Picking the perfect Christmas tree

Picking the perfect Christmas tree

  The narrow gravel road up to the Mountain View Tree Farm had water filling the ruts after Saturday’s rain, but Sunday dawned clear, if a bit cold, and the would-be lumberjacks had to pull to the side to pass without getting stuck. The tree...
Holiday in the Village

Holiday in the Village

Youngsters could be forgiven if they were a bit confused by the abundance of Santa Clauses at this year’s Holiday in the Village celebrations. There were Santas in the banks, at the coffee roasters, on the street, in the shops, at the Kiersted House and...
Saugerties historic oversight shakeup debated

Saugerties historic oversight shakeup debated

Some fear the return to the bad old days, adult theaters and boarded up buildings Others portray Review Board as obstructionist, needlessly spoiling innocent business deals Homeowner says board’s intervention made selling his house impossible; tells village to buy it Review Board member charges merger...
Saugerties food pantries struggle to keep up with demand

Saugerties food pantries struggle to keep up with demand

Food banks, pantries and soup kitchens serve nearly 50 million Americans, including hundreds of Saugerties families. The need is great. According to the Saugerties School District, the number of students considered economically disadvantaged because they qualify for free or reduced lunches has doubled over the...
Common Core perplexes parents

Common Core perplexes parents

Approximately 75 parents of K-8 students came to the high school on a rainy Monday evening hoping to get more information about Common Core. The session began with a video created by the federal School Improvement Network which explained the reasons that 43 states have...
Why is ham radio more popular than ever?

Why is ham radio more popular than ever?

With a smartphone in every pocket, isn’t amateur radio a thing of the past? The answer, as was clear at the Woodstock Rescue Squad Headquarters on a recent Saturday afternoon, is no, far from it. “Year to year [the number of licenses issued is] increasing,...
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Harzards of new fortunes

Harzards of new fortunes

If the perceived economic potential of a community can be determined by the amount of time it takes shuttered shops to be replaced by new ones bright with hope, then the village of Saugerties is indeed an encouraging location for would-be entrepreneurs. In many cases, shop owners that went out of business this year were...
On-stage magic at annual Christmas Carol ballet

On-stage magic at annual Christmas Carol ballet

Photos by Alen Fetahi   One doesn’t have to travel to New York City to see onstage magic in a holiday production. All the charm one could imagine was on display at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) this past weekend as the Saugerties-based Ulster Ballet Company presented “A Christmas Carol” in three performances for...
Letters (December 11-18)

Letters (December 11-18)

Thoughts on historic oversight shakeup hearing I was surprised by the account of the meeting concerning the fate of the Historic Review Board in the village — not by the coverage, which I assume was accurate, but by the revisionist history that was suggested or inferred in some of the comments. The Flamingo was never...
Our new state senator

Our new state senator

Two years ago, state senate candidate George Amedore celebrated Thanksgiving with his family hoping that a narrow election-day margin over Cecilia Tkaczyk would hold up. It did not. Tkaczyk prevailed in absentee vote counting by a mere 18 votes. She took her seat on January 12. Amedore, a former Republican assemblyman from Rotterdam, stormed back...
In Memoriam: Mery Rosado

In Memoriam: Mery Rosado

She was the warm and gracious proprietor of Café Mezzaluna Bistro Latino in Saugerties and an ardent supporter of the arts and local business. But it’s her larger-than-life spirit and loving heart that her friends will most remember about Mery Helen Rosado, who died Thursday, Nov. 27 at Albany Medical Center after a brave battle...
How the west once was: Art and culture in West Saugerties

How the west once was: Art and culture in West Saugerties

Old-timer Sam Boyce was walking down West Saugerties Rd. (now West Saugerties–Woodstock Rd.) on a late spring day some 20-plus years ago. Passing a house about a mile past his driveway that until recently had been unoccupied, he stopped to talk with the new neighbor. “Now, are you folks weekenders,” he inquired, “or are you…...
A light in the dark

A light in the dark

In this month of long nights, we celebrate light. Candlesticks are ceremoniously lit, and strings of light bulbs are draped along gutters and trees. Lest we forget, we are reminded that, once upon a time, light was precious and not easy to come by. Nowadays, when strings of light-emitting diodes can be purchased by the...
Greasy spoon odyssey

Greasy spoon odyssey

A Saugerties couple with a deep love for diners and a devoted online fanbase is planning to take their blog on the road and, they hope, onto your bookshelf. Photographer Tom Smith and writer Alecia Eberhardt have been documenting their love of the food and atmosphere of diners for nearly two years on Diner Porn,...
Letters (December 4-11)

Letters (December 4-11)

Warrant checks a safety issue While I understand the concerns of Legislator Bartels and others regarding security checks at social services, I contend that the practice is legal and necessary. The sheriff has a duty to protect the good men and women who were once subjected to assaults and dangerous working conditions. What Sheriff VanBlarcum...
Opinion: Reinstate DSS warrant checks

Opinion: Reinstate DSS warrant checks

When Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum would not end the controversial warrant check policy at Department of Social Services (DSS) buildings, Legislator Tracey Bartels (D-Gardiner) threatened to used the “power of the purse” to replace sheriff’s deputies assigned to security at the facility with private security guards. Her proposed resolution was not brought to a vote, but...
Opinion: Ulster bottling plant an environmental issue for Saugerties

Opinion: Ulster bottling plant an environmental issue for Saugerties

Should Saugerties care about the proposed town of Ulster Niagara Bottling plant? The plant will be creating new jobs, which we need. However, when it is fully built, it will also be disposing 345,000 gallons per day of wastewater. The town of Ulster wastewater treatment plant would receive 2,500 gallons of this wastewater daily; the...
Saugerties Holiday in the Village Dec. 7

Saugerties Holiday in the Village Dec. 7

No one does a village-wide holiday celebration quite like Saugerties. This year will be no different. Holiday in the Village will include a holiday market, music and toy giveaways, live mannequins, free horse carriage rides, kids’ crafts, Santa at the Kiersted House, a petting zoo, entertainment and surprises followed by the tree and menorah lighting...