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Pete Seeger joins effort to save University Settlement

This just in from Michelle Rhone-Collins, Executive Director of LionSun Creative Arts Camp: As you are aware, University Settlement Camp is seriously considering selling their 84 acre property located at the foot of Mount Beacon.  On Wednesday, August 2nd  from 7-9PM at Chthonic Clash Coffeehouse (453 Main Street, Beacon, NY), there will be a meeting […]

People Powered Plowing

This past Saturday the Stony Kill Foundation and the Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association sponsored a day of farming to remind us what life was like before there were tractors. It was quite a spectacle — I never knew mules were so huge. And apparently not so bright — but I guess you don’t have […]

City Wide Garage Sale May 13

The City of Beacon Recreation Department is organizing a city-wide yard sale for Saturday, May 13.  Organizers say this event will save people the hassle of setting up yardsales and publicizing on their own. It will also give shoppers the ability to see a wider variety of goods in one location. To participate in the […]

Kayaker hits snag in sea crossing

Looks like Beacon resident / sea kayaker Ray Fusco prepared for every contingency in his quest to paddle across the Adriatic Sea except small-minded bureaucrats. He sent this message to the Dispatch earlier this week… > I need the power of American Press.  The local> officials here have forbade us to attempt this trip> under […]

Petition seeks referendum on Hiddenbrooke

According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, a petition signed by more than 500 Beacon residents was delivered on January 10 seeking a public referendum before the city spends $1 million to preserve the 103-acre Hiddenbrooke property. The council is considering the petition and expects to take action next month.    Sphere: Related Content

City Council to vote tonight on open spaces

This from the Poughkeepsie Journal: The City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on a resolution that would enable it to borrow as much as $1 million to purchase and preserve undeveloped land in the city. The resolution does not identify any specific properties, though it comes amid some residents’ objections to a proposed residential […]

BACA helps light up Beacon for the holidays

The Beacon Arts Community Association (BACA) has been busy decorating Main Street with lights purchased with money from its Christmas in July fundraiser. The first new snowflake and garland was put up outside the Howland Cultural Center on Friday. Over the next few weeks,  8 more snowflakes and 90 more lighted garlands will be added […]

An hour (and a world) away

Living in Beacon you might not think spending a week’s vacation in the Catskills is anything special. But I’d have to disagree. We’ve been renting a house in Bearsville, just outside of Woodstock, for the past three years, and we just got back from our last trip. There’s something about the lack of wireless signals […]

Come sail away…

With apologies for the Styx reference, I must share the sailing experience I enjoyed today out on the Hudson. It was a perfect day for sailing, and my friend Curtis, who learned to sail with the Sloop Club, decided to go out at the last minute. The Sloop Club has a 20′ Balboa sailboat that […]

State lands off-limits for ATV riders

In today’s Poughkeepsie Journal, Hemmy So reports on that "the draft policy puts into writing what Department of Environmental Conservation officials and ATV riders have known for years: almost all state lands are off-limits for recreational ATV riders." As you would expect, the policy is unpopular with ATV riders, who have grown accustomed to using […]


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