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Memorial Service to remember those lost during the pandemic

Over the last year and a half, people have lost loved ones, not only from COVID but many other illnesses and accidents. They were denied the opportunity to grieve in the communal ways that we use to help us get through these difficult times. To acknowledge this, the Town will be hosting a “Memorial Service for Those Lost during the Pandemic.” On Saturday, September 18 (rain date September 19), Cluett Schantz Park will be open, and the public is welcome to bring written remembrances and photos

Drag racing plan upsets neighbors

A proposed drag strip in the Town of Plattekill has upset residents who have expressed concerns over house value depreciation and noise ordinances. On March 12, 2019, Anthony Dirago and Tina Bucci proposed an application for a drag strip with car shows and related activities, and was presented under a Special-Use Permit for Outdoor Recreation and Amusement. Dirago and Bucci own property off of Freetown Road and had purchased adjoining lots to the north, and are hoping to place the 660 by 30 ft

Deputy Mayor Tobin Not Seeking Reelection

KT Tobin, Deputy Mayor of the Village of New Paltz, has announced that she will not be running for reelection in the 2021 cycle. Tobin is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz where she received her sociology degree in 1992, she holds an M.S. degree in social research from CUNY Hunter College and obtained a Ph.D. in sociology from SUNY Albany. Previously, she served as the New Paltz School Board Vice President from 2009 to 2012 and was a member of the Village of New Paltz’s Affordable Housing Board. “I

Huskies fall to Rondout in opener

On Dec. 6 the Highland High School varsity boys’ basketball team fell 65-55 against division-opponent Rondout Valley in their home-opener. Starting for the Huskies were seniors Dontay Baker and Nick Ferdico, and juniors Zackary Angelone, Alijah Hollingsworth and Ethan Thompson. For the Ganders, seniors Marcus Ford, Jack Arnold and Rasheen Smith were announced, followed by junior Hayden Mutz and sophomore Aaron Coston. Within their division, Highland competes against Marlboro, Red Hook and Rond

Highland wrestlers victorious in dual meet

The Highland High School varsity boys wrestling team returned to their home mat this past Thursday in a victorious dual-meet featuring Fallsburg and Rondout Valley. The Huskies began the meet against non-league opponents, the Fallsburg Comets, defeating them 48-22. For both teams, both the 99 and 106 weight classes had no wrestlers, forcing a no contest. Fallsburg was forced to forfeit the 113, 120 and 126 classes. Before any wrestling took place, Highland was in the lead 18-0. In the 132 clas

Highland girls suffer 8th loss

The Highland High School varsity girls basketball team took a tough loss from the Red Hook Raiders this past Friday, sinking them deeper into their losing record. Starting for the Raiders were eighth graders Liv Christensen and Katie Boyd, along with sophomores McKenzie Simmons, Kayla Dykas and Morgan Tompkins. The Huskies introduced an older lineup other than freshman Katie Dauenheimer, putting juniors Adrianna Scalo, Kayleigh Kaplan, Icis Roman and Dehanna Stevens on the court. The Raiders w

Lady Huskies fall to Rondout

The Highland High School varsity girls basketball team went up against Rondout Valley this past Friday, losing 48-34. The Huskies introduced their usual starters: freshman Katie Dauenheimer and Emma Thompson, and juniors Adrianna Scalo, Icis Roman and Dehana Stevens. For the Ganders, sophomores Magnolia Flamhaft and Azure Jones hit the court, with seniors Darrian Slater, Bella Ruzzi and Lena Frumenti. Rondout earned possession immediately at tip-off, after a jump ball center court set the scen

Dukes trounce Huskies 74-48

On Jan. 14, the Highland Huskies and the Marlboro Dukes boy’s basketball teams went head-to-head in a divisional matchup. Starting for Marlboro were sophomores Korbyn Samuels at guard, Matt Drake at point guard and Collin Casey at guard, junior Alex Grzechowski at guard and senior CJ Faircloth in the forward position. For Highland, juniors Nick Ferdico and Deryk Barrywere at guard, juniors Zackary Angelone and Ethan Thompson started at forward, with senior Dontay Baker at guard. Faircloth, a t

Panthers outlast Highland girls 52-32

With two buzzer beaters and a high intensity crowd, the atmosphere of the Wallkill High School gym was hard to ignore. It was the Wallkill Panthers’ senior night, and they were up against the Highland High School Huskies for a league matchup. After a couple free throws to start the first quarter, Wallkill’s sophomore guard Emma Schwarzbeck sunk a 3-pointer at 5:12 and added another two with a good jumper 29 seconds later. Senior forward and captain, Madison Dembroski, came around at 2:03 for a

