New water meters, energy-efficiency upgrades in village

New water meters, energy-efficiency upgrades in village

Work will begin this week on the village’s energy efficiency infrastructure project with the installation of more energy efficient lighting in village-owned buildings and its 50 historic street lights. It’s the beginning of a $1.5 million project which will see the replacement of all 1,388...
Saugerties artists, in their element

Saugerties artists, in their element

Photos by Lynn Woods The artist’s studio on Dock St., peeking from between the trees, resembles a weathered tower or lighthouse. Inside, large, playful paintings of expressionistic nudes, landscapes, and still-lifes — the pairing of a dancing violin and a vase against a background of...
Summer on Earth

Summer on Earth

Are you legit?” asks Dylan Welch as he straddles his BMX bike in Cantine Park. “I’m super legit,” I respond. “You can Google my name even.” The Google thing seems to calm him down, and I tell them that I’m writing an article about what...
Saugerties Artists Studio Tour Guide

Saugerties Artists Studio Tour Guide

The Annual Saugerties Artists Studio Tour will be held this weekend, Aug. 9–10, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. This annual, self-guided tour is free and open to the public. The artists and artisans on the tour represent a wide range of styles and techniques. See completed works, works-in-progress...
Educators see poverty as barrier to achievement

Educators see poverty as barrier to achievement

According to the recently released 2012-2013 school report card, 43 percent of Saugerties Central School District students are considered economically disadvantaged. This figure is determined by the number of students whose families participate in economic assistance programs, such as the free and reduced price lunch...
Sound and fury

Sound and fury

Dogs. Rock bands. Construction. All can cause annoyance to neighbors. All are within the rights of property owners to enjoy. What’s a town to do? Noise complaints have likely been an issue in Saugerties since the eponymous “little sawyer” got his first neighbor and woke...
State of the art galleries

State of the art galleries

  Just around this time last year, the village of Saugerties saw the opening of Intima Gallery on Main St., an exhibition space for book arts, letterpress and photographic prints. The concept seemed a good counterpoint to the work shown at nearby Imogen Holloway Gallery...
Electricity rate relief for Hudson Valley?

Electricity rate relief for Hudson Valley?

An amendment introduced by U.S. Representatives Chris Gibson (NY-19) and Sean Maloney (NY-18) that would repeal utility rate increases caused by the new capacity zone (NCZ), which was implemented May 1 in the Hudson Valley, has passed the House of Representatives. Federal lawsuits by Central...
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...
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Giovana Guimares: On point

Giovana Guimares: On point

Thanks to a natural love for the game, senior tennis player Giovana Guimares has become one of the better female tennis players in Ulster County. If she can develop her mental side of the game, there’s no telling how far she’ll go. Guimares, who will be entering her senior year at Saugerties High School this...
Saugerties Library more popular than ever

Saugerties Library more popular than ever

With the Library budget and trustee vote coming up Sept. 4, we thought we’d take a look at the Saugerties Public Library’s stats and how they compare to other local libraries and the Saugerties Library of 2004. Saugerties Library has grown quite a bit since 2004.   Here’s how the breakdown of the library’s holdings.  ...
Dead air

Dead air

Last month, my television service was shut down by the Supreme Court. The service was Aereo. It captured over-the-air transmissions via thousands of tiny antennas and transmitted the signal via the Internet. The court shut it down because it did not pay broadcasters for retransmitting their signals, as cable companies do. Because Saugerties is within...
Letters (August 14-21)

Letters (August 14-21)

Out of the darkness I drafted this letter a week ago but for whatever reason never got around to sending it. Now in the wake of the tragic loss of a popular personality, suicide is on the tongues of everyone. So I thought it best to get this out now before it falls into that...
Skating season begins at Kiwanis Ice Arena

Skating season begins at Kiwanis Ice Arena

Public skating at Kiwanis Ice Arena begins Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17 with sessions from 2:30-4 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. Daily weekday public skating returns on Monday, Aug. 18 from noon to 4:30 p.m. There will be no public skating Monday, Aug. 25 through Friday, Aug. 29 to accommodate the Saugerties Skating School...
Lions Club playground to get upgrade

Lions Club playground to get upgrade

Children and parents hanging out at the Lions Club Playground on Aug. 11 were surprised to witness the delivery of massive piece of equipment that, when assembled, will have slides and play areas. “It came in about 60 pieces,” said George Terpening, superintendent of parks, buildings and grounds. About $25,000 has been spent on playgrounds...
Dunn appointed receiver of taxes, vote this November

Dunn appointed receiver of taxes, vote this November

Julie Dunn was appointed interim receiver of taxes for the town of Saugerties at the Aug. 13 Town Board meeting. Dunn has been the town bookkeeper since February of this year. Prior to that, she worked as a clerk in the receiver of taxes department for a year and a half, and as village treasurer...
Saugerties superintendent gets ‘good job’ raise

Saugerties superintendent gets ‘good job’ raise

School Superintendent Seth Turner will receive a two-percent increase for merit following an evaluation by the Board of Education over and above his regular two-percent annual increase. He earned $164,487 in the most recent school year. In thanking the board, Turner noted that he’d turned down this raise in each of the past four years....
For moms, work doesn’t always pay

For moms, work doesn’t always pay

Many mothers of young children say the expense of daycare means returning to work would actually cost their households money. As local mom Amy Henninger puts it, “I would just be working to pay daycare and it was not worth it to me.” Henninger is not alone. A Pew Research Center study showed that the...
Public hearing on Saugerties library budget

Public hearing on Saugerties library budget

Voters on Sept. 4 will not see an increase in the amount of taxes they’re asked to contribute to the 2015 library operating budget, even though the tax rate is increasing slightly, from 29.44 to 29.78 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The tax rate is increasing because the total assessed value of Saugerties real...
Letters (August 7-14)

Letters (August 7-14)

Wanton destruction Wildlife is having a harder and harder time hanging onto any decent habitat, thanks to humans’ appetite for land-grabbing, use of toxins on soil and plants, and ill-thought-out destruction of natural landscape. I discovered one example of the latter last week when I found a long stretch of Old King’s Highway, between Mt....
Village seeks new fire truck

Village seeks new fire truck

The village is hoping to have a new $450,000 pumper truck for its fire department by this time next year. The truck would replace the 27-year-old pumper now in service. Village Mayor Bill Murphy said the village wants to replace the truck using little or no village taxpayer money, although so far the search for...