Secret sauce

The mid-Hudson region is a land of small towns. With just under 24,000 people, Kingston is the largest community by population in Ulster County. With 19,500, Saugerties is the most populous town. New Paltz has 14,000 people. All but a handful of the other local communities boast populations of fewer than 10,000.

Especially at this time of year, people on the streets of these small towns recognize others as their neighbors and often their acquaintances. They saw the same people on the same streets last winter, and they expect to see them there next winter as well.

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