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Glasco Tpke. bridge to open before thanksgiving

Glasco Tpke. bridge to open before thanksgiving

The Sauer Bridge connecting Glasco Tpke. to Rt. 9W, closed since early February, could reopen within four to six weeks. “The bridge should be open one or two weeks before Thanksgiving,” said County Legislator Dean Fabiano. “They’re pouring the concrete today,” said Bob Sudlow, the deputy county executive for operations, on Friday, Sept. 5. “There...
Horse shows wrap up season with $1 million competition, concert

Horse shows wrap up season with $1 million competition, concert

  The finale of the Horse Shows In The Sun (HITS) season provided gorgeous weather and some exciting competition, including a $1 million grand prix and a performance by the Charlie Daniels Band. The first-prize winner was Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, Florida., riding Quality Girl. Following the day’s races, HITS CEO Tom Struzzieri summed up...
Saugerties Beach Party

Saugerties Beach Party

Photos by David Gordon   In what has become an end-of-summer tradition, artist Ze’ev Willy Neumann held his fourth annual beach party on Saturday, Aug. 23, with entertainers performing within the huge frame he constructed overlooking the Esopus beach. The stage, built into the frame for the occasion, was surrounded on the sides and back...
Saugerties Beach all cleaned up

Saugerties Beach all cleaned up

Photos by David Gordon    Just a little more than a month ago, the park near the Village Beach on the Esopus was a mess. Vandals and the weather had damaged or nearly destroyed picnic tables, play equipment and fireplaces. Village Parks and Recreation Superintendent George Terpening promised at that time to have the site...
Mud-caked festival-goers make their way out of Hudson Project

Mud-caked festival-goers make their way out of Hudson Project

The Hudson Project Music Festival, held at the site of Woodstock ’94, had at least one thing in common with that festival: pouring rain and mud. They both were quickly renamed appropriately, Mudstock and Mudson Project. Unfortunately, the storms that rolled through Saugerties Sunday evening came at the end of the festival and were severe....
Demonstrators rail against local oil trains

Demonstrators rail against local oil trains

About 70 Saugerties residents and supporters from nearby communities protested the transportation of crude oil on local railways at the Rt. 212 railways. The date, July 6, is the anniversary of an oil spill at Lac Megantic, Quebec, that set off a major fire which killed 47 people and wiped out the town’s center. The...
Should Saugerties invest in making roads safe for bicyclists and pedestrians?

Should Saugerties invest in making roads safe for bicyclists and pedestrians?

Recently, a developer who wanted to build a retail complex on Route 32N, far away from any existing sidewalks, was asked by the town Planning Board to leave room for a sidewalk. He didn’t have to build a sidewalk, and there are no plans to require him to do so in the future; planners just...
Dirtmeister inspires kids with science

Dirtmeister inspires kids with science

You don’t need an expensive laboratory with beakers and test tubes to practice science, says Steve Tomecek, known to kids across the country as “The Dirtmeister” from his appearances on Magic School Bus, Sesame Street and ABCmouse.com. Approximately 75 children, many sitting on the floor almost at his feet, came to see Tomecek’s show at...
Hotel and retail complex near Winston Farm proposed

Hotel and retail complex near Winston Farm proposed

A developer has proposed building a restaurant, hotel and shops adjacent to Winston Farm. Preliminary plans, presented to the Town of Saugerties Planning Board last week, include an 86-unit hotel, a 500-square-foot restaurant and two 2,800-square-foot free-standing shops. Engineer Richard Praetorius described the proposal at the Planning Board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, June 17. The...
Village Beach in rough shape

Village Beach in rough shape

A walk around the beach area and nearby picnic and play area shows tables with built-in benches badly in need of paint, with some having broken boards on the surface. One has been lifted up from the ground, where it had been buried. Several grills have been ripped loose from the soil holding them, their...
Barrels of fun: The Saugerties gun show

Barrels of fun: The Saugerties gun show

In the weeks leading up to the gun show held last weekend at Kiwanis Ice Arena, residents debated whether it was appropriate to hold such an event just down the street from the junior/senior high school. But by the time the sun dawned on a beautiful Father’s Day weekend, the controversy was forgotten, and hundreds...
Chestnut chomping on the open water

Chestnut chomping on the open water

The group that has been battling water chestnuts in the Esopus Creek across from the village beach has added a new weapon to its arsenal — a mechanical weed cutter. The machine resembles a giant rake, with a motor that moves the blades back and forth to cut the weeds. It mounts on the front...