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** Tickets are selling well for the America the Beautiful Concert that is raising funds for the fall Hudson Valley Honor Flight, a day-long trip taking veterans to Washington to see the monuments their service in the military has built. The concert will be Aug. 12 at the Goshen Historic Track, starting at 5 p.m. Doors open at 4. Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra headline the event with special guests. They are Joe Piscopo from “Saturday Night Live,” Chris Caffery from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the Hudson Valley Regional Police Pipes & Drum Corps and more. Also attending will be the Nam Knights of America Motorcycle Club. Concert tickets are $25 per person and can be ordered by sending a check to America the Beautiful Concert, P.O. Box One, Florida, N.Y. 10921.

** Bricks are available for purchase by Monday for the next brick-laying ceremony in October at the Trestle Inc. Walkway on Front Street overlooking the Hudson in Newburgh. For information, call 565-0844.

** Fortune Esposito, musician and retired music teacher in the Middletown School District, will be appearing at John Botti’s Harvest Inn at 633 Route 17M, Middletown (343-6630) from 7-10 p.m. today, with members of his talented family. Joining in song will be the daughters: Jenna Esposito-Cannizzaro and Kelly Esposito-Broelmann. And drumming along will be Charlie Broelmann, 9, who made his debut with the family years ago. Charlie’s grandmother, Sheila, is always present. She’s the one who remembers to bring the music and whatever else is needed. It’s always good music.

Barbara Bedell’s column appears daily. She can be reached at 346-3125 or by email:

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