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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 have definitely seen an increase in opiate addiction here,” says...
Artist to motorists: Slow down!

Artist to motorists: Slow down!

Have you seen the moose? If not, you may have seen a new sign posted on Main St., facing the intersection with Market St., which reads “Moose Crossing.” It was placed about two weeks ago. The sign was created by a local high school student through a community art project designed to encourage civic engagement...
Key Club raises money for Kiersted House

Key Club raises money for Kiersted House

This year, the Saugerties High School Key Club chose to donate money it raised at the Garlic Festival to the local Historical Society and Food Pantry. Key Club faculty advisor Missy Greco says the club chose those two organizations because “we wanted to help those in our own community. We heard that the Kiersted House...
Of ghosts and men

Of ghosts and men

Is it better to be haunted or crazy? This was one of the themes explored at “Reaching Through Time,” a night of music and monologues held Nov. 23 at Dave’s Coffee and Wine House. The event featured twin narratives performed by John Tobin and Chris DiCesare, which explored childhood trauma, male gender roles, identity and...
Kid Around children’s consignment store to close

Kid Around children’s consignment store to close

When theater professional and Catskill native Claire Raper set out to open a store in the village, she had a creative impulse and her two children in mind. Raper’s brainchild, Kid Around children’s consignment store, features rich yellow walls, dramatic murals and many creative “scenes” throughout. Large built-in air conditioners are cleverly hidden by faux...
Zombie invasion takes over village Oct. 19

Zombie invasion takes over village Oct. 19

Each year, the Village Invasion Zombie Crawl turns the village of Saugerties into a playground for the undead, so it’s fitting organizers will use proceeds from this year’s event to help fund an effort to rebuild the Small World playground at Cantine Field. The fourth annual invasion kicks off at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct....
‘Smart’ meter opponents say similar electrical meters made them ill

‘Smart’ meter opponents say similar electrical meters made them ill

Skeptics say it’s all in their heads. They say they’re canaries in the coal mine. Across the country, some people are reporting new utility meters are making them feel ill because of the radiofrequency radiation they emit when transmitting usage data. Headaches, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and vertigo are frequent symptoms. Skeptics cite studies...
Saugerties young people are frugal and handy

Saugerties young people are frugal and handy

Call them Generation Y or Millennials, those born in the ’80s and ’90s inherited a difficult economy. College graduates are struggling to find jobs in their fields, often settling for employment in the service sector while juggling massive debts. Many 20-somethings are living with their parents, putting off marriage, child-rearing and home-ownership much later than...
Village surveillance cameras spark debate

Village surveillance cameras spark debate

Last month, people around the world marked 1984 author George Orwell’s birthday by placing party hats on surveillance cameras. The book had jumped to the bestseller list after revelations about the breadth of domestic surveillance by the NSA became public. Meanwhile in Saugerties, a second surveillance camera was installed overlooking the corner of Market and...
Sow Good for you

Sow Good for you

For Tess Beatrice, 22, a passion for health and baking was always in her blood. But the 2008 Saugerties High School graduate says it took traveling with her mother last summer to inspire her to become a professional baker. The two women were on what Beatrice calls an “existential trip up the West Coast” when...
Fundraiser for Sinsapaugh family

Fundraiser for Sinsapaugh family

When Saugerties resident Tasha Sinsapaugh died suddenly the morning of Thursday, May 30, her friends and family were in shock. Brother Joshua Sinsapaugh said, “No one expects to bury their 29-year-old family member.” The Saugerties High School graduate was employed as the assistant manager of Hot Topic in the Hudson Valley Mall. Tasha’s mother, Michelle...
Bikers in Saugerties: the good and bad

Bikers in Saugerties: the good and bad

As warm weather approaches, and restaurants open their outdoor dining spaces, Saugerties will once again draw motorcyclists from all over the Hudson Valley. While many area business owners welcome the boon in business, others are less enthused about the return of loud bike engines echoing between the village’s historic storefronts.   Some business owners not...