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Cramped Plattekill Public Library angling to buy former cider mill in Modena

Cramped Plattekill Public Library angling to buy former cider mill in Modena

If you take a look at the Plattekill Public Library’s website, you’re likely to marvel at all the services available there and all the programming that it manages to cram into each week: two events, most days. “We offer the largest summer reading program I’ve seen,” with separate sessions for kids, teens and adults, says...
Mohonk Mountain House celebrates the peak of summer bloom with its 80th annual Garden Holiday event (with photo gallery)

Mohonk Mountain House celebrates the peak of summer bloom with its 80th annual Garden Holiday event (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   Arriving at Mohonk Mountain House, surrounded by so much beauty, one tends to initially perceive the landscaping and gardens there as part of the entire vista, with all of it melding into an overall impression of loveliness. But stop and take a closer look, or better yet, a guided tour...
Proposed amendments to Master Plan for Lake Minnewaska area, August 26 deadline for comment

Proposed amendments to Master Plan for Lake Minnewaska area, August 26 deadline for comment

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation held a public meeting last Wednesday on the SUNY New Paltz campus. Dozens of community members were in attendance to discuss several proposed amendments to the 2010 Master Plan for the Lake Minnewaska area at Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Attendees were vocal and they...
Highland Landing Park Association and its party in the park

Highland Landing Park Association and its party in the park

Each summer, Highland Landing Park Association’s annual meeting falls on or near the birthday of the association’s president Matt Smith. As a result, members of the board of trustees top off each year’s potluck supper with a logo-frosted birthday cake for all to share. During the association’s business meeting on August 8, Smith itemized the...
Antique caboose at the Highland entrance to the Walkway offers local history and exploration

Antique caboose at the Highland entrance to the Walkway offers local history and exploration

Walkway Over the Hudson provides a gateway from one side of the river to the other on a repurposed railroad bridge. Now those traveling its length can experience a portal of a different sort inside an antique caboose stationed at the Haviland Road parking lot at the Highland entrance to the Walkway. The caboose is...
Summer fun in New Paltz, Gardiner and Highland

Summer fun in New Paltz, Gardiner and Highland

Photos by Rich Corozine   This summer’s YMCA Camp Wiltmeet at Lenape Elementary School, run by YMCA childcare director Kayleigh Buboltz and first-year camp director Matt McCluskey, continues to offer innovative programs to 200-or-so campers every couple of weeks. So far, the campers have enjoyed Spirit Day, World Day, Value Day, Space Hero Day, Pajama...
Oasis by the river: Highland Landing Park

Oasis by the river: Highland Landing Park

The Bob Shepard Highland Landing Park at the edge of the Hudson River in the Town of Lloyd offers quite a lot to do on just 1.7 acres: boat launching and docking, kayaking, fishing, picnicking or just enjoyment of a breeze off the water with a scenic view of forested bluffs along the riverbanks and...
OSI and Mohonk Preserve advance plan for new River-to-Ridge trail

OSI and Mohonk Preserve advance plan for new River-to-Ridge trail

The Open Space Institute (OSI) and Mohonk Preserve have unveiled the proposed route of the “River-to-Ridge” trail, the scenic and recreational off-road trail leading directly from downtown New Paltz to the Shawangunk Ridge. In developing the route, which can be viewed at http://www.osiny.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=9033, the groups gave careful consideration to such matters as avoiding sensitive wetland...
A Day’s Work: Green Goats – vegetation control experts at Walkway Over the Hudson

A Day’s Work: Green Goats – vegetation control experts at Walkway Over the Hudson

Girl power reigns under Walkway Over the Hudson. A quartet of four female goats known collectively as The Spice Girls — individually as Posh, Sporty, Baby and Bad — are the New York State Bridge Authority’s newest subcontractors, enlisted to live on the land under the Walkway for 12 weeks to clear it of unwanted...
The Wallkill River Watershed Alliance is working to help clean up the Wallkill in New Paltz

The Wallkill River Watershed Alliance is working to help clean up the Wallkill in New Paltz

Fifty years ago, most Hudson Valley residents thought that the river that runs through it was a lost cause. The closest they normally came to it was crossing it on a bridge in their cars. But then an unusual thing happened: People started using the Hudson for recreation, and started caring about it more as...
Tantillo’s Farm in Gardiner holds its first ever LobsterFest

Tantillo’s Farm in Gardiner holds its first ever LobsterFest

Reporters in the Hudson Valley are often called upon to write about farm-to-table events. But last Saturday’s inaugural LobsterFest at Tantillo’s Farm on Route 208 in Gardiner brought ocean-to-picnic-table dining to the region. The atmosphere was casual and comfortable, reminiscent of being invited to a friend’s backyard where fresh whole Maine lobsters were served up...
Rosendale Theatre unveils new stage, drop-down screen

Rosendale Theatre unveils new stage, drop-down screen

Cited by many Rosendalers as the “anchor” for the economic revitalization of the town’s Main Street in recent years, the Rosendale Theatre last week hit another major milestone in its ongoing renovation — and one that should significantly increase the space’s versatility as a community resource: the inauguration of a sturdy new stage. “This is...