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Amazon Prime Day Deals: Unmissable Apple Products on Sale

<h1><a href="https://amzn.to/469uvdK" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);">Amazon Prime Day</a> is here, and on July 16th and 17th, the deals are flowing!</h1><p>This is a rare opportunity to grab Apple products at up to 32% off. Whether you're looking to upgrade your tech or get a head start on holiday shopping, now is the perfect time to invest in these top best-sellers. And if you're not already a Prime member, don't worry—try it free for 30 days and enjoy exclusive deals, free delivery, award-winning TV, and more for only $14.99/month after the trial. Cancel anytime.</p><h3><a href="https://amzn.to/469uvdK" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);">Get a free 30-day trial of Prime</a></h3><p>Free delivery, award-winning TV, exclusive deals, and more. Only $14.99/month after the trial. Cancel anytime.</p><h3><a href="https://amzn.to/3W820rV" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);">Apple Watch SE</a></h3><p>All the essentials to help you stay motivated and active, keep connected, track your health, and stay safe. The Smart Stack and redesigned apps in watchOS 10 help you see more information at a glance. With features like Crash Detection and enhanced workout metrics, Apple Watch SE is a better value than ever.</p><h3><a href="https://amzn.to/4bK7eQv" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);">Apple AirPods Pro</a></h3><p>The Apple-designed H2 chip helps to create more intelligent noise cancellation and deeply immersive sound. The low-distortion, custom-built driver delivers crisp, clear high notes and full, rich bass in stunning definition.</p><h3><a href="https://amzn.to/4f7s1jS" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);">Apple iPad (10th Generation)</a></h3><p>Colorfully reimagined and more versatile than ever, iPad is great for the things you do every day. With an all-screen design,<a href="https://www.hamlethub.com/brewster-new-york/stories/10.9-inch" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"> 10.9-inch</a> Liquid Retina display, powerful A14 Bionic chip, superfast Wi-Fi, and four gorgeous colors, iPad delivers a powerful way to create, stay connected, and get things done.</p><h3><a href="https://amzn.to/3zJGr9K" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);">Apple iPad mini (6th generation)</a></h3><p>The full iPad experience designed to fit in one hand. With an<a href="https://www.hamlethub.com/brewster-new-york/stories/8.3-inch" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"> 8.3-inch</a> Liquid Retina display, powerful A15 Bionic chip, 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage, USB-C connectivity, and ultrafast Wi-Fi. Take notes, mark up documents, and edit photos and videos.</p><h3><a href="https://amzn.to/3WmodnD" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);">Apple iPad Air 13-inch (M2)</a></h3><p>iPad Air is powerful, versatile, and comes in a choice of two sizes. Featuring a stunning Liquid Retina display and the amazing performance of the M2 chip, along with Touch ID, advanced cameras, superfast Wi-Fi 6E, and a USB-C connector. Plus, powerful productivity features in iPadOS and next-generation Apple Pencil Pro experience.</p><h3><a href="https://amzn.to/3xMzUe0" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);">Apple Watch Series 9</a></h3><p>Your essential companion for a healthy life is now even more powerful. The S9 chip enables a superbright display and a magical new way to quickly and easily interact with your Apple Watch without touching the screen. Advanced health, safety, and activity features provide powerful insights and help when you need it. And redesigned apps in watchOS give you more information at a glance.</p><p>Don't miss out on these fantastic deals! Whether you're treating yourself or shopping for loved ones, these top-selling Apple products make perfect gifts. Take advantage of the Cyber Monday sales and save up to 60% off the regular price. Happy shopping!</p><p><br></p><p>We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon .com and affiliated sites at NO additional cost to you! We share products that we have used and love as well as those that have been recommended by others.</p><p><br></p>

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Beauty and the Beast at Richter is An Absolutely Enchanting Night of Theater

