Thanks To You, Our Advertisers & Readers, We Begin Our 40th Year

About Town began in the Summer of 1984 as The Guide To New Paltz. The Guide’s founders were Liz Weisz, Elena Erber, Karen Thompson, and yours truly.

By 1988, the publication had grown to incorporate other Ulster County towns. To accommodate the expanded area, we changed its name to About Town (AT). Within a few years, three of the partners left to pursue other careers and I continued the publication. Today, About Town’s objective remains unchanged — to be a guide to appreciating, visiting, shopping, and living in the area.

Shown here are a few of the more than 160 issue front pages. Almost all stories in the guide are based in Ulster’s history, with a few articles about natural history. More than 150 of those articles are available at To commemorate the 40th, here is an updated article from thirty years ago, titled “A Solid Heritage,” concerning the cement industry in Rosendale.

Stories From Previous Issues

Articles are illustrated (online and in print) with images from antique postcards from the collection of the author. Many are in Marist College’s Hudson River Valley Institute collection at and can be reviewed at the organization’s site. Unless cited, the stories are by Vivian Yess Wadlin. Titles listed are from the last 20 years…


This pictorial layout is presented here as a downloadable PDF file:

We Begin Our 40th Year (PDF)