BIKE FEST! @ the Town of Ulster Library, Saturday, July 21st, 11- 2 pm


Book Talk with Local Author Janet Johnson Schliff July 23rd at 5:30 PM

Book Talk with Local Author Janet Johnson Schliff
July 23rd at 5:30 PM

How Do You Rewrite Your Life’s Script after You’ve Suffered a Massive Brain Tumor? Janet Johnson Schliff was an award-winning special education teacher for 25 years. But, as her abilities began to fade away with no medical explanation, she suffered from obsessive- compulsive disorder (OCD) behaviors that wreaked havoc on her much-loved teaching career.

A massive brain tumor was discovered, and finally, after brain surgery, the odd behaviors it caused that had ruled her life for years were gone, only to be replaced by a different set of life-long challenges due to her injured brain. Her story will inspire and inform her readers.

Janet holds degrees in special education and education. Her main reasons for writing this book are to try to help other families that have experienced brain injury, a difficult challenge that changes the lives of everyone involved, and to help the community at large understand people with disabilities better. Many of her doctors and therapists are surprised at how well she manages life’s difficulties. A Hudson Valley native, Janet grew up and lived in Red Hook and Rhinebeck and now lives with her Puggle, Happy, in Lake Katrine, NY

Read the article in the Daily Freeman here

MOBILE DISTRICT OFFICE: Wednesday, July 18th  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Wednesday, July 18th 

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Town of Ulster Public Library

A representative will be at the library to greet members of the community, answer questions and or provide information and discuss any concerns of constituents of the 103rd Assembly District.

How to Fact Check! Part 2

Okay, so you’ve got some reliable websites from which you can check claims, but those sites have a LOT of information. How do you find exactly what you’re looking for?

Popular search engines like Google or Bing allow you to search specific terms within websites, cutting right to the relevant fact checking sources.

For example, if you want to see whether that recent bear attack picture that went viral has any shred of truth to it, you might type “bear attack ” to go right to results from Snopes.

You can even search through multiple fact-checking sites at once! Just separate them with an “OR” boolean marker and watch the results come in. For example, if you typed in “wild claim OR,” you will only turn up articles on the wild claim from either Snopes or Politifact.

No more looking through dozens of bogus results or articles talking about the picture or headline in question. Try it out!

SEED SONG FARM POP-UP FARM STAND, Saturday, July 14th, 12-3pm



Saturday, July 14, 2018

12:00 pm – 3 pm

Stop by for delicious locally grown vegetables, information on the farm and look over books about gardens and farming!

How to Fact Check! Part 1

Sometimes, when reading the news, it’s hard to tell the truth from the chaff. Whenever you read something that sounds suspect, make sure to run them through some of these non-partisan fact-checking sources.– The original fact-checking website. They have a huge database of articles checking the objectivity of everything from news to urban legends.– Home of the “Truth-O-Meter,” this site rates the statements of politicians on a sliding scale, backed up with credible sources.– Run by the Annenburg Public Policy Center, Factcheck aims to provide factual information in order “to give citizens the information they need to govern themselves in a democracy.”

Washington Post Fact Checker– Home of the “Pinocchio test,” the Washington Post Fact Checker rates politicians’ claims on a scale of one to five, based on truthfulness.

Remember to fact check before you share!

American Panorama

Do you love maps? Are you a history buff looking to increase your pool of knowledge?

American Panorama is a project created by the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond to explore the history of the United States in an engaging 21-century context. According to the website, “American Panorama is an historical atlas of the United States for the twenty-first century. It combines cutting-edge research with innovative interactive mapping techniques, designed to appeal to anyone with an interest in American history or a love of maps.”

Essentially, it’s a service that allows you to view a ton of American historical data using interactive maps. You can get a broad view of the situations depicted, but the maps also allow you to zoom in, literally bringing you closer to the history. As you hone in on more specific parts of the map, the data itself becomes more localized, granting a personal touch to historical data only possible in the 21 century.

A world of discovery awaits right beneath the one we all know and love. Go discover it!

Hiking in the Hudson Valley, Part 2: Topo Maps+! *Updated 6/22/18*

screenshot of appSo you’ve caught the hiking bug, but you need guides you can take with you on the trails. Luckily, there are plenty of apps to help you do just that!

Topo Maps+ is one such option. Topo Maps+ is a service that allows you to look through and download topographic maps so they can be available even when there’s no data available. In addition, you can record the routes you walk, creating a personalized map of your favorite hiking or walking trails. It’s a great way to check the terrain you’re going to walk on, and create a personalized path through your favorite hiking spots. It even comes with a built-in compass! You don’t need to worry about getting lost.

You can download the Topo Maps+ app for free on your smartphone or tablet.

Hiking in the Hudson Valley, Part 1

The sun is (finally) shining on New York! It’s a perfect time to get out there and explore the natural wonders available in the Hudson Valley.

Hikethehudsonvalley is a website set up to provide an informative, casual hiking guide to more than 70 hikes available in the Hudson Valley. Each of the hikes has rankings based on both beauty and difficulty, as well as tons of pictures taken along the trail so you can judge for yourself. There’s a bunch of other information as well: the website provides the length of the hike, elevation, approximate time it takes to be completed, a trail guide and more!

Get out there and explore!

an image of a man with his child at the top of a hiking trail

How to Find and Compare Colleges


Are you lost looking for colleges? Running around to different websites? Trudging through an enormous directory?


College Scorecard is a service provided by the Department of Education that allows you to look up the important statistics of colleges in the United States. With it, you can:

  • See schools’ average annual cost, graduation rate, salary after attending, financial aid/debt, graduation/retention, location, student body, academic programs
  • Search for schools by program, location, size, public/private, and/or name
  • Choose schools to compare against each other
  • Filter results by average annual cost, graduation rate, salary after attending
  • Share findings via email, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn