In This Issue

Vigilance (a short story)

JD Charles • May 27th, 2016

VIGILANCE   *   My sister May was killed on her twenty eighth birthday on the eighth of May. Poetic and all, sure, but it’s my torture. A war I fight alone. I left the Catholic Church the day they did not bury her even after endless attempts to reveal the truth (they could have buried […]

The Chronicles of Jack Lightning

JD Charles • April 9th, 2016

Chapter One: Roshambo * The night winds down. The last of the bar patrons sip their vices as the Bartender casually checks his watch. 1:00 am. “Alright, everybody out!” “What about last call? I ain’t hear no bell.” “I’ll ring your neck for last call, get on home! All of ya!” The Bartender shuffles the […]

The Force Gets a Grip

Biff Thuringer • December 19th, 2015

So my wife and I and a few other intrepid chaperones took a passel of middle schoolers to the “galactic premiere” of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Thursday night. Since this was Poughkeepsie, the nationwide media blitzkrieg heralding the great event somehow failed to rouse the local proletariat into standing in a line for […]

Be True To Your School

Steve Hopkins • May 23rd, 2015
HM Arthur S May at night_0763

The Arthur S. May Elementary School in the tony Poughkeepsie suburb of Arlington was closed by the school district last year. It’s now for sale. Developers are salivating, most likely to tear the old building down and put up yet another CVS. But shouldn’t it, if possible, be given new life as a SCHOOL? The Chronic thinks so.

Wasted, Chapter 1: Emergency 911

This is Chapter 1 of Biff Thuringer's novel "Wasted," an angry thriller that tears the tumor-infested skin off of the toxic underbelly of the American Dream.

Biff Thuringer • September 10th, 2013

As much as she had been looking forward to it, Sheila McNally was mortified that her death was turning out to be such a public spectacle. She knew the entire Western world was watching on TV as she girded herself to go down in a slow-motion reverse mushroom cloud of twisted steel, plaster and burning […]

Music Is The Thing …

Steve Hopkins • April 17th, 2013
Biff Thuringer 2

As you may or may not have noticed, the Hudson Valley Chronic hasn’t been what you could call “active” for some time. I sincerely apologize for having let this experiment in regional journalism fall into a prolonged sleep, and confess that I don’t know at this point whether I have the passion to keep it […]

Lynn (Lyndsey) Watson, nee Hopkins

The official obituary of a great singer and spiritual leader with roots in the Hudson Valley

biffthuringer • December 20th, 2012

LYNN (LYNDSEY) H. WATSON, 62, of West Roxbury, Massachusetts, died peacefully at home on Monday, December 17, after a short, unexpected illness. She was in the presence of her mother, eldest brother and dear friends Evelyn Lisitzky and Mardi Bolton. Lynn was born on May 28, 1950 in Bronxville, New York. She is survived by […]

The Trillion-Gallon Loophole: Lax Rules for Drillers that Inject Pollutants Into the Earth

Thanks to ProPublica for sharing this important story with readers of the Hudson Valley Chronic

Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica • September 20th, 2012

  On a cold, overcast afternoon in January 2003, two tanker trucks backed up to an injection well site in a pasture outside Rosharon, Texas. There, under a steel shed, they began to unload thousands of gallons of wastewater for burial deep beneath the earth. The waste – the byproduct of oil and gas drilling […]

Executive indecision


Steve Hopkins • November 3rd, 2011
Dan French vs Marcus Molinaro Dutchess County Executive race 2012

Whatever happens on November 8, come January at least two of the Mid-Hudson region’s county executive offices will be managed by a relatively young, dark and toothsome gentleman sporting a haircut you can set your watch to. Call it a trend. The greater Hudson Valley, and particularly this region, is becoming renowned for fast-tracking young, […]


Farmers, Families & First Responders Kick-Off Event

Scott Patrick Humphrey • September 22nd, 2011
Scott Patrick Humphrey

Hurricane Irene tore its way up the East Coast in late August, ravaging local communities in its wake. The Hudson Valley was hit extremely hard by Irene, and many towns, local farms, and individuals’ lives were devastated. The region’s citizens are gathering and offering their help to those who need it most. Ulster County was […]