Local History

Twenty Entities Own One-Third of the Land in Red Hook, Daily Catch Analysis Finds


Who owns the land in Red Hook? At the dawn of the new year, the 20 largest landholders – New York State, Bard College, Farmer Ken Migliorelli, Town Supervisor Robert McKeon and 16 others – own 6,949 acres, or 32 percent, of the town’s 21,435 acres, a detailed analysis by The Daily Catch has found.  Other large landowners include the […]

From a Box to a Book: Sarah K. Hermans Unearths the Northern Dutchess Stories In a Rare 1903 Quilt


When the square cardboard box containing the carefully folded muslin fabric passed down to her in 2010, Sarah K. Hermans had no inkling of the project that lay before her. The material was yellowed and stained. She detected quilt pieces, assembled with finely detailed “turkey red” stitchwork. But the quilt, homely in presentation, was unfinished. And what of all the […]

Red Hook Library Turns An Exciting Page With $200,000 County Grant for New Roof


Ask the patrons of the Red Hook Public Library what goes on inside the octagonal building on South Broadway, and all sorts of responses come forth. Homework in the community room. Friday meetings for adults with disabilities. Novella plot twists at book clubs. Teen Takeovers and cookie baking on Sunday afternoons. The doll loan program for kids. Learning Mandarin Chinese. […]

Tivoli Fire Department Receives $250,000 Matching Gift Promise from Bard College for $3-Million Firehouse Addition


The Tivoli Fire Company’s plans for a $3-million firehouse expansion moved closer to reality this week with a $250,000 matching gift commitment from Bard College. With the Bard gift, the project has already raised close to $500,000 of $1 million in private funds needed. The project expects to obtain the balance of $2 million in government funds from the Village […]

From Her Magic Perch on Rokeby Road, Jeanne Fleming Plans the Return of Sinterklaas


Jeanne Fleming rummages past scissors, loose tea bags, costume jewelry, rolls of tape, pens, and tiny ceramic elephants, trying to find a particular trinket in her desk drawer. “It must be in here somewhere,” she murmurs. At 75, the puppeteer and professional pageant organizer refuses to slow down. Fleming returns to her dairy cottage on the Rokeby estate in Barrytown, […]


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