<p>There are some musicals, whether you like them or not, that are just plain fun.</p><p><br></p><p>Sure, they may not be your cup of tea. Sure, they may be culturally problematic. But when push comes to shove, they are fun crowd pleasers that will enchant the most stoic of audiences. And that’s exactly what is happening with the current offering from Musicals at Richter – "Beauty and the Beast."</p><p><br></p><p>For those readers of this review who are on aware of the recent struggles that Richter has had, Richter has been perpetually been plagued with failing facilities – a shack for a tech booth, a pop-up stand for a concession booth, and most notably, the port-a-potties for the patrons. And that doesn’t even include the Richter house, which despite it’s historical landmark standing, was very close to condemnation status.</p><p><br></p><p>But all of that has changed. The stage has been rebuilt, there’s a brand new tech/concession booth/permanent bathroom. The house has been saved, with a fresh coat of paint to boot. And Richter has come to show it off with a spectacle of a show.</p><p><br></p><p>"Beauty and the Beast" was a perfect choice to welcome in the new facilities. This production, the minute you walk onto the grounds, gives vibes of any professional production of this show. And once the cast walks on stage, there are times you forget that you are watching community theater and not watching Summer Stock in the Berkshires.</p><p><br></p><p>At the core of "Beauty and the Beast," are the Beauty (Belle) and the Beast (Also know as Prince Adam, though someone not so well versed in Disney lore would know this, as it’s never mentioned in the show.). Playing these roles are Hannah Grace and Charles Romano, both new to the Richter stage. It’s rare that Richter casts new-to-Richter performers in their both of their leading roles so I was curious to see these two take the reins; the minute both of them started to sing their respective songs, I could see why they had their roles. Grace’s voice is clear and lovely and deserving of any Disney Princess that she chooses to take on while Romano is a force to be reckoned with vocally.</p><p><br></p><p>Special shout-outs to Stacey Snyder as Mrs. Potts and Michael Solano as Cogsworth. Snyder’s puttering around in a clearly cumbersome costume (And in this heat, to boot!) did not diminish her ability to portray a very competent and caring housekeeper who any royal, cursed or not, would be lucky to have on staff. Solano shines as the neurotic butler-turned clock Cogsworth. As someone who suffers from chronic anxiety, watching his frequent meltdowns was delightful and entertaining and it was a performance worth bragging about.</p><p><br></p><p>But the real standout in this performance is Matt Farina’s choreography. Audiences cannot take their stop watching during Act I show-stopping number Gaston. Readers of this review who are familiar with the original animated film or the 2017 live action remake will remember the characters dancing around the pub to perk up rejected Gaston after Belle rejects his less than stellar offer of marriage. Food flies, LeFou swings from wall fixtures, and girls dance on tables. Well, there was no swinging, table dancing or massive consumption of food on stage, but Farina was able to create a stunning number…..using metal pint mugs. And no, that’s not a typo. I won’t spoil the magic of it to encourage you to go see it but the effect is absolutely magical.</p><p><br></p><p>Overall, "Beauty and the Beast" was the perfect choice for Richter’s architectural comeback. It’s a great place to take the kids on a Friday night, or a fun night out with friends and your own pint mug (With driver friendly beverages, of course).</p><p><br></p><p>Well done, Richter, well done.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><strong><u>Details from Musicals at Richter </u></strong></p><p><br></p><p>Musicals at Richter (MAR), celebrating its 40th season as the longest-running outdoor theater in Connecticut, kicks off the summer with “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” playing through July 20. Directed by Donald E. Birely, the production features a live band and a cast of talented local actors, performances take place outdoors under the stars at the Richter Arts Center, 100 Aunt Hack Road, in Danbury, adjacent to the Richter Park Public Golf Course, just off I-84, Exit 2.</p><p><br></p><p>Performances for “Beauty and the Beast” are Friday-Sunday evenings at 8 PM, with specially discounted performances on Thursday July 18. Grounds at Richter Arts Center open at 7:00 p.m. for picnicking, with the show at 8:00 p.m.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors (65+) and students (with ID), and $15 for children 10 and under. For the Thursday performance on July 18, tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students and $10 for children 10 and under.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Audience members are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for lawn seating. A limited number of chairs are available free of charge at the concession area, and a snack/soft drink concession is on site.</p><p><br></p><p>New this year, two pairs of comfortable VIP front row seats will be available at each performance. The tickets cost $150 per pair, which includes a $90 tax-deductible donation to support MAR’s Renaissance of Richter stage and facility improvement campaign.</p><p><br></p><p>Following “Beauty and the Beast” on the Richter main stage is Broadway’s quintessential ode to the fifties, “Grease,” playing July 26 through August 10.</p><p><br></p><p>For further information on all our offerings and to purchase main stage tickets, visit the website at <a href="http://www.musicalsatrichter.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">www.musicalsatrichter.org</a> or leave a message at 203-748-6873.</p><p><br></p><p>#####</p><p>Photo credit to David Henningsen Photography</p><p>Max Monson (center, in red) portrays Belle’s egotistical suitor Gaston and Robert Fontenelli</p><p>(seated, in striped pants) plays his sidekick Lefou in Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST,</p><p>playing outdoors under the stars at Musicals at Richter, Connecticut’s longest-running outdoor</p><p>theater, through July 20. Featuring a cast of more than 40 talented local actors and a live</p><p><br></p><p>orchestra, the production takes place on the grounds of Richter Arts Center, 100 Aunt Hack</p><p>Road, in Danbury, adjacent to Richter Park Golf Course and minutes off I-84 Exit 2. Tickets/info:</p><p><a href="http://www.musicalsatrichter.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">www.musicalsatrichter.org</a> .</p>

