Brenda prevails

With three Democrats breaking ranks and joining a solid Republican minority, Republican Brenda Maloney was appointed to fill her late husband Jim Maloney’s seat in the county legislature, with but one vote to spare. Democrats Joe Maloney of Saugerties, Laura Petit of Esopus and Hector Rodriguez of New Paltz voted with ten Republicans to provide the winning margin. A minimum […]

Count your blessings


Whew! August already! I don’t know about you, but the extremes in the heat certainly slowed me down. I always start the summer like a kid getting out of school for the summer…big plans, days loaded with stuff to do outside, and vacation! No room on my calendar to fit anything more. And then I remember the “dog days” of […]

News from our Yellowed Pages

This week, we have a collection of stories about heroes and rouges, crime and goodwill. In each year revisited, we have the tale of young rescuers, an article looking back on the legacies of a beloved local, and the words of an inspiring young woman with a wonderful story to tell. At the same time, we also have stories of […]

The practice of forestry requires no expert

I remember when I first returned home from a semester of Dendrology (identification of trees) and I really thought I knew something. I pointed to each tree and whispered its common name, “yellow poplar.” And then its Latin name Magnoliaceae Liriodendron tulipifera. And eastern hemlock (Pinaceae Tsuga canadensis) or red oak (Fagaceae Quercus rubra) or sugar maple (Aceraceae Acer saccharum). […]

Garden pests

This summer’s weather has returned to some semblance of “normal” we enter the middle of August. It has been a bit warmer than “normal” with more than 12 days above 90 degrees already recorded in Albany and also a bit wetter due to hit and miss Thundershowers that mostly have “missed” my garden. That’s OK with me after a very […]

Reflections from the garden


I like working in the garden. It feels good to work the soil with my hands, and to watch the transformation of small seeds or bulbs into large plants that bloom or provide food. It reminds me that I live in a wonderfully complex world created by a loving Creator God. Life is a miracle, and it is awe-inspiring to […]

Special session – Tricky situation

The Ulster County Legislature will meet in special session at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation. But first, legislators will decide who will fill out the late Jim Maloney’s term until the end of the year. Just kidding about homage to the Trickster, but it was an unforgettable night when they piped […]

News from our Yellowed Pages

I n August, we have reached the peak of Summer. Often, this is when the temperatures stay high and the rain becomes more scarce. But is also the time when children begin to dread the return to their studies, people take vacations, and bible schools and camps reach their peaks. This week In This Place, we read of fun times […]

After the Far East and South America, Marcello Reale is creating a new life in Andes

Although it’s not difficult to find people in the Catskills who have traveled to distant parts of planet Earth, it’s pretty rare to meet someone like Marcello Reale who has spent significant time living and working in foreign lands. Marcello spent close to four years working in China and Thailand and another six working in Colombia, South America. Those experiences, […]

What is wrong with my tomatoes?

Well, somehow, it is already August and this is when many garden insect pests begin to show up as well as diseases. It is frustrating to work so hard to get all your vegetables planted and nurtured only to have them damaged or destroyed by pests of all sorts. In some cases the current pest problems could have been avoided […]

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