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On the Rocks: A dark and stormy night

On the Rocks: A dark and stormy night

By the midnight of this awful night the storms had passed, and things had settled down. Where there had been colorful marine meadow, now there was the barren desolation of a fresh 10-inch thick deposit of coarse sediment. Few seafloor creatures were still alive; many had been broken up into a shell hash. As the moon rose over the dark sea floor, the last grains of the finer, lighter sediments were falling out of suspension like a marine dust. The new deposit was settling and compacting under its own weight. It was beginning a long process that would very slowly turn it into limestone. That limestone is still there, exposed along Rte. 9W.

Time for realignment?

Time for realignment?

Ulster County executive Pat Ryan believes “the traditional approach to economic development alone will not drive the county’s success for the future.” To that end, last month he formed a working group called Ulster 2040 of what he termed “county business movers and shakers.” That diverse twelve-person group was given nine months to come up with a plan “to align our county with our natural, economic and social strengths, and to make the necessary investments to be successful in these key areas.” Easier said than done.

Something to chew on

Something to chew on

The all-day conference on migration and mental health at SUNY New Paltz this Friday, October 11, is coming at an opportune time. Though American history records several eras when conflict raged over immigrants and immigration, there have been few more virulent than what’s going on now.

Walking Woodstock: Leaving Glenford

Walking Woodstock: Leaving Glenford

From the air, Glenford is a pleasant scattering of roofs on the south slope of Ohayo Mountain. Some of its houses have splendid views of the sparkling Ashokan Reservoir. Glenford serves as a suburb of its famous sister hamlet, and is rapidly being gentrified.

Kingston’s on fire again

Kingston’s on fire again

Kingston’s burning, but this time don’t blame the British, embroiled as they are with Brexit issues. With median property prices increasing more than 20 percent in the first half of this year over last year’s first half, the market for Kingston real estate is hot.

Community preservation

Community preservation

Ulster County is now signed on to a state law that allows it to levy a 2 percent tax on certain property sales to preserve aspects of community character. We’re talking about real money. One possible local use is to help protect open space.

The luck of the Vikings

The luck of the Vikings

Maybe badly buffeted Norwegian Air will experience a resurgence. Maybe it’ll thrive again. Maybe it’ll survive only in another form under another ownership. Maybe it’ll go bankrupt.