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Woodstock Lives: The Grinch whose soul was Christmas

Woodstock Lives: The Grinch whose soul was Christmas

I’m not going to pretend, friends, that America in the year 2018 and The Spirit of Christmas are subjects easily corralled into the same article, except for the intervention of a truly weird coincidence. For in describing to you the enigma of the recently deceased Bud Sife we’ll be catapulted into a zone where a civilization in near collapse and A Merry Christmas can and do absolutely exist, side by side.

Miracle on Main Street: Phoenicia celebrates the holiday season

Miracle on Main Street: Phoenicia celebrates the holiday season

The December 8 festivities kick off with the Phoenicia Library holiday open house, from noon to 2 p.m., with cupcakes and a family concert by Uncle Rock. At 5 p.m. is the tree-lighting ceremony, with Santa and live music in front of the Ice Cream Station. The party begins at 6 p.m. at Parish Hall, complete with crafts, face painting, photos with Santa, free refreshments, and more.

Obituary: Dean Gitter

Obituary: Dean Gitter

The larger-than-life developer and former folk singer and manager who built the world’s largest kaleidoscope at what is now the Emerson Resort & Spa in Mount Tremper, envisioned and pushed forward the controversial Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park that’s finally set for building in the coming years, put a television tower with a red light on top on Overlook Mountain and proposed both a steam train village and then an Epcot-like world resort for the Catskills, passed away November 20 at the age of 83 in Questa, New Mexico, where he eventually settled after leaving the Ulster County hamlet of Big Indian.