New Paltz officials address concerns from Plains Road residents regarding proposed water district #5

New Paltz officials address concerns from Plains Road residents regarding proposed water district #5

New Paltz town and village officials are seeking to ease concerns voiced by Plains Road residents regarding the proposed water district #5, which is intended to replace private wells so homeowners don’t run the risk of theirs running...
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...
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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...
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...
Art festival starts August 7 at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale

Art festival starts August 7 at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale

Once upon a time, in the days of the Rosendale cement boom, there was a busy rail depot across from what was then a general store and is now that fabulous nexus of the paper arts, Women’s Studio Workshop (WSW). The railroad tracks and ties have since been torn up, but the rail trail that...
Archaeological dig site reveals treasure trove of artifacts under Huguenot Street (with photo gallery)

Archaeological dig site reveals treasure trove of artifacts under Huguenot Street (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The Huguenot settlement in New Paltz dates back to 1678. But as long ago as that seems, archeological finds at what is now Historic Huguenot Street date occupation of the area back to circa 7,000 BC, according to Dr. Joseph Diamond, associate professor of anthropology at SUNY New Paltz. Diamond...
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...
Village of New Paltz to purchase 64.5-acre parcel to complete core of Mill Brook Preserve

Village of New Paltz to purchase 64.5-acre parcel to complete core of Mill Brook Preserve

Culminating more than a decade of study, planning and negotiation following the “Beavergate” trapping controversy of the early 20-aughts, preservation of a continuous wildlife corridor running all the way from Woodland Pond’s forever-wild acreage to the Duzine School’s back yard is finally about to become a reality. On July 22, the New Paltz Village Board...
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...
Historic house to be headquarters for Lloyd Preservation Society

Historic house to be headquarters for Lloyd Preservation Society

Scenic Hudson has given up part of its Illinois Mountain preserve, and the entire Town of Lloyd is likely to benefit from the transaction. The parcel in question is just a couple of acres, but it includes the Deyo-Schantz-Gaffney house, an historic 18th-century residence which is now on track to become the headquarters for the...
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...
Rosendale Street Festival returns to Main Street (with photo gallery)

Rosendale Street Festival returns to Main Street (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The Rosendale Street Festival has been around for so many years now (with a multiyear hiatus at one point) that people have pretty much stopped counting. It takes a lot of donated time, effort, equipment loans and cash donations to make it happen — not to mention 70+ bands performing...
St. Joseph’s Church celebrates 39th annual Festa (with photo gallery)

St. Joseph’s Church celebrates 39th annual Festa (with photo gallery)

 Photos by Lauren Thomas   After four decades of existence, it takes more than a cloudburst to put a dent into the annual Festa at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in New Paltz. The skies opened up around 6:30 p.m. on the final evening of the three-day event, with lightning putting on a fireworks display....
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...