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The Highland Downtown Business Association

The Highland Downtown Business Association

The Highland Downtown Business Association serves as an advocate and a resource for local business. The group is comprised of business and property owners in the hamlet of Highland who meet on a monthly basis to brainstorm about ways to promote businesses in the area and how best to encourage the visitors who come to...
Seventh annual Local Ingredient Chili Challenge to take place at Water Street Market in New Paltz on January 24

Seventh annual Local Ingredient Chili Challenge to take place at Water Street Market in New Paltz on January 24

The courtyard at Water Street Market on Main Street in New Paltz will host the seventh annual Local Ingredient Chili Challenge fundraiser this Saturday, January 24 from noon to 3 p.m. Those visiting the marketplace can sample two-ounce portions of chili sold for $1 per serving, with all proceeds benefitting St. Joseph’s non-denominational Food Pantry....
The history behind the Highland Public Library

The history behind the Highland Public Library

Many small town libraries that were started in the first few decades of the 20th century were initiated by local women as community reading rooms. And that was the case with the Highland Public Library, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2015. According to information provided by its current director, Julie Kelsall-Dempsey, the Highland Library...
New Paltz Alumni Association offers free benefits, fun events, scholarships

New Paltz Alumni Association offers free benefits, fun events, scholarships

The New Paltz Alumni Association (NPAA), whose board of directors convened for its quarterly meeting last week, has recently found itself with a bit of an image problem. Potential supporters seem to be confusing the not-for-profit group, in existence since 1951, with the folks at SUNY New Paltz who call up alumni on the phone...
New signs erected for Highland, Town of Lloyd and Walkway Over the Hudson

New signs erected for Highland, Town of Lloyd and Walkway Over the Hudson

The Town of Lloyd Economic Development Committee (EDC) has announced the installation of “Welcome to Highland — Home to the Walkway Over the Hudson” signage at the northern and southern town lines on Route 9W. The signs were designed and crafted by Ken Watson of Watson’s Signs of Highland. Installation was accomplished with the assistance...
Christmas tree bonfire is enjoyed at Hasbrouck Park in New Paltz (with photo gallery)

Christmas tree bonfire is enjoyed at Hasbrouck Park in New Paltz (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The third annual Christmas tree bonfire at Hasbrouck Park in New Paltz was held last Saturday, January 10. Fire chief Kevin Maguire and members of the New Paltz Volunteer Fire Department tended the fire. Smoke poured up Plattekill Avenue as a large crowd gathered in a circle and cheered on...
WinterFest is held on the Rail Trail in Highland (with photo gallery)

WinterFest is held on the Rail Trail in Highland (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   Highland’s annual WinterFest celebration returned last Saturday, January 10, and it offered plenty of reasons to get out and brave the cold. More than 20 local eateries brought their slowcookers to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Pavilion at 101 New Paltz Road to serve two-ounce cups of chili for 50...
Apple cooler and crop destroyed in Clintondale fire

Apple cooler and crop destroyed in Clintondale fire

An early morning fire, fanned by frigid winds, brought fire fighters from three counties out in an attempt to save the A. Zimmerman Orchards cooler last Saturday. Freezing temperatures and propane tanks in the facility ultimately made that task impossible, and both the building and millions-of-dollars worth of stored apples and equipment were considered a total...
Mid-Hudson Model Masters bring remote-control flight to a new generation

Mid-Hudson Model Masters bring remote-control flight to a new generation

There used to be a time when airworthy model planes came in only a few types: There was the rubber-band-powered dimestore model that came in a plastic sleeve; you would assemble it by popping the wings, fuselage and tail out of a die-cut sheet of foam or balsa and inserting Tab A into Slot B....
The history behind Elting memorial Library in New Paltz

The history behind Elting memorial Library in New Paltz

The Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz serves more than 14,000 residents and has a total circulation of more than 95,000 items annually, according to library director John Giralico. And that doesn’t even include the extensive amount of materials available to borrow through the Mid-Hudson Library System’s interlibrary loan program. But today’s library is far...
Assemble dessert yourself at Delish Frozen Yogurt Café in New Paltz

Assemble dessert yourself at Delish Frozen Yogurt Café in New Paltz

Late autumn might seem like a counterintuitive time to be opening a frozen dessert business in New Paltz, especially with so many other ice cream shops about. But that didn’t deter Alyssa Lisanti, who describes herself as a “diehard” fan of frozen yogurt. “I will go in a snowstorm and eat yogurt. I used to...
Highland's new il Mercato Italian Marketplace

Highland’s new il Mercato Italian Marketplace

There have already been so many return visitors to the recently opened il Mercato Italian Marketplace at 85 North Road in Highland that at first, co-owner Enza Greco thought something must be wrong. Seeing the same faces on consecutive days made her wonder, she said, if perhaps the people were there to return something they’d...