County Legislature backs state bills to aid EMS crisis

CATSKILL– The Greene County Legislature passed a resolution Wednesday urging the state Legislature to pass a collection of bills to address a number of issues plaguing emergency medical service providers.

The county Legislature’s Health Services Committee moved a resolution at its May 1 meeting to the Legislature’s Finance Committee asking state lawmakers to move a package of bills to strengthen emergency medical services across the state.

Legislator Thomas Hobart, R-Coxsackie, brought the mot

Planned dispensaries collide at board meeting

CATSKILL — A cannabis dispensary site plan application presented at Monday’s village Planning Board meeting has run into some opposition from a representative from a previously board-approved cannabis dispensary site.

In January, the board approved its first cannabis dispensary site plan for Catskill Roots, at 79-81 Maple Ave.

Catskill Cannabis NY LLC, presented its site plan application to the board Monday for a cannabis dispensary at Beer World, 170 W. Bridge St.

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New Little League field plan

WINDHAM — The Town Board came under fire at its meeting Wednesday over its proposal to move the municipal Little League Baseball field from its South Street site to a location adjacent to the Windham Path.

“The town owns just under 70 acres of land over where The Windham Path is,” Town Supervisor Thomas Hoyt said. “No one is going to dispute that it’s a godsend to the town. We drafted a plan to put it to one side to make no visual impact to it and to not touch the path itself.”

The plan calls

Outlook 2024: Growth at Ghent's Art Omi starts with Ruth Adams

GHENT - When Art Omi opened in 1992, it was a simple park with no entrance or staff. At the time, it was used as an international residency program, inviting artists from around the world to come and practice their craft.

If local residents knew about it, they knew about it.

It wasn’t until 10 years later, when Ruth Adams joined as manager of artist residency, that the Columbia County arts center grew into something more.

Cheers! Breweries and brew festivals across the state are on the rise

Emily Sorokes never wanted to book trips in New York state, let alone near Buffalo.

“But thanks to my love for beer, that’s changing,” the Buffalo Beer Influencer said.

Brewery culture is bringing out a different side to cities close by, prompting Sorokes to travel around to see what’s in the area — like brew festivals where beer lovers walk around with 3-oz. glasses in one hand and pretzel necklaces in the other (for a snack).

New York State is home to more than 500 breweries, making it the

CNY food scene pays the high price of inflation

At Goodies Mediterranean Grill and Cuisine, owner Chucri Ayoub has had the same prices for 13 years: $4 for Tabouli salad, $5 for Spinach pie, $6 for vegetarian Grape leaves and $7 for hummus and pita. But now the ingredients cost more.

“See this Tabouli salad, the prices for everything in it went up,” he said. “Parsley went up, tomatoes went up, onions went up, and the cost (to make) is almost so close to the $4 I sell it at so I keep it at $4 and my customers love that.” If he were to raise t

Syracuse Poster Project unveils 10 new poem-inspired artworks downtown

For 21 years, the Syracuse Poster Project has brought art and poetry to the streets of Syracuse. Now in its 22nd year, a crop of new posters brings an expression of friendship to the downtown community.

The nonprofit project started in 2001 after the city poster panels on Salina and Warren Streets fell into disuse. Artists are asked to design posters that illustrate a poem written by a local resident. The top 10 posters are chosen to decorate 10 poster panels throughout downtown Syracuse and an

Things to do in Upstate NY on rainy days: Museums, aquariums, indoor waterparks and more

Spring has arrived in Upstate New York and the rainy days have already started. While there is plenty to do during the springtime, rain can put a halt on outdoor plans. Fortunately, Upstate NY has a variety of fun and educational activities for families to do, ranging from museums, aquariums, underground caves and even indoor waterparks. Each excursion, different in their own way, offers something for everyone in the family while still being accessible for young children.

There are museums that

Kelsea Ballerini drops her latest EP, "Rolling Up the Welcome Mat"

Country music is all about speaking your truth. It’s also about storytelling. In her recent surprise EP and short film, Rolling Up the Welcome Mat, released on February 14, Kelsea Ballerini tells her truth and the story of her recent divorce with country artist, Morgan Evans.

Ballerini released her debut album in 2015. In September 2022, she released her fifth studio album, Subject to Change, an album about being positive about new changes in her life, while going through a public divorce. But