In the past seven months, the landscape of our daily lives has changed in ways we could have never imagined, unless we dwelled in the minds of fiction writers like Margaret Atwood or George Orwell. We’ve been transformed into a mask-wearing, hand-sanitizing, plexiglass-shielding, remote-almost-everything state of existence.
More than 70 residents attended the virtual public information meeting held Wednesday, October 7 by Alta Planning and Design to unveil the preliminary design for the bike/pedestrian pathway slated for Henry W. Dubois Drive in New Paltz.
If you’ve been walking, hiking, maybe even raking in your backyard, chances are that you’ve taken in that fetid dead-animal aroma that appears to be wafting over the Hudson Valley. The cause? Epizootic hemorrhagic disease, better known as EHD, is a viral disease that is killing local white-tailed deer.
The gates to the sky-lake kingdom have always been open, but now the Minnewaska State Park Preserve boasts a stunning 5600-square-foot visitors’ center reminiscent of the old Ski Minne lodge. It has a tiered, angular roofline and windows that stretch from floor to ceiling. One has the feeling of looking through the building from east to west.
The Walkway over the Hudson and the Hudson Valley Rail-Trail were flooded with visitors this past weekend for their annual Walktoberfest, an outdoor celebration of local fare and farms as well as of the autumnal beauty of the Hudson Valley.
Historic Huguenot Street is poised to launch a new walking-tour app titled “Jacob Wynkoop: Building a Free Black Neighborhood” by the end of the month. The tour will be narrated by Chaundre Hall-Broomfield, a Newburgh native and a performer known for his dual roles as Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in the national tour of the Broadway musical phenomenon Hamilton with the Angelica company.
The Christopher Bamba Community Swimming Education Fund aims to help provide swimming instruction for those in the community who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it.
Taking over anything except possibly a mask-making factory is a challenging task these days, but Edna Harrison, a longtime member of the New Paltz Rotary, is ready. Harrison, an MVP Health Care client manager based in New Paltz, now serves as Rotary president, a one-year post last held by Linda Ferrante of Wallkill View Farms.
Cheesecake-lovers are in for a treat: an entire bakery menu dedicated to their favorite sinfully sweet dessert. The Hudson Valley Cheesecake, a family-owned-and-operated independent bakery, has opened up shop at 56 Main Street in the heart of the Village of New Paltz.
What does Case believe to be the greatest challenges the preserve is facing? “Revenue,” he said. “The preserve got hit very hard this year. We’re looking at a million-dollar shortfall.”