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Owner Ryan Thumann proudly holds the symbol of his patriotism and workmanship. Lightning is just
one of the many embellishments Thumann has added to the timeless design of the American flag.

Grain to Glory Flag Company

Veteran’s Day is a time to honor those who have fought for our freedom, a time to revere the memory of what they have done. What’s more, it is a time to show patriotic spirit alongside the brave men and women who are still fighting to preserve that freedom. In Beach Lake, PA, there’s a man who’s got a business doing just that, all year long.


TRR photos by Kristin Barron

In the caterpillar box, there is one chyrsalis and one caterpillar “doing the J” in preparation to make a chrysalis.

Bon voyage

It has been a great year for monarch butterflies. I am hearing everyone comment on the number of the beautiful orange-and-black butterflies that have been seen this year in the river valley.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

The case of the miniature murder mystery

When she called to say that “something terrible had happened at the house,” I jumped in the car and got there as fast as I could. “What is it? What’s wrong?” I shouted, pounding on the door, which creaked open, shedding light on the horrific scene before me. “It’s the dollhouse,” Gayle said, ushering me in. “There’s been a murder.”


TRR photos by Cass Collins

Freddy Gallery owner Joshua Abelow sits next to one of the works in the exhibit at the gallery in early October, by Mary Jane Hanja. 

Chapel of dark art

The little white clapboard church building that is Freddy Gallery stands in a field of green just off a main road in Harris, NY. Behind it, the black iron gates of a cemetery protect the living from the dead. Or is it the other way around?


TRR photos by Ted Waddell

Members of the Rhythm & Grace dance studio perform “Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Irving Berlin at the halftime celebration.

‘God Bless America’ turns 100

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” took center stage at a special halftime celebration during Livingston Manor Central School’s homecoming football game on Saturday afternoon, September 22.


Contributed photos

The Northeasters Barbershop Chorus 

Timeless toe-tappin’

SPEBSQA: Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (Inc.) If you’ve ever heard a barbershop quartet outside of a high school rendition of Music Man, you’ve probably been exposed to this mouthful of an organization.


Contributed photos

The Catskill Distilling Company will be the site for the first Catskills Fiber Festival on September 15..

Fiber fun for everyone

BETHEL, NY — Summer is over, but fall is gearing up for a strong show of seasonal delights. Apple picking, wine tasting, cider sampling and even early Christmas shopping entice us, and most weekends our area boasts one or more special harvest-season festivals.

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