Get ready for the next disaster, urges Red Cross

Get ready for the next disaster, urges Red Cross

Red Cross presenter Rebecca Lee did not elaborate on what “space weather” is or why it poses an immediate danger to New York State residents, which is a shame because it sounds like the kind of thing that could wipe Saugerties or most of the...
What to do with students who opt out of standardized tests?

What to do with students who opt out of standardized tests?

Two recurring issues for the Saugerties School Board led to a sometimes contentious discussion at the September meeting: Information trustees receive from the superintendent prior to meetings, and the district’s controversial policy for students who opt out of standardized tests, which requires them to sit...
Should Saugerties consider starting the school day later?

Should Saugerties consider starting the school day later?

The lazy days of summer are over. Saugerties students are once again waking up bright and early to make it to class. For middle and high school students, that means 7:45 a.m. But a growing body of research suggests school districts should consider letting students...
Bikers raise money for Boys & Girls Club

Bikers raise money for Boys & Girls Club

Bikers are many things to many people, from the free (if doomed) spirits of Easy Rider to the terrors of Altamont to stockbrokers out for a weekend jaunt. It all depends who’s looking and how hard they bother to. So when about 40 bikes and...
Shipwrecks of Saugerties

Shipwrecks of Saugerties

Recently, one of our volunteer tour guides, Laurie Rankin, suggested we dredge up some stories about local shipwrecks to illustrate the hazards of river travel and the importance of lighthouses as aids to navigation. Naturally, we turned to the local experts on the topic, Jim...
For Saugerties class of 2015, it’s the beginning of the end

For Saugerties class of 2015, it’s the beginning of the end

Photo by Ali Zacker Gale Simmons Plaza is filled to capacity with teenagers. It’s an annual tradition: Each year’s incoming senior class masses at the plaza, dressed in Sawyer blue, some with painted faces and cars, poses for photos and generally revels in their top-of-the-heap...
Fowl language

Fowl language

In water fowling literature, you can find many wonderful passages by really good writers that describe what it truly means to be a duck hunter. Since I was young, I loved books. It is quite natural as my mother schlepped my sister, brother and I...
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...
Latest entries
Meet & Greet: Cliff Burley

Meet & Greet: Cliff Burley

Saugerties is home to many fascinating individuals whose talents, enthusiasm and diversity add to this unique community. On Manorville Rd., Cliff Burley lives in a vine-covered cottage with his mother, Helene. The property encompasses a vegetable garden large enough to feed the family for a year while also sharing with friends and neighbors. Wildflowers bloom...
Filmmaker plans to shoot terrorism thriller from cat's POV in Saugerties

Filmmaker plans to shoot terrorism thriller from cat’s POV in Saugerties

A Long Island filmmaker is looking for help with “Cat’s View” — a feature-length “thriller about a terrorist act as seen through the eyes of an innocent, abandoned housecat” he plans to shoot in Saugerties. “For the past ten years, I have been visiting Saugerties on a regular basis,” said Glenn Andreiev, the film’s director...
Letters (September 18-25)

Letters (September 18-25)

The brink of disaster This Sunday there will be a massive gathering dedicated to saving our planet. It is the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21 in New York City www.peoplesclimate.org. The goal is to call attention to the catastrophic dangers we all face due to climate change/global warming and its consequences due largely to...
Saugerties scouts give Old Glory a proper sendoff

Saugerties scouts give Old Glory a proper sendoff

Photos by David Gordon   When an American flag becomes worn, faded or torn, the rule is, it must be burned. The flag cannot be tossed in the garbage, cut into rags or otherwise disposed of in ways that would be considered disrespectful. It must be burned, and preferably with an appropriate ceremony. On Tuesday,...
Lighthouse art auction benefits the needy

Lighthouse art auction benefits the needy

Saugerties Performing Arts Factory (SPAF) at 169 Ulster Ave. will host the Shine On Saugerties gala and auction on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. The evening begins with food and wine and live music by Todd Boyle until the auction of the painted model lighthouses created by local artists begins at 6:30 p.m. with...
Dunn gets nod for receiver of taxes

Dunn gets nod for receiver of taxes

Julie Dunn has received the nomination of the Republican, Democratic and Conservative parties for receiver of taxes. Dunn, who is not enrolled in a party, was appointed to the office last month. Receiver of taxes will be the only town office on the ballot in November. So far there are no other candidates. Dunn has...
How to pick the right college

How to pick the right college

Former college admission director Sandra M. Moore will present “How to Find Great and Affordable Colleges” at the Saugerties Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 6:30-8 p.m. The presentation aims to teach parents and college-bound students how to discover and compare institutions that are generous with need-based or merit aid. Moore is the founder...
Take the bus to People’s Climate march

Take the bus to People’s Climate march

World leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis and Ulster County residents are gearing up to fill buses to participate in a large climate march on Sunday, September 21. To reserve a seat on the bus making pick-ups in Woodstock, Saugerties and Kingston, visit www.pcmmhv.eventbrite.com. Tickets cost...
Discussion: The future of fracking in NY State

Discussion: The future of fracking in NY State

The status and future of shale gas development in New York State will be the focus of a talk with journalist Tom Wilber, author of “Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale,” on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Center for Environmental Innovation and Education at Denning’s Point...
Ready for disaster in Saugerties

Ready for disaster in Saugerties

Come to the library on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. for a free presentation on how to prepare for natural and manmade disasters and how to respond and recover from them. Developed by the office of Gov. Cuomo to create a resilient and prepared New York. Register at the main desk or call (845)...
It could happen here

It could happen here

Saugerties has resisted taking on the issue of school violence and violence against children in a serious manner. Incidents like the Newtown, Conn. school massacre have shown that school violence can happen anywhere. How do we stay aware and vigilant and defeat the notion of that cannot happen here? Can there be a discussion about...
POLL: Should Saugerties consider starting the school day later?

POLL: Should Saugerties consider starting the school day later?

A growing body of research suggests students would do better if the school day started later, but school officials warn the transition would not be easy. What do you think?