Kingston City Hall Victory Garden Square Foot Garden Presentation Educational For All Ages.

City Farmer Jesica Clark works the soil while the children look on.

 

The Kingston City Hall Victory Garden presented by the Kingston Land Trust and City of Kingston Clerks office offered its annual Square Foot Garden presentation on Saturday, April 28th with City Farmer and Founder of the South Pine Street City Farm Jesica Clark.

Originally set to occur on Earth Day, April 22nd – the event was moved to its rain date due to poor weather.

A group of City Hall employees, children and residents came together to help turn the soil and add new plants that included herbs, lettuces and collards this season. The garden, in it’s fourth year, will be stewarded by City Hall employees. Their harvest will be donated to a local soup kitchen.

The garden was launched on Earth Day in 2009 and serves as an educational garden and token project to show the city of Kingston’s support of gardens citywide.

Director of Community Development Jennifer Fuentes and her son Ezra and friend help to plant out the Garden.

KLT Executive Director Rebecca Martin holds larva that was found deep in the soil with son Charlie Grenadier and friend Nathaniel Berky.

Nancy Gallo, Mayor Shayne Gallo's mother, in attendance. That's City of Kingston Clerk Carly Williams daughter (far right) providing helping hands!

The children are fascinated with the garden.

The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee Organize Successful “Kingston Link Trail” Clean-Up

Members of the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee 'chip' away one section at a time (photo by Andi Turco-Levin)

 

The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee organized a successful clean-up of the “Kingston Link Trail” located off of Washington Avenue in Uptown, Kingston. New and old faces of over 50 rail trail enthusiasts came to support the effort as part of the 3rd annual Kingston Clean Sweep organized by the Friends of Historic Kingston and the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department.

Special thanks to all of our partners and sponsors, the KLT RTC Trail Keepers and Outreach and Subcommittee, the Church Communities, Hannafords, City of Kingston, Friends of Historic Kingston and most of all, to our hard working volunteers.

The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee now coming into its second year has 24 members and three subcommittees. If you’re interested in joining us, contact kingstonlandtrust@gmail.com to be directed to the appropriate place.

The next KLT Rail Trail Committee Rail Trail clean-up event will take place on June 2nd as part of National Trails Day. Join us back downtown to work on the Kingston Point Rail Trail. More details shortly.

 

KLT RTC Trail Keeper Co-Chair Katie Scott-Childress helps to lead the way.

The Church Communities lends a big hand.

Olivia and Sylvan keeping the front clear.

Part of the incredible crew at the Kingston Link Trail Clean-Sweep.

Cheryl Demuth lends a hand.

Kingston "Midtown Hub" concept connecting rail trails from the North, South, East (KPRT) and West into Midtown, Kingston.

Volunteers listen in. Thanks, Holiday Inn of Kingston for having us!

Gregg Swanzey, Chair of the Rail Trail Committee, leads a powerpoint discussion on rail trails in Kingston.

POTENTIAL RAIN DATE: Square Gardening Presentation at City Hall May Be Postponed.

The Kingston City Hall Victory Garden Square Foot Gardening Presentation plans potential rain date.  Rain is expected tomorrow and the  Kingston Land Trust is organizing a potential rain date for their Square Foot Gardening program hosted by the Kingston Land Trust, City of Kingston Clerks office and led by Farmer Jesica Clark of the South Pine Street City Farm that is scheduled for tomorrow, Earth Day (April 22nd) at 1:00pm.

For a light to medium rain, the program will continue as planned and guests are asked to bring umbrellas. A tent for cover will be provided.  If the rain fall is heavy, a rain date of SATRUDAY, APRIL 28th 2012 at 1:00pm is planned. To learn whether the event will be postponed or not, please visit www.kingstonlandtrust.org after 11:00am on 4/22/12.

If you wish to volunteer or would like further information on the garden or upcoming square foot garden presentation, please contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at kingstonlandtrust@gmail.com or call 845/877-LAND (5263) or 845/750-7295.

The Kingston Land Trust Welcomes its Newest Board Director Renno Budziak of the Town of Ulster.

The Kingston Land Trust Welcomes its Newest Board Director Renno Budziak of the Town of Ulster.   Mr. Budziak’s involvement and expertise is a step in representing the Town of Ulster in the Kingston Land Trust’s efforts to protect and preserve land in their mission area.

Kingston, NY–   The Kingston Land Trust is proud to announce the addition of Renno Budziak of the Town of Ulster to their Board of Directors. Mr. Budziak immigrated to this country with his parents and two older brothers in 1952 and settled and grew up in Newburgh, N.Y. Like his brothers, he pursued an Engineering career and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Trine University. He worked on an MBA degree with a concentration on New Product Venture Management at Syracuse University. He was hired as a new product design engineer by Ingersoll-Rand and as a result of a productive and successful design career, he became Manager of Engineering and was responsible for all Engineering related aspects and functions. He was issued a number of U.S. and international patents associated with his new product designs. After a seventeen year career with Ingersoll-Rand, he was recruited by Huck International where he was Vice President of Engineering. He is now enjoying an active retirement.

