Environment
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...
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...
Power Grid Issues forum raises specter of higher electric rates for the mid-Hudson

Power Grid Issues forum raises specter of higher electric rates for the mid-Hudson

On Wednesday evening, Jan. 29, alarmed consumers packed the Marbletown Community Center in Stone Ridge hoping to learn more about two major impending changes to the transport and delivery of electric power in the Hudson Valley and what, if anything, might be done to influence them. Organized by a grassroots organization called Citizens for Local...
Alfandre Architecture’s new office is intended as a model for thoughtful building

Alfandre Architecture’s new office is intended as a model for thoughtful building

For about a decade, Rick Alfandre has had the dream of creating a green, sustainable office on Main Street in New Paltz for his business, Alfandre Architecture. And now he’s going to realize his dream. “It’s a happy thing, this building,” he said. “It’s been a long time coming.” It certainly has been. For about...
Mohonk Preserve earns national recognition for excellence in land protection

Mohonk Preserve earns national recognition for excellence in land protection

After an extensive evaluation, Mohonk Preserve has been awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Mohonk Preserve is one of only 230 land trusts from across the country that has been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008 and the first to be accredited in Ulster County. To achieve accreditation, Mohonk Preserve underwent a...
Wallkill River found to have high fecal pollution levels

Wallkill River found to have high fecal pollution levels

On the wall in Town Hall in New Paltz are five charts emblazoned with a central scarlet column. Occasionally, but not often, those red lines are broken up by a glint of yellow or green. Next to the charts is a stern warning — the Wallkill River is not to be used for fishing, swimming,...
Frack-free celebration on July 27 in New Paltz

Frack-free celebration on July 27 in New Paltz

Local citizens of all ages are encouraged to join a celebratory march down Main Street in New Paltz and sign a thank-you note to Governor Andrew Cuomo for keeping New York free from the controversial extraction of natural gas, known as horizontal hydro-fracking. Sponsored by New Paltz Climate Action Coalition, the rally will take place...
Nature at your doorstep: Giant’s Ledges

Nature at your doorstep: Giant’s Ledges

For a sense of wildness in nature, in the spirit of adventure, one can travel far while hardly leaving home. There has been a human presence in forests, and on even the most rugged crags in the Hudson valley since the last Ice Age over ten thousand years ago. In the past few centuries, European...
Drop box installed at the New Paltz Police Department for safe and secure disposal of medications

Drop box installed at the New Paltz Police Department for safe and secure disposal of medications

Last week, the New Paltz Police Department and the Greater New Paltz Community Partnership unveiled the newly installed Med Return Drug Collection Unit (drop box). The unit is installed in the foyer area of the main entrance at the police department located at 83 South Putt Corners Road and is available 24 hours a day,...
Brook Farm supporters bash Glynwood incubator plan

Brook Farm supporters bash Glynwood incubator plan

Emotions roiled to the surface as Glynwood and the Open Space Institute met with neighbors last week in New Paltz to explain their farm business incubator project. Key to their turmoil was the perception that Brook Farm Project would be destroyed. Glynwood president Kathleen Frith stated that Glynwood would like to work with Brook Farm...
March against Monsanto in New Paltz

March against Monsanto in New Paltz

On Saturday, May 25 nearly 400 people who are passionate about safe food and protecting sustainable, family farms, took to Main Street in New Paltz to protest the genetic modification of our food supply, which they say causes harm to human health and to the environment. It was part of “March against Monsanto” — a...