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2/14/18 Highlights of this week's edition...

‘There’s mutual respect for each other’

Couple celebrates more than 50 years of marriage

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from cover) Bob said about the day they met, “I took her home that day.”

“He was good looking, He had a good job,” said Carol.”

The following week they went out on their first date. Bob worked the Thanksgiving Day parade in Manhattan. He would pick up Carol and then bring her to meet his family. There were approximately 25 people there, they recalled.

“Both my parents were only children,” noted Carol.

When asked if meeting all those people at once scared her, Carol answered, “No.”

Asked about how they got engaged, they both at first did not remember.
Carol’s father tested him, said Bob, to see if he had a good sense of humor. Bob was given a hinged knife to use. When it came time for coffee, Bob received a spoon that had a hole in it.

The couple was married on Sept. 7, 1964 at Immaculate Conception Church in the Bronx.

The weather on their wedding day was beautiful,” Carol recalled.

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Local artist makes splash at Rome gallery

Cythnia McCusker works on one of her paintings.- Courtesy photo

By Ray Fashona

Cythnia McCusker, an art teacher in the Wappingers Central School District, is achieving success in the heady art scene of Rome, Italy.

McCusker, who has been exhibiting internationally since 2012, recently sold a painting after showing it for just two weeks at Domus Romana Art Gallery in Rome.

The painting, part of McCusker’s “Endangered Species” series, sold to a private collector for about $100. The piece is called “Journey.”

McCusker said the relatively small amount the painting fetched is due to the fact that it is a small piece, about 8” by 10”. It is a high-quality, limited edition print of the original, she said.

Generally, the larger the piece, the more it sells for, she said.

“It is an honor to sell a piece in Rome,” McCusker said. “It is a large, cosmopolitan city, and obviously well regarded in the art world.”

She added, “I consider it a pretty big accomplishment.”

The painting depicts how changing environmental conditions threaten the existence of a butterfly, McCusker said.

Linda Marston-Reid, executive director of Arts Mid Hudson, said it is “pretty unusual” for a local artist to exhibit and sell internationally.

“Most artists don’t exhibit outside the area or the state,” she said. “There is a lot to consider when exhibiting internationally, including the shipping of the work.”

She said selling a piece in Rome is “a nice accomplishment.”

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Also in the Feb 14-20, 2018 issue:

  • 'Shark Tank's' Daymond John judges United Way coloring contest

Entrepreneur and star of “Shark Tank” Daymond John, left, along with Jeannie Montano, UWDOR President and CEO, listen to art contest contestant Bronwyn Dwyer.


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