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Groundbreaking for new Highland Library will be in September

Groundbreaking for new Highland Library will be in September

It has been more than a year since Highland voters approved a bond of $4.8 million to build a new library. But at long last, things are moving forward. The proposed design by the architectural firm of Butler Rowland Mays Architects LLP was approved by the state Education Department’s Division of Library Development in July....
Ulster County Poorhouse memorial statue to be erected at county pool in New Paltz

Ulster County Poorhouse memorial statue to be erected at county pool in New Paltz

Finding the funding to create a permanent memorial to the approximately 2300 unfortunates who lived and died at the Ulster County Poorhouse has been an epic quest for New Paltz town historian Susan Stessin-Cohn. “Sixteen years ago, the county said they would find the money,” she recalls. Even while she worked to document and interpret...
Resistance to proposed Hudson River barge anchorages is strong… and getting stronger

Resistance to proposed Hudson River barge anchorages is strong… and getting stronger

A parking lot. A floating storage facility. A catastrophe waiting to happen. A tourism killer. Those are but a few of the choice descriptions offered last Friday at a press conference by opponents of a request for 10 new anchorages outside Hudson River communities including Kingston, Highland, Milton, Port Ewen and Newburgh and going all the...
Children’s Art Studio encourages kids to find their own path to creativity

Children’s Art Studio encourages kids to find their own path to creativity

The Children’s Art Studio (CAS) program on Huguenot Street in New Paltz is based on the concept of open studio time, in which no specific instruction is given but the space and tools to create art are made available. Usually it’s adult artists given this kind of free rein, but Liz Cunningham is making the...
Mazzstock: The Marlboro music campout with many happy returns

Mazzstock: The Marlboro music campout with many happy returns

It all began as a birthday party. Lee Mazzola arranged a party nine years ago at his Marlboro farm, complete with a cake that proclaimed he was 50. A whole bunch of bands made the event extra-special. Nine years later, as Mazzola gets ready for his sixtieth, Mazzstock is now a three-day music festival that...
A Day’s Work: Painting with Tom Sarrantonio

A Day’s Work: Painting with Tom Sarrantonio

In the summer of 1978, an art-school friend of Tom Sarrantonio suggested they go out to the Badlands in South Dakota to paint the landscape. They drove out, camped and painted every day from sunrise to noon, rested out of the hot sun, and then painted again in until evening. The journey was a revelation...
Rosendale seeks permanent home for abandoned pets

Rosendale seeks permanent home for abandoned pets

For some mysterious reason, word seems to have gotten around that the Town of Rosendale is a good place to abandon an unwanted dog. An unusually high number of homeless canines are currently in town custody. In fact, a few weeks ago, someone surreptitiously dropped a terrier off on the front porch of town clerk...
St. Joseph’s Festa makes its 40th appearance with games of chance & Italian delicacies

St. Joseph’s Festa makes its 40th appearance with games of chance & Italian delicacies

The feast day of St. Joseph falls in mid-March, when devout Catholics are busy giving up festive pursuits like games of chance and rich foods like Italian pastries. Maybe that’s why St. Joseph’s Church in New Paltz saves its annual Festa for late summer. Or maybe it’s just a better time of year, weatherwise, for...
Benefit concert in New Paltz to reinvigorate the Arts Community

Benefit concert in New Paltz to reinvigorate the Arts Community

After years of declining enrollment and rather limited course offerings whilst wandering in the wilderness in search of a permanent headquarters, New Paltz’s 41-year-old not-for-profit consortium of teaching artists, the Arts Community, has finally found a home – and, one may hope, a new lease on life. That new home is One Epic Place, the...
Dr. Heinz Meng: An appreciation

Dr. Heinz Meng: An appreciation

Some of life’s most magical moments come about when one is brought into close contact with the natural world. One such happened for me a long time ago, in a classroom at SUNY-New Paltz, when I was invited to stroke the impossibly soft feathers of a live owl. Normally, when raptor rehabilitators are displaying their...
Lloyd's events & beautification committee is not afraid of a challenge

Lloyd’s events & beautification committee is not afraid of a challenge

It’s the small attentions to detail that make the difference when it comes to encouraging civic pride and fostering a sense of community, says Kate Jonietz, chair of Lloyd’s events and beautification committee. Hanging flower baskets downtown and improving the gardens in front of the town hall “kind of inspires the local businesses to get...
A day's work with the bakers three

A day’s work with the bakers three

First there’s the checked pants. A recognized Culinary Institute of America (CIA) uniform indicating status? “Nah,” say Samantha (Sam) Kardas, Lori Traver and Ruth Ryan, the three main bakers at The Bakery in downtown New Paltz almost in unison, laughing. “Anybody can buy them.” So much for symbols. Especially for these three. Sure, they all...