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Meet Mohonk Preserve’s mountain rescue team

Meet Mohonk Preserve’s mountain rescue team

Hudson Valley One had the opportunity to spend some time with four of the Preserve’s rangers and ask them what types of challenges they face – particularly as one of the most popular activities at the Preserve is rock climbing along its multi-tiered and exposed vertical cliffs, made of white Shawangunk conglomerate rock.

Don Byron at The Falcon

Don Byron at The Falcon

Not many people have done a better job dancing the line between stylistic discipline and modern jazz freedom. Byron is a pretty high-concept guy, but these are universally reduced times. Individuality is a kind of obsolete luxury. People fall back on the base-line settings, conventions, foundations.

New Paltz youth director receives Hudson Valley Heroes Community Champion Award

New Paltz youth director receives Hudson Valley Heroes Community Champion Award

“I think what we do here is more important now than it’s ever been,” says director Jim Tinger. “The struggle with anxiety and other mental health issues has been more prevalent for kids in recent years than I’ve ever seen before. And isolation is our big battle now. Before electronics, I used to say we were combating boredom, because kids get in trouble when they’re bored. And that’s still true, but now battling isolation is the new war.”