Keeping the Hudson clean

Keeping the Hudson clean

Summer is heating up and the water is beckoning. A typical afternoon might see a group of kayakers cruising out of the mouth of the creek, a couple of people upright on stand-up paddle boards gliding across the surface of the water, a dog fetching...
Saugerties July 4 schedule of events

Saugerties July 4 schedule of events

Saturday July 4 11 a.m. Parade in village center 6:35 p.m. Saugerties Stallions baseball game 10 p.m. Fireworks at Cantine Field. Fireworks are funded by the Kiwanis with the sale of chance booklets sold by Kiwanis members for $2 each or six for $10. The...
What Saugerties Democrats believe

What Saugerties Democrats believe

The Saugerties Democratic Committee (SDC) on Feb. 24, 2015 adopted a Statement of Values which helps to define why its members are enrolled in the Democratic Party and why they work through the party and through other organizations to turn these values into policies and...
Saugerties votes ‘no confidence’ on oil pipeline

Saugerties votes ‘no confidence’ on oil pipeline

In what looked like a final kiss-off to the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, the Town Board passed a “no confidence” resolution at last week’s monthly board meeting. The 178-mile project would run two underground lines between Linden, New Jersey and Albany. One line would carry Bakken...
Hudson Valley health clinics provide affordable alternative care

Hudson Valley health clinics provide affordable alternative care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has finally put access to medical services within the reach of just about everyone. We can all have an annual checkup, see the doctor when we’re feeling sick, and get treatment for what ails us. But something the ACA has...
Village closes playground, citing insurance cost

Village closes playground, citing insurance cost

While other playgrounds in the town and village are set for improvements in the next few years, for one of them, officials say it’s just not worth it. The playground at Seamon Park, the least-used of the village’s three playgrounds, is being dismantled. “Nothing will...
Chief: License plate readers won’t be used to track residents

Chief: License plate readers won’t be used to track residents

Police Chief Joseph Sinagra sees it as a crime-fighting tool. Others, including the New York Civil Liberties Union, see it as a potential threat to Americans’ privacy. Whatever you believe it to be, whatever it is, it’s coming to a utility pole near you. The...
Saugerties superintendent’s contract extended in controversial vote

Saugerties superintendent’s contract extended in controversial vote

Citing an alleged plan to remove the superintendent by the three new trustees elected May 18, the School Board voted to extend Seth Turner’s contract by five years, the maximum allowable term. The board had previously extended the contract in 2013 and it was not set...
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Letters (July 2-9)

Letters (July 2-9)

Nativism on Main St. Walking along Main St. in Saugerties, a jogger glared at me and shouted “Right off the boat.” I was born in Brooklyn in 1946 to immigrant parents from Sicily and moved to Saugerties in 1974 with my husband and son. I am happy to retain the old world culture and appearance...
New school marching band debuts at July 4 parade

New school marching band debuts at July 4 parade

The drum line laid down a tight rhythm. The tuba player provided the bottom, the flautist the top, while the saxophones and French horn rounded out the middle. Saugerties once again has a marching band, something the district has not had in more than 20 years. The band is the brainchild of music instructor Bernard...
Amerscot Highland Pipe Band, a Saugerties July 4 staple, celebrates 50th

Amerscot Highland Pipe Band, a Saugerties July 4 staple, celebrates 50th

  It started for Frank Hudak in the dark, lonely days before D-Day. Hudak was a radioman in the U.S. Navy, barely 18 years old, not yet aware of the horrors that awaited him on a Normandy beach. Hudak was awaiting orders while stationed temporarily in Scotland in 1944, a stranger in a strange, mysterious land....
Saugerties Legion commander discusses the state of the Post

Saugerties Legion commander discusses the state of the Post

The annual Saugerties Firemen’s Fourth of July parade will step off sharply at 11 a.m., July 4, rain or shine. While the firemen sponsor the event, the parade is really all about Saugerties veterans. For most of the last two decades the highlight of the parade has been seeing members of the “Greatest Generation” march....
Saugerties youth awards

Saugerties youth awards

Three youths were feted at the village of Saugerties’ trustees’ June 15 meeting with Saugerties Community Youth Awards. The awards recognize young citizens of the Saugerties area who are caught making good choices and doing good deeds. The program is run through the Saugerties is About Growth Experiences (SAGE) program. Receiving awards were Cameron Costello,...
Secret Gardens of Saugerties Tour July 11

Secret Gardens of Saugerties Tour July 11

Each year, the Secret Gardens Tour offers the opportunity to visit private gardens that are not otherwise open to the public. In 2014, well over 300 people were lucky enough to discover secret gardens at private homes in Saugerties. This year the tour is on Saturday, July 11 — what a coincidence, as it is...
Village Clerk Mary Frank to retire

Village Clerk Mary Frank to retire

For the last 17 years, Mary Frank has been the conductor who’s kept the village of Saugerties government running on the tracks and, for the most part, on time. The small village government is like a family. She’ll be missed when she retires at the end of the month. “I often call Mary my mother,...
Saugerties High School graduates 236

Saugerties High School graduates 236

With diplomas in hand, the encouragement to live their dreams, and a reminder of their “star power,” the members of the Saugerties High School Class of 2015 celebrated their big moment on Saturday morning, June 27, becoming the school’s 119th graduating class. Wearing caps decorated with everything from helium balloons to symbols of their career...
Letters (June 25-July 2)

Letters (June 25-July 2)

What’s new “The new sheriff in town” is neither a sheriff nor is he new. Lanny Walter has lived in Saugerties for over 50 years, working as a people’s lawyer, community organizer and dedicated to the principles of progressive and positive change. What is new, is a shift of power on the newly elected and...
Saugerties’ smartest three students honored

Saugerties’ smartest three students honored

The Saugerties High School Class of 2015 valedictorian is Danielle Frederickson, salutatorian is Audrey Trossen and Principal’s Award recipient is Phoebe DeFino. Frederickson will begin her studies in chemistry at Siena College in the fall. She aspires to be involved in research, pharmacy, or an education-related field in the future. She is a member of...
Comptroller criticizes Saugerties Justice Court bookkeeping

Comptroller criticizes Saugerties Justice Court bookkeeping

The state Comptroller’s office has criticized the town’s justice court for what amounts to sloppy bookkeeping. The justices responded to the audit in a letter by saying examiners displayed “a total lack of historical perspective” in reviewing the justices’ procedures. The audit, which covered the period from Jan. 1, 2013 to Nov. 3, 2014, said...
Saugerties High School graduation Saturday, June 27

Saugerties High School graduation Saturday, June 27

This year’s ceremony will be held Saturday, June 27 at 10 a.m. at the High School on Washington Ave. In case of rain, the event will be held indoors. The ceremony will be streamed live on Channel 23 and online at http://lighthousetv.peg.tv