Art festival starts August 7 at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale

Art festival starts August 7 at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale

Once upon a time, in the days of the Rosendale cement boom, there was a busy rail depot across from what was then a general store and is now that fabulous nexus of the paper arts, Women’s Studio...
Village of New Paltz to purchase 64.5-acre parcel to complete core of Mill Brook Preserve

Village of New Paltz to purchase 64.5-acre parcel to complete core of Mill Brook Preserve

Culminating more than a decade of study, planning and negotiation following the “Beavergate” trapping controversy of the early 20-aughts, preservation of a continuous wildlife corridor running all the way from Woodland Pond’s forever-wild acreage to the Duzine School’s...
Rosendale Street Festival returns to Main Street (with photo gallery)

Rosendale Street Festival returns to Main Street (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The Rosendale Street Festival has been around for so many years now (with a multiyear hiatus at one point) that people have pretty much stopped counting. It takes a lot of donated time,...
New Paltz to hire former councilwoman Jean Gallucci for comptroller position

New Paltz to hire former councilwoman Jean Gallucci for comptroller position

Following a two-hour-long executive session at the end of the July 16 meeting of the New Paltz Town Board, board members emerged to make the big surprise announcement of the evening: Upon receipt of official notification from Ulster...
Fundraising is underway for a 9/11 memorial in New Paltz

Fundraising is underway for a 9/11 memorial in New Paltz

New Paltz is getting closer to having a 9/11 memorial park. It will be located on the grounds outside Fire Station Two on North Putt Corners Road, where there is currently a “Tree of Remembrance” planted to honor...
Rosendale gets festive for Pool Fund with new Mermaid Parade

Rosendale gets festive for Pool Fund with new Mermaid Parade

It was another rained-out early summer weekend, but that didn’t faze the festival-mad folks of Rosendale last Sunday, when they launched yet another soon-to-be-annual community celebration: the Rosendale Mermaid Parade.     According to a local with decades of experience...
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Oasis by the river: Highland Landing Park

Oasis by the river: Highland Landing Park

The Bob Shepard Highland Landing Park at the edge of the Hudson River in the Town of Lloyd offers quite a lot to do on just 1.7 acres: boat launching and docking, kayaking, fishing, picnicking or just enjoyment of a breeze off the water with a scenic view of forested bluffs along the riverbanks and...
Archaeological dig site reveals treasure trove of artifacts under Huguenot Street (with photo gallery)

Archaeological dig site reveals treasure trove of artifacts under Huguenot Street (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The Huguenot settlement in New Paltz dates back to 1678. But as long ago as that seems, archeological finds at what is now Historic Huguenot Street date occupation of the area back to circa 7,000 BC, according to Dr. Joseph Diamond, associate professor of anthropology at SUNY New Paltz. Diamond...
OSI and Mohonk Preserve advance plan for new River-to-Ridge trail

OSI and Mohonk Preserve advance plan for new River-to-Ridge trail

The Open Space Institute (OSI) and Mohonk Preserve have unveiled the proposed route of the “River-to-Ridge” trail, the scenic and recreational off-road trail leading directly from downtown New Paltz to the Shawangunk Ridge. In developing the route, which can be viewed at http://www.osiny.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=9033, the groups gave careful consideration to such matters as avoiding sensitive wetland...
A Day’s Work: Green Goats – vegetation control experts at Walkway Over the Hudson

A Day’s Work: Green Goats – vegetation control experts at Walkway Over the Hudson

Girl power reigns under Walkway Over the Hudson. A quartet of four female goats known collectively as The Spice Girls — individually as Posh, Sporty, Baby and Bad — are the New York State Bridge Authority’s newest subcontractors, enlisted to live on the land under the Walkway for 12 weeks to clear it of unwanted...
Historic house to be headquarters for Lloyd Preservation Society

Historic house to be headquarters for Lloyd Preservation Society

Scenic Hudson has given up part of its Illinois Mountain preserve, and the entire Town of Lloyd is likely to benefit from the transaction. The parcel in question is just a couple of acres, but it includes the Deyo-Schantz-Gaffney house, an historic 18th-century residence which is now on track to become the headquarters for the...
The Wallkill River Watershed Alliance is working to help clean up the Wallkill in New Paltz

The Wallkill River Watershed Alliance is working to help clean up the Wallkill in New Paltz

Fifty years ago, most Hudson Valley residents thought that the river that runs through it was a lost cause. The closest they normally came to it was crossing it on a bridge in their cars. But then an unusual thing happened: People started using the Hudson for recreation, and started caring about it more as...
St. Joseph’s Church celebrates 39th annual Festa (with photo gallery)

St. Joseph’s Church celebrates 39th annual Festa (with photo gallery)

 Photos by Lauren Thomas   After four decades of existence, it takes more than a cloudburst to put a dent into the annual Festa at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in New Paltz. The skies opened up around 6:30 p.m. on the final evening of the three-day event, with lightning putting on a fireworks display....
Tantillo’s Farm in Gardiner holds its first ever LobsterFest

Tantillo’s Farm in Gardiner holds its first ever LobsterFest

Reporters in the Hudson Valley are often called upon to write about farm-to-table events. But last Saturday’s inaugural LobsterFest at Tantillo’s Farm on Route 208 in Gardiner brought ocean-to-picnic-table dining to the region. The atmosphere was casual and comfortable, reminiscent of being invited to a friend’s backyard where fresh whole Maine lobsters were served up...
25th annual Taste of New Paltz will be held on a Saturday this year

25th annual Taste of New Paltz will be held on a Saturday this year

It’s never too soon to make a note on your calendar about upcoming events you don’t want to miss. Especially if it’s something one is used to attending on a Sunday and for the first time, it’ll be held on a Saturday this year. That’s the case with the 25th annual Taste of New Paltz...
For Catherine and Fred Bunt, it’s 60 years of marriage and 60 years living in New Paltz

For Catherine and Fred Bunt, it’s 60 years of marriage and 60 years living in New Paltz

Catherine and Fred Bunt of New Paltz recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. “We had some difficult times, but it all ended up pretty good,” says Fred. “It’s been a wonderful life. We have excellent memories.” “We’ve been very lucky,” adds Catherine. “We haven’t had any real misfortunes.” And their secret to making a marriage...
Benmarl Winery hosts 20th annual Bounty of the Hudson Wine & Food Festival

Benmarl Winery hosts 20th annual Bounty of the Hudson Wine & Food Festival

Each summer for the past 20 years, one or another of the 14 wineries that comprise the Shawangunk Wine Trail has taken a turn at hosting the Bounty of the Hudson Wine & Food Festival. It’s primarily a wine-tasting event, in which all 14 bring out their latest and greatest vintages to vie for the...
Highland BOE reorganizes for 2015-2016 school year

Highland BOE reorganizes for 2015-2016 school year

The Highland Central School District Board of Education met on Tuesday, July 7 for its annual reorganization meeting in which newly elected board members were sworn in. Incumbents Mike Bakatsias and Debbie Pagano pledged to perform their duties for another three-year term each and new board member Ed Meisel took the oath for the first...