The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

For many Catholic Christians including those within the Roman Church, this past Sunday we focused on “The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.” Please let me clarify the word “feast.” In this context it means: to celebrate or remember something in a special way like Easter or Pentecost Sunday. In our church we have three readings each Sunday […]

You had to be there

What were they thinking? As predicted herein (an easy call), the Ulster County legislature on Tuesday night unanimously approved $6.2 million in funding to build a county fire training center in the Town of Ulster. But not before moving the issue on the floor from the “non-consent” folder to “consent.” Consent portends a unanimous vote agreed to by Republican and […]

Summertime and It’s Still Raining!

Although the calendar says it is now officially summer, our weather has seemed far from what most of us consider as “summer” like. The rains that began in April and May have continued for much of June as well. The TV weatherman says we have had more rainy days than sunny days for the past 60 days. Some of these […]

Fire away!

Sometimes even the best of causes take forever. Take the Ulster County fire training center. First raised by volunteer fire forces as a priority around the time man went to the moon and the original Woodstock put an obscure art colony beneath Overlook Mountain on the wrong map, two generations of firefighters will see their hopes and dreams realized when […]

For the beauty of earth

By Father Dante Tarantini, FCR A s a Franciscan, I find such pleasure in the beauty of nature and God’s creatures. While traveling throughout our beautiful mountains, I try to take great care in observing the picturesque views around every turn. I recently read an article in, that listed the Catskills, as one of ten places to visit worldwide, […]

GOP bamboozles Dems

Heavily outnumbered in enrollment, Republicans don’t win much against Democrats these days. Ergo, legislature minority leader Ken Ronk’s outmaneuvering Democrats on the Adele Reiter appointment as interim comptroller is worth examining. Ronk was on his game for L’ffaire Adele on Tuesday night. Ronk managed to keep his 11 Republicans in line for Reiter while luring over five Democrats at Tuesday […]

Father’s day plants

Now that the spring rush of early season bloom has subsided we can focus on looking for plants that bloom in the middle of June or later. There are cultivars of most early spring flowering shrubs that are a bit later then the more common varieties. Let’s begin with lilacs. I happen to love the fragrance of lilacs and cannot […]



“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 Jesus spoke these words to His disciples shortly before His impending crucifixion on the cross. Jesus soon would no longer be with them. It was a time […]

New candidates emerge for UC Comptroller position

Since last we wrote on the saga of replacing former Ulster County Comptroller Elliot Auerbach, the political scene has shifted dramatically. As of last week, there were three known contenders. Now, there are five. The emergence of acting county executive Adele Reiter and SUNY New Paltz accounting professor Rief Kanan as candidates for interim appointment as county comptroller now brings […]

Pin Oak – Perfect for Planting

I have become more or less fond of some trees over time, due to personal reasons. For instance, white pine’s magnificently towering ship-mast traits make it stand out in a field or forest setting. However, removing this same tree near someone’s home does cause some anxiety due to its abundant sticky sap and unpredictably brittle wood. After monkeying around in […]

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