Ruth Oja at the Sawkill.
credit Peter Michos
In naming Ruth Oja "Citizen of the Year" in October, the Red Hook Rotary Club recognized that "Ruth has worked tirelessly to preserve our environment and is a model for good citizenship." For Ruth this has been a labor of love—love for the place she has called home since 1957. Anyone entering the Bard College Campus at Annandale Road is apt to catch Ruth pruning shrubs, pulling weeds, and planting groundcover along the south side of the road, up the hill from the house where she has lived for the last 40 years. When I met with Ruth on a
For a small town Rhinebeck is home to a surprisingly varied history. No building exemplifies this better than the Rhinebeck Post Office. Its structure may be modest in comparison to its neighbor the Beekman Arms, yet on May 1, 1939, it became, according to Rhinebeck novelist William Seabrook, "the most thoroughly dedicated small-town post office in the Western Hemisphere." Seabrook’s description mentions celebrities, newsreels, sound trucks, an army of metropolitan reporters and cameramen, and the first female photojournalist for Life magazine, Margaret Bourke-White, "thrown in for good measure!" On hand to lay the cornerstone, and the guests of then president
Ulster County is comprised of one city (Kingston), twenty towns (New Paltz, Gardiner, Rosendale, etc), three incorporated villages (New Paltz, Ellenville and Saugerties) and about three dozen designations based on census tracts and postal addresses. Most of these last three dozen, plus other named places and small villages are what we consider "hamlets." These have no political designation nor government separate from the larger town surrounding them. These hamlets, plus hundreds of others, were usually formed in our agrarian or mining past at crossroads offering a post office, store, and possibly a church, blacksmith shop, and a school—places like
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