What began as a fun way to keep busy, provide some comfort to friends and make a little extra money for rent, has turned into a full-scale baking operation in a one-level house in Gardiner. “I’ve always dreamed of owning a bakery,” said Tanya Santos, a local mother of three, whom, like many of us, has been cooped up at home during the COVID-19 pandemic with her family trying to think of ways to stay busy and upbeat. “We were thinking of things we could do and Kaela (her eldest daughter) had rent looming, so I put a post on Facebook asking if anyone was interested in having some freshly baked cinnamon buns delivered to them and the response was unbelievable!”
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Topics include: Highland businessmen refuse to accept daylight savings; bluebirds and robins cheer locals; please keep your chickens home; first shad caught; and more.
For more than 20 years, a 32-acre tract of alluvial land on the banks of the Wallkill River on Plains Road in New Paltz was maintained as a CSA by Sylvester (“Pete”) and Robin Taliaferro. Despite all their years of hard work, the Taliaferros never quite recovered from the financial setbacks caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. By 2018, the handwriting was on the wall: It was time to find a new tenant to lease the farm and retire. That search has now ended.
Over the course of the 2019-2020 school year, Highland High School is hosting local leaders for a series of “Lunch and Learn with a Leader” events. The series is designed to provide real-life skills education for students on important topics. On March 11, students gathered for a session featuring local first responders.
While life in the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic has come to a grinding halt, and every imaginable event has been canceled, closed or postponed until further notice, the one thing that remains constant and steady and available is the outdoors. Spring has not been canceled.
While many local restaurants are still open for delivery, others have decided to close. Meanwhile, professionals of all kinds are seeking online community.
New Paltz native Alyssa Boss jumped at the opportunity to open Indigo and Velvet at 73 Main Street on “Small Business Saturday” in late November, albeit at 5:30 p.m. The boutique offers women’s clothing, vegan leather handbags, fair-trade brass jewelry and naturally derived body and home products.
Topics include: New Paltz High School students shine in art competition; Tax prep help at Gardiner Library; Corned beef and cabbage dinners in Lloyd and Gardiner; and more.
The winter of 1919-20 was quite a bit harsher than 2019-20. Consider: “The great depth to which the ground is frozen has caused many springs to give out.” … “Crossing the ice is still good between Highland and Poughkeepsie. The taxis charge 25 cents to take passengers across.” … “The present winter is without exception the longest and hardest in the memory of the present generation. There has been 25 snow storms this winter, big and little.”
From the 3/5/20 issue: Paint & Sip at Roost Studios; Corned beef & cabbage dinner; Finding common ground; Ride for Mental Health and more.