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Photo of Andrew Solomon by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

National Book Award-winner & journalist Andrew Solomon to speak in Rhinecliff

The world – especially as we know it through the cloudy lens of social media in the midst of a poisonous electoral season – is a place of polarizing and alienating information, much…

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Fabulous Beekman Boys headline Opening Day on Huguenot Street

To launch the 2016 season, Historic Huguenot Street will throw open its multiple doors to visitors this Saturday and kick off updated tours designed to take a deeper look at the National Historic…

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Immigrant art exhibit, films & talks in Kingston

  “An accent marks the lag between two cultures, two languages, the space where you let go of one identity, invent another, and end up being more than one person, though never quite…

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Rising on the Rondout: Reher Center for Immigrant Culture & History

At this point in time, the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History in Kingston is more of a community resource than an actual place to step inside. As an ongoing project of…

When European-immigrant women in New York State began to organize for their rights in 1848, they took their cue from the nearby Haudenosaunee communities

Women voted in New York… before Columbus

As the election of a female US president begins to seem a more likely thing to occur within our own lifetimes than many imagined possible, one of the political questions that currently rages…

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Spring Plow at Saunderskill Farms

Traditional pre-combustion-engine methods are kept alive at Saunderskill Farms in Accord during the annual Spring Plow, when draft horses, mules and oxen run nonmotorized implements through the soil. Visitors to the event being…

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The Tick Project comes to Dutchess County

“There are things you can do to your property that we know will reduce the number of ticks,” says biologist Felicia Keesing. “But no one has really shown that you can treat your…

My foe is quackgrass, also known as witchgrass, couchgrass and, botanically, Elytrigia repens. It is small consolation that quackgrass isn’t only my problem; this native of Europe, North Africa and parts of Asia and the Arctic is now a worldwide weed. (NYS IPM Program at Cornell University)

Gardener’s Notebook: Quashing quackgrass

My first garden foe, which I haven’t seen for years, recently sneaked into the greenhouse. Damping-off sounds pretty bad, but not as bad as its scientific names: probably Rhizoctonia or Pythium, which, along…

There’s room on this page for just one example, so let’s pick a story in last week’s New York Times. The headline-making proposal by some little-known billionaire is a mission to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri. (WretchsWings)

When does science cross over into hype?

Some have always questioned the space program. They point to a particular mission – for example NASA’s Juno spacecraft to Jupiter that will arrive 12 weeks from now – and ask whether we…

A short-eared owl hunting over the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge in Ulster County recently. These owls and other raptors winter at the Refuge, which is the only National Wildlife Refuge in the mid-Hudson Valley. (photo by Deb Tracey-Kral)

The Big Sit to benefit Shawangunk Grasslands, one of our top birding spots

There’s a fine line to observe when it comes to preserving a natural habitat, says Mark DeDea, president of the John Burroughs Natural History Society. “You want the place to be enjoyed, but…

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