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Tkaczyk: Income-tax-supported education more equitable

Tkaczyk: Income-tax-supported education more equitable

The burden of paying for education has shifted increasingly from state to local property taxpayers, creating funding problems for the schools and an unfair distribution of the cost of education, according to state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, speaking at a budget forum she held at the senior center Sunday, March 23. Property taxes cover about 52...
A dreamy tale, set in Saugerties

A dreamy tale, set in Saugerties

Over the past month or so, you may have noticed a film crew in town, rushing to stay on schedule between snowstorms. The film is called, “I Dream Too Much,” and the director is a local, Katie Cokinos, with a cast of Hollywood stars and locals mixing it up in familiar Saugerties haunts like Dig...
Village affordable housing project resurfaces

Village affordable housing project resurfaces

After more than a year without a buyer, the owners of a so-called “shovel ready” site on Kings Highway next to the Army Reserve Center would like to sell building and landscape materials on the site until a buyer is found. The site is the first in an Ulster County program called “Ready2Go,” which is...
Yoga Festival gets planners’ green light

Yoga Festival gets planners’ green light

A month after green-lighting the larger Hudson Project Music and Arts Festival, the Planning Board signed off on the One Love Fest, a yoga festival planned for Aug. 15-17. The Town Board will need to approve mass gathering permits for both, and the larger festival will require additional county approval. Promoter Kenneth Schwenker said he...
Indoor shooting range approved

Indoor shooting range approved

The Saugerties Town Planning Board approved an indoor shooting range proposed for the former American Candle building on Kings Highway with a few conditions: The mercury vapor lamps on the site should be replaced with metal halide. Five trees would be planted in the front of the property, with some reduction in parking. The shooting...
Shot Heard Round New York State protests SAFE Act

Shot Heard Round New York State protests SAFE Act

The “Shot Heard Around New York State” was fired at gun clubs – including the Saugerties Fish and Game Club – on the first anniversary of the state’s tough new gun legislation. “This is a statewide protest against the SAFE Act on the one-year anniversary of its passage,” said Rod and Gun Club member August...
Ulster Savings to close Main St. branch

Ulster Savings to close Main St. branch

Business at its Main St. Saugerties branch has been falling off over the past few years, and it will be closed in April, said Joan Eck, the bank’s chief credit and service officer. Ulster Savings will maintain its main Saugerties branch at the Twin Maples Plaza. The Main St. branch doesn’t offer the full range...
Christmas Candy Run now in 94th year

Christmas Candy Run now in 94th year

Rudolph and the other reindeer may have the transportation contract for Christmas Eve locked up, but Santa gives the team the day off the next morning, trading the reindeer with the big red nose for one of the Saugerties Fire Department’s big red trucks. Starting at 9 a.m., the jolly old elf will embark from...
Boys & Girls Club Art Show

Boys & Girls Club Art Show

Photos by David Gordon   An estimated 50 to 60 young artists displayed their work at the Boys and Girls Club, a show that included works in the style of major artists, self portraits and whimsical themes. AnnChris Warren, the program director at the Saugerties Unit of the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston, said...
Lincoln in Saugerties

Lincoln in Saugerties

Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, just 272 words long, took about two minutes to deliver, said reenactor Peter Lindemann of Cobleskill, who read the address as part of a commemoration at American Legion Post 72 on Saturday, Nov. 23. The address followed a two-hour keynote speech by Edward Everett, a former senator, Massachusetts governor and secretary...
New equipment lightens the load at Glasco sewer plant

New equipment lightens the load at Glasco sewer plant

A sewer plant is one big living organism,” said Andy McBride, the Glasco Water and Sewer District’s chief operator. The machinery in it grinds up the sludge to make it easier for the bacteria to do their work, settles out the solids and sends purified water to the river and solids to the landfill. Machinery...
Slideshow: Reformed Church Halloween party

Slideshow: Reformed Church Halloween party

The annual Halloween party at the Saugerties Reformed Church generally draws around 165 visitors, said Pastor Terry O’Brian on Saturday, October 26. Most of the children, and some of the adults, came to the event in costume to make crafts – pumpkin decorating and spider creation – play games and enjoy the variety of cookies...