Author: Kate Blessing

  • How to Risk Your Life Safely

    How to Risk Your Life Safely

    “If you don’t go in right, you could get severely hurt.  It’s not a sport for the faint of heart,” said Joe Sellars, 45, owner and founder of, a worldwide cliff-jumping database.  “You can die cliff jumping.” Leaping over jagged cliffs into the unknown waters below seems like cruel and unusual punishment, but, for a…

  • Flood Rains Havoc on New Paltz

    Flood Rains Havoc on New Paltz

    March rains brought on high water in New Paltz bringing the town to a standstill.  Photo essay by Laura Cerrone [nggallery id=28]

  • The Last Theatre

    The Last Theatre

    Nestled in the hills of the Hudson Valley is the town of Rosendale.  This seemingly sleepy town overflows with creative professionals that connect with its artsy independent vibe.  In the center of Main St. is the Rosendale Theatre, a cultural and economic hub for the town. Before the theatre opened its doors on February 18,…

  • Vassar Hosts Public Service Hopefuls

    Vassar Hosts Public Service Hopefuls

    Students interested in a job with the government should have been at Vassar this past Wednesday.  The Mid-Hudson Career Consortium held its first Government/Public Service Career Fair at Vassar College on Wednesday, March 2.  With 18 organizations spread over the military, various federal agencies and local and state governments registered for the event, organizer Susan…

  • Artists Showcase Talent at Snugs

    “Welcome to Snug Harbor, home of pirates, sailors, mercenaries and artists.”  A brilliant introduction to Wednesday nights on lower Main Street by a musician known as Road Kill Brother Number Three. Snug Harbor was packed Feb. 23 with artists and barflies alike at its first ever Drawing Night Art Show. Starting at 11 p.m. every Wednesday,…

  • Byer Brings Knowledge to New Paltz

      Since leaving Ulster County over 30 years ago, Renée Byer has become the senior photojournalist at the Sacramento Bee, won a Pulitzer Prize as well as a number of other awards. During the spring 2010 semester, journalism students at SUNY New Paltz will get the privilege of welcoming her back. Byer is returning east…