Herren chills Onteora students with stories of drug abuse

Herren chills Onteora students with stories of drug abuse

Former NBA-Basketball star and recovered drug addict Chris Herren told his chilling story to a full audience of Onteora District grade-nine-through-twelve High School students at a Friday morning assembly on substance abuse. Over 400 students arrived at the auditorium in...
Sheriff suspends warrant checks at Social Services

Sheriff suspends warrant checks at Social Services

Ulster County Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum said this week that he will suspend a controversial policy of running warrant checks on visitors to the county’s Department of Social Services HQ after lawmakers threatened to replace sheriff’s deputies assigned to security at...
Our man in Washington predicts progress from next Congress

Our man in Washington predicts progress from next Congress

Fresh from his resounding win in New York’s 19th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook) talked this week about unfinished business from the 113th Congress, legislative priorities for the 114th and the new landscape in Washington, where Republicans now...
The Early History of Water, Woodstock and Kingston

The Early History of Water, Woodstock and Kingston

I have an idea. When it comes to the current controversy surrounding Cooper Lake, the Kingston Water Department and the Niagara Bottling Company, let’s all just blame William Cooper and be done with it. On second thought, I take that...
Gibson’s huge win over Eldridge

Gibson’s huge win over Eldridge

Across the country, Tuesday was a bad night for just about all the candidates with a “D” next to their name on the ballot. For Sean Eldridge, the 28-year-old venture capitalist and would-be sitter in New York’s 19th Congressional District...
Woodstock Lodge says it will sue the Travel Channel

Woodstock Lodge says it will sue the Travel Channel

A cable piece, “Rotting Woodstock,” started screening last week on Hotel Impossible, a show on The Travel Channel and currently in rotation, has become a huge topic of conversation around town and county. For the owners of the Woodstock Lodge,...
Gibson, Eldridge take their final Congressional shots

Gibson, Eldridge take their final Congressional shots

Heading into the final days of a bitterly fought campaign, incumbent U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook) says he has high hopes to win all 11 counties in the 19th Congressional District — including Ulster, where he lost by 13,000 votes...
Indies on the loose! Highlights of 15th Woodstock Film Festival

Indies on the loose! Highlights of 15th Woodstock Film Festival

The Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) wound up its 15th annual manifestation on Sunday night, October 19, this year drawing cinephiles from near and far to 11 venues in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Saugerties, Rosendale and Kingston. Besides the honorees previously announced —...
Fire wood is hard to come by

Fire wood is hard to come by

Got that first whiff of wood smoke wafting through the air yet? Look at it as a warning as much as an enticement. Unless you know someone willing to part with their own stash, it’s already too late to be...
WAAM offers Georges Malkine retrospective

WAAM offers Georges Malkine retrospective

The heat is unusual for April. Past a lake, briskly, all is flat but the curved backdrop of low mountains. The trees have an early start to their summer cover, leaves oiled by the humidity. The only movements in the...
Bach on the streets

Bach on the streets

Hearing musicians outdoors in Woodstock is not a surprise. But it was a big surprise —startling, actually — to walk out of CVS on a Sunday afternoon and see someone playing unaccompanied Bach on a violin. A moment’s listening surprised...
Local films fill Woodstock Film Festival

Local films fill Woodstock Film Festival

It’s never easy to discern how a film festival film’s going to play, especially from what one reads in a catalogue. Take a flick like the new WildLike, which we described as a love story only to hear from one...
Library task force meets the public

Library task force meets the public

In its first two-way dialogue, the library’s facilities task force assured the public it was exploring all avenues for expansion and heard pleas from a neighboring business owner to minimize any disruptions to his family’s livelihood. “We are far from...
No septic, no loan: Phoenicia Pharmacy sale falls through

No septic, no loan: Phoenicia Pharmacy sale falls through

Pharmacist and WellCare founder Ed Ullman’s plans to buy the Phoenicia Pharmacy have been scotched by the refusal of the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) to grant him a low-interest loan for renovating the property. Ullman’s is the second application to...
Grimm, Bisson get Pollock-Krasner awards

