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Earth Day Fair at New Paltz Reformed Church emphasizes taking action

Earth Day Fair at New Paltz Reformed Church emphasizes taking action

The Reformed Church of New Paltz on historic Huguenot Street is an old church with very modern ideas. A house of worship since 1683, it officially became a “Green Church” in 2008. That meant pledging to uphold certain standards of an environmentally friendly faith community, but the church has a history of caring about stewarding...
Leading GMO critic Jeffrey Smith speaks at SUNY New Paltz

Leading GMO critic Jeffrey Smith speaks at SUNY New Paltz

On Monday, April 7 roughly 400 students, area residents and farmers filled Lecture Center 100 at SUNY New Paltz to hear award-winning documentarian and author Jeffrey Smith outline the dangers presented to our society by Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and Monsanto’s herbicide products such as Roundup and BT Toxin. There was a strong focus on...
Coppersea Distilling buys land on Springtown Road in New Paltz to boost local grain

Coppersea Distilling buys land on Springtown Road in New Paltz to boost local grain

Chris Williams looks down with a proud smile at the rye grains spread on the floor in a rough rectangle. The pile of seeds displays telltale furrows from careful raking. His boss Angus MacDonald reaches down to examine them, noting tiny sprouts protruding from each grain. “I think we’re currently one of a dozen distilleries...
Glynwood’s farm incubator kicks off first year

Glynwood’s farm incubator kicks off first year

There’s something going on in the Mohonk foothills: Glynwood’s Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator is officially open for business. According to Kathleen Frith, Glynwood’s president, the program will pair farm incubator graduates with available land — due, in part, to Glynwood’s partnership with the Open Space Institute (OSI). “While there are some farmer training programs...
A Tavola owners open new farm-to-table restaurant The Huguenot

A Tavola owners open new farm-to-table restaurant The Huguenot

Since its opening in 2011, Nathan and Bonnie Snow’s restaurant at 46 Main Street, A Tavola, has been racking up culinary awards along with great word-of-mouth. With a menu dedicated to the many different regional cuisines of Italy, A Tavola was dubbed Best New Italian Restaurant by Hudson Valley Magazine in its opening year, then...
OSI closes on easement permanently protecting Hess Farm

OSI closes on easement permanently protecting Hess Farm

On Friday, March 28, an eight-year marathon effort to preserve a scenic 74-acre family farm on Sand Hill Road in Gardiner reached the finish line at last, as the Open Space Institute (OSI) closed on the acquisition of a conservation easement on the Hess Farm. The easement prevents future development and ensures that the property...
Elting Memorial Library recognizes work of volunteers

Elting Memorial Library recognizes work of volunteers

In a room filled with tasty cheeses, crackers, snacks and sparkling mineral water, volunteers chatted and mingled. Occasional laughs — like grace notes — lit the air, briefly overshadowing the crowd noise in quick staccato bursts. The volunteers were gathered last Sunday in a place they helped make a little better — the Elting Memorial...
Walkway Café and Catering Co. in Highland

Walkway Café and Catering Co. in Highland

It’s probably a good thing that Ann Marie Corso and Gerard McCluskey opened their new Walkway Café and Catering Company in January during the off season, because as soon as the warm weather hits, they’re going to be even busier than they are now. The locals have already discovered them — McCluskey says they have...
Hudson Valley Rail Trail Association to host moonlight walk on the trail

Hudson Valley Rail Trail Association to host moonlight walk on the trail

Imagine walking the Hudson Valley Rail Trail under moonlight. The sounds of civilization are far away, the quiet broken only by a chorus of peeper frogs and the occasional sounds of other wildlife. “It’s a fantastic experience to be out there at night,” says Chrissy Wolcott, a member of the board of the Hudson Valley...
Meadowscent will offer “corsage bars” during prom preview parties

Meadowscent will offer “corsage bars” during prom preview parties

Every generation likes to put their own stamp on what they do, and proms are no exception. “When it comes to the flower corsages, it’s all about the ‘bling’ now,” says floral designer Theresa Colucci. She holds an example of a contemporary design created with a bracelet as the base rather than the plain elastic...
Leading GMO critic Jeffrey Smith to speak at SUNY New Paltz

Leading GMO critic Jeffrey Smith to speak at SUNY New Paltz

Author and documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Smith will be speaking at SUNY New Paltz on April 7, 7 p.m., in Lecture Center 100 about the dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). A healthy living fair will run from 6 to 7 p.m. Smith is the author of Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about...
Web weatherman keeps the forecasts coming

Web weatherman keeps the forecasts coming

For Bill Potter, Mid Hudson Weather started as a way to get his family and friends off his back. As a lifelong fan of meteorology and a skilled amateur weatherman, the people he loved always asked for personal forecasts. “Family and friends were always asking me, ‘What’s it going to do tomorrow? What’s the weather...