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Your Ultimate Beach Essentials Guide for Summer 2024

<p><span style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);">As summer rolls in and the sun beckons, it's time to prepare for those blissful days at the beach. Whether you're a seasoned beachgoer or a newbie, having the right gear can make all the difference between a good day and a great one. We've rounded up the must-have beach essentials that will ensure you're ready for whatever the sun, sand, and waves throw your way.</span></p><p><br></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);">1. </strong><a href="https://amzn.to/3xjIpwS" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);"><strong>BLINGSTING First Aid Kit</strong></a><span style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);"> Emergencies at the beach are rare but being prepared is essential. The BLINGSTING First Aid Kit is your compact companion packed with 75 essential supplies. From bandages to antiseptic wipes, this stylish gold kit fits easily in any bag or car, ensuring you're always ready to handle unexpected bumps or scrapes.</span></p><p><br></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);">2. </strong><a href="https://amzn.to/3xqPKe2" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);"><strong>AMMSUN Beach Cabana with Fringe</strong></a><span style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);"> For those seeking shade in style, the AMMSUN Beach Cabana is a game-changer. Its romantic Boho design with tassels not only adds aesthetic charm but also offers UPF 50+ UV protection and is waterproof. Supported by sturdy steel ribs and featuring deluxe sand pockets, this 6'x6' cabana ensures a stable haven on windy beach days.</span></p><p><br></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);">3. </strong><a href="https://amzn.to/4ctRZMv" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);"><strong>Collapsible Folding Wagon</strong></a><span style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);"> Carrying beach gear just got easier with the Collapsible Folding Wagon. Built with a robust steel frame and durable oxford fabric, this wagon can haul up to 220 pounds of towels, coolers, and more. Its big wheels glide effortlessly over sand, making it a beach essential for families and solo beach lovers alike.</span></p><p><br></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);">4. </strong><a href="https://amzn.to/3zfagik" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);"><strong>Inflatable Pool Tubes</strong></a><span style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);"> Bring fun to the waves with the 39" Inflatable Pool Tubes. Designed for both adults and kids, these tubes come in eye-catching yellow and pink with handles for easy gripping. They're perfect for lounging in the water or riding gentle waves, adding an element of playful relaxation to your beach day.</span></p><p><br></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);">5. </strong><a href="https://amzn.to/45EGYFN" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);"><strong>Hiearcool Waterproof Phone Pouch</strong></a><span style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);"> Protect your technology with the Hiearcool Waterproof Phone Pouch. Certified IPX8 waterproof, it safeguards your phone against water, sand, and dust while allowing full touchscreen functionality. With a spacious design, it accommodates most phones—even those with cases—ensuring your device stays safe and dry.</span></p><p><br></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);">6. </strong><a href="https://amzn.to/3KQqH7j" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);"><strong>Beach Bags Waterproof Sandproof</strong></a><span style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);"> Pack everything you need in the oversized Beach Bags Waterproof Sandproof tote. Crafted from durable, recycled ripstop nylon, this eco-friendly bag keeps towels, snacks, and sunscreen secure and dry. Its interior pocket protects valuables, making it ideal for family outings or solo beach adventures.</span></p><p><br></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);">7. </strong><a href="https://amzn.to/3zlfVDi" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);"><strong>Solar Buddies Sunscreen Applicator</strong></a><span style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);"> Make sunscreen application a breeze with the Solar Buddies Sunscreen Applicator. This BPA-free, refillable roller ensures mess-free coverage. Simply fill it with your preferred sunscreen, and its sponge roller delivers even application, perfect for kids and adults alike.</span></p><p><br></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);">8. </strong><a href="https://amzn.to/3Vyo6Uu" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);"><strong>Ben Kaufman Cabana Stripe Beach &amp; Pool Towel</strong></a><span style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);"> Wrap yourself in comfort with the Ben Kaufman Cabana Stripe Beach Towel. Made from soft, absorbent cotton, this oversized towel (30" x 60") is designed for luxury and durability. Whether lounging on the sand or drying off after a swim, its plush texture promises a cozy beach experience.</span></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);">Conclusion</strong><span style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);"> With these essential beach companions in tow, you're all set for a memorable day by the sea. From sun protection and comfort to safety and style, these products ensure you're prepared for every aspect of beach life. Embrace the sun, surf, and sand with confidence, knowing you've equipped yourself with the best tools for a perfect beach getaway.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(15, 17, 17);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115);">We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon .com and affiliated sites at NO additional cost to you! We share products that we have used and love as well as those that have been recommended by others.</span></p>

