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Good times at Camp Wiltmeet in New Paltz and Berean Park and Tony Williams Park in Highland

Good times at Camp Wiltmeet in New Paltz and Berean Park and Tony Williams Park in Highland

  For 17 years the YMCA’s Camp Wiltmeet, the local summer camp for kids from kindergarten through sixth-grade, was directed by Lee Ann Albritton, who this year turned over the reins to one-time camp counselor Kayleigh Buboltz. The transition couldn’t have gone smoother, especially with head counselor Elise “Flash” Cimino returning to run the day-to-day...
A Day’s Work: Dan Whitley

A Day’s Work: Dan Whitley

Dan Whitley was a 19-year-old kid when he got the calling. He was a college student at Guilford College in North Carolina studying for a BA in religion when he knew that God had called him to become a pastor. Many years and a few lifetimes later Whitley sits in his study at the Clintondale...
Unison sculpture outside; Hannah Eshel inside

Unison sculpture outside; Hannah Eshel inside

Photos by Rich Corozine   Unison Arts center is throwing a two-fer out on Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz: the 16th annual sculpture exhibition outside in the wood surrounding the center and inside the work of 88-year-old sculptor (she also has work outside) and painter Hannah Eshel. So it’s interesting just to roam around...
The nuts-and-bolts of prison life: Dave Miller’s “Punishment Enough”

The nuts-and-bolts of prison life: Dave Miller’s “Punishment Enough”

I’ve always told anyone that would listen that everyone — EVERYONE — should experience prison life, not necessarily behind bars as an inmate, but by somehow “walking in those shoes” and trying to understand that no matter the why and how of incarceration the incarcerated should be treated with compassion. Not a roll-over-and-whimper type of...
New Paltz celebrates Memorial Day on May 30 (with photo gallery)

New Paltz celebrates Memorial Day on May 30 (with photo gallery)

  With Army veteran and US Congressman Chris Gibson leading the parade down Main Street, New Paltz gave thanks to its servicemen in Friday’s  Memorial Day commemoration. The parade, following Gibson, began in the rain and ended in sunshine at the Village Hall Veteran’s Memorial. There, following a convocation calling for peace and a recognition...
SpringFest in Highland to take place on Saturday, May 17

SpringFest in Highland to take place on Saturday, May 17

At first Highland SpringFest was a way to bring people to the struggling hamlet. Now in its third year, the fest, having accomplished its main purpose, is simply billed as a “fun family community event.” “It’s been very successful, with the crowds bigger and better each year,” said Kate Jonietz, the Lloyd event’s coordinator. “We’re...
A Highland woman puts her house up for sale in a contest

A Highland woman puts her house up for sale in a contest

After a couple of years of financial and personal health calamities, Highland’s Marissa Valentin has decided to try a new approach to relieve herself and her three children of their debt — $100,000 worth on the health front alone. She had a massive coronary 18 months ago and no insurance, since she was a small...
Coaches help fix broken household items at the Repair Café in New Paltz

Coaches help fix broken household items at the Repair Café in New Paltz

Above the café part of the basement at the New Paltz United Methodist Church is a hand-written quote from Canadian sage Leonard Cohen, it says: “There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.” A pretty heady thought, especially when you speak with John Wackman, the fellow who brought the idea of...
LaBella’s in New Paltz is the venue for young entertainers (with photo gallery)

LaBella’s in New Paltz is the venue for young entertainers (with photo gallery)

Photos by Rich Corozine When Jamishay Cammann moved to New Paltz four months ago, she went out with her mom, Shaydie, to get a slice of pizza. And as many other old and new New Paltzians have done over the years, they wound up at LaBella’s — Maria’s place — now in its 25th year....
Ulster County Fair is the ticket to old-time fun (with photo gallery)

Ulster County Fair is the ticket to old-time fun (with photo gallery)

Photos by rich corozine   The Ulster County Fair was held once again last week at its home since 1967, the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz. There was a lot to do — pig racing, jugglers, a draft horse show, wool spinning and weaving demos, tractor competitions, dog drills, a livestock auction, fireworks, wood...
Manny Fest 3 will take place on Aug. 10 at Joe’s East West in New Paltz

Manny Fest 3 will take place on Aug. 10 at Joe’s East West in New Paltz

Okay, so who was this Manny Fest guy anyway? If you’re younger than, say, 50, you probably have no idea other than that the art supply store in downtown New Paltz is named “Manny’s” and across North Front Street and sitting out in front of the Elting Memorial Library is a stone bench dedicated to...
St. Joseph’s Church holds its 37th annual Fest (with photo gallery)

St. Joseph’s Church holds its 37th annual Fest (with photo gallery)

I have to admit right off the bat that the real reason I’ve attended at least the last 20 of these St. Joseph’s Festa’s is the fried dough. The zeppole rules. Not being particularly religious, or sociable, or prone to game-playing, I can smell those fat little pockets of deep-fried dough from miles away. And...