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Laura Tedesco has been working with the U.S. government to save cultural treasures in Afghanistan. Photo Courtesy Laura Tedesco

Afghanistan: A ‘monuments woman’ whose mission is to save the arts and culture

Many people first learned about the Monuments Men of World War II by reading Robert M. Edsel’s book about them, or seeing the 2014 film “Monuments Men.”

Of course there were many heroic women who also helped protect the cultural treasures of Europe from Hitler, Goering and others. 

Author Jim Mackin, above with his wife Janet, relaxed after Jim gave a talk at the Church of St. John in the Wilderness on Sunday, Aug. 15. Photo by Judith O’Hara Balfe

Historian/author talks of houses and churches

COPAKE FALLS — Local historian and author Jim Mackin gave a talk at the Church of St. John in the Wilderness on Sunday, Aug. 15, which was sponsored by the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society in Copake Falls. 

Visiting from Otto’s Kitchen in Germantown, Chef Bobby Hellen was spotted cooking up a storm at the Winner’s Dinner held on Saturday, Sept. 4, as part of this year’s Grillsdale festivities. Photo by Kailin Lyle

Grillsdale 2021 embraces grills and thrills on a smaller scale

HILLSDALE — Though attendance was lighter and the festivities were spread out over two days instead of one spectacular night, the sensation of area residents and visitors coming together to enjoy a weekend of first-rate food and entertainment was felt just as strongly at Grillsdale 2021 this Labor Day weekend as it’s been in years before.


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