Riverkeeper urges strict review of NYC reservoir releases

Riverkeeper urges strict review of NYC reservoir releases

The environmental group Riverkeeper is engaging Saugerties residents in a letter and email campaign to ask the state to require the strictest review possible for New York City’s discharges of muddy reservoir water into the Esopus Creek. Critics say higher flow from the releases has...
The Hudson Project and the next generation of music festival

The Hudson Project and the next generation of music festival

Saugerties’ Hudson Project Music Festival had at least one thing in common with the Woodstock ’94 festival that preceded it on the same site: plenty of rain and mud. Unfortunately for Hudson Project attendees, that rain came at the tail-end of the festival, not the...
Town wants to finish water meter installation in Glasco

Town wants to finish water meter installation in Glasco

In 2013 the Town Board authorized the purchase of new meters for the Glasco Water District. The intent is to bring the district in compliance with new USEPA standards regarding lead content in water systems. The existing meters have a lead content that exceeds the...
Saugerties collective prepares for a world without money, cheap gas

Saugerties collective prepares for a world without money, cheap gas

  The Long Spoon Collective is a group of six adults, male and female, mostly young, who grow food on several sites throughout Saugerties, construct tiny houses at no charge for those who want them and hope to pioneer a new local economy based on...
Bearing up with bears

Bearing up with bears

I was five years old when we moved from New York City to the Hudson Valley. I remember telling my dad that I wanted to see a bear. He promised me that I would, but that wish was to evade me for almost 10 years....
Oil trains raise safety, environmental concerns

Oil trains raise safety, environmental concerns

Volatile crude oil from the Midwest is passing through Saugerties backyards in unsafe railcars. That was the message of an informational meeting conducted by Frack Free Catskills and Riverkeeper on Tuesday, June 17 at the Saugerties Public Library. The groups suggested attendees contact the town...
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A Day’s Work: Physical therapist

A Day’s Work: Physical therapist

Karin Rice is a physical therapist. She works at Ferncliff Nursing Center in Rhinebeck.  She is married to Ben Orick and has an 11-year-old daughter. How did you become interested in this type of work? I became interested after a stalled acting career in my late-20s. My stepfather found the affordable international program in Holland,...
Teens raise money for skatepark expansion

Teens raise money for skatepark expansion

Saugerties has been hopping with big events lately: the Fourth of July celebration and fireworks, the Hudson Project, First Friday, art shows and HITS, among others. With so many events, sometimes humble little undertakings that occur without fanfare and are staffed by volunteers fly under the radar. One such event was held July 5: An...
Letters (July 17-24)

Letters (July 17-24)

Festival was a success A special thank you to the people who held the Hudson Project musical festival this past weekend! And a special thank you to the town and the local and state police who made it a peaceful event. We had the privilege of filming the festival for Lighthouse TV23, our local station...
Death Cafe: A place to talk about one of life’s biggest taboos

Death Cafe: A place to talk about one of life’s biggest taboos

Picture this: A few dozen individuals of varying ages and cultural backgrounds are sitting under the canopy in a park in the late afternoon breeze. They’re divided informally, six to eight at each table. They’ve pinned a nametag to their shirts, jotted their contact information on a sign-in sheet and helped themselves to refreshments. A...
New School Board trustees interrogate leadership

New School Board trustees interrogate leadership

Tensions between the two newly appointed School Board trustees, Krista Barringer and Damion Ferraro, and Superintendent Seth Turner and the remainder of the sitting board members were apparent during the July 8 meetings. There were two meetings held back to back: an organizational meeting, the primary purpose of which was to designate staffing and service...
Going native at Hudson Project

Going native at Hudson Project

This is probably the closest that Saugerties will ever have to having a shanty town, but it could be worse; at least the kids who run the joint seem to be having fun. It’s the campground at the inaugural Hudson Project music festival, held at Winston Farm, safely away from the village. Placed not but...
Village: Dragon Inn attracting kids, vulture, maybe a bear

Village: Dragon Inn attracting kids, vulture, maybe a bear

While preservationists still hold out hope for a buyer who will restore the Dragon Inn to its Gilded Age glory, in the near term, the broken down structure has become an unsafe playground for neighborhood children. The village wants owner Ching Ya Wu to board the place up and put up a fence. Last winter...
Town to hold second affordable housing hearing

Town to hold second affordable housing hearing

The town is moving forward a plan to remove an affordable housing requirement disliked by developers of multi-home subdivisions. The 2009 zoning code required any development of ten or more homes to be composed of 20 percent affordable homes. The proposed revision would provide incentives to build affordable homes but would not require them. The...
Mud-caked festival-goers make their way out of Hudson Project

Mud-caked festival-goers make their way out of Hudson Project

The Hudson Project Music Festival, held at the site of Woodstock ’94, had at least one thing in common with that festival: pouring rain and mud. They both were quickly renamed appropriately, Mudstock and Mudson Project. Unfortunately, the storms that rolled through Saugerties Sunday evening came at the end of the festival and were severe....
Red Cross closes shelter for stranded festival-goers

Red Cross closes shelter for stranded festival-goers

The overnight shelter set up for attendees of The Hudson Project has closed, according to the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. The Kiwanis Ice Rink in Saugerties was opened as a shelter following heavy rains Sunday afternoon that flooded parking areas and prevented many attendees from leaving in their vehicles. The shelter...
Red Cross sets up shelter for festival refugees

Red Cross sets up shelter for festival refugees

Over 16 hours after the festival was suspended then cancelled due to severe storms, thousands at Hudson Project remain stuck in the mud in flooded parking areas. One woman said only a handful of tractors were on site to tow hundreds of cars out of the mud, and no food or water was being provided. (Note: festival...
Slideshow: The Hudson Project Music Festival

Slideshow: The Hudson Project Music Festival

Held July 11-13 at Winston Farm, Saugerties. Photos by Will Dendis unless otherwise specified.