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Highland Library sets March 17 as date for vote on construction of a new library

Highland Library sets March 17 as date for vote on construction of a new library

The vote on whether to build a new public library in Highland has been set for Tuesday, March 17. The costs of construction and taxpayer impact have not yet been determined. Those figures are expected to be ready for the community by Monday, January 5, to be revealed at a public meeting to be held...
Highland High School welcomes new assistant principal

Highland High School welcomes new assistant principal

On November 10, William Zimmer assumed his new position as assistant principal at Highland High School (HHS). Hired to replace longtime Highland educator Sarah Dudley-Lemek, who was promoted last year to the position of assistant superintendent for administration, Zimmer comes to Highland with 23 years of experience in teaching and educational leadership. Zimmer most recently...
Protesters denounce the Pilgrim Pipeline

Protesters denounce the Pilgrim Pipeline

Following on the heels of resolutions opposing Pilgrim Pipeline passing in Rosendale and New Paltz — and just one day after PGS&E dealt a major blow to the increasingly controversial pipeline by denying it rights of way — demonstrators in New Paltz demanded last Tuesday that the NYS Thruway Authority follow suit and deny Pilgrim...
New Paltz Church of the Nazarene hosts a Christmas Cantata on December 14

New Paltz Church of the Nazarene hosts a Christmas Cantata on December 14

It’s for people who just want to celebrate the season and would enjoy sharing some music and some fellowship,” says pastor John Stetson about the Christmas Cantata event the New Paltz Church of the Nazarene will host this Sunday, December 14 at 4 p.m. It’s not connected to a service and no offering will be...
New Paltz Ballet Theatre to perform “The Nutcracker”

New Paltz Ballet Theatre to perform “The Nutcracker”

New Paltz Ballet Theatre will perform its 18th annual The Nutcracker at the historic Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie on Saturday, December 13 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 14 at 3 p.m. New Paltz Ballet Theater artistic directors Lisa and Peter Naumann bring local ballet students and professional dancers from New...
Historic Ulster County in Gingerbread display at Bevier House Museum

Historic Ulster County in Gingerbread display at Bevier House Museum

The circa-1680 Bevier House Museum in Marbletown has a lot of ties to Ulster County history. The house served as a refuge for residents of Kingston fleeing the burning of their city by the British in 1777, and the museum holds an extensive collection of artifacts donated by local families, including the earliest known land...
The Garden House restaurant opens in Rosendale

The Garden House restaurant opens in Rosendale

The Garden House restaurant is finally fully open for business, inside and out, and it has been a long time coming. Downtown Rosendalers have watched, listened and sniffed the air with interest as Uval and Lisa Sterer — already well-known to them as the proprietors of the Big Cheese — busily renovated the former house...
Hampton Inn construction in New Paltz frozen until spring

Hampton Inn construction in New Paltz frozen until spring

After being mired in litigation and the planning process for years, construction of the Hampton Inn in New Paltz is again held up, this time by the weather. While the old building at the intersection where South Putt Corners Road and Main Street abut the Thruway has been torn down and some foundation work was...
New Paltz, Gardiner, Highland & Rosendale celebrate the start of the holiday season

New Paltz, Gardiner, Highland & Rosendale celebrate the start of the holiday season

While some Paltzonians have been expressing disappointment with the small, rather sad-looking silver-on-blue snowflake pennants lining Main Street this holiday season — replacing the large, lit snowflakes of years past — the New Paltz Downtown Business Association is making sure that the village shopping district will be all aglow and a-glitter for New Paltz Downtown...
Mountain Float Spa brings a fresh take on relaxation to New Paltz

Mountain Float Spa brings a fresh take on relaxation to New Paltz

“We’re basically telling people to do nothing,” says Joey La Penna, co-owner along with Grace Kladstrup of the new Mountain Float Spa on Main Street in New Paltz. Nothing, that is, while floating as buoyant as a cork in 12 inches of water, heated to body temperature and enhanced by 800 pounds of Epsom salt,...
Executive director announces departure from New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce

Executive director announces departure from New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce

Peter Ingellis, executive director of the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce, has informed his board of directors that he will be leaving the Chamber on December 12 to take a position in private industry. Ingellis’ announcement came just two months after Helen Gutfreund, former marketing and communications director for the New Paltz Regional Chamber...
Gardiner Library hosts a presentation by Sandor Katz, author of “The Art of Fermentation”

Gardiner Library hosts a presentation by Sandor Katz, author of “The Art of Fermentation”

“It would be the rare person on an extremely restricted diet who is not consuming some kind of fermented food on a daily basis,” says Sandor Ellix Katz, self-described fermentation revivalist. And if in doubt about that — kombucha, kimchi and kefir are not on your radar —  consider yogurt, cheese, bread, salami, sour cream,...