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The Adirondack Wine & Food Festival returns to Lake George June 29 & 30

<p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">The Adirondack Wine &amp; Food Festival returns to Lake George on Saturday, June 29 &amp; Sunday, June 30. Recently voted a top 3 annual event by </span><a href="https://www.lakegeorge.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">www.lakegeorge.com</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"> the Festival will feature 140 of New York’s best wineries, distilleries, breweries, cideries, artisan food producers, food trucks, crafters, and more at the Charles R. Wood Festival Commons in Lake George Village. Tickets are available at </span><a href="http://www.adkwinefest.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: blue;">www.adkwinefest.com</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">The family-friendly event is one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the Northeast, drawing visitors from 36 states. Now in its 8th&nbsp;year, the&nbsp;Festival&nbsp;anticipates 7,000+/- attendees this year. People visit the region specifically to attend the&nbsp;Festival; 88% to be exact, according to post-event attendee surveys. The 2024 Festival is expected to generate 12,000+ overnight stays and produce an economic impact of just under $5 million for the region.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">"We are thrilled to celebrate the 8th annual Wine and Food Festival here in Lake George," said Gina Mintzer, Executive Director of the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce &amp; CVB. "This event has become a cornerstone of our summer season, drawing visitors from near and far to experience the incredible culinary and craft beverage offerings of our region and beyond. The festival not only showcases the rich flavors of the Adirondacks but also significantly boosts tourism and visitation, providing a vital economic impact as we kick off the summer."</span></p><iframe class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/D10oDpMKF9Q?showinfo=0"></iframe><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(28, 28, 28);">Thanks to its 2023 expansion onto West Brook Road to create “Food Truck Alley”, the festival will accommodate more vendors than ever this year – over 140 are on the docket, i</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">ncluding 29 wineries, 25 artisan food vendors, 17 food trucks, 20 distilleries, 9 non-alcoholic beverage producers, 5 cideries, 4 breweries, 3 meaderies, and 14+ craft and specialty vendors. “Our vendors handcraft unique products you won’t find anywhere else. It’s fun to try something new, and it feels great to support local artisans by bringing your newfound favorites home with you,” said&nbsp;Sasha&nbsp;Pardy, owner of Adirondack Festivals LLC. Food Truck Alley entry is free to the public “for those who just want a bite to eat but may not be able to or wish to enter the ticketed festival grounds,” added Pardy.&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">A current vendor list is provided below, but last-minute updates will be posted at&nbsp;</em><a href="http://adkwinefest.com/vendors" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><em>adkwinefest.com/vendors</em></a><em style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">.</em></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">New this year, Festival Entertainment is amped up with a 2-day lineup of unique vendors offering special activities including caricatures, massages, tarot card readings, and more. The Festival welcomes back a great lineup of local solo musicians organized by 518 Rock; as well as the impressive Street Magic of TJ Clancy, the jaw-dropping stilt walking, and aerial work from Jessica Black, and a 360-degree live photo booth from SNA 360 Media.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">The “Biergarten” tent managed by Adirondack Brewery is also returning to the festival. Attendees can purchase full glasses of Adirondack Brewery and Mean Max Beers, or Adirondack Winery wines, and sit back and relax in the shade while they chill with their friends.