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Grace and power

As the Tokyo Olympics came to an end, the Tri-state region hosted its own contests of grace, strength, beauty and discipline at the annual Millbrook Horse Trials, Aug. 5 to 8.


A young patron of the Roeliff-Jansen Community Library displayed the project he completed at a drop-in auxiliary library program at the Copake-Hillsdale Farmers Market. Photo by Tia Maggio

Beekeeper will keep kids buzzing Aug. 6

COPAKE — The Roeliff Jansen Community Library and its Children and Youth Services Associate Tia Maggio have scheduled weekly events on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Copake-Hillsdale Farmers Market at the Roe Jan Park, located at 9140 Route 22, Hillsdale.


Part of the Ancram Opera House’s (AOH) Emergence Collective Play Lab in 2021, these performers were a part of what kept the AOH alive despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy Ancram Opera House

Ancram Opera House surveys audiences, looks to future

ANCRAM — “Give the people what they want and they will come” is an old theater adage. So what better way to find out what the people want from the Ancram Opera House (AOH) and Theater than having a survey to check the pulse of some 2,000 members of the community?


Following a hike with the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC), concert-goers pulled up their seats to watch Americana funk band Twisted Pine perform some toe-tapping funkadelic music on Saturday, July 17. Photo submitted

Twisted Pine plays among the trees

ANCRAM — The scenic Ancram Overmountain Conservation Area was alive with the sound of funk as the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) partnered with Sustain Music and Nature to offer local residents a hike and concert with the Americana funk band, Twisted Pine, on a rather soggy Saturday afternoon, July 17.


Celebrating her 30th anniversary in the Hudson Valley this year, Jackie Reynolds — best known to families and children as Bee Bee the Clown — will soon be embarking on a multi-stop tour around the region for International Clown Week, starting Sunday, Aug. 1, through Saturday, Aug. 7. Photo submitted

Bee Bee the Clown celebrates 30 years

HUDSON VALLEY — It’s been 30 years since she first donned that red nose, and Jackie Reynolds — best known as “Bee Bee the Clown” — said she’s been blessed and honored to have a career spanning three decades that’s brought happiness to so many throughout the Hudson Valley. 


While in a normal year The Lakeville Journal would have gone down to the shore to take a photo of the rushing water at the Great Falls, this year the levels are high enough that the most prudent place from which to take a photo was on the Iron Bridge between Falls Village and Salisbury. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Water levels in river & lakes remain dangerous

After a brief respite, it rained again on Sunday, July 25, and the Housatonic River, which had been dropping, leveled off and began to rise again.

Monday morning, July 26, the United States Geological Survey measured the river at 1,890 cubic feet per second (cfs) at Falls Village. The historical median flow is a little over 300 cfs.

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