Huskies finish 4th in Section 9 tournament

The Highland High School boys wrestling team visited Ulster County Community College this past weekend for the Section Nine Division Two Championships. In a day of intense emotions, the Huskies were up against tough wrestlers, but wouldn’t take losing lightly. The Highland Huskies started off the division two championships in the 106 lbs division. Jack Vett was up for Highland, competing against Alyssa Reed. Reed pinned Vett 1:37 into the third period of the match, pushing Vett down to the cons

Highland’s bowlers complete successful campaign

While the COVID-19 outbreak shortened their post season, Highland’s bowling team had much to celebrate this past season. Overall, the girls team finished their regular season with a 9-5 record, while the boys finished their campaign 11-3. Coach Peter Foreman’s squad placed eight players on the Section 9 All Star team, that, unfortunately, never had the opportunity to compete in state competition. “While only losing one non-starter to graduation, the Highland boys bowling team is hoping to retu

Senior hours

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has explained that the most vulnerable populations are older people, people with asthma or HIV, and those at a higher risk of severe illness. For these high-risk groups, the idea of leaving one’s home to purchase necessities, such as groceries, has become a daunting task. The Highland Hannaford Supermarket has been offering senior hours for people 60 and over, as well as the high-risk populations as defined by th

Senior athletes reflect on a lost season

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, varsity senior athletes across the United States have basically lost their spring season, although hopes for an extended season are high. For Highland High School seniors, this loss of their final moments at their hometown fields hit home. Scott Marsh, senior baseball player at Highland, reflects on this tough time. What was the beginning of your season like, before COVID-19? When we had our first day of practice, it was an amazing feeling, being back out on the

A year of uncertainty

As 2020 has been a turbulent year of ups and down, the global pandemic in our midst has caused an upheaval of normal life. For two seniors from Marlboro, COVID-19 has led to a change in perspective. Confusion runs through both Madi Ross, a SUNY New Paltz fourth-year international relations major, and Thomas McLaughlin, a fourth-year textile and surface design major from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). “I don’t think anybody is 100 percent ready to move into their field, and for thos

Bad news for athletic clubs: they remain closed in Phase 4

Gyms in the Mid-Hudson region have been patiently waiting since March 16 to open their doors to members. On June 24, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that fitness centers, originally included in the Phase Four re-opening plan, would remain closed until further notice, sharing no reasoning behind the decision. The Hudson Valley is currently in Phase 3 of the State’s reopening plan. Phase Four, which will include higher education, low risk indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment and media p

Friends Corner opens in Highland

On Aug. 1, Friend’s Corner Tea and Snack Bar opened their doors at 6 Main St. to people in the Highland community offering refreshing Asian Culture. Sheryll Petilos Rincon, before coming up with the idea for Friend’s Corner with family friend Clariza Sidamon, owned and operated the Verlise Boutique, located at 8 Main St. for the past seven years. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Rincon had few visitors, and decided to open an Asian-Filipino grocery store. She moved her boutique to the back room, a

Baseball and BBQ go hand-in-hand in late summer

Best friends Leonard Aberman and Jeff Cohen decided three years ago that their routine of barbecuing food and talking about baseball may be something other people would enjoy. Soon, their podcast Baseball and BBQ was born. Over the years, the pair has expanded from their normal conversations to implementing interviews from authors who write about BBQ. Aberman explains that they will contact people through Twitter or Facebook to try and make contacts, while also attending different events (prior

Marlboro’s Snack Shack welcomes a new school year

When the COVID-19 pandemic swept across New York state in mid-March, the Marlboro School District realized students were in need of food. Soon enough, the Snack Shack was born. On September 8, the Snack Shack reopened their services to students, and to senior citizens throughout the community who are in crisis and need assistance getting food. “It is important for us to do something and help the community during these times,” said Food Services Director Fred Callo. “We did the same thing durin

Plattekill honors its Latin heritage

The Plattekill Historical Preservation Society recently unveiled a Historic Marker Sign in remembrance of “Las Villas,” a group of Spanish, Puerto Rican and other Latin summer resorts that provided culture and heightened the economy in Plattekill. “This is currently the only starred marker sign of its type in the town of Plattekill and may well be one of the few, if any, in the Hudson Valley that recognizes the contributions of Hispanics, to our history,” author of “Las Villas of Plattekill and

Plattekill ponders future of summer camp

This past Wednesday, the Plattekill Town Board met to discuss monthly planning and future policy necessities, but notably debated a hopeful summer camp and a newly signed legislation from Gov. Cuomo. Town Supervisor Joseph Croce opened the meeting with information regarding a recent accident involving a police vehicle. According to Croce, the officer swerved to avoid a deer, totaling their vehicle. The officer has since taken a defensive driving course which Croce said he urged the chief to mak
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