Volunteers

Volunteer Firefighters, Ambulance Workers Who Live in Red Hook Poised to Receive Property Tax Exemption Under New Law


Volunteer firefighters and ambulance drivers who live in Red Hook are poised to receive a 10 percent exemption on their town property bills next year. The proposal before the Red Hook Town Board would amend the town’s tax laws to allow volunteers who have worked for a fire or ambulance company for at least 3 years, including those outside of […]

Daily Catch Year-End Fundraising Campaign Generates $73,742 in Year-End Donations, Far Exceeding Estimates

The Daily Catch announced that its first year-end fundraiser surpassed the newspaper’s most ambitious targets, attracting 308 donors who collectively contributed $73,742 to the paper’s 2023 budget. The honor roll of all donors is available here. The paper expects the gifts to generate $18,000 in matching funds from the Institute for Non-Profit News, a national supporter of independent journalism. The […]

With Children’s Concerns Top of Mind, Kiwanis International Adds a Chapter Based in Red Hook


When Red Hook local and Bard alumna Lori Ann Santamaria stumbled on a Facebook post in early spring 2022 recruiting members for a new chapter of Kiwanis International, she almost scrolled past it. But curiosity got the best of her and she started digging. Kiwanis was committed, she learned, to initiatives for children, a mission she endorsed. And as a […]

Fall Decor Vignettes Gracing Red Hook Village, the Handiwork of Old Dutch Village Garden Club, Soon to Be Packed Up


A bouquet of sunflowers sits atop two stacks of hay. A hand-painted sign points the way to Hardeman Orchards. Two scarecrows seem to be discussing the weather. These fall decorations, which have graced the Village of Red Hook since mid-September, will come down next week but not before the Old Dutch Village Garden Club sheds a tear of relief, and […]

Ascienzo Family Foundation, Noting the Crucial Educational Role Played by Local Journalism, Announces $7,500 Grant to The Daily Catch

The Daily Catch has received a commitment for a $7,500 grant from the Ascienzo Family Foundation (AFF), known for its crucial support of education projects in the Red Hook community. AFF also supports nonprofit organizations engaged in social justice initiatives and community health and well-being, including poverty alleviation, and services for the elderly. In announcing the gift, Nick Ascienzo said […]

“What Do You Love About Red Hook?” Magical Views, Tight Community, Delicious Eggplant Among Hardscrabble Attendees’ Answers


Beautiful views. Tight community. Generous spirit. Home-grown eggplant! Those are among the reasons old-timers and newcomers alike offer for their appreciation of Red Hook, the place they call home. The Daily Catch fanned out at Hardscrabble Saturday to chat with more than three dozen men, women, teens, and kids. “What do you love about Red Hook?” we asked. “It’s just […]

Red Hook Responds’ New $125,000 Mobile Food Kitchen Makes its Debut, Will Provide Meals In Emergencies


Red Hook Responds (RHR) has a powerful new weapon in its attack on food insecurity in Northern Dutchess County. This weekend, it unveiled a shiny new mobile kitchen, from which volunteers prepared cornbread, mac and cheese, coleslaw and other delights to serve up to hungry Hardscrabble Day festival-goers and attendees at a Neighbors Night celebration Friday evening.  “We now can […]

At Today’s Hardscrabble, Festival-Goers Welcome a True Return to Neighborly Normal As Pandemic Fears Wane


Residents, bakers, schoolteachers, craftsmen, merchants, musicians, teenagers and toddlers gathered today in the Village’s Four Corners to celebrate Hardscrabble Day, a beloved Red Hook tradition first launched in 1976. After a tepid return last year following the height of the pandemic, today’s Hardscrabble, with the benefit of low humidity, low 70s temperatures, and gentle cloudy skies, felt like the real […]

After Iron Man Accomplishment, Red Hook’s Enrique Flores Hand-Delivers Check to San Salvador Orphanage


There’s nothing like a local gift delivered by hand. Red Hook’s first Iron Man triathlete, Enrique Flores, went one better: traveling from the Hudson Valley to San Salvador last Friday to hand off $4,550 in donations to the orphanage for which he raced in late July. “It’s hard to convey how moving and meaningful it was to be there,” Flores, […]

Red Hook Community Center Gala, with Band and Luxe Raffle, Returns Saturday, Sept. 24 After 3-Year Covid Hiatus


The Red Hook Community Center’s Gala returns Sept. 24 after a three-year hiatus induced by the Covid pandemic. The theme of the event is “Better Together,” with entertainment provided by local musicians, virtually all of the food supplied by local farmers, and the majority of raffle and silent auction items donated by local businesses. Community members have three ways to […]


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