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A Day’s Work: Travel agent Colleen Gillette

A Day’s Work: Travel agent Colleen Gillette

Colleen Gillette entered the travel business in 1979 at a time of dramatic change in the industry, shortly after the federal government deregulated the airlines. But that was only the beginning of the significant shifts in the way travel bookings would be handled in the nearly four decades to follow. Technology and social media would...
Eugene Stetz paints mural from forklift at corner of Routes 299 and 208 in New Paltz

Eugene Stetz paints mural from forklift at corner of Routes 299 and 208 in New Paltz

While walking or driving through downtown New Paltz this past week, particularly at night, you may have noticed High Falls artist Eugene Stetz, 26, on a lift or ladder painting the beginnings of what is going to be a giant mural on the side of the building directly across from Bacchus Restaurant at 48 Main...
Sharon Howard starts Highland chapter of Bonnie Boxes: Boxes of Love for Cancer Warriors

Sharon Howard starts Highland chapter of Bonnie Boxes: Boxes of Love for Cancer Warriors

A “wrap-and-pack” event might sound like a sedate affair, with the only sounds being the crinkle of tape and paper. The reality is more like a mashup of an assembly line, a kids’ birthday party and what goes on late at night on Christmas Eve in certain households. This chaotic cacophony clearly has a purpose,...
A Day’s Work: Mike Skinner – karate instructor

A Day’s Work: Mike Skinner – karate instructor

Growing up in the tough part of town on the mean streets of Paterson, NJ, Mike Skinner learned young how to take care of himself. “I pretty much grew up in the ghetto when I was a little kid,” he says. “I was fighting every day; you had to fend for yourself.” So when his...
The Mohonk Consultations 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award is given to Ann Guenther

The Mohonk Consultations 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award is given to Ann Guenther

For over 25 years, naturalist, activist and educator Ann Guenther has been introducing people of all ages to the wonders of nature. Like an environmental Pied Piper, Guenther has inspired thousands of people on her guided walks at the Mohonk Preserve or Mohonk Mountain House grounds with her infectious joy, adoration and depthless knowledge of...
A Day’s Work: Vicki Koenig -- Nutritionist

A Day’s Work: Vicki Koenig — Nutritionist

“Food is medicine” according to New Paltz-based nutritionist Vicki Koenig. Her approach to nutrition counseling — making the information accessible and inspiring people to move from good intentions to action — has been developed over the course of a nearly 28-year career. And while each client receives an individualized plan, in the end it comes...
Susan Slotnick retires her youth dance company with a final performance on June 6 and is featured in an award-winning documentary at Cannes

Susan Slotnick retires her youth dance company with a final performance on June 6 and is featured in an award-winning documentary at Cannes

The dozen or so teenage dancers who make up the New Paltz-based Figures-In-Flight 4 dance company are heading off for college after working with their teacher and choreographer Susan Slotnick since childhood. Their final performance together will be Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m. in the Quimby Theatre at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, 491...
A Day’s Work: Voleile Derisse – proprietor of Frenchy’s Taxi & Transportation Service

A Day’s Work: Voleile Derisse – proprietor of Frenchy’s Taxi & Transportation Service

A conversation with Voleile Derisse is punctuated by frequent laughter; his and your own. This easygoing man is very pleasant company and his joie de vivre is catching. So when he says his philosophy about running his new taxi service is based on “treating people right,” I’m inclined to believe him. “It’s customer service at its...
Rock the Ridge 50-mile, 24-hour endurance challenge at Mohonk Preserve May 2

Rock the Ridge 50-mile, 24-hour endurance challenge at Mohonk Preserve May 2

It’s not as daunting as it may seem,” says Ken Posner, co-director of Rock The Ridge, a 50-mile, 24-hour endurance challenge set to take place on Saturday, May 2 at Mohonk Preserve. “I did my first 50-miler about 12 years ago, and I didn’t know if I could do it. It was exciting to discover...
Dan Winfield cops swimming medal at Masters’ World Championships in Montreal

Dan Winfield cops swimming medal at Masters’ World Championships in Montreal

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Dan Winfield, the 69-year-old swimmer/runner/biker, husband/father/grandfather community-minded man, then you would know what I mean when I say that “Age is just a number.” Winfield is New Paltz’s own Paul Newman: like a fine bottle of wine that only gets better with age. There are few 40-year-olds...
Joe Thomas is the man to call if your ship gets stuck

Joe Thomas is the man to call if your ship gets stuck

Back in September 1609, Henry Hudson’s Half Moon ran aground on a sandbar near, historians believe, the present-day site of the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. Hudson and his crew had to rely on the rising tide and muscle-powered rowboats to get free. Today, Hudson River sailors have a better option — Joe Thomas. Thomas, 31, operates the...
The Pirettes Roller Derby team forms in New Paltz

The Pirettes Roller Derby team forms in New Paltz

We’re starting a Roller Derby team,” said Maya Morlock as she handed me the flyer. It was to announce a fundraiser at Snugs for the fledgling New Paltz Pirettes on July 27. “Wanna see New Paltz have a derby team?” it read. “Starts at noon and never ends!” it noted. “Roller Derby?” was all I...