Sound and fury

Sound and fury

Dogs. Rock bands. Construction. All can cause annoyance to neighbors. All are within the rights of property owners to enjoy. What’s a town to do? Noise complaints have likely been an issue in Saugerties since the eponymous “little sawyer” got his first neighbor and woke...
State of the art galleries

State of the art galleries

  Just around this time last year, the village of Saugerties saw the opening of Intima Gallery on Main St., an exhibition space for book arts, letterpress and photographic prints. The concept seemed a good counterpoint to the work shown at nearby Imogen Holloway Gallery...
Electricity rate relief for Hudson Valley?

Electricity rate relief for Hudson Valley?

An amendment introduced by U.S. Representatives Chris Gibson (NY-19) and Sean Maloney (NY-18) that would repeal utility rate increases caused by the new capacity zone (NCZ), which was implemented May 1 in the Hudson Valley, has passed the House of Representatives. Federal lawsuits by Central...
Riverkeeper urges strict review of NYC reservoir releases

Riverkeeper urges strict review of NYC reservoir releases

The environmental group Riverkeeper is engaging Saugerties residents in a letter and email campaign to ask the state to require the strictest review possible for New York City’s discharges of muddy reservoir water into the Esopus Creek. Critics say higher flow from the releases has...
The Hudson Project and the next generation of music festival

The Hudson Project and the next generation of music festival

Saugerties’ Hudson Project Music Festival had at least one thing in common with the Woodstock ’94 festival that preceded it on the same site: plenty of rain and mud. Unfortunately for Hudson Project attendees, that rain came at the tail-end of the festival, not the...
Town wants to finish water meter installation in Glasco

Town wants to finish water meter installation in Glasco

In 2013 the Town Board authorized the purchase of new meters for the Glasco Water District. The intent is to bring the district in compliance with new USEPA standards regarding lead content in water systems. The existing meters have a lead content that exceeds the...
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Kids Talent Night at the library

Kids Talent Night at the library

Kids Talent Night will be Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the community room. It’s not too late to sign up. Call 246-4317 or stop by the children’s room at the Saugerties Library on Washington Ave.
A Day’s Work: Artist

A Day’s Work: Artist

Kelli Bickman is a full-time artist who recently moved her studio/gallery to a 3,500-square-foot space in downtown Saugerties on the second floor of 220 Main St. She also directs youth groups in the creation of large-scale public art installations and is the CEO of her clothing company, 11:11 Style. She is a single mom to...
Ghost in the shell

Ghost in the shell

I once belonged to a supper club. It started simply enough, a few neighbors getting together once a month to share a meal. It evolved into a competition to see who could serve at least one unusual or exotic entrée or dessert. We endured a flan that never raised, an Indian curry dish so hot...
Letters (July 24-31)

Letters (July 24-31)

What are we getting for our school taxes? Saugerties property taxpayers have been given a $57-million-plus bill for one school year of education. Considering there have been hundreds of millions of dollars spent in the past few decades, just what have we learned? Well, we have learned we are too dumb to cross a street...
Hudson Project’s mea culpa disarms critics

Hudson Project’s mea culpa disarms critics

When one makes mistakes in the undertaking of a grand endeavor, and the criticism comes, one can either dismiss the critics as ingrates for missing all that went well or humble one’s self before the complainants, make no excuses and promise to do better next time. The organizers of the Hudson Project music festival, held...
Registration for Saugerties’ adult ed program ends soon

Registration for Saugerties’ adult ed program ends soon

Register by Friday, Aug. 1 and become a member of the Saugerties Lifespring Adult Learning Community, which offers a broad range of non-credit six-week courses on a variety of topics. The fall session will begin Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation at Route 212 and Glasco Turnpike and run through Nov. 12. The...
Teachout challenges Cuomo from the left

Teachout challenges Cuomo from the left

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Commission troubles grow deeper, does Zephyr Teachout offer a plausible gubernatorial alternative to Democrats? It’d be very tough. Despite discontent with Cuomo from liberals, he’s a sitting governor, has a huge war chest and is up in the polls by double digits over any rival. None of this seems to...
A Day’s Work: Physical therapist

A Day’s Work: Physical therapist

Karin Rice is a physical therapist. She works at Ferncliff Nursing Center in Rhinebeck.  She is married to Ben Orick and has an 11-year-old daughter. How did you become interested in this type of work? I became interested after a stalled acting career in my late-20s. My stepfather found the affordable international program in Holland,...
Teens raise money for skatepark expansion

Teens raise money for skatepark expansion

Saugerties has been hopping with big events lately: the Fourth of July celebration and fireworks, the Hudson Project, First Friday, art shows and HITS, among others. With so many events, sometimes humble little undertakings that occur without fanfare and are staffed by volunteers fly under the radar. One such event was held July 5: An...
Letters (July 17-24)

Letters (July 17-24)

Festival was a success A special thank you to the people who held the Hudson Project musical festival this past weekend! And a special thank you to the town and the local and state police who made it a peaceful event. We had the privilege of filming the festival for Lighthouse TV23, our local station...
Death Cafe: A place to talk about one of life’s biggest taboos

Death Cafe: A place to talk about one of life’s biggest taboos

Picture this: A few dozen individuals of varying ages and cultural backgrounds are sitting under the canopy in a park in the late afternoon breeze. They’re divided informally, six to eight at each table. They’ve pinned a nametag to their shirts, jotted their contact information on a sign-in sheet and helped themselves to refreshments. A...
New School Board trustees interrogate leadership

New School Board trustees interrogate leadership

Tensions between the two newly appointed School Board trustees, Krista Barringer and Damion Ferraro, and Superintendent Seth Turner and the remainder of the sitting board members were apparent during the July 8 meetings. There were two meetings held back to back: an organizational meeting, the primary purpose of which was to designate staffing and service...