When 25-year-old John Marro of Marlboro decided to pursue a Master’s in Education in order to become a high school English teacher, he never imagined that he would end up defending one of the most sacred, if not the most sacred libraries in the nation – the Library of Congress, inside the Thomas Jefferson Building – from domestic terrorists.
The Smiley family, guardians of the almost-mystical Mohonk Mountain House and the enchanted natural world that surrounds the iconic Quaker castle on the hill, lost two of their loved ones this past week.
John Ford, 77 – Coach, as he was known by most of his players and students – passed away on January 15, 2021, with the love of his life, Virginia “Ginny” Ford, his wife of over 50 years, by his side. The grief of his loss can only be measured by the depth of the people whose lives he impacted, and there were many.
“It started out as a small group of ladies who enjoyed getting together and hula-hooping,” said High Falls Hoopers for Humanity member Chiara Herman, a pre-school teacher and mother. “It’s a great form of exercise, and we liked being able to practice together and to teach each other moves. Eventually we started having little potluck dinners afterwards. It was just a fun time!”
No matter which trail or carriage road you choose to run on, you know it’s going to be hard for you. It’s going to be cold, especially at first, until your core temperature rises and your circulation gets flowing.
Central Ulster County, with the miles of groomed carriage roads, linear rail-trail parks. and now the River-2-Ridge trail that leads outdoor enthusiasts from the Village of New Paltz to the heart of the Shawangunk Mountains. This is a pristine and magical place to wax up cross-country skis and glide across the wintry landscape.
ABC’s hit show American Idol on February 14 will include local singer, songwriter and musician Laila Mach. The New Paltz High School sophomore just punched her golden ticket to the award-winning live singing competition that is fielded by star-studded judges including Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan and hosted by Ryan Seacrest.
After Jack’s Rhythms, the longtime occupant of 56 Main Street in downtown New Paltz, closed, Frank Cardella, owner of Frank’s Fresh Pickling Company, saw a perfect opportunity to have just the right place to showcase his Italian-style deli. After spending some time renovating the old music store to fit the needs of a deli, with a place to cook, refrigerate, serve and dine, Frank’s Fresh opened its doors on December 12. Its shelves are stocked with his homemade, original jarred pickles, sauerkraut, relishes, hot sauces, kimchi, spice mixes and gourmet jams.
As one of her parting gestures after her single term in that office, New York State Senator Jen Metzger recently presented longtime activist Judy Mage, 85, with a commendation award for her “tireless work to bring new experiences in nature and the outdoors to Ulster County communities.” Among many things, Mage is the coordinator and “founding mother” of the Minnewaska Distance Swimmers’ Association, as well as a continuing resolute voice on the New Paltz Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee.
After a nationwide search, the not-for-profit decided to go no further than its own backyard and promote veteran land conservation director Seth McKee to the post of executive director of the Scenic Hudson Land Trust and land programs. At the same time, Scenic Hudson hired Raul “Rocci” Aguirre as its new executive director of Policy, Advocacy and Science.