Thomas Cole’s home on Spring Street in Catskill has left behind its near-death experience of the 1970s and as an independent non-profit organization affiliated with the National Park Service has been engaged in a recovery that would have seemed miraculous a generation ago.
As political scientist Robert Putnam, author of the turn-of-the-21st-century classic Bowling Alone, America’s Declining Social Capital, expressed it, “If we can get more people engaged in community life in contexts that respect American pluralism, many of our other problems —to begin with, our politics — will be different.” Walter Maxwell lived that belief. Walter got it. Walter lives.
One of the ways to do so has been somehow to create one’s own job. Though that’s a tough road, thousands of people have tried to do it, combining their creative skills, business acumen, imagination and not a little tenacity.
In the past two years, Start-Up New York has fallen woefully short of expectations, while the other state programs picking the economic-development winners have had a mixed record. Meanwhile, the modest UVANY network, which has scored its successes and failures without direct governmental funding, continues to enlarge its constituency.
With climate change and other forms of uncertainty, assuring water supply is an increasingly expensive proposition.
Everything in this store represents a celebration of local use, which puts Kenco in a strong position to survive category-killer national competition.
Think of the middle and upper portions of the Hudson Valley not as New York City’s back yard but as its mirror opposite. Where New York is characterized by a dense sea of humanity punctuated by token islands of green, much of the Hudson Valley consists of islands of people within a still significantly green sea. The two struggle in uneasy complement to each other.
In just five years the number of locally controlled hospitals has shrunk from two, to one, and then to zero.
Two community banks serving Ulster and Orange counties, Wallkill Valley Federal Savings & Loan in Wallkill and Hometown Bank of the Hudson Valley headquartered in Walden announced their merger last week.
State money will fund “a traveling celebration,” a pilot project for “how boats, cargo, ideas and people influenced the region’s river, canal and ports.” These arts and culture programs will be held aboard the 1902-built SS Columbia. In order for those programs to occur on that locale, the venerable 208-foot-long steam-powered vessel has to be moored on the Hudson River, and specifically on the Rondout Creek.