Monthly Archives: March 2009

Feds Ask People to Avoid Caves

bats1There’s an article from the Associated Press that was sent out this weekend asking people to stay out of caves that might be inhabited by bats, who have been taken ill with a myterious illness. Given that the Kingston and Rosendale areas are full of caves, the advice should be of particular concern. Read the story, here.


Upcoming League Meeting to Discuss Future of Golden Hill

One execellent resource on county-wide issues is the work of the League of Women Voters. Of note is a consensus committee charged with determing the future of the Golden Hill facility here in Kingston. On April 18, the league is holding a meeting at the Port Ewen Library regarding the facility.

“The Mid-Hudson League of Women Voters will present a program in order to come to consensus on the future of the Golden Hill Health Related Facility in Ulster County,” the League says on its website. “It will include an overview of our study and the pros and cons of the consensus questions will be discussed.” For detailed information about the league, see its website and calender, here.


Lessons in Civil Disobedience

dsc_0022Over 200 Kingston High School students walked off campus and gathered on the sidewalk at City Hall about 11 a.m. today to protest the school’s pending “closed campus” proposal. One student said she wasn’t sure who had organized the walkout, but said school officials had warned students earlier in the day that they would be suspend any student who participated in the walk out. Continue reading


Such a Sap

dsc_0182My wife Nell and our daughter Marina recently spent a cool March Sunday boiling down five gallons of maple water into three, small jars of the best maple syrup I’ve tasted in some time. The sap was tapped at our friend Jeff Parker’s house in Hurley.

Nell boiled the sap water on a hot wood fire in our backyard, for several hours. Nell and Marina said it was well worth the time.

— Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Ward 1 Sets Meeting Date

Maria Loeffel, who runs the Ward 1 Yahoo! Group has set March 31 for the group’s first community meeting. The event will be at the Kingston Library, and runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Alberman Al Teetsel and Rebecca Martin will be there.

“In regards to Neighborhood Watch, Mr. Teetsel will have information on any criminal activities that have accorded recently in our ward and Rebecca Martin will discuss community involvement in regards to Government and Community outreach,” Maria wrote on her post in the discussion group. For more information about the group, see the discussion page here.

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Forbes Cites Kingston as Top Place for Small Biz

Check this post from, which cites a Forbes story rating Kingston number 90 on a list of the top places for small business and career. Go K-town!

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What Worries Us

According to this article today, the Kingston Planning Board is set to vote on April 13 on the environmental findings statement for AVR’s Hudson Landing project, which is on the site of the Tilcon property. This would be the last step for the project to move forward. This project has been years in the making, and involved many reviews and hearings. Continue reading

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City Gardens Projects Sows Seeds

dec08-0341Check out this item on the Kingston Land Trust website involving the City Gardens projects, volunteers and kids from the Kingston Boys and Girls Club.

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Leafed Alone

Spring Lettuce

Spring Lettuce

While clearing the garden for spring today, I found a nice surprise hidden under fallen stalks of squash and tomato: new lettuce sprouting up. What a comfort. The lettuce was planted last year by my wife, Nell, who let the plant go to seed late in the season in the hopes it would return. And yes, nature found a way.

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