My family had a soft spot for trains. It started in Ulster County.
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.
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.
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.
Mohonk Preserve has completed its phased reopening with the opening of the Coxing Trailhead and resumption of rock climbing, bouldering and horseback riding.
The Mohonk Preserve’s Testimonial Gatehouse Trailhead opened today, May 23, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. This announcement came just days after the Mohonk Preserve had reopened the majority of its trails to the public after shutting down during the height of the COVID-19 public health crisis.
While every imaginable event has been canceled, closed or postponed until further notice, the one thing that remains constant and steady and available is the great outdoors. There are endless opportunities here.
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.
All through the winter that wasn’t, I stared at the fly box wondering which fly to use on opening day of trout season.
Pat Tarsio, Sr. started the Newburgh lanes in 1959 with professional bowler Lou Campi, also known as “Wrongfoot Louie,” and it has stayed in the Tarsio family for six decades.