Dear Beacon Resident,

Main Street, looking northwest toward the bridge (Photo by Scott Harrison)

In 2015 we decided that our website and paper, which had been covering Cold Spring, should expand to Beacon, because there seemed such a strong connection between the artistic and civic life of the two communities. We even changed our name, from to The Highlands Current, to reflect  the change.

As a nonprofit, we rely on readers for 75 percent of the costs to publish our paper and website, which we distribute free of charge. (The rest comes from advertising revenue.) But most of our donors are still from Cold Spring and Garrison. If you enjoy the paper and our coverage of Beacon, please consider donating what you can. Even $10 is significant, especially if you have never given before, because it signals your support and counts as a vote that we should continue. Through Dec. 31, 2018, all donations will be matched twice, once by and again by a generous local supporter.

Whether you donate or not, we are always open to feedback from Beacon readers. Email Chip Rowe, the managing editor, at with thoughts you have about our coverage of the city, or any other ideas. What stories are we missing?

Make a contribution by credit card/bank account.

We pay 2.2 percent of your gift in credit-card fees and 0.8 percent of bank-account transfers (Is this safe?), although you may elect to donate them. To make your contribution a recurring gift, select “Monthly.” You will receive a receipt by email. You also can donate via PayPal or Zelle ( or text CURRENT to 44-321.

Make a contribution by check.

Make your check payable to Highlands Current Inc. and mail it to Highlands Current, 161 Main St., Cold Spring, NY 10516. You can download a donation form here. We will mail you a receipt. This is our preferred method to receive gifts as 100 percent of your contribution goes toward our journalism.

Contribute through Paypal Giving Fund.

When you donate through the PayPal Giving Fund, all the fees we would usually pay are waived.

Shop through our partner apps.

When you shop through Amazon Smile, or the Benefit mobile app, select Highlands Current as the beneficiary and we will receive a percentage of the value of your purchases at major retailers.

Highlands Current Inc. is a 501(c)(3) federally tax-exempt organization, and donations to it are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.