Beyond his career oriented responsibilities, Renno was and continues to be involved with a number of community related activities, some of which include: Former Board member of Sayre-Athens, Pa. Joint Sewer Authority; Former Board Chairman of Junior Achievement, an operational business simulation for high school students; Founding member and former Co-President of Rondout Rowing Club; Former member and Chairman of the Town of Ulster Planning Board; Former member of the Town of Ulster Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee; Current member of the Ulster County Planning Board and member of its Executive Committee and Task Force member of the Walkill Valley Rail Trail.

As the newest Board Director of the Kingston Land Trust, Renno is looking forward to collaboratively work with the Board in achieving the objectives of its stated mission and vision and thus through its actions, endeavor to improve the quality of life in our regional community.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director at 845/877-5263 or email kingstonlandtrust.org

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The Kingston Land Trust Reminds the Community of Upcoming Rail Trail Committee Clean-up and Welcomes New Sponsor P & T Surplus of Kingston.

The Kingston Land Trust and the KLT Rail Trail Committee welcomes new sponsor P & T Surplus.

The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee organizes cleanup of the Kingston Link Trail as part of Kingston Clean Sweep presented by the Friends of Historic Kingston and Kingston Parks and Recreation Department on Saturday, April 21st 2012 at 9:00am. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Super 8 Motel Parking Lot located at 487 Washington Avenue in Kingston at 8:30am to sign-in.

Kingston – The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee, with support from Ulster Savings Bank, the Holiday Inn and Super 8 Motel and sponsored by Central Hudson Gas and Electric and new sponsor P & T Surplus in Kingston, will participate in the 3rd annual Kingston Clean-Sweep, an event created by Friends of Historic Kingston and the City of Kingston’s Park and Recreation Department on Saturday, April 21st 2012. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8:30am for sign-up to begin trail work by 9:00am. Volunteers are invited to help clear the “Kingston Link Trail”, a section of the old O&W rail bed beginning at the Super 8 Motel at 487 Washington Avenue in Uptown Kingston, NY.

Volunteers should come prepared wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts, boots (since there are wet areas), gloves, and bug and tick guard. Participants are encouraged to bring their own shovels, loppers and rakes from home. The work will involve general cleanup and cutting and clearing brush.

Following the clean-up, all are invited to the Holiday Inn which is located near the rail trail entrance at 503 Washington Avenue from 12:30pm – 1:30pm for refreshments and a power point presentation by the Kingston Land Trust’s Rail Trail Committee. Participants are asked to register online by visiting: http://www.forsythnaturecenter.org/

If you would like to donate tools, funding, have employees interested in volunteering or for more general information contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at 845/877-5263 or kingstonlandtrust@gmail.com

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About Kingston Clean Sweep and Friends of Historic Kingston – In its third year, Kingston Clean Sweep is a program by the Friends of Historic Kingston in collaboration with the city of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department. www.fohk.org

About the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department – Led by Director Kevin Gilfeather, the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department oversees Kingston’s park system and organizes many programs for residents and tourists that include boating, kayaking, youth, adult and senior programs, environmental education, adult sports and more. www.kingston-ny.gov

About the Kingston Land Trust and the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee- The Kingston Land Trust is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of open space, historic sites, wetlands, scenic areas, and forests in the City of Kingston and the surrounding region to include the Town of Ulster and the Town of Kingston. The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail committee is dedicated to planning, development, utilization, and proper maintenance of rail trails and other non-motorized linkages in the City of Kingston. www.kingstonlandtrust.org

About Ulster Savings Bank – Ulster Savings Bank is a locally owned and operated bank, with locations throughout the Hudson Valley. Every year, Ulster Savings Bank supports hundreds of local organizations throughout our community, close to home.

About Central Hudson Gas and Electric – CH Energy Group has a long-standing tradition of good corporate citizenship and a strong commitment to environmental health and safety. The company and its employees work continually to improve the quality of life in the communities where we do business.

About P & T Surplus – P&D Surplus began doing business in 1964. In 1997 Tim Smythe Sr. and Tim Smythe Jr. purchased the company from the original P&T owners and began operating as P&T Surplus. Today, P&T Surplus still acquires surplus from IBM and many other companies and municipalities.

