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Tap into history this Saturday at Historic Huguenot Street

Tap into history this Saturday at Historic Huguenot Street

Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) will debut the “1677 Huguenot Wheat,” a strong wheat ale inspired by the beers of the early 18th century, this Saturday, August 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. Brewed by The Gilded Otter brewmaster Darren Currier, the ale recipe was researched by beer scholar Craig Gravina, co-author of Upper Hudson Valley Beer and...
Hudson Valley RibFest takes place at the Ulster County Fairgrounds (with photo gallery)

Hudson Valley RibFest takes place at the Ulster County Fairgrounds (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The Ulster County Fairgrounds on Libertyville Road in New Paltz hosted a celebration of all things barbecue at the eleventh annual Hudson Valley RibFest last weekend. The RibFest is organized every year by the Highland Rotary Club, who enlist hundreds of volunteers to put on the three-day event. The proceeds...
Highland Landing Park Association and its party in the park

Highland Landing Park Association and its party in the park

Each summer, Highland Landing Park Association’s annual meeting falls on or near the birthday of the association’s president Matt Smith. As a result, members of the board of trustees top off each year’s potluck supper with a logo-frosted birthday cake for all to share. During the association’s business meeting on August 8, Smith itemized the...
Fall leaf pickup back on schedule for the Town of New Paltz

Fall leaf pickup back on schedule for the Town of New Paltz

The Town of New Paltz has announced that it will again be doing leaf and yard refuse collection this fall. The old leaf collector became unusable last year, and the cost of repairs was more than the machine was worth. Residents were able to bring yard refuse to the recycling center on Clearwater Road, but...
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...
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 9/11 victims. That tree was planted by New Paltz resident Butch Dener and his friend, the late...
Jordan Gallery event nets $12,000 for Mohonk Preserve

Jordan Gallery event nets $12,000 for Mohonk Preserve

When Steve Jordan closed his New Paltz photography gallery after a 16-year run, the longtime Mohonk Preserve supporter decided to dedicate the proceeds from the closing weekend to the Preserve, the inspiration for many of his images. Thanks to Jordan’s generosity and the strong turnout for the event, Mohonk Preserve received a check for $12,000...
Bon-Odori photographs by Youko Yamamoto and Lauren Thomas on display at Gomen-Kudasai

Bon-Odori photographs by Youko Yamamoto and Lauren Thomas on display at Gomen-Kudasai

Youko Yamamoto, owner of Gomen-Kudasai Noodle Shop, and Livia and Billy Vanaver, directors of the Vanaver Caravan, are the driving forces behind Bon-Odori, a unique summer dance festival in New Paltz. To promote its fifth annual event, scheduled to take place on August 9, they will be featuring photographs taken by Lauren Thomas and Yamamoto...
Teen photo contest winners announced at Elting Library reception in New Paltz

Teen photo contest winners announced at Elting Library reception in New Paltz

  The Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz recently sponsored its fourth annual teen photo contest. Local students from the ages of 13 through 17 submitted 32 entries into the categories of portrait, landscape and other. The contest required that all photographs were to be made in New Paltz. The judges were G. Steve Jordan...
Poll: How should New Paltz's next bridge look?

Poll: How should New Paltz’s next bridge look?

In New Paltz, plans for the Carmine Liberta Bridge replacement are underway. County officials and local committee members are meeting to hash out what the new bridge will look like before construction begins in 2016. On their plate right now are a number of design decisions. Two big decisions are the bridge’s look and whether...
Mohonk Consultations’ Distinguished Achievement Award goes to Ann Guenther

Mohonk Consultations’ Distinguished Achievement Award goes to Ann Guenther

Ann Guenther will receive Mohonk Consultations’ 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award on Monday, June 8 from 5 to 8 p.m., in the parlor at Mohonk Mountain House. A naturalist and an environmental educator for over 20 years and now a climate-change activist, Guenther explains her journey: “I’ve been a nature lover all my life. Growing up...
Williams Lake bike races

Williams Lake bike races

The Williams Lake Classic Youth Races, on May 24 will include categories for tike bikers, ages 3–6 and speed racers, ages 7–14. Youth racers ride a shorter race course with timed finishes and podium award ceremonies. Youth races are free. Pre-registration is strongly advised. On May 30 and 31, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) race...