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Autumn comes to the Catskills

Autumn comes to the Catskills

It’s a flirtation of wild asters and jewelweed and bawdy goldenrod. The sky is as blue as the Madonna’s robe and the sun is hot, but wake up early the next morning, and dew has dampened that tablecloth you left on the patio table. The cicadas still thrum in late afternoon, but you notice the songbirds are silent. Silent and gone.

New Paltz residents voice opposition to planned bike lane on their road

New Paltz residents voice opposition to planned bike lane on their road

A planned bike lane on Henry W. DuBois Ave. would mainly serve out-of-towners passing through on the Empire State Trail and cause increased traffic, say critics. But supporters, including the town supervisor, say locals would be the main users. The plan would require widening the road and the removal of trees, which has also been a focus of opposition for property owners who feel encroached upon. Town officials say the trees would all be replaced.

Two-mile trail through historic Olive quarry now open to the public

Two-mile trail through historic Olive quarry now open to the public

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was joined on July 17 by its partners from the Catskill Mountain Club and the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program to officially open the new hiking trail in the Town of Olive that runs two miles through the former Yale Quarry, which provided stone for the construction of Ashokan Reservoir in the early 1900s.

To close or not to close? The debate over parks in a pandemic

To close or not to close? The debate over parks in a pandemic

With nearly every business closed, parks, nature preserves and rail trails across the Hudson Valley are seeing more use than ever before. For those who use them, the fresh air and exercise are a welcome reprieve from lockdown-induced cabin fever. For others, the sight of full parking lots (especially with out-of-state plates) and groups of people are cause for alarm; they could be spreading the virus.