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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...
New Paltz High School Class of 1954 celebrates 60th reunion

New Paltz High School Class of 1954 celebrates 60th reunion

Approximately 20 members of the New Paltz High School Class of 1954 met last week at Pasquale’s Pizza in Gardiner for their 60th reunion. Big smiles and friendly banter didn’t stop flowing. For Wayne Wilson and his classmates, a lot has changed. Back in the 1950s, when they went to New Paltz High School, he...
New Paltz volunteer firefighters save fallen Clydesdale

New Paltz volunteer firefighters save fallen Clydesdale

While others were enjoying Fourth of July barbecues and firework displays, New Paltz Fire Department volunteers spent more than five-and-a-half hours in the grueling heat attempting to rescue a fallen horse. A call came in at approximately 1:30 p.m. from a distraught horse-owner on Saddle Bred Lane in New Paltz that her beloved Clydesdale had...
County-funded fence at dog park in New Paltz will allow an end-of-summer opening

County-funded fence at dog park in New Paltz will allow an end-of-summer opening

Dogs in Ulster County and the humans who love them got a double dose of good news on Thursday, July 10. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein spoke at the Field of Dreams on Libertyville Road in New Paltz to announce that the county would fund a fence for the long-planned county dog park at the...
The Ridge Preschool and Learning Center opens in Gardiner

The Ridge Preschool and Learning Center opens in Gardiner

For Courtney Platt, early childhood education needs creativity and space to flourish. That’s why the teacher and mother of two decided to start The Ridge Preschool & Learning Center at her home in Gardiner. “I’m a licensed teacher in New York State. I started teaching in 2005 in Colorado,” Platt explained. “I started teaching at...
Highland Public Library trustees propose site to build new library

Highland Public Library trustees propose site to build new library

The Highland Public Library Board of Trustees held a community forum on Thursday, June 5 at Lloyd Town Hall to announce their intention to pursue the purchase of 7 Elton Place, a 2.3 acre lot of empty land currently owned by St. Augustine’s Parish, in order to build a new, modern library on the site....
New Paltz marriages focus of LGBTQ Pride Parade (with photo gallery)

New Paltz marriages focus of LGBTQ Pride Parade (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   Back 10 years ago, something momentous happened in New Paltz. Twenty-five same-sex couples were married by Mayor Jason West in protest of New York’s marriage laws. Those February 2004 weddings took place only a few months after Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s groundbreaking “Goodridge v. Department of Public Health” decision — which...
Elting Library in New Paltz to host event recognizing Carol Roper and Mike Beck

Elting Library in New Paltz to host event recognizing Carol Roper and Mike Beck

Elting Memorial Library’s “Evening Under the Stars” will highlight the work of two local citizens — namely Carol Roper and Mike Beck — who’ve both worked to support the library and make New Paltz a better place. Roper is a former town supervisor, who continues to stay active as a civic volunteer. Beck, the owner...
LGBTQ pride march and festival in New Paltz on June 1

LGBTQ pride march and festival in New Paltz on June 1

The Hudson Valley LGBTQ pride march and festival will take place this Sunday, June 1 in New Paltz. The event begins with a rally for equal rights and justice for all in the parking lot of the New Paltz Middle School from noon to 1 p.m. The pride march steps off just before 1 p.m....
Skeet shooting competition helps fund high school scholarships

Skeet shooting competition helps fund high school scholarships

A line of men wearing protective ear wear stood getting direction from a firearms instructor. Holding shotguns, they were standing on a skeet-shooting range waiting for the clay pigeons to fly. “Pull,” the shooters shouted in turn, blasting away at the neon orange discs. When one man called “pull” but the pigeon flew out shattered...