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Leah Boss guides the spirit of reggae to the region

Leah Boss guides the spirit of reggae to the region

After moving to Woodstock at the age of 27, she began booking reggae musicians to perform in the Hudson Valley. Her next event is a Love Boat Cruise on Sunday, September 1, when the boat Rip Van Winkle will board passengers at 5:30 p.m. at Kingston’s Rondout for a trip down the Hudson, with Jamaican food and a deejay spinning reggae music. The last show of the season will be a concert by the Grammy-winning band Arrested Development at The Chance in Poughkeepsie on Saturday, September 14, at 8 p.m.

Honor the Woodstock volunteers

Honor the Woodstock volunteers

Andy Lee Field in Woodstock will be dressed with hundreds of balloons and three tents as locals gather on Saturday, August 17, with lunch served from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the adjoining Mescal Hornbeck Community Center. Music will start at 2:15 p.m., headlined by The Cupcakes, and will move outside to the field at 7 p.m. for Rennie Cantine’s Woodstock Guitar Festival, leading up to the 9 p.m. (or so) grand fireworks display.

What’s under there? Checking Woodstock Cemetery grounds for space with radar

What’s under there? Checking Woodstock Cemetery grounds for space with radar

SUNY New Paltz geology professor John Rayburn and two of his students came to the Woodstock Cemetery on June 26 with ground-penetrating radar equipment to determine what lies under sections of the property that are without gravestones. Members of the cemetery task force hope to find out if there are areas that could someday be used for burials, either of coffins or cremation urns.

Cindy Cashdollar given Key to the Woodstock

Cindy Cashdollar given Key to the Woodstock

It was quite a surprise for Cindy Cashdollar when, during the June 30 show at Levon Helm Studios, where the splendid slide and steel guitar player was performing with Asleep at the Wheel, Woodstock Town Supervisor Bill McKenna and Rennie Cantine appeared on the stage and presented her with the Key To The City.  

Volunteering is still alive and well in the Hudson Valley

Volunteering is still alive and well in the Hudson Valley

America has always been a society of joiners, and it was in that spirit that Ulster County executive Pat Ryan last Friday signed resolutions at the historic Volunteer Fireman’s Hall on Fair Street in Kingston to authorize up to $6.2 million in bonding for construction of a public safety training center on Ulster Landing Park in the Town of Ulster.

Family wants Lasher to remain a funeral home

Family wants Lasher to remain a funeral home

Since the untimely death of Lasher Funeral Home director Ken Peterson in May, the Woodstock business is still in operation by staff members Scott DiMicco and Ralph van Hoesen. Ken’s mother, Janet, and his brother, Carl, hope to sell the business to a qualified funeral director, although Carl remarked that no one could replace the historical perspective Ken brought to his work, with his lifelong knowledge of the community and its history.