Grimm, Bisson get Pollock-Krasner awards

A few weeks back it was the abstract painter Calvin Grimm who was all smiles. Yes, his solo show at the Woodstock Arts Association & Museum was going well and he’d just been on the front page of this paper....
Few accept Defense Department weapons at the local level

Few accept Defense Department weapons at the local level

What are the chances of the police in our area showing up at a mass gathering with armored cars and machine guns, displaying the sort of military might the nation’s been watching and discussing this week instead of community policing...
Bear care

Bear care

A mother bear with two cubs has raised a ruckus in Mink Hollow by repeatedly breaking into a home to raid food supplies. Officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have set a trap with the...
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 Jewish Congregation has a new rabbi and a new endeavor

Woodstock Jewish Congregation has a new rabbi and a new endeavor

The Woodstock Jewish Congregation, whose Hebrew name is Kehillat Lev Shalem (“Congregation of a Full Heart”) appears to have an equally full agenda these days. On Friday evening, June 27, the group held a special Shabbat service to celebrate 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...
I’m In The Jailhouse Now

I’m In The Jailhouse Now

Part one   The team’s owner was a sweet man named Jay Polan, who owned and operated a bus company in nearby Chicago. Too bad JP was in jail for trying to obtain a max contract for a prime school...
Clear water portends a good fishing season

Clear water portends a good fishing season

On the curve where Phoenicia’s Main Street turns into the Old Plank Road, there’s a dilapidated silvery structure, overgrown with vines, that was once Elmer’s Diner. It’s said that on the opening day of fishing season, reported Chichester photographer and...
Pete’s Rainbow Quest

Pete’s Rainbow Quest

Oh, had I a golden thread And a needle so fine I would weave a magic strand Of rainbow design, of rainbow design So Pete Seeger would sing at the beginning of his early 1960s television show, Rainbow Quest, on...
Bolton Brown and the making of modern Woodstock

Bolton Brown and the making of modern Woodstock

Woodstock as we know it begins with Bolton Brown (1866-1934), a prodigy whose gifts brought him fame, before ego accompanying these ripped them away again. He was an art instructor at 19, arguably the first great mountain climber in America...
Jerry Wapner hangs up his shingle

Jerry Wapner hangs up his shingle

On his eightieth birthday on 27th day of November, Jerry Wapner — longstanding dean of Woodstock lawyers — will retire from the law practice he created not very long after arriving here with his family some 50 years ago. The...
Attendance, circulation way up at Olive Free Library

Attendance, circulation way up at Olive Free Library

Katie Scott-Childress has been director at the Olive Free Library for little over a year…and says that yes, she’s starting to notice some changes in the 61 year old institution’s character alongside its daily challenges. She points out how, during...
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Old Magic, by Will

Old Magic, by Will

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Hundreds, maybe thousands of rooms to rent on Airbnb locally

Hundreds, maybe thousands of rooms to rent on Airbnb locally

The numbers of properties available around our region on the massive online lodging services Airbnb and VRBO can catch one’s breath. A random scan of Woodstock pulls up around 200 listings on each service, with only about one third duplicating. The Stone Ridge area has over 120 Airbnb rooms and homes for rent, versus 12...
Positive Declaration for Niagara project

Positive Declaration for Niagara project

Town of Ulster Supervisor James Quigley III said this week he will recommend a “positive declaration of environmental significance” on Niagara Bottling’s proposal to build a water bottling facility at a vacant parcel near the old IBM campus. If the board agrees at its meeting set for Thursday, Nov. 20, it means the controversial plan...
Woodstock wants a seat at the table

Woodstock wants a seat at the table

A room full of incensed citizens presented the town board with a petition signed by 800 Woodstockers asking the council to hire an environmental lawyer to advise the town in its quest to become an ‘involved agency’ in the town of Ulster’s SEQRA review of the proposed Niagara Bottling plant that would use city of...
Walking Woodstock: Bopping with Butterfield at Bearsville

Walking Woodstock: Bopping with Butterfield at Bearsville

Summers in the late Seventies when the day’s writing had gone well, the flaneur would think of Bearsville, and of sitting at the bar of the Bear Cafe sipping a martini as the late afternoon sunlight played its dappled magic on the room. He jumped on his bicycle and headed down the Glenford-Wittenberg Road, past...