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Raj Pandya: Director of the John R. Kirk Planetarium at SUNY New Paltz

Raj Pandya: Director of the John R. Kirk Planetarium at SUNY New Paltz

“Most people who get into astronomy are into it as a young person,” says Raj Pandya, director of the John R. Kirk Planetarium at SUNY New Paltz. “I had a general interest in it when I was a kid, but I never went to space camp or anything like that. For me it really started...
A.J. Schenkman appointed Gardiner town historian

A.J. Schenkman appointed Gardiner town historian

Longtime Gardiner town historian Carleton Mabee, who died on December 18, 2014, six days shy of his 100th birthday, was a tough act to follow. Professor emeritus in the history department at SUNY New Paltz, he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for his biography of Samuel F. B. Morse and wrote a well-regarded book...
Monika Schifler’s Superkrauts expand to new headquarters in Gardiner

Monika Schifler’s Superkrauts expand to new headquarters in Gardiner

It probably would not occur to most people to use the words “destiny” and “sauerkraut” in the same sentence – that is, until they meet Monika Schifler of New Paltz. Recently converted to the ranks of true believers in the benefits of probiotics following a health crisis in her own family, Schifler is now a...
Gardiner Day committee is preparing for Gardiner Day

Gardiner Day committee is preparing for Gardiner Day

The Gardiner Day Committee is gearing up for this year’s annual Gardiner Day celebration to be held at Majestic Park on Saturday, September 12. As always, the event will be free to attend, thanks to the all-volunteer group of Gardiner residents who have made that happen for more than two decades now. Fundraising for the...
A Day’s Work: Andrew Bajardi, Mohonk Preserve ranger

A Day’s Work: Andrew Bajardi, Mohonk Preserve ranger

“We consider ourselves the ‘Swiss Army knife’ of rangers,” says Andrew Bajardi, one of seven rangers who patrol the Mohonk Preserve. “Our jobs are similar in duties to a park ranger’s or a forest ranger’s, but we’re a nature preserve, so a lot more of our work as Mohonk rangers is geared toward land stewardship...
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...