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July Jamboree at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary will host its eighth annual July Jamboree on Saturday, July 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy veggie food trucks serving vegan ice cream and chickpea-based sandwiches…

More than 75 balloon takeoffs are scheduled from July 4 - 6, weather permitting.

Look up: Hot-air balloons over the Hudson

The 23rd annual Dutchess County Balloon Festival will take to the skies this holiday weekend. Several locations on the Poughkeepsie waterfront will offer prime viewing spots to see hot-air balloonists from all over…

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White alpine strawberries fool winged marauders

Earliglo strawberries are on the wane. Time to move on to other fruits, still strawberries but very different strawberries in all respects: alpine strawberries. The largest of them are the size of a…

An artist’s illustration depicts what astronomers think is happening within the Cygnus X-1 system. (Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)

A black hole over Rosendale

When darkness falls, look east. The brightest star in that direction is blue Vega. Directly below it hovers the absolute number-one strangest thing in the universe. First envisioned in 1798, black holes epitomize…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Your garden is no place to be doctrinaire

Good gardening is not religion. Balancing and rebalancing is what’s needed, not the constraints of dogma. You want to garden naturally? Dogma would dictate doing nothing – in which case you wouldn’t have…

Tara Johannessen  and Brian Farmer, co-creators of the Rail Trail Café in Tillson

Rail Trail Café opens in Tillson

The new Rail Trail Café parked next to the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail about a mile south of the Rosendale Trestle has only been in business for a month, but it already has…

Lake sturgeon

Lecture on sturgeon restoration project at Beacon Institute

The lake sturgeon is an awesome fish: It grows to be 12 or 13 feet long and lives for 120 years or longer. One of the world’s most primitive fish, it’s known as…

Snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum)

Full of vinegar: Lee’s natural homemade weedkiller

Oriental poppies, now in bloom with large, floppy, flaming-red blossoms, are worth oohing and aahing about. Likewise for snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum), with small gray-green leaves and small white flowers, except that too few…

Inside Olana (photo by Dion Ogust)

The view from Olana

The Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) designed Olana in Hudson as his family home, studio and a working farm. The unique integration of art, architecture and landscape at the site…

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Stone Ridge Library Fair this Saturday

The annual Stone Ridge Library Fair is such a popular community event each year, says Jody Ford, the library’s director, that people have told her that they make a point of blocking the…

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