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Kingston After Dark: Your tribe, our tribe

Kingston After Dark: Your tribe, our tribe

And so it came to pass that in the Year of Our Lord 2018 our humble columnist (that’s myself, in case you were wondering) found themself eating Annie’s organic honey Bunny Grahams in bed and pondering which of the 10 albums from tribal metal legend Max Cavalera’s Soulfly is the heaviest.

State Land tax cap: From the Department of Bad Ideas

State Land tax cap: From the Department of Bad Ideas

Environmentalists, local governments and landowners’ associations don’t generally see eye to eye on local land issues. It takes a truly terrible idea to get them all on the same side and sending joint lobbying delegations to Albany. Something like, say, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal to reinvent the way state forest land gets taxed in the Catskill and Adirondack Parks.

Maple tappers branch out

Maple tappers branch out

It’s Maple Weekend across New York State this week, and sugarbush tappers are opening their saphouses to celebrate the harvest. On tap for the weekend: pancake breakfasts, leaf-shaped candies and clear bottles full of sweet amber, a taste of fresh sap out of a bucket. It’s about as traditional as it gets. But if you look closely, the landscape is shifting. As the climate changes, the trees change too — and tappers follow.