reception for her new exhibit of works, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, August 11 at Elena Zang Gallery in Shady, and has just released a new book of her epic photographic works, Refuge, has always been an activist — from the early battles over civil rights, our involvement in foreign wars, the rise of feminism, and ongoing battles against world hunger and thirst to the most recent separations of refugee families at our borders and attacks on Planned Parenthood.

Time to act on health care

Time to act on health care

There’s a proposed law, the New York Health Act, that would create a single-payer health program in the state, and make healthcare free at the point of service for all New Yorkers. In the long-term, this would save us billions. The prospect of passing the taxes needed to pull it off, which would fall heavily on the state’s wealthiest households, seems radical, but not unimaginable.