Resistance to proposed Hudson River barge anchorages is strong… and getting stronger

Resistance to proposed Hudson River barge anchorages is strong… and getting stronger

A parking lot. A floating storage facility. A catastrophe waiting to happen. A tourism killer. Those are but a few of the choice descriptions offered last Friday at a press conference by opponents of a request for 10 new...
Dr. Heinz Meng: An appreciation

Dr. Heinz Meng: An appreciation

Some of life’s most magical moments come about when one is brought into close contact with the natural world. One such happened for me a long time ago, in a classroom at SUNY-New Paltz, when I was invited...
Date set for Stop & Shop-to-Tops transition

Date set for Stop & Shop-to-Tops transition

The transition from Stop & Shop to Tops Market will take place towards the end of this month, and should only result in one full day of closure. That’s according to Stop & Shop’s assistant manager Steven Bongiardina,...
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Groundbreaking for new Highland Library will be in September

Groundbreaking for new Highland Library will be in September

It has been more than a year since Highland voters approved a bond of $4.8 million to build a new library. But at long last, things are moving forward. The proposed design by the architectural firm of Butler Rowland Mays Architects LLP was approved by the state Education Department’s Division of Library Development in July....
SUNY student group pursues campus food sovereignty

SUNY student group pursues campus food sovereignty

A pile of hard rock and rubble isn’t exactly the first place you would think to grow food on, but a group of SUNY-New Paltz students have found a way to do just this – and with great success. The Students for Sustainable Agriculture group typically gets together to volunteer on local farms, educating peers...
Ulster County Poorhouse memorial statue to be erected at county pool in New Paltz

Ulster County Poorhouse memorial statue to be erected at county pool in New Paltz

Finding the funding to create a permanent memorial to the approximately 2300 unfortunates who lived and died at the Ulster County Poorhouse has been an epic quest for New Paltz town historian Susan Stessin-Cohn. “Sixteen years ago, the county said they would find the money,” she recalls. Even while she worked to document and interpret...
Proposed nine-month moratorium draws ire from solar-farm supporters in Gardiner

Proposed nine-month moratorium draws ire from solar-farm supporters in Gardiner

The parking lot at Gardiner’s town hall was full when on the evening of August 9 the town board held a public hearing on a proposal to impose a nine-month moratorium on the issuance of permits for the installation of ground-mounted solar-energy-generating facilities. Dozens of Gardinerites and non-residents alike turned out to voice disapproval for...
Public reacts to proposed CVS in New Paltz

Public reacts to proposed CVS in New Paltz

Many town residents came to speak about the controversial CVS project at this Monday’s town planning board meeting, but few remained when board members finally discussed their next steps. No decision was made, but there is now a clearer sense of where board members. Areas of concern with the project included traffic, clearcutting the property,...
Cell service comes to Gardiner

Cell service comes to Gardiner

Residents of the Town of Gardiner have long been complaining about poor wireless reception and worrying about how they would manage to contact first responders in an emergency. The quest for an appropriate site for a cell tower serving the town went on for more than a decade, with potential locations at the town landfill...
Children’s Art Studio encourages kids to find their own path to creativity

Children’s Art Studio encourages kids to find their own path to creativity

The Children’s Art Studio (CAS) program on Huguenot Street in New Paltz is based on the concept of open studio time, in which no specific instruction is given but the space and tools to create art are made available. Usually it’s adult artists given this kind of free rein, but Liz Cunningham is making the...
Mazzstock: The Marlboro music campout with many happy returns

Mazzstock: The Marlboro music campout with many happy returns

It all began as a birthday party. Lee Mazzola arranged a party nine years ago at his Marlboro farm, complete with a cake that proclaimed he was 50. A whole bunch of bands made the event extra-special. Nine years later, as Mazzola gets ready for his sixtieth, Mazzstock is now a three-day music festival that...
A Day’s Work: Painting with Tom Sarrantonio

A Day’s Work: Painting with Tom Sarrantonio

In the summer of 1978, an art-school friend of Tom Sarrantonio suggested they go out to the Badlands in South Dakota to paint the landscape. They drove out, camped and painted every day from sunrise to noon, rested out of the hot sun, and then painted again in until evening. The journey was a revelation...
Rosendale seeks permanent home for abandoned pets

Rosendale seeks permanent home for abandoned pets

For some mysterious reason, word seems to have gotten around that the Town of Rosendale is a good place to abandon an unwanted dog. An unusually high number of homeless canines are currently in town custody. In fact, a few weeks ago, someone surreptitiously dropped a terrier off on the front porch of town clerk...
Wrong kind of rain: Local precipitation patterns are changing

Wrong kind of rain: Local precipitation patterns are changing

It’s never easy to tell if rainfall in a given year is normal or not without records. While the effects of this year’s precipitation can seem drought-like, the records kept at the Mohonk Preserve’s Daniel Smiley Research Center – which extend back over 100 years – don’t indicate a drop in the total amount of...
Rosendale demands inclusive public input on Pilgrim Pipeline scoping process

Rosendale demands inclusive public input on Pilgrim Pipeline scoping process

The Rosendale Town Board voted last week to send a letter to the two designated co-lead agencies on the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) of the Pilgrim Pipeline project, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York Thruway Authority (NYTA), urging them to guarantee ample opportunities for “meaningful public and...