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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...
The new Mexican Kitchen in New Paltz offers fresh and authentic Mexican cuisine

The new Mexican Kitchen in New Paltz offers fresh and authentic Mexican cuisine

“We’re trying to give people the real, authentic Mexican experience here,” says chef owner Adam Monteverde about his newly opened Mexican Kitchen on North Front Street in New Paltz. “Everything is made in house using only fresh, local ingredients and we’re really letting the flavors speak for themselves.” The Woodstock native and Culinary Institute grad...
John Fazio Farms BBQ & Farm Market in Modena serves up fresh meats and flavorful BBQ

John Fazio Farms BBQ & Farm Market in Modena serves up fresh meats and flavorful BBQ

Eating rabbit is a novel experience for many people. Rabbit meat is not generally found in your grocer’s meat case or on your mainstream restaurant menu, and when it is, diners may be reluctant to try it. But according to John Fazio, “Rabbit is a lean and healthy meat to eat. It’s easy to digest,...
A day’s work: Deanna Bellacicco Breault - the creator of Bella’s Home-Baked Goods

A day’s work: Deanna Bellacicco Breault – the creator of Bella’s Home-Baked Goods

Growing up in Highland in a large extended family of Italian heritage, it wasn’t home-baked chocolate chip cookies Deanna Bellacicco came home from school to. “I was brought up with my mother and grandmother making anise biscotti,” she says. Little did she know then that the traditional Italian cookie would transcend those fond childhood memories...
Denny Dillon reopens her Stone Ridge gallery the Drawing Room

Denny Dillon reopens her Stone Ridge gallery the Drawing Room

When Lorne Michaels and most of the original cast of Saturday Night Live bailed in 1980, one of the bright spots in the lean year that followed was Denny Dillon. Her yenta character Pinky Waxman, tag-teaming with Gilbert Gottfried, is credited with bringing the phrase “Who knew?” into the popular lexicon. By then she was...
End Cut restaurant now open on Church Street in New Paltz

End Cut restaurant now open on Church Street in New Paltz

For New Paltz restaurateur Jordan Schor, “Food is an emotional thing, an experience of memory. Earlier I was making poached pears, and it’s how my house smelled growing up. It was a really intense experience. I almost had to stop what I was doing for a moment.” And that powerful sensory experience, laden with pleasurable...
Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground opens in Gardiner

Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground opens in Gardiner

A ribbon-cutting grand opening ceremony — conducted using an appropriately all natural “ribbon” of plant materials — marked the official launch last Wednesday, June 3 of the new Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground on Route 299 in Gardiner. The first public campground built in the state in more than 30 years, it’s been a...
Community 9/11 memorial park planned for Fire Station 2 in New Paltz

Community 9/11 memorial park planned for Fire Station 2 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...
A Day's Work: Nan Bress Ferri -- co-owner and curator of the Steiff "teddy bear museum" and gift shop located inside The Den of Marbletown in Stone Ridge

A Day’s Work: Nan Bress Ferri — co-owner and curator of the Steiff “teddy bear museum” and gift shop located inside The Den of Marbletown in Stone Ridge

If you’re an avid viewer of Antiques Roadshow, you probably already know that Steiff is a toy manufacturer famous for its teddy bears. But you’re among only two percent of Americans who know that, according to Nan Bress Ferri, co-owner and curator of the Steiff “teddy bear museum” and gift shop located inside The Den...