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Throughout the weekend, attendees will enjoy Culinary and Cocktail demonstrations and competitions under the exciting Taste New York Culinary &amp; Cocktail Tent. These segments feature local chefs and mixologists as they prepare food and drinks made with ingredients supplied by Festival vendors. New this year, the Festival offers a Sushi Making Class and a Barkeater Chocolate and Wine Pairing Class; plus there will be two “Iron Chef”-style cooking competitions on Saturday, with the winners from each segment going head-to-head on Sunday; and a mixology competition on Sunday as well. This year our local chefs are Chef Sakari Smithwick&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">(recognized on national platforms such as Food Network’s Chopped and Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen)</em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">, Chef Carl Weiner&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">(owner of San Souci)</em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">, The Upstate Chef - Robert Murphy&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">(Executive Chef at the renowned Alderbrook Lodge)</em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">, Chef Adam Bruce&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">(former Executive Chef of the Sagamore and Inn at Erlowest, now District Chef for Ballston Spa Schools)</em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">. Our talented mixologists are Kelly Hatin&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">(Owner of Mixaritas Mobile Bartending + Mixafusion)</em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;and Heather Miller&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">(lead bartender at Adirondack Winery).</em></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;For a sixth time, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks (BBBS) will return as the festival beneficiary. A portion of every ticket sold is donated to this incredible organization that provides mentorship, tutoring, and experiences to youth in Warren, Washington, and northern Saratoga counties. "We developed a great partnership with&nbsp;Sasha&nbsp;and her team while being the beneficiary of the ADK Wine &amp; Food Festival. There are no words to express how grateful we are for their generosity! Their investment in our agency year after year ignites the potential of our local youth!" CEO/Executive Director Bill Moon states. BBBS operates the Drop-Off / Pick-Up Tent, where guests can “check” the beverages and foods they purchase at the festival until they are ready to leave. They also provide over 60 festival volunteers, sell water bottles, and raffle tickets to amazing gift baskets filled with goodies from Festival vendors. In partnership since 2018, BBBS has raised nearly $60,000 from Festival fundraising activities.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">“We encourage attendees to come with families, and especially locals to attend on Sundays when there is more room to roam and a more laid-back atmosphere. Designated Drivers get in for only $20 and Kids 15 and under get in free; and will enjoy access to food trucks, and samples from artisan food vendors and non-alcoholic beverage vendors. New this year, Adirondack Safari has provided a retired teepee tent for kids to draw on, and The Wild Center will be providing fun kids activities. There is also a natural playground and skatepark right outside our gates,” said Festival Manager, Brad Willett.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">For discerning Festival go-ers, VIP tickets are back for only $99, including an impressive VIP goodie bag, front-row seats at the Taste NY Culinary Tent, the Event-in-a-Tent VIP Hangout area, and exclusive access to the Adirondack Safari Cabana Village, which VIPs rent for their private group.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Tickets will be available at the door; however, Saturday VIP tickets are almost SOLD OUT and GA Saturday tickets have sold out in the past, so advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">This year, a free shuttle to parking lots at Million Dollar Beach and Lake George Village Hall is being provided by Tech Valley Shuttle.</span></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"><u>Festival Details:</u></strong></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">When:&nbsp;</strong><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Saturday, June 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.</span></p><p><em style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">(VIP Ticket Holder Entry starts at 10 am each day)</em></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Where:&nbsp;</strong><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Charles R. Wood Festival Commons | 17 West Brook Road, Lake George, NY 12845</span></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Tickets</strong><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">: </span><a href="http://www.adkwinefest.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: blue;">www.adkwinefest.com</a></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

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Local High School Student Creates Assembly to Raise Teen Mental Health Awareness

