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The bathhouses

I have spent months studying and traveling to the ruins of the fortified hilltop villages of the vanished Celtiberians. One of the most interesting features of their culture and of life in their …

The Romans are coming!

Let’s say you were one of those Celts living in a Castro in a stone house, maybe built by your grandfather and your great uncle a couple hundred years before the Common Era, say 2,500 years …
It’s not that long ago, the Iron Age. Humans are among the youngest species on the planet. Aside from some butterflies, goatsbeard plants, and domesticated animals and plants, we are the …
With the help of my Portuguese friends, I was able to rediscover a fantastic piece of history, at least fantastic in the eyes of an aging stone mason, once a history major. Citania de Briteiros …
It’s not all drudgery and stone dust and swinging a hammer. For a quality stonemason it’s also planning, observation and research. I’ve been planning a little trip of this …
My friend Teddie and his wife Joan are just back from Vietnam. Whenever he returns from their travels, he has a stack of these newspapers, and he reads my columns right through. Teddie was a college …
Editorials
As we embark on National Library Week 2024, the theme “Ready, Set, Library!” encapsulates the essence of what libraries represent in our society – readiness, accessibility, and …
It’s 26 miles between Newburgh City Hall and the Mohonk Mountain House Resort and Spa. Driving time along the Thruway, with its tolls, is 34 minutes, but the elegant resort is a world away from …
Education is the cornerstone of any thriving society, and the allocation of state aid to education is a fundamental aspect of ensuring that all children receive the quality education they deserve. …
As the Town of Plattekill contemplates the construction of a massive 451,000-square-foot warehousing facility in its BD-60 zoning district, the call for a comprehensive investigation into the road …
Opinion
The Immigration Act of 1891 established the Office of Immigration to administer immigration affairs. It also appropriated money to build a new immigrant inspection station on Ellis …
The cost of congestion pricing will be borne by drivers also from New Jersey, Long Island, Staten Island, and Manhattan. Fee based financing places the fees on the users rather than the general …
In an act of unmitigated hypocrisy, during the past Holy Week, Donald Trump announced that he’s selling “Freedom Bibles”. Moreover, on his social media platform, he suggested …
People keep getting “URGENT NOTICE” letters saying that their car warranty expired, or it is about to expire. You are given a phone number to call. Nowhere on the letter is the name …
One in four New Yorkers is struggling to put food on their table. The New York State Department of Health released these figures in their January report on food insecurity. They are our family …
Fellow Residents of the Village Of Montgomery, thank you for having the trust in me to elect me as your new mayor. This village has enjoyed a good ride for several years under our past Mayor …
As we reflect, this week, on the anniversaries of two significant environmental disasters, the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in 1979 and the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, it’s crucial to …
Thank you for your piece celebrating the 20th anniversary of Village of New Paltz Mayor Emeritus Jason West’s performing the first same-sex marriages and the hard fight for LGBTQ+ rights. The …
I would like respond to the letter from Vincent Ferro who requests that we respect his religious views. Mr. Ferro, I would be happy to respect your views, but I respectfully ask that you respect …
Barely four months since thousands were spent for the city council to attend an unnecessary conference in Puerto Rico, and the Newburgh City Council has approved once again another resolution …
To preface my remarks, I must say,  that the staff at the Montgomery, NY post office and delivery, are the greatest! My wife’s birthday was on the 4th of the month and her friend in …
I am writing to express my concern as a New York State resident about the lack of funding for bottle redemption centers in the state budget. The Division of Budget and Budget Committee failed to …