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For Catherine and Fred Bunt, it’s 60 years of marriage and 60 years living in New Paltz

For Catherine and Fred Bunt, it’s 60 years of marriage and 60 years living in New Paltz

Catherine and Fred Bunt of New Paltz recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. “We had some difficult times, but it all ended up pretty good,” says Fred. “It’s been a wonderful life. We have excellent memories.” “We’ve been very lucky,” adds Catherine. “We haven’t had any real misfortunes.” And their secret to making a marriage...
Fundraising is underway for a 9/11 memorial in New Paltz

Fundraising is underway for a 9/11 memorial in New Paltz

New Paltz is getting closer to having a 9/11 memorial park. It will be located on the grounds outside Fire Station Two on North Putt Corners Road, where there is currently a “Tree of Remembrance” planted to honor 9/11 victims. That tree was planted by New Paltz resident Butch Dener and his friend, the late...
New Paltz schools welcome new faces

New Paltz schools welcome new faces

On July 8, the New Paltz Board of Education took care of a little housekeeping during their reorganizational meeting. They established subcommittees, selected their official banks and newspapers, plus they swore in new members. The school board’s newest members, Michael O’Donnell and Alison Easton, and incumbent Brian Cournoyer all took oaths of office last week....
Bill Brooks sees to preserve Rosendale History

Bill Brooks sees to preserve Rosendale History

As the founder of the annual International Pickle Festival, which has been running continuously since 1998, Bill Brooks has already assured his own personal place in Rosendale’s history. But now, as the officially designated town historian, he has a new mission: to communicate to his fellow townspeople “the importance of the saving of history…I just...
Local author Brian Obach’s new book traces the evolution of the organic food

Local author Brian Obach’s new book traces the evolution of the organic food

It would be difficult to find a supermarket today that does not sell organic fruits and vegetables. But what exactly does that “USDA-certified organic” label mean these days, and how does it compare to your local farmer’s “Certified Naturally Grown” produce? Is organic still a good thing, or has it become just a corporate takeover...
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...