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Oriental bittersweet vs. me

Oriental bittersweet vs. me

The only thing to do was to protect the indigenous spruce minding its own business being beautiful. I want no reward from the spruce except its continued existence. Other than this invasive inconvenience, there’s no good reason my descendants – or anyone’s – shouldn’t be able to cast their eyes on this lovely conifer for at least another century.

WinterFest in Highland

WinterFest in Highland

WinterFest returned to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail last Saturday with 19 regional restaurants and businesses bringing their best batches of chili to compete for the “Best of Fest” People’s Choice Award. Sal’s Place, pot #7, took First Place in the chili contest, On A Roll Deli took Second Place for the contents of Pot #8 and Thyme & Place Catering and the Gateway Diner tied for Third Place for Pot #3 and pot #14 respectively.staff

County executive calls retiring legislator “unfit for public service”

County executive calls retiring legislator “unfit for public service”

“Legislator [Hector] Rodriguez violated the public trust, violated women, and is unfit for public service,” wrote Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan upon receipt last Friday of an independent investigative report from a partner in an Albany law firm addressed to county personnel officer Sheree Cross. Rodriguez’s disturbing actions constituted a gross violation of the public trust, Ryan wrote. Had they involved any member of his administration, they would have led to summary dismissal.

Miller Band and Marty Stuart At UPAC

Miller Band and Marty Stuart At UPAC

The Steve Miller Band, a mainstay of the ’60s San Francisco music scene will top a fine double bill beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 28 at UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston. Also appearing will be Grammy winning country start Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives.

Wax rhapsodic at New Paltz’s new candle store

Wax rhapsodic at New Paltz’s new candle store

New Paltz has not had a candle store in decades. Does that make sense, in a community known for its hippie culture, hordes of souvenir-hunting visitors from the Big Apple and occasional power outages? Ingrid Heins doesn’t think so. “Everybody buys candles,” she says. “Everybody likes candles.”