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Federal Ruling in Louisiana In Favor of Second-Home Owners Spurs Rewrite of Rhinebeck’s Proposed Short-Term Rental Law


A federal appeals court ruling on a short-term rental (STR) law in Louisiana is already reverberating in Rhinebeck,  prompting the Town Board to abandon a key provision in its proposed STR law that would eliminate STR opportunities for second-home owners. The Louisiana court decided on Aug. 22 that the practice of mandating that STR operators only rent out rooms from […]

Surge in Noise Complaints Prompts Tivoli to Hire Dedicated Red Hook Police Patrol Several Times Per Week


A surge in noise complaints has prompted the Tivoli Board of Trustees to hire the Red Hook Police Department to patrol the village several times each week. The extra patrols will be in addition to police patrols the village already receives from Dutchess County sheriff’s deputies. Village officials said some of the noise is coming from house parties thrown by […]

“Our Home is a Paradise in Hell,” Our Ukrainian Correspondent Declares, as He Contemplates Life Without Electricity


Editor’s Note: Russian president Vladimir Putin said this week that he will send 300,000 more troops to fight in Ukraine. As new Russian forces advance to within 18 miles of his home city of Kramatorsk, our Ukrainian correspondent, Pavel Kuljuk, has a crippling new worry. His latest report follows. Listen to NPR broadcasts about how The Daily Catch connected, and nurtured a […]

Outpouring of Grief as Rhinebeck Village Prepares to Cut Down Sickly Norway Maple Trees Along Montgomery Street


Two dozen beloved Norway maples, which have shaded the sidewalks and defined the canopy along Montgomery Street in Rhinebeck Village for half a century, will be cut down next month. In their place, 35 new trees of a dozen different species will be planted.   At a public meeting Tuesday night, the Village Board of Trustees approved a proposal from Rhinebeck’s […]

Researching Red Hook Home and Business Histories Just Got A Little Easier with $16,000 Grant for “StoryStudio”


Historic Red Hook’s StoryStudio, a facility for citizen research on family, home and business histories, has moved one step closer to completion with a $16,000 grant from Dutchess County. The late 19th-century building that will house StoryStudio is located just east of the Elmendorph Inn on Cherry Street. It will be outfitted in several months with movable shelving to make […]

“So Much I Didn’t Know”: Tivoli’s Sarah Botstein Details Her Directorial Debut on Ken Burns’ New Holocaust Docu-series


When Sarah Botstein, a film producer and the daughter of Bard College President Leon Botstein, embarked on a seven-year Ken Burns documentary on the U.S. response to the Holocaust, she did not expect to be amazed. But the discoveries of new information and the debunking of long-held myths came fast.  “I was honestly surprised at how much I didn’t know,” […]

“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 […]

In New 19th Congressional District, Abortion and Inflation Animate a Very Tight Race Between Riley and Molinaro


Following Pat Ryan’s surprise victory over Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro in the special election for New York’s 19th district last month, the district is back up for grabs this November. But the boundaries, and candidates, have changed.  Ryan has opted to run in the new 18th district, which includes Red Hook and Rhinebeck, in November, while Molinaro is […]


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