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Hillrock Distillery employee Parker Haight helped capture a lost white homing pigeon who had landed at the Ancramdale distillery on Poole Drive on Monday, July 19. Distillery owner Jeffrey Baker contacted Ancram town Supervisor Art Bassin and the three worked together to reunite the bird with the memorial’s organizer, Les McCarthy. Photo submitted

Lost pigeon who lands in Ancram helped home

ANCRAM — Lost critter guardian angel and Ancram town Supervisor Art Bassin has done it again. Bassin used his well-known email network to re-unite a beautiful white bird with her family of homing pigeons from across the Hudson River, at the Maple Ridge Bruderhof Community in Ulster Park.  


Locally grown sweet corn is showing up at area markets. Paley’s in Sharon, expects to have its own farm-grown corn by this weekend. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

A great year for corn — but for tomatoes, maybe not so much

In the Northwest Corner, the arrival of sweet corn from local farms is as big a story as, say, the arrival of the nouveau beaujolais is to French winemakers or the debut of a new blockbuster film is to Hollywood.


From left, Wassaic residents Soloman and Rebekah Chapman brought Rebekah’s parents, Patricia and Dave Martineau, to the new mini-golf course at Kelly’s Creamery on Route 22 in Dover Plains for a friendly round of put-put. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Kelly’s Creamery aces summertime fun with new mini-golf course

DOVER PLAINS — On top of savoring a frozen sweet treat from the creamery on a sweltering summer day and grabbing a tasty bite from the food truck next door, customers can delight in 18 holes of “put-put” now that a new mini-golf course has been installed at Kelly’s Creamery in Dover Plains.


The Boston Corner farm owned by Anthony Palumbo in the town of Ancram has been farmed for more than 100 years, the last 20 by farmer John Langdon.
A knoll on the farm is now the subject of a controversial excavation application before the Ancram Planning Board. Photo by Norman Osofsky

Will excavation at Boston Corner farm jeopardize viewshed?

BOSTON CORNER — According to www.worldatlas.com, the difference between a knoll and a hill is that “knolls are generally secluded and smaller in size than hills.” The British term “knoll” typically refers to “an ordinary hill” that is comparatively “tiny in size” and “characterized by a round top,” added t

Cricket Valley partners with GE to convert to green hydrogen fuel

DOVER PLAINS — Several months since the controversial Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) last made headlines, the Dover Plains natural gas power plant announced on Thursday, July 15, that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with General Electric (GE), to help reduce carbon emissions at CVEC’s combined cycle power plant by converti

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