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Bowling is a bonding experience

Bowling is a bonding experience

Bowling is such a quintessential community activity that sociologist Robert Putnam titled his study of the decline of American civic life “Bowling Alone.” If bowling participation is an indicator of community health, Saugerties, which just added a school team due to overwhelming demand, is thriving.

Gateway Diner takes top honors at Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest Chili Contest

Gateway Diner takes top honors at Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest Chili Contest

The Gateway Diner took First Place in the “people’s choice” Chili Contest at last Saturday’s Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest. So if you voted for Pot #2 in the blind tasting, you helped make it a winner! Three Guys Pizza took Second Place, for the contents of Pot #1, and volunteers from the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Association (HVRTA) were in Third Place for Pot #11. There were 15 entries in all, in the centerpiece of the 20th annual WinterFest.

New Paltz’s Gomen-Kudasai celebrates New Year with tenth annual mochi-pounding

New Paltz’s Gomen-Kudasai celebrates New Year with tenth annual mochi-pounding

In Japan, mochi is comfort food: sticky balls of rice with a satisfyingly chewy texture, topped with a variety of sweet or savory toppings. It’s also said to bring good fortune, so it’s traditional to serve it at holiday meals. The New Year is an extra-special time when it comes to mochi: Not only are you supposed to eat it, but you’re also supposed to get involved in making it. Pounding the rice, or mochi-suki, is a raucous group ritual meant to purge yourself of all the things that you want to put behind you in the old year.