17th Karmapa is welcomed

17th Karmapa is welcomed

Two full houses at UPAC last week for a Bestowal of Refuge Vow and Teaching, followed by a public greeting at Andy Lee Field in Woodstock punctuated a week-long visit to town by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley...
Raff resigns

Raff resigns

In a move that shocked trustees, Amy Raff announced she will leave her post as Woodstock Public Library director May 30, giving the board the task of finding a replacement as budget planning nears and expansion deliberations continue. “It was...
Om Aroma, Savor Spa care for your skin

Om Aroma, Savor Spa care for your skin

A few years ago, Angela Jia Kim was cooking up organic skin care products in her Manhattan apartment, using ingredients such as champagne grape seeds, caviar, and truffles. Today her experiments have borne fruit in a pair of award-winning businesses...
The parade is on

The parade is on

The Memorial Day parade and picnic are back on thanks to a tentative agreement with the American Legion, but bad blood between the veterans organization and Councilman Jay Wenk still boiled to the surface at the town board’s April 14...
His Holiness, 17th Karmapa visits to bestow refuge vows

His Holiness, 17th Karmapa visits to bestow refuge vows

It’s said that the visit of a great teacher produces a lot of ripples, like dropping a stone in a still pond. How those ripples come to fruition is interesting,” said Kathleen Wesley, communications coordinator of the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra...
Annals of angling: Rituals, the first day

Annals of angling: Rituals, the first day

We Homo sapiens love our rituals. Beginning with myths of cavemen clubbing their women over the head to tribal dances as cure-alls for whatever ails one to turkey on Thanksgiving or the seventh inning stretch at a ball game, we...
Woodstock Historical Society seeks expansion

Woodstock Historical Society seeks expansion

When the Historical Society of Woodstock (HSW) was founded in 1929, its goal was to preserve the stories of the town. Members wrote essays and gathered in people’s homes on Sundays to read their stories aloud over tea and cookies....
The changing face of Woodstock

The changing face of Woodstock

Mia and Paul are sitting at the bar of the Bearsville Theatre with baby Pascal as the first Woodstock Indoor Farmers Market gets underway. They’re eating noodles as Luca, the first grader son of the Bearsville complex’s new managing partner,...
Woodstock Writers Fest convenes

Woodstock Writers Fest convenes

As usual, the Woodstock Writers Festival begins its sixth year with the ever-popular story slam competition on the evening of Thursday, March 19, and ends on Sunday, March 22, with the signature panel Memoir-A-Go-Go, reflecting organizer Martha Frankel’s passion for...
Church on the Mount gets its due acknowledgment

Church on the Mount gets its due acknowledgment

The Church of the Holy Transfiguration of Christ-on-the-Mount is surely one of the smallest churches ever built, but its significance is large, since it has spanned a range of periods of Woodstock history that justified its designation as a historical...
Poets duel in the mud

Poets duel in the mud

Who, besides poets, likes the local poetry scene? Years ago, Mikhail Horowitz warned me, “The smaller the pie, the sharper the knives.” Oh, I’ve gotten compliments, but the slights are what I remember. The poet who’d reviewed my first book...
Creating Spirit Of Place

Creating Spirit Of Place

Since assuming the Executive Directorship of the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum in September, Neil Trager has heard a distant drum roll heralding an event others are hardly aware of but, as an old hand at the game, he knows...
Claire Lamb is painting Woodstock

Claire Lamb is painting Woodstock

It’s nice to sit and do nothing,” says Katherine Burger as she’s having her portrait painted at the Woodstock Library. “It’s so meditative. And Claire is very entertaining.” “I’m telling her my life story,” laughs Claire Lambe, the Irish-born artist...
Land Conservancy celebrates 25 years and saving the Zena Cornfield

Land Conservancy celebrates 25 years and saving the Zena Cornfield

Marita Lopez-Mena, who’s been serving as director of the Woodstock Land Conservancy (WLC) for only a few “very hectic” months now, recently recalled the first time she saw the Zena Cornfield, which will be celebrated Saturday August 9 on the...
Woodstock Rescue named EMS Agency of the Year

Woodstock Rescue named EMS Agency of the Year

We can do incredible things nowadays. Every ambulance is a mobile emergency room,” said Richard Muellerleile, president of the Ulster County Emergency Medical Services Council, which held its annual Award and Recognition dinner on May 16, honoring a number of...
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Smart meter foes want more action from town board

Smart meter foes want more action from town board

Foes of so-called smart meters urged the Town Board to take a stand against Central Hudson to prevent their installation and argued the alternative offered by the utility isn’t any safer. “All these wireless devices aren’t safe,” resident Steve Romine, a frequent letter writer to this paper, said. “Especially smart meters.” Romine wants the issue...
Common Core: Wave of refusal

Common Core: Wave of refusal

Sixty-one percent. Forty-three percent. Fifty-three percent. Last week, numbers flew all over social media, reporting the percentage of public school third- though eighth-graders whose parents opted them out of state-mandated standardized tests designed to evaluate how well the new — and highly controversial — Common Core curriculum was being taught to students. Last week, some...
Star return, by Will

Star return, by Will

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Olive progresses in flood mitigation

Olive progresses in flood mitigation

Olive town supervisor Sylvia Rozzelle is almost giddy with the progress being made now with her town’s eternal flood problems. A recent kickoff meeting for Olive’s Local Flood Analysis (LFA) overview on April 14, she said this week, drew a full house to set the ball in motion to spend nearly $100,000 in grants that, in...
Welcome home

Welcome home

Hey, he’s only 29, right? It’s got to be tough being the spiritual head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He’s been that since he was he was recognized as the reincarnation of the 16th Karmapa at the age of seven. He delivered his first public religious discourse to an audience of...