‘Team Saugerties’ rides again

‘Team Saugerties’ rides again

Town Democratic Party Chairman Lanny Walter called it a “perfect storm,” but if that phrase conjures images of destruction and strife, you’ve got the wrong idea. The town Democratic nominating caucus Tuesday night, July 28, at the Senior Center was a perfect storm of cooperation,...
Busy summer for Saugerties lifeguards

Busy summer for Saugerties lifeguards

It started out like a typical July day for Jennifer Suttmeier and Joshua Rua, lifeguards at the Village Beach on the Esopus Creek. The sun was bright and the day warm. They had cleaned up the beach and made it ready for residents who like...
Can anything be done about Saugerties truck traffic?

Can anything be done about Saugerties truck traffic?

When Yogi Berra said, “It’s like déjà vu all over again,” he could have been talking about the perennial issue of truck traffic. For decades, foundation-rattling trucks passing through the village have been the source of complaints by residents, especially in warm weather months. According...
Saugerties hamlets and cultural geography

Saugerties hamlets and cultural geography

We all know our address. It’s a number. There’s also the number “20” that represents Saugerties to visitors that come here on the Thruway. If you’re coming here from, let’s say, San Francisco, you get directions from Google Maps that follow many numbers on their respective...
Getting around without cars

Getting around without cars

Have you been surprised to learn of the large numbers of incidents in which pedestrians and motorized vehicles have collided over the past few years? The state is now installing new lights, detectors, and walk/don’t walk signals at the dangerous intersection of Main and Partition....
Dream machines: The Sawyer Motors Car Show

Dream machines: The Sawyer Motors Car Show

Photos by Doug Freese   With apologies to Robert Frost, something there is that doesn’t love a car. They arrived, displacing everything ordinary in the village, hundreds of them, gleaming in chrome-plated splendor under a hot summer sun, the four-barreled, the candy-colored, the monstrous and...
What Saugerties Conservatives believe

What Saugerties Conservatives believe

Conservative Chair George Heidcamp issues a declaration of principles.
July 4 in Saugerties

July 4 in Saugerties

Photos by Garrett Colburn As parades go, the Saugerties Fourth of July Parade is one of the most popular in the area with folks from all over Ulster and neighboring counties turning out for the two-hour march. This July 4, hundreds lined the parade route,...
Keeping the Hudson clean

Keeping the Hudson clean

Summer is heating up and the water is beckoning. A typical afternoon might see a group of kayakers cruising out of the mouth of the creek, a couple of people upright on stand-up paddle boards gliding across the surface of the water, a dog fetching...
What Saugerties Democrats believe

What Saugerties Democrats believe

The Saugerties Democratic Committee (SDC) on Feb. 24, 2015 adopted a Statement of Values which helps to define why its members are enrolled in the Democratic Party and why they work through the party and through other organizations to turn these values into policies and...
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Paddle your own boat

Paddle your own boat

A new business provides kayak and paddleboard rentals and tours on the Esopus and Hudson. Gail Porter’s I Paddle NY operates out of Lynch’s Marina on Ferry St. and the old carousel building at the foot of Partition St. “It’s a great way to see the creek up close, its animals, its flora, and relax...
Letters (July 30-August 6)

Letters (July 30-August 6)

Scrutiny for campaign donations by developers I am encouraged by the news that Ulster County Legislature Chairman John Parete is introducing a law that limits the amount of campaign contributions elected county officials can accept. This is great news given the recent disclosure of large campaign contributions made by developers looking to build a kosher...
Saugerties pastor honored by State Legislature’s pro-choice caucus

Saugerties pastor honored by State Legislature’s pro-choice caucus

A large part of freedom for women is their ability to decide if and when to be a mother,” says Rev. Finley Schaef. “Motherhood should not be an accident or something imposed upon women.” Schaef was honored on the floor of the State Assembly on Tuesday, June 2 by members of the New York State Bipartisan...
No medical marijuana for Saugerties

No medical marijuana for Saugerties

The New York State Department of Health released its list of five approved medical marijuana growing operations today. A site on Kings Highway next to the Army Reserve Center was not among them. Selected were: (Applicant / county) Bloomfield Industries Inc. (Queens) Columbia Care NY LLC (Monroe) Empire State Health Solutions (Fulton) Etain, LLC (Warren)...
“Domestic Bliss” at Cross Contemporary Art

“Domestic Bliss” at Cross Contemporary Art

Susan Copich’s “Domestic Bliss” photos, which open in a solo exhibition at Cross Contemporary Art on Partition St. Saturday, Aug. 1, have a cool dark edge about them, a modern take on all that lurked behind the surface of the Peyton Places and Stepford Wives of previous generations, or the films of Douglas Sirk and...
Saugerties geek gang makes its mark

Saugerties geek gang makes its mark

Graffiti recently found under the bridge over the Esopus Creek in the village is not gang-related, said Police Chief Joseph Sinagra, unless it is, as one tag suggests, a “nerd gang” that “loves math.” George Terpening, village Parks, Buildings and Grounds superintendent, said his crew was doing some work on the Village Beach park when...
Feel the Bern in Saugerties

Feel the Bern in Saugerties

Those wishing to meet to support Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for president may do so on Wednesday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Saugerties Senior Center on Market St. The agenda will include a brief introduction with streaming video of Sanders and discussion on organizing Saugerties for Sanders. More information is available at [email protected] or...
Yard sale season

Yard sale season

This the season of the yard sale, also known as garage, lawn, moving, patio, tag, basement, rummage and house sale. Whatever you call it, it’s about getting rid of one’s unwanted household items. The tradition began in the late 1950s and ‘60s. It was a time when mass housing spread out over the barren dunes...
Letters (July 23-30)

Letters (July 23-30)

  Freedom, not political opportunism Our founding fathers created the Declaration of Independence and I believe that would be considered “political opportunism.” Many of you are familiar with the statement in the Declaration of Independence, “we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal.” Do we know the rest? “endowed by...
More trouble at Washington/Main intersection in Saugerties village

More trouble at Washington/Main intersection in Saugerties village

The Washington and Main intersection that was redone when the new traffic light was installed continues to cause headaches. First it was poor drainage and standing water. Then it was sensor issues leading to lighting fast green-light cycles. Now it’s the curb extensions called “bumpouts,” a safety feature that makes pedestrians more visible by extending...
This week at the Saugerties Farmers Market

This week at the Saugerties Farmers Market

July 25 is Summer Fun Day and a Farm-to-Table demonstration at the Saugerties Farmers Market. This day includes a number of kid-friendly events such as face-painting, giant-bubble making, and performances by the Ivy Pine Puppet Theater, and the Royals, a choir from the Boys and Girls Club. For artistic enjoyment, Fiber Flame will conduct creative...
For Saugerties Stallions, debut season was a learning experience

For Saugerties Stallions, debut season was a learning experience

It’s a blazing hot Friday afternoon at Cantine Field. The collegiate-level Saugerties Stallions are warming up to the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack. Everyone, from the players to the grounds crew, is having a great time out in the sun, getting ready for a night at the ballpark. Unfortunately, as has been the case more...