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What it’s like to walk the new Ashokan Rail Trail

What it’s like to walk the new Ashokan Rail Trail

Having heard enthusiastic reports from friends who’ve walked or biked the Ashokan Rail Trail since the October 18 opening of the West Hurley trailhead, I was curious to get a look at the western section, which opened on Thanksgiving Day. I live in Phoenicia, so the trailhead on Route 28A near Boiceville is only eight minutes away.

Hunting stories

Hunting stories

Hunting season is upon us. Though this sport has lost favor in the last few years, I still await clothed hunters who now with bright day-glow orange are easily recognized at convenience stores and gas stations. Most sport their tags on the backs of their jackets.

Best Moon of 2019

Best Moon of 2019

Moonlight is at its brightest. Let’s celebrate that by giving it some attention during this lunation. Copernicus, a magnificent, isolated crater with terraced walls, is regarded by many as the Moon’s most handsome feature. It’s now at its best.

New column: Ask a Professor — Why is the recent discovery of an ancient trove of massive galaxies significant?

New column: Ask a Professor — Why is the recent discovery of an ancient trove of massive galaxies significant?

Vassar professor Debra Elmegreen is president-elect of the International Astronomical Union – the largest organization of professional astronomers in the world – and will begin her three-year term as president in 2021. Like Maria Mitchell more than 150 years ago, Elmegreen was recently elected into membership of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Cary Institute to host “Sustainability: What We Need to Succeed” talk by Dr. Bruce Lourie

Cary Institute to host “Sustainability: What We Need to Succeed” talk by Dr. Bruce Lourie

Friday, Nov. 22: Can the Earth heal itself as quickly if we stop polluting it, or are we already irrevocably past the tipping point? If you’re losing sleep worrying about that existential question and could use a dose of hope, you might want to catch Dr. Lourie’s talk He is known for having initiated the largest climate action in North America: phasing out coal in Ontario.