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3: The Ulster County Fair, canceled by the COVID pandemic in 2020, begins its six-day run for 2021 at the New Paltz County Fairgrounds.

3: The Kingston Common Council votes unanimously to ban drivers from idling their vehicles for more than 10 consecutive minutes while they “park, park or stop” in the city. The rule is due to go into effect on January 1, 2022.

4: The State Department of Environmental Conservation reveals that two deer found dead in Esopus died from an insect-borne disease.

5: The Woodstock Film Festival, held remotely in 2020, will return this fall, but attendees must show proof of COVID vaccination and wear face masks, organizers say.

AOT. 11: Kingston Fire Chief Mark Brown, seen here outside the Central Fire Station in Midtown, announces he will retire on September 24. (Tania Barricklo / Daily Freeman file)

11: Kingston Fire Chief Mark Brown announces he will retire on September 24.

16: The Ulster County Department of Health recommends that all students, faculty and staff be required to wear face masks, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status, and that any unvaccinated faculty or staff be tested every week at the start of the 2021-22 school year

18: Nuvance Health, the operator of Northern Dutchess Hospital and Vassar Brothers Medical Center, announces it is temporarily suspending visits due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

AOT. 19: Affordable housing agency RUPCO announces that it will purchase the Quality Inn in the city of Ulster and turn it into apartments. Showing left is RUPCO General Manager Kevin O’Connor. (Tania Barricklo / Daily Freeman file)

19: Affordable housing agency RUPCO announces plans to purchase the Quality Inn on Route 28 in the city of Ulster and transform it into 100 residential units.

Keith M. Potik (File)

22: Wappingers Falls resident Keith M. Potik, who was shot with police in November 2019 in Red Hook, is being sentenced to 30 years in prison.

23: Mio Marino, a clothing accessories company, is buying five buildings from TechCity in the city of Ulster for more than $ 13.3 million, according to documents filed with Ulster County.

24: The Dutchess County Fair returns for a six-day run to Rhinebeck after skipping 2020 due to COVID-19.

31: Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan is announcing a mask mandate for all 1,300 county employees, as well as visitors to county facilities, whether or not they are vaccinated.

AOT. 24: The Dutchess County Fair begins its six-day run at Rhinebeck after skipping 2020 due to COVID-19. Here, Cole, a black lab, launches from a dock to retrieve an item thrown by owner Jennifer Fimbell during the Dock Dogs event. (Tania Barricklo / Daily Freeman file)