New York bans the boom

New York bans the boom

New York State banned the natural gas retrieval procedure known as High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing during a televised cabinet meeting presided over by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday. The decision cited a variety of concerns raised by the state Department...
Olive Free Library exhibit recalls reservoir construction era

Olive Free Library exhibit recalls reservoir construction era

Like many other Town of Olive residents, Rejoice Scherry grew up hearing stories about the towns that were uprooted to make way for the Ashokan Reservoir, built to provide New York City residents with drinking water. Now equipped with degrees...
Spinelli’s Burning Man hearkens back to the Maverick Festivals

Spinelli’s Burning Man hearkens back to the Maverick Festivals

Rooted in Utopia’s past, Frank Spinelli’s astounding photographic record of “Burning Man” celebrates the planet’s newest art-driven community. In doing so this native Woodstocker reminds us that our most extraordinary (if largely forgotten) contribution to world culture is alive and well in an...
Woodstock talks Niagara, aquifer protection

Woodstock talks Niagara, aquifer protection

Environmental conservation was the theme as the Woodstock Town Board heard input on an aquifer protection overlay district, opposed a Hudson Valley crude oil pipeline and heard suggestions for stopping the proposed Niagara water bottling plant. Dharmaware owner Erik Holmlin,...
Books: Frances Gray’s My Life with Archipenko

Books: Frances Gray’s My Life with Archipenko

Frances Archipenko Gray, the elegant longtime Woodstocker who’ll be reading from and signing copies of her new memoir My Life With Alexander Archipenko at the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 7, has written one of...
Woodstock gets legal counsel for Niagara review

Woodstock gets legal counsel for Niagara review

Denied a seat at the table, Woodstock officials have enlisted legal muscle to help defend its watershed rights in the discussions about a proposed Niagara bottled water plant in the town of Ulster that would draw water from Cooper Lake...
No status for Woodstock

No status for Woodstock

Following a lengthy public session where the Ulster Town Board heard from members of the public concerned about oversight on the proposed Niagara Bottling plant, the town board voted to deny both the Kingston Common Council and Woodstock Town Board...
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...
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,...
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...
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....
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...
Pete’s Rainbow Quest

Pete’s Rainbow Quest

[portfolio_slideshow id=4521] 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...
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...
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Women’s business empowerment is the goal

Women’s business empowerment is the goal

When Woodstockers Debbie Dougan and Patricia Laufer announced via Facebook that they were creating a support group for women entrepreneurs, they expected they’d get, at most, ten people to attend the first meeting. Instead, as their friends invited friends, who invited more friends, Dougan and Laufer watched their Facebook responses grow to 30, then 50,...
She left, by Will

She left, by Will

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Small crowd turns out for Common Core education

Small crowd turns out for Common Core education

Fewer than 20 parents attended an informational session on the Federal Common Core Standards at the Onteora Middle/High School on the evening of December 4. It was not the crowd of people Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Spiegel-McGill was hoping for. However, for parents who attended, confused over the system and new ways their children learn, they...
Original businesses join with new ones to celebrate the season

Original businesses join with new ones to celebrate the season

From 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday night, December 5, Woodstock will come alive with the annual Holiday Open House it has been celebrating for well over 25 years now, newly rebranded with the subhead, “A Customer Appreciation Night!” There’ll be Victorian carolers, a brass quintet, an ice sculptor, jazz musicians, a tree lighting, Santa & Mrs. Claus, raffles, hospitality...
Woodstock takes another step toward solar power

Woodstock takes another step toward solar power

The Woodstock Town Board has taken the next step toward harnessing enough solar power to offset most of Woodstock’s operational needs. At a November 25 meeting, the board interviewed four firms competing to build a 600 kilowatt solar array on the site of the wastewater treatment plant. Responding to a request for proposals were Poughkeepsie-based...