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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...
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...
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...
New Paltz native Kayleigh Buboltz steps into a new role at the YMCA

New Paltz native Kayleigh Buboltz steps into a new role at the YMCA

New Paltz native Kayleigh Buboltz, 23, is the new childcare program director of the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County. And in a sense, it’s a job she’s been preparing for her entire life. “I was raised on the YMCA and the values of it,” Buboltz says. As a youngster, she attended summer camp in...