Eco Club lets students learn by doing

Eco Club lets students learn by doing

Together, environmental science teacher Michael Cooper and food science teacher Brian Robinson have rejuvenated the high school’s Eco Club. Cooper and Robinson understand the benefits of a hands-on approach to learning and incorporate it into activities, including planting a vegetable garden, making syrup and creating...
Challengers sweep Saugerties School Board election

Challengers sweep Saugerties School Board election

They said they wanted to change the way the School Board does things. Voters said, “go right ahead.” According to unofficial results of the May 19 vote, School Board challengers Raymond “Mike” Maclary, Robert Thomann and James Mooney have been elected to the School Board,...
What lies beneath the waves

What lies beneath the waves

The month of May started with a characteristic “striper wind” — a warm southerly breeze coinciding with striped bass spawning migration up the Hudson River. When striper season gets underway, the mouth of the creek experiences an obvious uptick in boat traffic. Powerboats motor their...
Is the mall doomed?

Is the mall doomed?

After 34 years, JC Penney, an anchor of the Hudson Valley Mall since the mall’s opening in Town of Ulster in 1981, is no more. Also gone are The Children’s Place, Deb Shops, and RadioShack, the last two victims of corporate bankruptcy. And across Route...
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The lion's tooth

The lion’s tooth

This is the year of the dandelion, in case you hadn’t noticed. These tenacious bright yellow blossoms, which in almost every culture represent sunshine, happiness and warmth, are more prevalent than they have been in a number of years. The National Dandelion Watchers of America, a nonprofit organization devoted to saving this persistent flower, has...
Curmudgeon Corner: The old ways

Curmudgeon Corner: The old ways

I like the old ways. It was a pleasure to use the old lever voting machines at the School Board vote. They still work just fine, and you know the vote went through. The new computerized machines are a black box. Who knows how they work? The poll workers certainly don’t. What was the big...
Letters (May 21-28)

Letters (May 21-28)

Where were the voters? Apathy has raised its ugly head again in Saugerties. Only a little over 2,000 people could be bothered to vote for the school budget and school board members again! That’s less than 10 percent of our population. The single greatest cost for our residents, school taxes, and almost nobody cared. The...
Saugerties Relay for Life raises over $25k

Saugerties Relay for Life raises over $25k

Photos by Doug Freese   On Saturday, May 16, Saugerties held its annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life at the Kiwanis Ice Arena. The event is held each year to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. The American Cancer Society’s main goal is to “create a world with more birthdays.” With the support...
A Saugerties High School hockey team?

A Saugerties High School hockey team?

Athletic director Dominic Zarrella discussed the future of Saugerties sports during the Board of Education meeting on May 12. After giving a review of the successes of many of the district’s teams during this school year, including football, tennis and wrestling, Zarrella fielded questions from board trustees about what additions and improvements could be made...
Repair Cafe gives broken items new life and saves landfill space

Repair Cafe gives broken items new life and saves landfill space

The three famous Rs — Reduce/Reuse/Recycle — have expanded to include a fourth — Repair. Ulster County now hosts several Repair Cafés. Anyone can show up with a “broken but beloved” item and an expert tinkerer will fix it (or at least give it a shot). It’s an idea that appeals to people who don’t...
This weekend in Saugerties

This weekend in Saugerties

Carol Zaloom print exhibit at Opus 40 An exhibit of linocuts and monoprints by Saugerties-based artist Carol Zaloom will open on Saturday, May 23 at Opus 40. A reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The show will feature recent work and old favorites. The show runs through the end of June. More information is...
ESL classes at police station aim to build trust

ESL classes at police station aim to build trust

Two Spanish-speaking students met with English as a second language teacher  Jeana Cordeiro last week to improve their English language skills. The class, which has six students enrolled, meets in a second-floor conference room in Saugerties Police headquarters. The class is part of the Ulster BOCES Adult Literacy Division, Cordeiro said. The police department provides...
Saugerties medical marijuana proposal could bring 100 jobs, says supervisor

Saugerties medical marijuana proposal could bring 100 jobs, says supervisor

Saugerties seems to be a hotspot for would-be medical marijuana operations. Over the course of a week, one company announced a public informational meeting, then dropped out, then only a few days later, town officials announced that another company hopes to set up shop. Saugerties Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel said the company, NY Growing Partners, has...
Drive-by egging in Saugerties

Drive-by egging in Saugerties

Saugerties police are looking for help tracking down the person or persons who egged 25 vehicles in the village this past weekend, May 16 and 17. Police chief Joseph Sinagra said a similar incident happened in Connolly the previous weekend. A Saugerties patrolman spent all-day Monday watching video from the police department’s two Main St....
Horse shows return to Saugerties

Horse shows return to Saugerties

Trucks and trailers making their way to Washington Ave. from the Thruway each morning. A noticeable uptick in foot traffic and patronage in village shops and restaurants. The weather is warming up. Ever since 2003, these signs have heralded the return of the horse shows to Saugerties. Dates for the first session are as follows:...
Forum seeks input on pedestrian safety

Forum seeks input on pedestrian safety

The Saugerties Police Department will hold a pedestrian safety forum Wednesday May 27 at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, 207 Market St. The forum is intended to discuss pedestrian safety and gather community input on the best way to improve safety, whether by stricter enforcement of laws or other means. Police Chief Joseph Sinagra...