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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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...
Councilman: Reconsidering Fallonville

Councilman: Reconsidering Fallonville

I thoroughly enjoyed your April 1 article on the transition of Saugerties to Fallonville. I think it was well researched and your coverage was extensive and concise. Unfortunately, there are some, in fact quite a few, in the community who didn’t take so kindly to the change. While I am well aware that it is...
Helping students find their place

Helping students find their place

The transition from elementary school to junior high school can be daunting for many students. These adolescents are faced with a new building and bus route, lockers, and switching classes for the first time. There are programs in place to help ease the transition, such as the moving up search party that allows sixth graders...
A summer of construction in village

A summer of construction in village

Village of Saugerties officials have decided to delay an $873,000 business district streetscape improvement project and a portion of a $1.2 million sewer line improvement project until the school year ends in June. The crosswalks in the streetscape project must be completed before the sewer project can begin, and those crosswalks are heavily used by...
Savings were promised and delivered, says mayor

Savings were promised and delivered, says mayor

Mayor William Murphy is confident that the $2.28 million proposed 2014-15 spending plan will not include a tax hike. A public hearing will be held at the April 17 meeting at 7 p.m. in the village firehouse at 43 Partition St. “This year is the culmination of a five-year plan I developed when I first...