New Paltz

Hein: Open Space Institute to fund plans for Ashokan rail trail

Above: A map of a proposed 11.5-mile walking and biking trail near the Ashokan Reservoir, on an Ulster County-owned railroad track that was once part of the Ulster & Delaware railroad and is currently leased to the Catskill Mountain Railroad. Map from Ulster County's website

The Open Space Institute (OSI) will use private funds to create plans for an 11.5-mile multi-use rail trail near the Ashokan Reservoir, according to an announcement issued Thursday by Ulster County executive Mike Hein  Read more

The Whippersnappers

June 7, 2014 - 8:00pm
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The Whippersnappers are Peter Davis (of WAMC's Dancing on the Air band), George Wilson, and Frank Orsini.  This trio of regional folk superstars offers upbeat string band music with fiddles, 5-string banjo and acoustic guitar.  This concert promises "a foot-stomping, rip snorting collection of old-time country songs and Celtic fiddle tunes."

Tickets are $24 in advance ($20 for Unison members) and $28 at the door ($24 for members). Students are half price with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 845-255-1559.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.


Memorial Day Weekend Barn Sale

May 24, 2014 - 9:00am

Memorial Day Weekend is traditionally the start of summer, which means ice cream, swimming and Unison Art Center's annual Barn Sale. This year the Barn sale will be held on Saturday, May 24th and Sunday, May 25th from 9am-4pm (both days).

Help support Unison. We will sell small furniture, books, clothing, toys, tools, jewelry, antiques, artwork and much, much more!

Your donations, which are tax deductible, will be accepted AFTER May 5th. We welcome yard saleable items--NO large furniture or garbage please!

For more information about the Barn sale, or to volunteer during the event, please call 845-255-1559 or email us at


Winter's last hurrah (we hope)

People across the Catskills awoke this morning to find April's first green shoots covered in snow. Above: A row of icicles that sprouted overnight from a Margaretville roof gleams under a dazzling blue sky. Photo by Lissa Harris.

According to snow reports from the National Weather Service in Albany and Binghamton, some areas in the Catskills -- like Claryville in Ulster County, Livingston Manor in Sullivan County, and the Greene County mountaintop region -- got over three inches of snow Tuesday night. 

Tuesday's bout of winter weather came just a little too late to extend the ski season, which lasted well into April this year. Over the past week or two, the four major ski centers of the Catskills -- Belleayre, Hunter, Plattekill and Windham -- all put an end to this year's blockbuster season.

Above: No BBQs on this Margaretville porch til the snow melts. Photo by Lissa Harris.  Read more

Fleeing driver shot by police on Route 28 in West Hurley

A driver fleeing police pursuit in a car reported stolen from a Marbletown home was shot by a police officer on Tuesday night, the Ulster County Sheriff's Office reports.

Around 10:40 p.m. on Tuesday, police say, Ulster County 911 received a call from a woman in Marbletown who said her car had been stolen from her driveway. State troopers spotted the car on Route 213 and pursued it, but were unable to get the driver to stop. The driver fled into the city of Kingston, where troopers lost sight of the car.

An Ulster County sheriff's deputy then spotted the car, and continued the pursuit. The chase ended on Route 28 in West Hurley, when the fleeing car swerved into an Ulster County sheriff's vehicle, taking both vehicles off the road. The driver was then shot by an Ulster County officer while being taken into custody, police say.

The driver is being treated at Albany Medical Center. Police have not identified the driver, or released any information about his or her condition.   Read more

Cold front sweeps through area, bringing rain, sleet and snow

Above: Temperatures around upstate New York around 8 a.m. this morning, showing a cold front moving east across the region. The National Weather Service in Albany writes: "Current 8 a.m. temperature in Albany is 63 degrees while behind the cold front in Buffalo, NY, it is 33 degrees with a rain/snow mix."

Watch out for April showers -- and a few bouts of sleet and snow. After a few days of sunshine and temperatures in the 70s, the Catskills region is now bracing for the return of wintry weather as a cold front moves in from the west.   Read more

Senior-ize or Sell - Informative Seminar

For most people their home is one of their most valuable assets. Therefore, it is a good idea to carefully consider options regarding this asset when reaching retirement age and beyond.  Many people prefer to "age in place", while others are ready to downsize and each scenario raises many questions.

Gerry Murphy of M Gerard Country Home and Margaret "Peggy" Bellar, licensed real estate salesperson, of Keller Williams Upstate New York Properties will explore "senior-izing" your home and tips on preparing for selling your home in an informative seminar to be held at M Gerard Country Home store on Saturday, April 26th from 11AM until Noon. Also joining them will be professionals to answer legal and tax questions.


"Operation Spring Cleaning" nets dozens of drug arrests in Ulster County

Above: Images from a photo gallery of arrests made during the recent URGENT investigation "Operation Spring Cleaning," posted on the Ulster County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page

Over three dozen arrests were announced with great fanfare on Wednesday by the Ulster County Sheriff's Office, the result of a seven-month-long undercover investigation into drug sales by the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT) dubbed "Operation Spring Cleaning." 

The Sheriff's Office and other URGENT members held a press conference at the Ulster County Law Enforcement Center in Kingston at noon to discuss the arrests. Police believe many of the drugs targeted in the sweep were coming into Ulster County from the New York City area, said Ulster County Lieutenant Ed Brewster, according to the Daily Freeman, which sent several reporters to cover the event live with online video clips.  Read more

Jeremy Mage Trio: Freedom Songs

May 17, 2014 - 8:00pm

The Jeremy Mage Trio featuring Tamar-kali, Jason Charles Walker and New Paltz native Jeremy Mage will bring "Freedom Songs" to Unison on Saturday, May 17 at 8pm.  "Freedom Songs" was originally produced for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Jeremy Mage is a Grammy-winning mult-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and composer. He tours globally, makes records and composes music for film and television. He apprenticed with a wide range of masters, including Alan Ginsberg and Steve Gorn.

Afro punk diva Tamar-kali and the multi-faceted Jason Charles Walker will appear with Jeremy.

Tickets are $22 in advance ($18 for Unison members) and $26 at the door ($22 for members). Students are half price with a valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 845-255-1559.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.


Family Fun at Unison: Animal Experinces with Nicole Chillemi

May 17, 2014 - 2:00pm

Unison welcomes Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Nicole Chillemi and her amazing coterie of animals on Saturday, May 17th at 2pm for some family fun. Expect to see foxes, a wallaby, tortoises, lizards, and maybe a kinkajou.

Nicole Chillemi has a Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Technology and currently trains animals for movies, commercials and TV shows.

Tickets are $12 in advance; $8 for Unison members and $5 for children under 12. Door prices are $14, $10 and $7 for children under 12.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 845-255-1559.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.

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