Saugerties FD pledges not to remove American flag from trucks

Saugerties FD pledges not to remove American flag from trucks

“We’re patriots,” is how longtime firefighter Willie Mergendahl of the C.A. Lynch Hose Company describes his fellow firefighters. They have attached the American flag to the back of their newest fire engine. The truck, a 2015 Pierce Pumper which replaced a 28-year old fire engine,...
Artists breathe new life into old Saugerties Odd Fellows Temple

Artists breathe new life into old Saugerties Odd Fellows Temple

Sitting behind a nondescript doorway on 220 Main Street in the Village of Saugerties lies what artist Kelli Bickman thinks of as Saugerties’ best-kept secret. Beyond the doorway are stairs that wind through a labyrinthine three stories of art, music and living creativity. The top...
Re:seed Saugerties sustains body and soul

Re:seed Saugerties sustains body and soul

Food is one of the most basic of mankind’s needs, but can it also be art? Jennifer Zackin, who spearheaded the Re:Seed Saugerties project through a grant from Arts Mid Hudson, believes it can. In fact, the garden that is home to the multi-faceted project,...
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Saugerties girls’ volleyball team Florida-bound for ESPN camp

Saugerties girls’ volleyball team Florida-bound for ESPN camp

Their bags are packed, and on August 31 members of the Saugerties High School girls’ volleyball team will be on their way to Orlando, Florida for four days of intense volleyball, rides at the major amusement parks in the area, and if there aren’t any hurricanes some quality time catching rays at the pool. The...
Tom Conrad takes — and holds — the stage at Saugerties Planning Board meeting

Tom Conrad takes — and holds — the stage at Saugerties Planning Board meeting

The August meeting of the town planning board in Saugerties was practically a one-man show, with surveyor Tom Conrad in the lead role. Conrad presented seven of the nine items on the August 16 agenda. He explained that other engineers and surveyors in the Praetorius and Conrad business involved with the individual projects were on...
There will be even more mums than usual in Saugerties this year

There will be even more mums than usual in Saugerties this year

Five hundred mums were planted at Seamon Park over the last two weeks, and another 1500 will go into the ground in the coming weeks in preparation for the annual Mum Festival. George Terpening, superintendent of Parks, Buildings, and Grounds, said his workers usually plant about 1200 new mum plants each year in preparing for...
Riccardi’s ‘buddy bench’ teaches about kindness and including everyone

Riccardi’s ‘buddy bench’ teaches about kindness and including everyone

Riccardi Elementary School’s motto is “work hard and be kind,” so it’s fitting that the student government’s final project of the 2015-16 school year was to install a reminder to be kind to one another on the playground. The idea behind the “buddy bench” —painted in the school’s colors and decorated with hand prints of...
Saugerties Girls’ Tennis Team gets new coach

Saugerties Girls’ Tennis Team gets new coach

How do you replace a legend? If you’re Tom DeLia, you get her approval and move full steam ahead. DeLia, who graduated from Saugerties High School in 2012, is the new head coach of the girls’ tennis team replacing Kim Cahill, who had coached the girls’ and the boys’ teams for more than 30 years....
The Eagle’s View: National politics and local politics

The Eagle’s View: National politics and local politics

Former Democratic house speaker Tip O’Neill famously said that “all politics is local.” But local candidates ignoring the effect of national elections on their own campaigns do so at their electoral peril. A win by one party nationally doesn’t automatically mean local election losses by the opposition party the next year. But if national election...
Chapter and verse: Details on the Lynch’s Marina project approval

Chapter and verse: Details on the Lynch’s Marina project approval

Members of the village of Saugerties planning board were hard-pressed to remember the last time they’ve added such a level of detail to one of their resolutions giving approval to a developer. That’s what the board did at its August 10 meeting when it dotted its Is and crossed its Ts memorializing a resolution granting...
Saugerties’ Wilhelm Rd. gets drainage upgrade

Saugerties’ Wilhelm Rd. gets drainage upgrade

The Town of Saugerties Highway Department has begun putting in another replacement culvert, this one on Wilhelm Road. The construction, which began on August 1, is expected to be completed by the end of the month and is being fully funded by the state. Culverts may not be at the forefront of everyone’s mind, but...
Saugerties day care collects 35 bags of clothing for good will

Saugerties day care collects 35 bags of clothing for good will

The children at Speckled Frog Playcare complete community service projects every year. This year’s first project was a clothing drive. Noah Torelli and Gabe Valles were able to collect 35 bags of clothing to donate to The Well. The thrift shop, a mission of the Saugerties Area Council of Churches, is located at 80-84 Partition...
Police: Saugerties woman threw dog feces at man after curbing complaint

Police: Saugerties woman threw dog feces at man after curbing complaint

Saugerties police arrested Jill Moy, 75, of Partition St. and charged her with harassment Aug. 17. According to police, Moy was walking her dog on Jane St. when the dog urinated on another resident’s property. The property owner witnessed the act and asked Moy to not let her dog urinate on his property in the future.  A short...
Letters (August 11-18)

Letters (August 11-18)

Saugerties’ own historian Woodstock has Alf Evers, who informed the world about the distinctiveness of Woodstock and the Catskills and, in his later life, Kingston. Saugerties has Michael Sullivan Smith who with his recent publication of A Brief History of Saugerties has produced the seminal work about the significance of our town. Michael’s sense of...
Who will enforce Saugerties’ “Pooper Scooper” law?

Who will enforce Saugerties’ “Pooper Scooper” law?

Main and Partition street business owners, and a number of village residents are fed up with dog owners and dog walkers that do not clean up after their dogs have done their business. Unsure of how to go about solving the problem of dog messes along the sidewalks in the business district and throughout the...