Environment

Red Hook Moves One Step Closer to Becoming an Audubon Certified Sustainable Community


The Town of Red Hook, thanks to the ambitious work of more than a dozen residents, has moved one step closer to earning designation as a sustainable community by Audubon International. As part of the project, the Town on Saturday debuted an innovative project:  a small outdoor art gallery in a box near Key Bank in the village of Red […]

Forging Smooth Passage for Critters, DEC and Local Engineers To Study Culverts in Red Hook and Milan


Every day, a host of aquatic life, from eels to snapping turtles, passes through nearly 100 culverts or tunnels, running under roadways and bridges in Red Hook and Milan. But not all these passages allow for safe or smooth critter travel. Now, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), with help from local engineering firm Tighe and Bond, […]

What’s Behind That Sky Blue Van Roaming Our Roads? Hint: It’s Filled with Food Scraps 


A visitor’s first five minutes with Amelia Legare seem to harken to the ’60s. Here she is, talking about earthworms, bulk purchase of organic shampoo, and non-plastic alternatives to toothpaste. But it soon becomes clear Legare is not only an innovative and ambitious businesswoman; she is Northern Dutchess County’s next great hope to save the environment. Master gardener. Compost expert. […]

Trees Planted, Knives Sharpened, Gallons of Trash Collected as Red Hook Celebrates Earth Day Weekend


Eleven trees planted. A dozen knives sharpened. Gallons of trash collected and sorted. A bowling ball recovered. Earth Day events returned this weekend from a two-year Covid hiatus, concluding Sunday with Red Hook and Tivoli cleaner and greener. “I want to contribute to the wellness of our planet,” said Jeremy Croft as he, his wife Sara, and two children, Aiden, […]

Photo Gallery: Red Hook Earth Day Festivities, April 22-24, 2022

Red Hook Offers 14th Annual Town-Wide Clean-Up, Repair, and Recycling Events This Weekend


Red Hook is due for its annual spring cleaning, and three popular events that are part of “Red Hook Cleans Up” are back this year, several after a two-year Covid hiatus.  They include the Sunday afternoon trash clean-up on town roads and sidewalks, as well as two Saturday events: a repair cafe for electronics, bikes and more; and an electronic […]

Rock Ledge, Proposed 36-Condo Development for Rhinebeck, Faces Continued Scrutiny At Public Hearing


As the public hearing on a proposed 36 condo-community known as Rock Ledge continues into its tenth month, so too, does public criticism of the project, with residents last night raising complaints over everything from the size of the project to its potential impact on local roads and waterways.  At a Rhinebeck Planning Board meeting, held on Zoom, residents who […]

Days Before $27-Million School Bond Issue Vote, Questions Loom About Impact of Capital Plan on the Environment


Five days before a vote on a $21-million bond issue, one of the largest in the history of the Red Hook Central School District, one of the Town’s leading clean energy consultant volunteers has told the Board of Education he thinks key details of the proposal are not fleshed out sufficiently. Denis Collet, chair of Red Hook Town’s Energy Committee, […]

Two More Superfast, Generic Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Are Coming to Red Hook


Red Hook will receive $153,628 to install two fast-charge electric vehicle (EV) charging ports, among a new batch of New York State grants to municipalities.  The chargers will be the second and third superfast charging ports in the Red Hook community. A charger at CVS, with two ports, is also billed as high-speed, according to PlugShare, a web site that […]

In Holiday Gift, Construction On Sewer for Red Hook Village To Begin Just Before Christmas


Construction on the long-awaited sewer project for the Village of Red Hook is set to begin in mid-to-late December with a formal ceremonial groundbreaking to happen later, Village Mayor Karen Smythe told The Daily Catch today. The project will be an important test of Smythe’s leadership. She approached long-time mayor Ed Blundell about taking on the mayor’s job in April […]


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