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Nurse’s association plans demonstration to bring mental-health treatment back to Kingston

Nurse’s association plans demonstration to bring mental-health treatment back to Kingston

The New York State Nurse’s Association is planning a motorcade to Albany to get the state legislature to take action to bring mental-health and detoxification services back to Kingston. Health Alliance has offered these services in the past, but some 60 Health Alliance beds were moved recently. Village of Saugerties trustee Donald Hackett and mayor William Murphy have been working on a resolution regarding the loss in the services. 

Gardiner endorses green power

Gardiner endorses green power

The opportunity for Gardinerites to sign onto a plan to purchase cheaper, greener electricity via Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) came closer to reality last week, when the town board authorized a Memorandum of Understanding with Katonah-based Joule Community Power to serve as Gardiner’s administrator to implement a CCA program.

DEC plans to extend deer-hunting hours, crossbow use

DEC plans to extend deer-hunting hours, crossbow use

Deer-hunter numbers are declining, and existing hunters should be given more opportunities to keep the population sustainable, which reduces damage to forest ecosystems and agriculture and minimizes vehicle collisions. That’s the overall takeaway from the DEC’s draft ten-year deer management plan.

Beavers help shape New Paltz’s Mill Brook Preserve

Beavers help shape New Paltz’s Mill Brook Preserve

Beavers serve as nature’s hydroengineers, creating ponds and lakes, diverting streams, slowing stormwater runoff and designing landscapes that welcome a myriad of waterfowl and fauna. Not the least of these is the great blue heron, which can often be seen perched in or around the beaver lodge at the Mill Brook Preserve in New Paltz.

Celebrating the wisdom of the twilight years

Celebrating the wisdom of the twilight years

For me, reading’s been better than ever this year. It’s helped me and many others find a means of accepting, even understanding, the anxieties caused by pandemic. It’s been an alternative to the battles over truth that have forced their ways into our political souls via journalism and the social media.

The holidays take a new shape this year

The holidays take a new shape this year

With the second wave of Covid-19 still building steam, upcoming holiday celebrations, which generally involve intergenerational, indoor gatherings lasting several hours or more, are coming under scrutiny. Public health officials are urging Americans to celebrate only with those in their household; in essence, to skip seeing extended family this year so that everyone will be around to see next year. 

Gathering for a county Covid-19 update

Gathering for a county Covid-19 update

The arrows of crisis are all pointed up at precipitous angles, as officials and front-line workers scramble back into response mode, and a fatigued, near-broken populace moans “not that again,” as if it were another pointless Kardashian/Jenner news cycle. Some of the most embittered and suspicious among us arguing that is precisely what it is.