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Coppersea Distilling buys land on Springtown Road in New Paltz to boost local grain

Coppersea Distilling buys land on Springtown Road in New Paltz to boost local grain

Chris Williams looks down with a proud smile at the rye grains spread on the floor in a rough rectangle. The pile of seeds displays telltale furrows from careful raking. His boss Angus MacDonald reaches down to examine them, noting tiny sprouts protruding from each grain. “I think we’re currently one of a dozen distilleries...
Glynwood’s farm incubator kicks off first year

Glynwood’s farm incubator kicks off first year

There’s something going on in the Mohonk foothills: Glynwood’s Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator is officially open for business. According to Kathleen Frith, Glynwood’s president, the program will pair farm incubator graduates with available land — due, in part, to Glynwood’s partnership with the Open Space Institute (OSI). “While there are some farmer training programs...
Elting Memorial Library recognizes work of volunteers

Elting Memorial Library recognizes work of volunteers

In a room filled with tasty cheeses, crackers, snacks and sparkling mineral water, volunteers chatted and mingled. Occasional laughs — like grace notes — lit the air, briefly overshadowing the crowd noise in quick staccato bursts. The volunteers were gathered last Sunday in a place they helped make a little better — the Elting Memorial...
Parents, students protest Common Core with exam opt-outs

Parents, students protest Common Core with exam opt-outs

Last week, students and parents in New Paltz and Highland protested what they see as excessive standardized testing under the Common Core standards by refusing to take state reading exams. According to New Paltz Superintendent Maria Rice, on April 1 — the first day of testing — 19.8 percent of students at Lenape Elementary School...
Math error nearly derails New Paltz school renovations

Math error nearly derails New Paltz school renovations

A mathematical error nearly sidelined New Paltz Central School District’s proposed $52 million capital project before it got to voters’ ballots in May. It also exposed a rift on the Board of Education, which voted 4-3 to proceed with putting the renovations to a vote on May 20 — instead of delaying the vote until...
New Paltz renews old Tavern Owners Agreement

New Paltz renews old Tavern Owners Agreement

In the 1990s, New Paltz had a problem. Gang-related crime had become a presence, and a violent stabbing in 1997 stopped public officials in their tracks. New Paltz village and town leaders blamed local bars for what they saw as rampant radio ads for wet T-shirt contests and cheap drinks. They thought it attracted the...
Web weatherman keeps the forecasts coming

Web weatherman keeps the forecasts coming

For Bill Potter, Mid Hudson Weather started as a way to get his family and friends off his back. As a lifelong fan of meteorology and a skilled amateur weatherman, the people he loved always asked for personal forecasts. “Family and friends were always asking me, ‘What’s it going to do tomorrow? What’s the weather...
Hampton Inn, CVS Pharmacy loom on the horizon in New Paltz

Hampton Inn, CVS Pharmacy loom on the horizon in New Paltz

So far, 2014 has been a busy year in terms of development for New Paltz. Not only is there a proposed $60 million college housing complex on the horizon, but now there is a proposal for a $75 million Wildberry Lodge resort. But there’s also more happening in the college town. A proposed Hampton Inn...
New Paltz officials wowed by Wildberry Lodge proposal

New Paltz officials wowed by Wildberry Lodge proposal

New Paltz Town Board members liked what they heard during a presentation about the proposed $75 million Wildberry Lodge indoor water park and resort. Preliminarily proposed for the 57-acre Plesser property east of the Thruway near Paradies Lane, Wildberry Lodge would have 250 hotel rooms, an indoor water park, a 600-seat conference center, two restaurants,...
Christians celebrate Fat Tuesday in New Paltz

Christians celebrate Fat Tuesday in New Paltz

Pancake Day, Fat Tuesday, Carnival, Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Paczki Day — no matter what name it goes by, the day before Ash Wednesday usually involves people eating well and getting together for a big party. Such was the case at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in New Paltz last week. Franciscans from St. Joseph’s Roman...
Historic Gardiner Animal Hospital continues to serve

Historic Gardiner Animal Hospital continues to serve

For people in Gardiner — or even people throughout Ulster County raising goats, cows and sheep — the Gardiner Animal Hospital has long been a fixture. Open in its current form since 1940, the veterinary clinic treats both large and small animals. Veterinarian Lyle Goodnow has owned the Animal Hospital since 1975, but he started...
90 Miles celebrates 50th anniversary in 2014

90 Miles celebrates 50th anniversary in 2014

One of New Paltz’s most well-known theater groups, 90 Miles Off Broadway, entered its 50th anniversary year in 2014. And they’re ready to celebrate, according to Kim Lupinacci, the group’s president. If 90 Miles is hoping for anything, it’s to exist for another 50 years and to finally have a theater to call its own,...