<p>On Thursday, May 23rd&nbsp;during May Mental Health Awareness Month, an assembly was held at Hendrick Hudson High School in Montrose, New York, for all students regarding the issue of teen mental health and how to best support one another.&nbsp;</p><p>The assembly was created and organized by Emma Litvinsky, a junior who is a member of Sailors Supporting Sailors, a club at her high school whose purpose is to raise mental health awareness and help&nbsp;student athletes learn how to manage stress.</p><p>With the support of Principal Scollins, the assembly occurred over two periods so that all students, from freshmen through seniors, had an opportunity to attend. Emma reached out to Minding Your Mind, a national mental health non-profit organization that provides mental health education to students in kindergarten through college. The mission of the non-profit is to end the stigma and destructive behaviors often associated with mental health issues.&nbsp;</p><p>Through Emma’s partnership with Minding Your Mind, the organization provided a compelling speaker, Kristen, who shared her personal mental health challenges as a teenager and how she learned positive coping skills leading to wellness for her.&nbsp;</p><ul><li>To further augment awareness, Emma created a visually impactful exhibit utilizing lawn flags. With&nbsp;the help of members from the Sailors Supporting Sailors Club, on the front lawn of the high school, they planted different colored flags representing teens dealing with different mental health challenges. (See attached photo.) The colors of the flags represented the following issues that adolescents deal with:Blue:&nbsp;Depression</li><li>Purple: Anxiety</li><li>Green: Suicide/Suicidal Thoughts</li><li>Orange: Eating Disorders</li></ul><p>The assembly and flag exhibition were so successful that Emma’s school wants to make this an annual event.&nbsp;As Emma says, “Creating an event and a safe space to hear about challenges that we as teens might be facing is really important. I wanted to help foster conversations about mental health so we can support each other and not feel alone when we’re going through a difficult time. Our school wants to do this every year so the hope and healing that come from us supporting one another is a legacy that will continue at Hendrick Hudson.”</p>

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Putnam Chorale presents: United Songs of America, Concerts in July

<p><strong>Please join the Putnam Chorale Summer Ensemble as we celebrate America in song.&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Entitled&nbsp;<em>United&nbsp;Songs of&nbsp;America</em>, these three concerts in July highlight our shared musical heritage.</strong></p><p class="ql-align-center">&nbsp;</p><p>Spanning American genres from patriotic to popular, hear Charles Ives’s works (including&nbsp;<strong><em>Variations on America</em></strong>&nbsp;in the Brewster church where Charles Ives first played it, now air conditioned), Peter Wilhousky’s stirring arrangement of&nbsp;<em>The Battle Hymn of the Republic,</em>&nbsp;and Randall Thompson’s&nbsp;<em>The Testament of Freedom</em>. In addition, classics like<em>&nbsp;I’ve Got Rhythm,&nbsp;Blue Skies</em>&nbsp;and others will round out the program.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Music Director Jason Tramm explains “The music selected for this year’s Summer Ensemble is a celebration of the uniqueness of American choral music. From the great maverick composer, Charles Ives, to wonderful arrangements from the American Songbook, this program will be a joy for audiences!”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Saturday, July 6</strong>, 7:30 PM, First United Methodist Church (now air conditioned), 83 Main St, Brewster.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://putnamchorale.ticketleap.com/usa24-brewster/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Brewster Tickets July 6</strong></a></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Wednesday, July 10</strong>, 6:30 PM, at the Graymoor estate in Garrison, hosted by the Franciscan Friars and Sisters. (free concert)</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Sunday, July 14</strong>, 3:00 PM,&nbsp;St. Joachim Church in Beacon.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://putnamchorale.ticketleap.com/usa24-beacon/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Beacon Tickets July 14</strong></a></p><p><br></p><p>Tickets for&nbsp;the Brewster and Beacon concerts are $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and students. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. More info (and tickets) at&nbsp;<a href="http://putnamchorale.org/usasongs/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: blue;">PutnamChorale.org/usasongs/</a></p>

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KeepOnSharing: Building an Ethical Social Network with Revenue Sharing