“Tillery” Featuring Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens to Perform a Benefit Concert for the Kingston Land Trust and GW Public Montessori School at the Falcon Arts in Marlboro, NY

Tillery that features Gretchen Parlato, Becca Stevens and Rebecca Martin perform at the Falcon in Marlboro in support of the Kingston Land Trust and the GW Elementary School Public Montessori Program.  This special evening will be held on Thursday, May 24th with doors at 5:30pm and concert time 7:00pm. A $30 suggested donation is requested and reservations are strongly recommended. 

New York –  TILLERY that features a collaboration of acclaimed singers and songwriters Gretchen Parlato, Becca Stevens and Rebecca Martin will be performing at the Falcon 1348 9W in Marlboro, NY on Thursday, May 24th.

The concert time is 7:00pm with a suggested donation of $30.00. Reservations are strongly recommended. All proceeds will be split between the Kingston Land Trust and the George Washington Elementary School, a public Montessori School in the Hudson Valley. Both function out of Kingston, NY.

“I am pleased to present our group in support of both the Kingston Land Trust and the GW Elementary School, one of only probably 200 public Montessori schools in the US and Canada,” says Rebecca Martin, who also is the Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust. “It will be a fantastic night of music and an important evening to contribute to two very fine programs.”

For directions and more information on the venue click on this LINK

To learn more about Tillery:  www.tillerygals.org

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About TILLERY    Tillery is a collaborative project created by Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens. Individually, they are three of New York’s most acclaimed and respected vocalists/songwriters. Together as Tillery, they’re a potent collective force that’s more than the sum of its already formidable parts.    The threesome’s seamless creative chemistry and organic personal rapport makes for a powerful collaboration that’s been wowing live audiences since the trio first joined forces in 2010. United equally by an abiding friendship and a mutual admiration for one another’s talents, Tillery finds these three unmistakable individuals converging into a distinctive and deeply compelling whole.

A Guide to Comprehensive Planning in Kingston, NY

Back in 2007, residents of Ward 9 in Kingston organized a presentation called ‘Comprehensive Planning 101’ given by county and city planners to encourage the city government and to help citizens to understand the importance of such a process.

Now in 2012 citizens will have the opportunity to participate in a citywide comprehensive plan.

We hope that you find the powerpoint from that time period useful as you consider the positive implications.  Dream big because now is the time.

 

Comp Planning Kingston

KLT Rail Trail Committee Profiles: The Great Allegheny Passage – Where Trail Development is Economic Development

As the Kingston Land Trust’s Rail Trail Committee works toward the creation of a network of rail trail connections within the City, examples of the benefits of urban trails abound.

The Kingston Land Trust’s Rail Trail Committee profiles successful urban trails that provide inspiration for Kingston.

A peaceful oasis, encounters with nature, a scenic stroll through the woods – these aren’t always the images that come to mind when you think of life in the City of Kingston. But why not? As the Kingston Land Trust’s Rail Trail Committee explores ways of connecting the community through linear parks and multi-use pathways, we’re gaining a new appreciation of all that a “rail trail” can be. We’ve learned that the idea of an urban rail trail isn’t unique. In fact, across the country, more and more cities are realizing the rewards that come from a strong network of trails and pathways. Why not Kingston, too?

From time to time, we’ll be collecting and sharing some examples of successful urban trails as a way of expanding our own horizons, and yours, too. These are the success-stories that our Rail Trail Committee turns to, time after time, as we reflect on our own goals. And they’re a living representation of the vision we have for Kingston that makes us excited for all that our community is and can be, with a little elbow grease and cooperation.

April 2012 Trail Profile

The Great Allegheny Passage- Where trail development is economic development

The Great Allegheny Passage is a combination of two railroads traveling 150 miles from Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MA, eventually connecting with the 184.5-mile C&O Canal Towpath at Cumberland, Maryland to create a 334.5-mile traffic and motorized vehicle-free route. The two railroads, the P&LE Railroad and the WM Railway were built between 1875 & 1912 to meet the transportation need of materials during the iron and steel industry. By 1991, both railroads were abandoned due to lack of use. The first purchase of railroad land was made in 1978 by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, on behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The original 26 miles of railroad was bought with the intention of developing a recreational trail, and the first 9 mi. of trail opened in 1986, running from Ohioply to Ramcat. At a Trail Summit in 1995, surrounding organizations joined together for the sole purpose of bringing their vision of a continuous rail-trail from Pittsburgh to Cumberland to fruition. To do this, they formed the Allegheny Trail Alliance. The trail’s extensive length, varied landscape from urban to mountains and lakes, bridges and campgrounds, attracts up to half a million annual visitors. Because of the large number of enthusiasts using the trail, adjoining villages have realized an obvious increase in sales and revenue, especially in outdoor related stores, restaurants, and hotels.

For more information about the Great Allegheny Passage, visit the GAP’s web site or check it out on Facebook.