Of these well-known Hudson Valley institutions, which one is the oldest?
The Ulster County Savings Institution was chartered by NYS on April 12, 1851. This year Ulster Savings celebrates its 172nd anniversary, making it the oldest bank in the Hudson Valley. With 15 branches throughout the region, USB is known for its wide range of financial services and giving back to the community.
How many adults in Ulster, Dutchess and Orange counties have difficulty reading English?
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More than 50,000 adults in Ulster, Dutchess and Orange counties are functionally illiterate - making it difficult for them to find employment, bank, obtain medical care and succeed at other everyday tasks.
What is the average poverty level in the Mid-Hudson Valley?
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It’s actually about 11%, which is lower than the statewide average of 14%. The poverty line varies based on a number of factors, but a family of four (parents and two children) earning below $26,500 annually is generally considered to be living in poverty.
Which of these well-known chefs did NOT graduate from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park?
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An avid fan of thoroughbred horse racing, you will most certainly find Bobby hanging around Saratoga Springs in August. But you will not find his name on the honor roll in Hyde Park. This celebrity chef, restaurateur, entrepreneur and television icon actually graduated from New York City’s French Culinary Institute in 1984.
Which one of these iconic items did NOT have any connection to Poughkeepsie?
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This beloved bagel topper has no connection to Poughkeepsie—or Philly, for that matter! However it was invented in the Hudson Valley in 1872. William Lawrence attempted to make a crumbly cheese on his farm in Chester, NY, but he added too much cream. The spreadable mistake became wildly popular as cream cheese. Lawrence rebranded his invention "Philadelphia Cream Cheese" in 1880 because Pennsylvania had become widely known for high-quality dairy.
Four vehicle bridges cross over the Hudson River to (or from) Ulster, Dutchess and Orange counties. Which one is the oldest?
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This scenic span, with its breathtaking views of the Hudson Highlands cliffs, will celebrate its centennial next year! At 2,255 feet, it was the world’s longest suspension bridge when it opened in 1924 (a distinction that only lasted a couple of years). Be on the lookout for hikers—the Appalachian Trail crosses right over the bridge.
Ulster Savings Bank is one of only 494 mutual savings banks left in the U.S. (as of last year). How does that make it different from a commercial bank?
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Mutual savings banks are not owned by outside shareholders, who typically expect returns on their investments. The bank’s depositors are in essence its “owners,” although they have no managerial power.