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A Day’s Work: Green Goats – vegetation control experts at Walkway Over the Hudson

A Day’s Work: Green Goats – vegetation control experts at Walkway Over the Hudson

Girl power reigns under Walkway Over the Hudson. A quartet of four female goats known collectively as The Spice Girls — individually as Posh, Sporty, Baby and Bad — are the New York State Bridge Authority’s newest subcontractors, enlisted to live on the land under the Walkway for 12 weeks to clear it of unwanted...
Historic house to be headquarters for Lloyd Preservation Society

Historic house to be headquarters for Lloyd Preservation Society

Scenic Hudson has given up part of its Illinois Mountain preserve, and the entire Town of Lloyd is likely to benefit from the transaction. The parcel in question is just a couple of acres, but it includes the Deyo-Schantz-Gaffney house, an historic 18th-century residence which is now on track to become the headquarters for the...
The Wallkill River Watershed Alliance is working to help clean up the Wallkill in New Paltz

The Wallkill River Watershed Alliance is working to help clean up the Wallkill in New Paltz

Fifty years ago, most Hudson Valley residents thought that the river that runs through it was a lost cause. The closest they normally came to it was crossing it on a bridge in their cars. But then an unusual thing happened: People started using the Hudson for recreation, and started caring about it more as...
Rosendale Street Festival returns to Main Street (with photo gallery)

Rosendale Street Festival returns to Main Street (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The Rosendale Street Festival has been around for so many years now (with a multiyear hiatus at one point) that people have pretty much stopped counting. It takes a lot of donated time, effort, equipment loans and cash donations to make it happen — not to mention 70+ bands performing...
St. Joseph’s Church celebrates 39th annual Festa (with photo gallery)

St. Joseph’s Church celebrates 39th annual Festa (with photo gallery)

 Photos by Lauren Thomas   After four decades of existence, it takes more than a cloudburst to put a dent into the annual Festa at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in New Paltz. The skies opened up around 6:30 p.m. on the final evening of the three-day event, with lightning putting on a fireworks display....
Tantillo’s Farm in Gardiner holds its first ever LobsterFest

Tantillo’s Farm in Gardiner holds its first ever LobsterFest

Reporters in the Hudson Valley are often called upon to write about farm-to-table events. But last Saturday’s inaugural LobsterFest at Tantillo’s Farm on Route 208 in Gardiner brought ocean-to-picnic-table dining to the region. The atmosphere was casual and comfortable, reminiscent of being invited to a friend’s backyard where fresh whole Maine lobsters were served up...
25th annual Taste of New Paltz will be held on a Saturday this year

25th annual Taste of New Paltz will be held on a Saturday this year

It’s never too soon to make a note on your calendar about upcoming events you don’t want to miss. Especially if it’s something one is used to attending on a Sunday and for the first time, it’ll be held on a Saturday this year. That’s the case with the 25th annual Taste of New Paltz...
For Catherine and Fred Bunt, it’s 60 years of marriage and 60 years living in New Paltz

For Catherine and Fred Bunt, it’s 60 years of marriage and 60 years living in New Paltz

Catherine and Fred Bunt of New Paltz recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. “We had some difficult times, but it all ended up pretty good,” says Fred. “It’s been a wonderful life. We have excellent memories.” “We’ve been very lucky,” adds Catherine. “We haven’t had any real misfortunes.” And their secret to making a marriage...
Benmarl Winery hosts 20th annual Bounty of the Hudson Wine & Food Festival

Benmarl Winery hosts 20th annual Bounty of the Hudson Wine & Food Festival

Each summer for the past 20 years, one or another of the 14 wineries that comprise the Shawangunk Wine Trail has taken a turn at hosting the Bounty of the Hudson Wine & Food Festival. It’s primarily a wine-tasting event, in which all 14 bring out their latest and greatest vintages to vie for the...
Fundraising is underway for a 9/11 memorial in New Paltz

Fundraising is underway for a 9/11 memorial in New Paltz

New Paltz is getting closer to having a 9/11 memorial park. It will be located on the grounds outside Fire Station Two on North Putt Corners Road, where there is currently a “Tree of Remembrance” planted to honor 9/11 victims. That tree was planted by New Paltz resident Butch Dener and his friend, the late...
New Paltz schools welcome new faces

New Paltz schools welcome new faces

On July 8, the New Paltz Board of Education took care of a little housekeeping during their reorganizational meeting. They established subcommittees, selected their official banks and newspapers, plus they swore in new members. The school board’s newest members, Michael O’Donnell and Alison Easton, and incumbent Brian Cournoyer all took oaths of office last week....
Two longtime Main Street yoga businesses are merging to form YogAlive

Two longtime Main Street yoga businesses are merging to form YogAlive

When Jai Ma Yoga Center at 69 Main Street merges with Ashtanga Yoga at 71 Main Street later this month, it will complete a full circle of sorts for Jai Ma’s director Ami Jayaprada Hirschstein. That’s because when Ami first opened her yoga studio in New Paltz 16 years ago, 71 Main was the original...