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(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…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Weird honey Moon

This is the “orange Moon” time of year. Or at least amber: a true honey Moon – not bright white at all. Several reasons: Humidity maxes out in the warm weather, and this…

Minnewaska Beach

Take a dip

One of the best parts of summer is heading out the lake, pool or local swimming hole to cool off after a hot, hot day. Here are a few of the spots that…

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Game day with the Renegades

Let’s take in a ball game. Oh, it’s a beautiful evening for baseball. Check out the Mets. Let’s see. Uh, tickets are $324 each for the best seats; you can start moving further…

King George VI, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Mackenzie King of Canada leaving St. James Church after attending morning services in Hyde Park on June 11, 1939. (FDR Presidential Library)

Hyde Park to celebrate 75th anniversary of “hot dog summit”

The tale of the British royals’ bemusement as the American president and first lady defied all customary protocol to feed them hot dogs at an official state picnic at Top Cottage used to…

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