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Young Performers’ Edition of the Wizard of Oz to be performed at the New Paltz Middle School

Young Performers’ Edition of the Wizard of Oz to be performed at the New Paltz Middle School

As Dorothy Gale learned in The Wizard of Oz, there truly is “no place like home.” But sometimes, when it comes to seeking out something fun for the family to do, we overlook what we can find right in our own backyard. And this weekend we need look no further to find family entertainment (and...
Frida’s Bakery & Café offers artisanal baked goods and creative casual dining

Frida’s Bakery & Café offers artisanal baked goods and creative casual dining

It’s always a good sign when a café makes its own bread and pastries. At the recently opened Frida’s Bakery & Café in Milton, those duties are divided between “Dave-the-Baker” Meltzer, who comes in by midnight every evening to bake fresh bread for the morning, and on-site pastry chefs, Diana Matias and Jordan Polumbo. “They’re...
A day’s work: Carol West, New Paltz highway department secretary

A day’s work: Carol West, New Paltz highway department secretary

New Paltz Highway department secretary Carol West is the person on the other end of the line when you call to complain about snow plowing, tree trimming or road conditions. So it’s no surprise that when asked what attributes are necessary to do her job, her response is, “patience, a sense of humor and a...
Woodland Pond residents boogie to “Break the Chain” on Valentine’s Day

Woodland Pond residents boogie to “Break the Chain” on Valentine’s Day

In the early afternoon of Valentine’s Day 2015 — or V-Day, as The Vagina Monologues playwright/activist Eve Ensler likes to call it, adding deeper levels of meaning — the snow was coming down more heavily and beginning to stick; the roads were getting slippery. But that didn’t faze women (and their male allies) in the...
OSI acquires Watchtower’s “Hillside” property for bridge-to-Ridge trail corridor

OSI acquires Watchtower’s “Hillside” property for bridge-to-Ridge trail corridor

A “huge conservation win” that will enable creation of “a recreational trail that will be among the most scenic in North America”: That’s the ambitious vision of Kim Elliman, president and CEO of the Open Space Institute (OSI) as he announced in a February 11 press release the land trust’s successful acquisition of the 135-acre...
$135K grant will help Stone Ridge Orchards build Food Hub, connector trail

$135K grant will help Stone Ridge Orchards build Food Hub, connector trail

When apple-picking season comes around, residents of southeastern Ulster County’s rich orchard country have many appealing u-pick venues from which to choose. But those who place highest priority on minimal use of chemical pesticides on the fruit that they ingest know to head for Stone Ridge Orchards (SRO), located west of High Falls on Route...
Highland Library reveals final concept for the proposed new library, vote will be March 17

Highland Library reveals final concept for the proposed new library, vote will be March 17

The Highland Library Board of Trustees held a public meeting at Lloyd Town Hall on Thursday, February 5 to reveal the final conceptual design for the proposed new library in Highland. Lead architect on the project, Paul Mays of Butler Rowland Mays Architects, LLP, was in attendance to present the plan. If voters on Tuesday,...
The history behind the Stone Ridge Library

The history behind the Stone Ridge Library

The Stone Ridge Library will be 106 years old this June, chartered as a free public library on June 17, 1909 by the Regents of the University of the State of New York. But its original library building dates back much further than that, to around 1798, so let’s start the story there. The following...
New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce appoints Kathy Combs as its executive director

New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce appoints Kathy Combs as its executive director

The New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce has appointed Kathy Combs as its new executive director. Combs assumed the position on February 2. “I am honored and excited to represent an agency that plays such a vital role in supporting and promoting the local economy,” said Combs. “I look forward to working with the Chamber’s...
Shawangunk Nordic Ski Association envisions more groomed trails, fun XC events

Shawangunk Nordic Ski Association envisions more groomed trails, fun XC events

It isn’t often that you’ll find people above elementary school age complaining because their meeting wasn’t canceled on account of a “snowstorm of the century” that didn’t materialize. Readers sharp enough to decipher that triple negative will already have figured out that the group of adult mid-Hudsonites who are most unhappy with the post-global-warming trend...
Community Concert Series at Gardiner Library offers free musical get-togethers

Community Concert Series at Gardiner Library offers free musical get-togethers

Pete Seeger’s legacy reminds us that music-making can be for everyone, a shared pastime with friends in a comfortable, ego-free environment. (All the better if the music is accompanied by a tasty repast.) And the free Community Concert Series on the first Saturday of each month at the Gardiner Library provides just that. The tone...
"Secrets of the Shawangunks" lecture series returns every Thursday in February

“Secrets of the Shawangunks” lecture series returns every Thursday in February

For the past 15 or so years, the Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership has offered a winter lecture series, “Secrets of the Shawangunks.” Held every Thursday evening in February from 7-8:30 p.m. in the SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center, room 102, the events are free of charge to attend and no advance registration is necessary. “We...