Tell us about your Holiday Lights

WHAT: Freeman's annual Holiday Lights Tour.

WHEN: Deadline for nominations is Dec. 11.

DETAILS: The Freeman is seeking nominations for its annual Holiday Lights Tour featuring the best-decorated homes in the region. The feature, to be published Dec. 18, will include both a driving map of Kingston and a list of other noteworthy locations.

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On the road to Brexit America

By Vernon Benjamin

I have embarked! I have left the comfort of my home. Companionless, only the spirit of my dog beside me riding, I went alone. Like one before me, I took to the open road.

Westward I ride into the darkness of morning, into the darkness of a nation remade. As the pundits predicted, we have entered into the American version of Great Britain's Brexit, the vote against the European union, when England exited not just a union but also the courtesies toward those who are not of their kind as well. The bridge of open arms and friendship was torn, and now I go to our front line, where the fight is met over another bridge, an upside-down one as in Alice's wonderland, in a dark mirror form, a conveyance a hundred feet below the Missouri River to carry the goods of a dark new world.

The same discouraging spirit surrounds us now, but here it is darker and more bitter. The frustrations of the pioneer decades lie behind it, the furies of the rugge…

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Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church hosts concert Dec. 2 to benefit Family of New Paltz

By Frances Marion Platt

The Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold its annual concert fundraiser for Family of New Paltz on December 2. Pictured are Betty and the Baby Boomers.

Pastor Tobias Anderson has been organizing an annual Christmastime Concert through the New Paltz Musicales, a community music ministry of the Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, as a benefit for Family of New Paltz for four years now. During that period, his congregation has raised “over $15,000 for Family — mostly from concerts,” Anderson says. The next such event, titled “Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding!” takes place this Friday, December 2 in the church's sanctuary, located at 90 Route 32 South.

Partly because they benefit a secular not-for-profit organization that serves the hungry and homeless, runaway youth and domestic violence survivors in our community regardless of religious affiliation, these popular musical events bring out a diverse crowd, according to Anders…

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Saugerties boys’ basketball team hopes to use speed as a weapon

By Robert Ford

Saugerties boys' basketball coach Mike Tiano is looking for big things from his talented group of senior players. (photo by Robert Ford)

Saugerties High School boys' basketball coach Mike Tiano is looking forward to an exciting season as his team prepares to get their scheduled started.

Unlike the last several years when he's had a number of tall players who could dominate under the basket, this year's team is a bit shorter, but much faster, Tiano says. He expects to rely more on the run-and-gun. “We'll be looking to use our speed to get quick steals, get the ball down the court on a fast break, and put the ball into the net,” he says. “We have guards that can really run, and we're going to get our forwards running as well.”

A number of players just finished playing for the successful Sawyer football team that finished the season 7-2. Tiano sees the hard work put in by his players in the gym and in the weight room translating into succes…

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Town of Saugerties property tax levy rising 4% next year

By By William J. Kemble news@freemanonline.com

SAUGERTIES >> The Town Board has adopted a $12.45 million town budget for 2017 that increases spending by 3.9 percent and the property tax levy by 4 percent from their 2016 levels.

The increase in the tax levy exceeds the maximum set by the state, which was less than 1 percent. Town Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel said the Town Board had no choice but to authorize going over the cap because mandated expenses made it impossible to comply.

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Despite criminal cases surrounding aides, donors, Cuomo maintains high approval rating

By By Kyle Hughes NYSNYS News

ALBANY >> The felony indictments of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's former aides and campaign donors is a stunning new chapter in the annals of Albany corruption, but how the story will end for the governor remains a mystery.

Cuomo has not been charged with a crime, nor has he been blamed by voters for the worst corruption scandal in recent history.

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Law & disorder: Nov. 26, 2016

The following items are based on information provided by officials in law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

Esopus

. Endangering: Ann Bliss, 57, of West Park, was arrested by state police at Highland at 3:02 p.m. Thursday in Esopus and was charged with obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors.

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Livingston kicks off Christmas season with activities Dec. 2, 3

LIVINGSTON >> The holiday season will kick off here with the annual "Christmas in Livingston" celebration on Friday, Dec. 2.

At 5 p.m., the Linlithgo Reformed Church on Church Road will hold a supper with a choice of soups, tossed salad and fresh baked bread.

Free will offerings will be accepted.

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Mid-Hudson group seeks donations to aid refugee school in Kenya

NEW PALTZ >> The Mid-Hudson Valley chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States is adopting the Central School in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya, as part of the Adopt-A- Future campaign, which supports refugee education worldwide in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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Funding available for youth mentoring services in Dutchess County

POUGHKEEPSIE >> The Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services' Division of Youth Services is seeking proposals for youth development services from municipalities and nonprofit, community-based organizations for 2017.

Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 will be awarded to programs that provide free services designed to improve youth and community outcomes as outlined in the Life Areas funding priorities of the Dutchess County Youth Board and Coordinating Council.

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