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The Hudson River State Hospital 1871-2015

by Vivian Yess Wadlin  

The Hudson River State Hospital for the Insane, founded by the NYS legislature in 1866, was known through its nearly century and a half to locals by various names including "The Hudson River Psychiatric Hospital," "Hudson River State Mental Institution," "Hudson River Psychiatric Center," "Hudson River State Hospital (HRSH)," and other monikers less publishable, will soon be a memory. To many, perhaps most, a memory fine to forget. Read more...

New Englanders-on-Hudson, Part 3: The Making of a Delano President

by Cynthia Owen Philip  

Warren Delano II’s widely travelled, well-educated, and handsome 26-year-old daughter Sara married the fifty-six-year-old widower James Roosevelt of Hyde Park in 1880 and on January 30, 1882 gave birth to a son named Franklin Delano in honor of his uncle. (The child of Sara’s brother Warren III, who also had been named after his grandfather, had recently died and his parents begged her not to use the name.) Franklin Delano Roosevelt would be Sara and James’s only child. But he would proudly bear two sets of New England genes. His parental grandmother was an older sister of James Lloyd Aspinwall; Read more...

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Deer Trouble

by Frances Sandiford  

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Letting Go

by Cait Johnson  

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A Personal Story

by Vivian Yess Wadlin  

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Bubby's Beyond Burritos

by Barbara Jean Briskey  

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Letting Go

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Featured Community Businesses

Locations throughout the Hudson Valley

866-440-0391

Full-service Hudson Valley commercial, digital studio specializing in every aspect of business and web photography, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, holy communions, special events, family & executive portraits, and headshots of models and all people in the arts.

845-255-5255

Don't need office space full-time? Rent your office by the hour. Includes wireless internet service, telephones with private voice mails, copier, fax, furniture, conference room with wall board easel, etc. $15. per hour for office space, less for full-day, weekly, or monthly rentals. Rooms are spacious and light and can accommodate groups or serve as break out rooms. Just off Route 9W , across Milton Avenue from the fire station. Good parking, near restaurants and banks.

20 Milton Ave Rte 44/55, Highland
845-691-4570

Discover your own unique expression of yoga using the yogic techniques of breath work, postures, meditation and relaxation. Appropriate for both new and experienced practitioners. Wednesday at 11am & 7:30pm; Thursday at 7:30pm. Visit us on facebook.


"Capturing the Heart of It". Imagine having the same photographer capture your wedding who got Joyce Carol Oates to glow, Ethan Hawke to calm down, Jay Z to smile and Bill Murray to fish in a swimming pool? Celebrity photographer Steffen Thalemann fell in love with weddings when helping a friend on the job one day. He has joyfully dedicated part of his career to this art ever since. Group shot or individual portrait, his passion for people allows him to truly connect on a human level, capturing the essence of every moment.

New Paltz
845-255-5787

Dine in the area’s most spectacular setting and discover why Mohonk consistently receives rave reviews, including Hudson Valley Magazine’s award for “Best Restaurant with a View”! Combining culinary artistry with the best of traditional tastes, Mohonk’s award-winning chefs serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Bountiful Sunday Brunch and seasonal outdoor dining. Holiday meals are special occasions on our mountaintop. Reservations required.   

1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz
888-974-0491

Your favorite new kids' shoe store with a vast selection of Stride-Rite, Keen, Merrell, Ugg, plus many other great brands. Next to Pegasus Outlet.

27 N. Chestnut St, New Paltz
845-256-0788

Something for everyone! Affordable daily and long-term rates. Unfurnished apartments also available. Free wi-fi, cable TV plus HBO, local calls. Pet friendly (pet fees apply), & children under 12 stay free. 24/7

3497 US Highway 9W, Highland
845-691-7272

Make your life easier! How may we help you? Let us take care of those everyday, time-consuming tasks and errands like grocery shopping, pet appointments, dry cleaning and pharmacy pick-ups, retail shopping, and restaurant delivery. We can help reduce your stress and improve your productivity. You'll regain control of your time and focus on the things you value most. With a variety of services to choose from and our commitment to excellence every time, we are sure that you will be happy working with us. See our website for hours of operation, services and fee schedule. Founder & CEO Micah Bennett.

845-518-4827

Ralph A. Smith, LUTC and Larry Ratick, LPL Financial Member. Member FINRA/SIPC. We're a full service agency offering Auto, Homeowners, Life & Health, as well as Long-term Care and Medicare Supplement Insurance. IRAs, Pension Plans & Commercial Insurance, too. Call us today. We help you take the long term view of your economic health.

550 Rte 299, Suite 100A, Highland
845-246-1341 or 845-883-4280

Within reach of New York City! Our 100 acre private trail system has views of the   Shawangunk Mountains.Offering Western Trail Riding. English Riding Lessons for children and returning riders. Call for appointment.

125 Dubois Rd, New Paltz
845-255-0177

Homemade delectable Indian cuisine in a beautiful serene setting in the heart of New Paltz. Voted "Best Indian" Hudson Valley Magazine. Includes organic, local, vegan, gluten-free. 10% Senior/Student Discount. 10% Early Bird (first hour week nights) Buffet: Wed. Dinner, Sat/Sun Lunch. Zagat Rated.

5 Church St, New Paltz
845-255-2772

Glide across our 9,375-square-foot refrigerated ice rink in our open air pavilion. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate in front of a 39-foot-tall stone fireplace. The Pavilion is open for ice skating from mid November through early April. Skate rentals, lessons, and private parties are available. For more information, please call the Mohonk Skate Shop.

Mohonk Mountain House 1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz
845-256-2775

A tast of Italy. Italian food store offering a wide range of authentic imported Italian goods. Single or bulk purchases available.


Specializing in non-chemical treatment of water and bacterial elimination. Drinking water and municipal treatment available. Commercial and residential treatment available. Rentals and financing plans offered. The standard of excellence in water treatment since 1973.

1888 Route 9W, Lake Katrine
845-336-4353 or 845-876-4489

AboutTown Ulster: PO Box 474, New Paltz, NY 12561, 845-691-2089  EMAIL US
AboutTown Dutchess/Columbia: The Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth Street, Suite 11, Red Hook, NY 12571, 845-758-3616  EMAIL US
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