West Point appointment a dream come true for Saugerties teen

West Point appointment a dream come true for Saugerties teen

  What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a question commonly asked of school children. Spencer Drakontaidis of Glasco, a Coleman High School senior and his class valedictorian, knew exactly what he wanted to do and now he’s only a few...
Town to Glasco Tpke.: We’ve got your back

Town to Glasco Tpke.: We’ve got your back

With the Sauer Bridge deemed unsafe and closed for most of 2014, town officials assured residents east of the railroad tracks a disabled train won’t leave them stranded in an emergency. Members of the Town Board, State Police and the local fire department told residents...
RX painkillers drive heroin use in Saugerties

RX painkillers drive heroin use in Saugerties

The sharp increase in the use of prescription opiates and heroin across the Northeast has not spared Saugerties. Of the 34 arrested in last week’s drug sweep, five of the seven Saugerties suspects were arrested for opiate possession— two for heroin, three for oxycodone. “We...
State to install pedestrian signage at Main & Partition

State to install pedestrian signage at Main & Partition

After numerous close calls and one death, New York State has decided the intersection at Partition and Main needs “walk” and “do not walk” signs to allow pedestrians to cross without dodging vehicles. The state will replace the traffic light and install the signage this...
St. Mary of the Snow Passion Play this Sunday

St. Mary of the Snow Passion Play this Sunday

This Sunday, St. Mary of the Snow will present its 11th Passion Play, and this year’s performance will be “100 percent different,” says director Jonathan Delgado. The focus will be on those who were guilty for putting Jesus on the cross and the bystanders who...
Reading, writing & religion in West Saugerties

Reading, writing & religion in West Saugerties

West Saugerties was a place where children received a memorable education— both in school and in church. Like other hamlets, there was a one-room schoolhouse near a modestly sized church. It was an education both worldly and spiritual, conveniently situated. “It was a good education...
Saugerties changes name to Fallonville

Saugerties changes name to Fallonville

What’s in a name? A lot of money, say Saugerties town officials, who unanimously approved a resolution at a special meeting last night at 5 p.m. at the Senior Center to rename Saugerties “Fallonville” in honor of Tonight Show host and former Saugertiesian Jimmy Fallon....
Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014

In a sports-minded community like Saugerties, it’s quite a thrill to be a successful athlete. But perhaps the greater honor comes several decades later, when the Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame picks only the best of the best to enter its halcyon hall. This year’s...
Bald eagles a common sight at Saugerties Lighthouse

Bald eagles a common sight at Saugerties Lighthouse

It was another arctic day on March 1, with temperatures in the low 20s, but that did not deter a dozen people from meeting at the Saugerties Lighthouse parking lot for a chance to view bald eagles. Sponsored by the Woodstock Land Conservancy, the walk,...
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Wood boilers legal… for now

Wood boilers legal… for now

Concern over emissions from wood-burning boilers and stoves is driving proposed new regulations by the EPA and neighborly disputes right here in Saugerties. At its April 2 meeting, the Town Board responded to a long-running dispute between two Saugerties residents. In its findings, the board concurred with building inspector Alvah Weeks that the wood-burning boiler...
Affordable housing on North St. unopposed

Affordable housing on North St. unopposed

No one turned out for the April 9 village Planning Board public hearing for the 42-unit Country Meadows senior and affordable housing project proposed for North St. Planning Board chair George Lewandowski said the board would continue to take written comments from the public until its next meeting May 14, when the board will vote...
CPR at the library Wednesday

CPR at the library Wednesday

This brief hands-only program will take place on Wednesday, April 23 at 6 p.m. Learn a few easy ways to be better prepared in the event another person is in need of CPR. Call 246-4317 or register at the main circulation desk.
A day’s work: Photographer

A day’s work: Photographer

Erik Lamont has been a photographer in Saugerties for over 30 years. He specializes in portrait and wedding photography, and can often be seen photographing area musicians. How did you become interested in photography? My mother gave me a Pentax SLR. I made the usual attempts at using it by following how-to books. One of...
A second chance for Saugerties

A second chance for Saugerties

In a very short time, much “change” has happened in our country, our state and our town, and many are unsure of the direction we, as a community, are headed. It is time to get a handle on just what these policies mean to us, and decide, using common sense, what we as a community...
High Woods and its church

High Woods and its church

High Woods is an unincorporated hamlet in the town of Saugerties, which means it has no real basis for existing, except that it does, and proudly. Unlike its neighboring Mount Marion, it has no school, no post office, no housing development. It does have Opus 40, the Wrolsen family, the memory of the legendary Wilgus’s...
Poll: Heroin use in Saugerties

Poll: Heroin use in Saugerties

A huge increase in heroin use has been reported throughout the Northeast. Anecdotal evidence suggests Saugerties too has seen an increase, but the police chief doesn’t believe it’s worse than surrounding communities. What do you think? Please use the comments section to discuss your answer and possible actions that might be taken. Saugerties Times is...
Spring cleanup in the village

Spring cleanup in the village

The annual village spring clean-up will be held Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25. Brush and yard waste only; nothing over six inches in diameter or six inches in length. Separate brush from leaves. Limit is seven cubic yards (one truckload) per residence. The schedule for pick-up is as follows: Monday – north of...
Seen and unseen at Reformed Church

Seen and unseen at Reformed Church

Great storytellers understand the power of omission. In the best horror movies, the killer lurks in the shadows. Hemingway always said the greater weight of his stories lay under the surface. Martin Luther, to steer the thought closer to our subject, found the proliferation of icons in Roman Catholicism to be a distraction from an...
School Board seats open

School Board seats open

Will enough candidates step forward for next month’s School Board race? As of April 11, only two candidates had applied for petitions to run for the four seats up for election May 20. Petitions are available at the superintendent’s office in the Hildebrandt Building behind the Junior Senior High School on Washington Ave. between 8...
Opting out of Common Core tests

Opting out of Common Core tests

This past week marked the beginning of Common Core state testing, the first set of standardized tests since the implementation of the curriculum at the beginning of this academic year. Students in grades three through eight took a three-part English Language Arts test. The test spanned 210 minutes over three days for third and fourth...
A burst of color

A burst of color

The sentiment seems to be universal this year: After the harsh winter we’ve endured, it’s time now to get out and go places again. And what better way to shake the monochromatic tones of winter out of our psyches than to go view some colorful art? Two new art exhibits opened this week in the...