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Bald Eagles in Catskills Show Increasing Mercury
Less than two years after the bald eagle was removed from the federal government’s endangered species list, an environmental organization in Maine has found an alarming accumulation of mercury in the blood and feathers of bald eagle chicks in the Catskill Park region of New York.
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Five years ago Tuesday, the racino at Monticello Raceway opened with as much flair as the rainbow-colored fountains that flowed in the track’s Borscht Belt heyday.
Headlines: Stagedoor Manor Camp to Honor Stephen Sondheim
Stagedoor Manor, the famous performing arts camp in the Catskill Mountains, has announced a special celebration of the works of composer Stephen Sondheim. Dubbed “A Weekend in the Country with the Music of Stephen Sondheim,” the event will include full-scale productions of six Sondheim musicals: Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Into the Woods, Side by Side by Sondheim and West Side Story.
Stagedoor has a long history with Sondheim, who made a cameo appearance in the 2003 movie Camp, which was filmed and based at the Sheldrake, NY, mecca for stagestruck 10- to 18-year-olds. “Stephen Sondheim’s shows are the most requested by our students,” production director Konnie Kittrell said in a statement. Sondheim reportedly responded that he is “blushingly flattered” by the upcoming tribute.
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Camp in the Catskills: A Summer Tradition
By Rukhl Schaechter
In 1959, a group of Holocaust survivors, most of them living in the secular, Yiddish-speaking enclave of the Amalgamated Houses in the Bronx, did something remarkable. Each of them shelled out $500 of hard-earned money to found a summer camp in the Catskill Mountains. The survivors’ goal was to pass on to the next generation their own devotion to democratic socialism and to Yiddish language and culture, mirroring their childhood experiences in Poland between the two World Wars. They called it Camp Hemshekh, which means “continuation.”
NY govt. merger bill draws criticism
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Legislation passes in Senate, Assembly, but not without criticism
By Susan Campriello