High school is a big change for Saugerties elementary students

High school is a big change for Saugerties elementary students

The lines of incoming junior high students and parents anxiously awaiting their new schedules stretched long outside the auditorium on Monday, Aug. 31. The new seventh graders and their families were there to hear words of advice from Principal Tom Averill and get the lay...
Saugerties' wild summer of 2015

Saugerties’ wild summer of 2015

For reasons no soothsayer, weatherman nor Magic Eight Ball can explain, summertime in Saugerties has been a bonanza for readers of the local cop news. Alleged miscreants of every stripe have passed through the town and village in a variety of guises, vehicles and speeds....
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Saugerties affordable housing approved via video-call

Saugerties affordable housing approved via video-call

After a summer of failing to get five members in the same room at the same time, the Village Planning Board used a video-call to break a tie-vote on the fate of a 42-unit affordable housing proposal. In July, the vote was 2-2 on an extension for approval of the project, whose developers have sought...
Saugerties missing person found

Saugerties missing person found

Saugerties Police report that Ayla Rayne Johnson, 15, of Saugerties, has been located, safe and sound, in Ulster Park, after Saugerties Police received a call  informing officers of her location following the missing person report disseminated on local media. More details as they are released by law enforcement.
Saugerties Police seeking missing person (FOUND)

Saugerties Police seeking missing person (FOUND)

The Saugerties Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in locating Ayla Rayne Johnson of Saugerties. Johnson was last seen at Saugerties High School on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at approximately 7:45 a.m. wearing a red button-down style sports jersey, jeans, and sneakers. She is 15 years old, 5’1″, 110lbs, brown hair, hazel eyes. Anyone...
Too soon: Remembering the victims of the deadly Saugerties car accident

Too soon: Remembering the victims of the deadly Saugerties car accident

The faces in the photos stare out at you with an intensity born of youth. Their eyes peer past the camera into a future full of possibility, full of accomplishment soon to come, a future better than any past they’d endured to get to where they are surely bound. They were men hardly known outside...
Photos from the first day of school in Saugerties

Photos from the first day of school in Saugerties

Today was the first day of school for students in the Saugerties Central School District. Following tradition, the high school seniors gathered at Simmons Plaza for photos, summer reminiscence and renewal of friendships before heading off to school. At elementary schools the beginners lined up to meet their teachers as they started their school careers. (All...
Saugerties teacher active in group educating Haitian children

Saugerties teacher active in group educating Haitian children

In January of 2010 the world came together to aid those devastated by Haiti’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The disaster was news for weeks, but soon it was onto the next topic. Meanwhile in Haiti, millions still feel the effects of that fateful day. But some have not forgotten. The organization Opportunities for Communities, whose membership...
Letter: Write-in candidates for Saugerties Library Board

Letter: Write-in candidates for Saugerties Library Board

After reading the article “One and done?” in Saugerties Times, my good friend and fellow Saugertiesian, Rhoney Stanley, and I decided to express interest in serving on the library’s board. We would be thrilled if our neighbors would write us in on the ballot during the election this Thursday, Sept. 3. Dr. Rhoney Stanley has been...
Who took over the Saugerties GOP?

Who took over the Saugerties GOP?

The political spin started right after Republicans chose Greg Helsmoortel (I) as their supervisor candidate over Gaetana Ciarlante (C). Comments were made that the “Democrats took over the Republican Party” and that the Republican caucus was “hijacked.” The first was uttered by Ciarlante. The latter said by Conservative Party Secretary Dan Ellsworth. Neither is true....
Just one candidate for three open Saugerties Library Board seats

Just one candidate for three open Saugerties Library Board seats

After the Saugerties Public Library renovated its original Carnegie Library building and expanded in 2011, there was an upsurge of interest in joining the Board of Trustees. Seven candidates ran for three available seats in 2012, and six candidates ran for just two positions in 2013. Interest in joining the board these days has waned,...
Letter: Saugerties supervisor election far from over

Letter: Saugerties supervisor election far from over

It appears from the Aug. 13 piece by Klaus Gaebel that reports of my election defeat have been greatly exaggerated. I would like to clarify a few details for your readers upon which they may have been misled. First, the election has not taken place. Mr. Gaebel’s claim that my opponent, Greg Helsmoortel, has assured his...
Playground fundraisers continue

Playground fundraisers continue

As summer wanes, the village’s public swimming places close; first the village beach on Aug. 28, then the Lions Club kids’ pool Sept. 4. But while the summer swimming season might be drawing to a close, the parks are still open, and fundraising efforts to replace equipment are ongoing. The Lions Club playground adjacent to...
Saugerties basketball team triumphs

Saugerties basketball team triumphs

The Saugerties boys’ basketball team won the Columbia Greene Community College Boys Summer Basketball League. They went 7-1 to beat the Hudson boys basketball team 63-60 in the championship game. Photo, L to R, standing: Coach Ed Horvers, Matt Nelson, Eyzaiya Ortiz, Jake Vernon, Ryan Gustin, Zack Hartrum, Omar Mazariego, Mason Winnie, Sean Jansen. Seated:...