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Two sides: Town Board hears from Niagara plan’s friends and foes

Two sides: Town Board hears from Niagara plan’s friends and foes

The Town of Ulster two weeks ago affirmed its intent to declare lead agency in the environmental review process of a proposed Niagara Bottling facility off Boice’s Lane, not far from the Lower Esopus Creek. During a public comment session following the town board’s agenda at its Oct. 16 meeting, councilmen heard from both supporters and...
We’ve got this: Town of Ulster to lead vetting for bottling plant

We’ve got this: Town of Ulster to lead vetting for bottling plant

The State Department of Environmental Conservation has declined to take a lead role in reviewing a plan for a proposed water bottling plant in the Town of Ulster. The decision comes despite pleas from opponents of the plant who had hoped for what they believed would be a more rigorous review by the state agency....
Cyber-weathermen Alex Marra and Bill Potter a match made in the heavens

Cyber-weathermen Alex Marra and Bill Potter a match made in the heavens

Hudson Valley Weather and Mid-Hudson Valley Weather, the region’s two leading do-it-yourself purveyors of forecasts, have merged. Alex Marra, the man behind Hudson Valley Weather, announced this summer that the laid-back-dude voice of Mid-Hudson Valley Weather, Bill Potter of Pine Bush, has joined his. The new outfit includes an upgraded website (hudsonvalleyweather.com) and seven weather...
Niagara Bottling deal could help fund water system fixes, but is it too risky?

Niagara Bottling deal could help fund water system fixes, but is it too risky?

Backers of a proposal to sell City of Kingston water to a national bottling company say revenue from the deal could allow the city to replace and upgrade its century old infrastructure — without passing the costs on to residents. But the plan is already a flop with some in the community, who call it...
Food Bank of the Hudson Valley offers cream of the crop at free weekly market

Food Bank of the Hudson Valley offers cream of the crop at free weekly market

On the storm-shadowed morning of Tuesday, Sept. 16, the farm market is about to open. Workers stand over a vividly colorful array of fruits and vegetables. There are bright purple eggplants, a basket overflowing with green tomatillos, heirloom tomatoes, bok choy, fresh corn, peaches and much more. The food was in the ground or on...
Bottling biggie wants Cooper Lake water

Bottling biggie wants Cooper Lake water

Bottled-water giant Niagara Bottling wants to build a massive purification and packaging facility near TechCity. The proposed plant would consume as much as 1.75 million gallons a day provided by the City of Kingston Water Department from the city’s Cooper Lake watershed. Rumors about the proposal have circulated for months, but town and city officials...
'Feast on Two Wheels' is this Wednesday

‘Feast on Two Wheels’ is this Wednesday

This Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 5-8 p.m., cyclists will fill the streets of Kingston on a three-part journey known as the “Feast on Two Wheels.” The annual fundraiser was created by Bike-Friendly Kingston, an advocacy group that promotes improvements that would make the city more “bike-able.” Over the course of three hours, ticket-holders will bike...
Ulster’s Dylan Foley wins big Irish fiddling prize

Ulster’s Dylan Foley wins big Irish fiddling prize

This year, Ulster County native Dylan Foley became the first American in a generation to take top honors in a prestigious Irish fiddling competition. Now, the 22-year-old Highland native is passing on the tradition to a new generation with a series of classes at Kingston’s Irish Cultural Center of the Hudson Valley. The classes are...
Kingston After Dark: Class actions

Kingston After Dark: Class actions

Heavenly tidings today. Steaz all-natural energy drink is a delicious blend of guarana, acai, green tea and yerba matte with just 100mg of caffeine per can. A friend helped me discover it at Mother Earth’s Storehouse the other day and it is fantastique, evoking mental leaps of alertness sure to benefit my dear readers! Everyone...
Pastor Arnold extols, defends traditional childhood in new tome

Pastor Arnold extols, defends traditional childhood in new tome

For Johann Christoph Arnold, a septuagenarian and longtime pastor of the local Bruderhof community, his previous book, a meditation on finding meaning and tranquility at the end of life, might have seemed a good place to end a writing career which produced about a dozen books. Indeed, the pastor himself had said 2013’s Rich in...
From Nieuw Nederland to New York

From Nieuw Nederland to New York

Slaves in the early Dutch colonial era (circa 1625-1664) were treated rather better than those under English captivity, according to Ulster County historian Anne Gordon. Though quite restricted, they were allowed to marry, congregate, attend religious services with whites, and in some cases were able to buy their freedom and own property. There were instances...
Prestige Toyota must pay, state attorney general says

Prestige Toyota must pay, state attorney general says

Here’s the text of the press release issued Monday, Aug. 18 by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office announcing Prestige Toyota’s agreement to settle complaints about an improper processing fee: “Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today that his office has reached a settlement with Kingston auto dealer Prestige Automobiles, Inc., doing business as Prestige...