<p>In a bold move set to shake the foundations of the multi-billion-dollar social network industry, the newly launched platform <a href="https://bit.ly/mimkos" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: blue;">KeepOnSharing (KOS)</a> is introducing a revolutionary approach that combines the familiarity of social networking with the lucrative aspects of online marketplaces. This innovative platform not only seeks to entertain but also to empower its users economically by offering a revenue-sharing model that rewards them for both creating and consuming content.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>At the heart of <a href="https://bit.ly/mimkos" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: blue;">KeepOnSharing's</a> strategy is its commitment to transforming users from mere viewers into active partners. According to Mikki <span style="color: var(--geeks-body-color);">St. Germain, CEO of </span><a href="https://bit.ly/mimkos" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: blue;">KeepOnSharing</a><span style="color: var(--geeks-body-color);">, the </span>platform is dedicated to "creating a new ecosystem where users can socialize, share content, buy, and sell products—all while being fairly compensated." Unlike traditional social networks that capitalize on user activity without adequate compensation, KOS recognizes the intrinsic value users bring as both consumers and creators.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>One of the standout features of <a href="https://bit.ly/mimkos" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: blue;">KeepOnSharing</a> is its promise to pay users for engaging with the platform—be it through sharing personal interests, uploading fun content, or listing products in the marketplace. This approach not only <span style="color: var(--geeks-body-color);">enhances the user experience by merging the dynamics of conventional social</span></p><p>media networks with the transactional functionality of marketplaces but also <span style="color: var(--geeks-body-color);">offers a seamless method for users to monetize their online presence.</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>"Imagine being paid every time you or one of your followers scrolled past an ad," Ms. St. Germain envisions,</p><p>highlighting a shift towards recognizing the significant role users play in the advertising revenue model. The platform pledges to redistribute 50% of all revenue back to its users, thereby ensuring that those who contribute to the network's success are duly rewarded. This policy extends not just to content creators with substantial followings but also to everyday users, ensuring that everyone benefits from their engagement and purchases.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>In line with its ethical stance, <a href="https://bit.ly/mimkos" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: blue;">KeepOnSharing</a> is also committed to user privacy, ensuring that personal data is never sold or shared. The platform allows users to link freely to external websites, other social networks, and marketplaces without any fees, emphasizing user autonomy and respect for privacy.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Moreover, the platform is taking corporate social responsibility to the next level with the <a href="https://bit.ly/mimkos" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: blue;">KeepOnSharing</a></p><p>Charity Foundation. This non-profit wing of the company ensures that every transaction on the platform also supports charitable causes, operating with no overhead and committing 100% of proceeds to help those in need.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Maggie Carey, CEO of <a href="http://www.masteritmedia.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: blue;">Master It Media</a> and founder of <a href="http://www.painlessposting.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: blue;">Painless Posting</a>, a New York-based social media strategist, recognizes the potential impact of <a href="https://bit.ly/mimkos" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: blue;">KeepOnSharing</a> on the social media landscape, particularly in addressing the common frustrations faced by users and businesses alike. "Traditional social media platforms have often left users and creators feeling undervalued, while businesses grapple with high advertising</p><p>costs and increasingly complex interfaces," Carey points out. She also notes that although <a href="https://bit.ly/mimkos" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: blue;">KeepOnSharing</a> is still in its early stages and may not offer the slick design of more established networks, it introduces a compelling trade-off. "While the platform's layout might not be as polished, it offers a transparency and compensation structure that established networks don't. This can be a significant draw for those who are tired of not seeing the value returned on their engagement and investment."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>As <a href="https://bit.ly/mimkos" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: blue;">KeepOnSharing</a> opens its doors to new users. It promises a unique, straightforward, and inclusive approach to social media. By valuing users as true partners and compensating them for their contributions, <a href="https://bit.ly/mimkos" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: blue;">KeepOnSharing</a> is not just launching a platform—it's pioneering a movement towards a more ethical and equitable digital ecosystem where everyone, regardless of their online following, can benefit directly from the value they create.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>What you can do with <a href="https://bit.ly/mimkos" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: blue;">KeepOnSharing</a>:</p><p><strong>1. Make a Post (It's free)</strong></p><p>Create a post a request for a service, share an event, sell a product or promote your services and talents.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2. Add Connections</strong></p><p>Invite your network of followers, friends, family and business contacts to join</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>3. Make Offer</strong></p><p>Make an offer to help someone who’s request matches your skills and expertise.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>4. Generate Revenue</strong></p><p>Get paid for fulfilling a request, for sharing content and from your entire network.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Please note that some of the links on this page are affiliate links, which means the author may earn a commission if you click through at no additional cost to you.</p>

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